WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – June 18, 2018
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 June 18, 2018.
The U.S. Government’s inhumane treatment that is separating families at the U.S. border is being fought by numerous social justice organizations. One of these organizations is “Families Belong Together,” which is working with the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance to take action against this abusive situation. Their website is at familiesbelongtogether.org.
The Group Moral Monday, which was formed several years ago to fight for social justice in North Carolina, is organizing a nationwide Poor People’s March for 2018. Inspired by the historic march created by Martin Luther King, Jr., fifty years ago, the “Poor People’s Campaign” is a national call for moral revival to “challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality across the country.” The event will culminate on Saturday, June 23, in Washington, D.C., with a “Global Day of Solidarity” and Action. Moral Monday CT will have ongoing actions leading up to this date. For more information or to sign up for updates, you can go to moralmondayct.org and click on the “Poor People’s Campaign” link.
New Haven’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas includes numerous lectures, panel discussions, and artistic events that engage with issues of social justice, immigration, urban planning, and gender equality. More information about this event is at artidea.org.
The Trump administration recently announced a new gag rule that will further limit women’s access to reproductive choice. This new rule prevents any organization that receives federal Title X funding from mentioning abortion as an option during discussions with any of their clients. This threat of a funding cut will have the greatest impact on women who are economically challenged and who receive health care from Planned Parenthood or public clinics. These clinics will have to choose to either not receive funding from the federal government or not give their patients full health information. More information is at www.plannedparenthoodaction.org
The New Haven Land Trust welcomes the coming warm season with numerous activities to involve the region in environmental education, community farms, and activities on the Long Island Sound through their Schooner Camp. Their web address is newhavenlandtrust.org.
The bus company Greyhound has been cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to allow random searches for undocumented immigrants on its buses. American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in several states are taking court action to prevent this practice. The ACLU argues that these searches and subsequent arrests violate constitutional fourth-amendment rights to protect individuals on private property when there is not consent or a warrant. The ACLU is also calling on consumers to make their voices heard by signing a petition located at tinyurl.com/aclu-greyhound-petition.
There are a number of organizations in our local communities working to support immigrant resettlement, housing, and education and, particularly, to protect immigrants who are facing deportation. In New Haven, Unidad Latina en Acción is a grassroots organization of immigrants defending labor, civil, and human rights. They have worked with a number of immigrants who have gone into sanctuary rather than face deportation. Their website is at ulanewhaven.org.
On Long Island, Neighbors in Support of Immigrants, or NISI, works with immigrants in many ways. Their website has further listings of faith groups and others working to protect immigrants at tinyurl.com/supportimmigrants; you can also search for the group on Facebook. Organization Latina Americana, a culture, arts, education, and advocacy group can be found at www.olaofeasternlongisland.org. The group Progressive East End Reformers (PEER) helps immigrants and “Dreamers” and is working in advance of the 2018 elections to question candidates about their stands on immigration. PEER is involved in other issues as well such as advocating for social, racial, environmental, and economic justice for all through electoral politics and activist, issue-oriented engagements. They can be found by searching for PEER/NYPAN on Facebook.
Nationally, the New Sanctuary Movement is forming local chapters of faith groups and their supporters who provide sanctuary to immigrants who are facing imminent deportation. Their website includes a detailed “Rapid Response Toolkit” and a pledge that individuals can sign to commit themselves or their faith organizations to support the sanctuary movement. Their website is at www.sanctuarynotdeportation.org
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has moved “people power” into action. Their new website at peoplepower.org allows groups throughout the United States to publicize their local activities. These actions address issues ranging from voting rights to immigration rights to the protection of civil liberties that is at the core of the ACLU mission.
The Union of Concerned Scientists seeks to stand up for the importance of fact-based, peer-reviewed research in maintaining 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.
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 the attacks earlier this year 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 recently 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.
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.
Many of WPKN’s public affairs, community programs, and cultural programs are 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 email@example.com. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.