WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – August 18, 2014
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 August 18, 2014.
The North Carolina NAACP will be holding a “Moral Week of Action” beginning on Friday, August 22. This follows more than a year in which thousands of protesters in North Carolina have taken part in “Moral Mondays” to protest cuts in education funding and support of basic human services put into effect by the state’s Republican legislature and governor. These elected officials have also sought to cement their hold on the state’s policy-making process by drastic changes to North Carolina’s election laws. More information about the Moral Week of Action is at the North Carolina NAACP’s website: www.naacpnc.org. Many of the week’s events will be webcast. The week will culminate on Thursday, August 28, with a rally to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington.
On September 21, a rally to call attention to the devastating affects of climate change will be held in New York City, and locations around the world will be holding similar events throughout the weekend. Organizers are hoping this will be the largest such rally ever, and numerous local organizations are putting together transportation and pre-rally meetings to prepare. In Connecticut, one such organizer is 350CT.org, and details about their activities can be found at tinyurl.com/climatechangerally. On Long Island, the primary web-page for information about the rally is at peoplesclimate.org.
The destructive potential of nuclear weapons is the topic of an exhibition at the New Haven Free Public Library. “Everything you Treasure — For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons.” Running from now through August 26. The library’s website is at www.nhfpl.org.
The 2014 Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo will take place on Saturday, September 6th, in New Haven’s Edgerton Park. The event begins at 11:00 AM. The Green Expo is open until 5:00 PM. Musical performances continue through 10:00 PM. The Green Expo is one of the oldest and largest in the state and includes many family-friendly activities. More information is at ctfolk.org
On Saturday, September 13, Connecticut Voters for Gun Safety will be holding a seminar to discuss campaign strategy in advance of upcoming elections. The event will start at 9 a.m. and take place in Middletown at a location to be determined. To find out further details go to the website for “Connecticut Against Gun Violence,” www.cagv.org, and click on the September 13 event in the right-hand column.
As the largest provider of women’s healthcare in the country, Planned Parenthood is also working on these issues, especially in light of these recent Supreme Court decisions and with attempts by some members of the United States Congress to legislate further restrictions that would deny full healthcare for women. With the 2014 elections rapidly approaching, Planned Parenthood has created a website, “Women Are Watching,” to suggest ways to let elected officials know that women will fight for their health and freedom of choice through the ballot box. More information about these activities is at womenarewatching.org.
The Connecticut Fund for the Environment is working to maintain the health of the Long Island Sound through various activities. Residents throughout the region can sign on to the new “Long Island Sound Pledge,” and commit to various actions such as reaching out to local political officials or establishing gardens to reduce soil erosion that would wash into the Sound. More details about this endeavor are at ctenvironment.org.
Utility companies have begun their new tree pruning project in municipalities across the state. With this modified program, utilities will attempt to remove trees that are within eight feet of power lines, rather than just pruning the trees’ limbs. Fearing a Connecticut where thousands of the state’s trees could be felled, residents have achieved protection for the trees on their property and in their neighborhoods with the passage of Connecticut’s House Bill 5408. Trees can only be removed with the permission of the property owner and the town’s tree warden. The Garden Club of New Haven has created a page outlining actions that can be taken if a property owner would like to protect a tree from utility company removal. More details are at tinyurl.com/treeactions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.