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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – September 18, 2017

Welcome to this week’s edition of the White Rose Political Calendar. The calendar takes its name from the White Rose, a resistance group in Nazi Germany that worked to educate and organize opposition to the horrifying agenda of the Third Reich. In the spirit of the White Rose, WPKN offers its weekly Political Calendar in order to give voice to the struggles for political, social, economic and environmental justice. Here are some of the listings for the week of September 18, 2017.

WPKN’s White Rose Political Calendar has served as a clearing-house for political action for over two decades. In this new and quickly changing political world, the calendar will continue to give voice to those who are taking action to protect our basic rights to a clean planet, good health, and respect for people of all cultures and ethnicities. The weekly calendar is always available at wpkn.org/whiterose. Notices about upcoming actions can be sent to valrichardson@wpkn.org.

On Wednesday, September 20, there will be a day of action in Washington, D.C., to call attention to the Trump administration’s energy policy. There will be a rally before an open public meeting at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In the afternoon, participants will lobby Senate offices. There are links available at the online White Rose Political Calendar for those who can’t attend the day of action in person but would like to endorse the action and/or write a letter to a local congressperson. The Facebook page for the event is at tinyurl.com/September20fercaction

Another action in Washington will be a march for racial justice on Saturday, September 30. The march begins at Lincoln Park on Capital Hill at noon and culminates at the National Mall. There will be a vigil at sundown at the Martin Luther King Memorial. The website www.m4rj.com/logistics provides further information, links to available transportation, and a list of sister marches.

The group Moral Monday Connecticut is asking local activists to hold the date of October 1, the day after the national march, for a local march and rally for racial justice. Their website at moralmondayct.org will provide more details as they become available.

The Ocean Conservancy organizes an annual Coastal Cleanup at the end of every summer season. In 2016, over sixteen million tons of trash was removed from coastal areas worldwide. In the Long Island Region, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Save the Sound organize local activities and invite participation by individuals, families, and civic organizations. Local clean-ups are scheduled from now through October, and more information is at www.ctenvironment.org/coastal-cleanup. Scroll down to “Visit Our Calendar” to find a local cleanup.

Nasty Women New Haven is inviting filmmakers to participate in the Nasty Women Film Event. Following on the heels of the highly successful Nasty Women Art Exhibition in New Haven, this event seeks to use the power of film to illuminate issues and build community. Teaming up with Artspace’s City-Wide Open Studios, whose 2017 theme is “Fact vs Fiction,” the Nasty Women Film Event encourages all film submissions to represent real stories and experiences based on the themes of women and LGBTQ issues, racism, and immigration and refugee issues. The deadline is October 9, and the web address for more information is filmfreeway.com/festival/NastyWomenFilmNH

The Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, tracks hate crimes in the United States. With many groups having become emboldened during the Trump regime, such as was seen in this past weekend’s attack in Charlottesville, the SPLC has provided tools to counter such hatred. Their website, at www.splcenter.org, features a ten-step guide to protect oppressed groups and promote healthy communities. The SPLC has also just published a guide to fight hate speech on campuses.

Amnesty International USA continues to keep working to stop discriminatory immigration bans and other U.S. actions that are endangering basic human rights. Their website is at www.amnestyusa.org. Amnesty International also works on a range of other issues within the United States including abolishing the death penalty, ending gun violence, and protecting the rights of the gay and transgender community.

While Amnesty International fights for human rights abroad, the group Moral Monday Connecticut pushes for equal rights and social and economic justice in the state of Connecticut. Moral Monday is a movement started in North Carolina after their governor and state legislature introduced draconian cuts to education and essential social services. Moral Monday Connecticut can be found online at moralmondayct.org.

Under the Trump administration’s propsed budget, the Amtrak train system would lose most of its funding and be forced to cut out all long-distance routes. By eliminating these routes, hundreds of small communities across the United States would lose their primary means of public transportation. A Move-on petition will be sent to Congress, urging them to retain funding for this vital resource. More information is at tinyurl.com/saveamtrak2017

GoNewHavenGo is presenting a September Car-Free challenge. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to sign up and then record all trips made by biking, walking, or other forms of alternative transportation. Special incentives are offered to those who score the most rides throughout the month. Their website is at www.gonhgo.org/carfreechallenge.

New Haven’s Bioregional Group “Connects New Haveners to their life-place,” organizing numerous environmentally-focused activities themselves and promoting activities of like-minded organizations in the region. Their website is newhavenbioregionalgroup.org.

April’s “March for Science” sought to preserve funding for a wide variety of scientific research areas and to stand up for the necessity of fact-based, peer-reviewed science. The Union of Concerned Scientists is one such organization that works for “Science for a healthy planet and safer world.” They have a regular newsletter and an ongoing activist network to lobby congress and the administration, with more information at www.ucsusa.org.

Many of WPKN’s public affairs, community programs, and cultural programs are now available by podcast. WPKN has a talented and passionate pool of programmers who are deeply curious about the world around them. Their interviews are lively, timely, and a perfect companion for your morning run or afternoon car trip. You can find out more information by going to wpkn.org and clicking on the podcast link. More than ever, community radio stations like WPKN will be essential to provide an outlet for alternative political and cultural points of view.

To list your group’s local, regional or national events, send announcements, one week in advance when possible, to the White Rose Political Calendar, at valrichardson@wpkn.org. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.

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