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 March 10, 2014.
Monks and Nuns of the New England Peace Pagoda will lead their 13th annual “Walk for a New Spring”, leaving from Leverett, Massachusetts, and arriving in their final destination of Washington, D.C., on April 8. The walk serves to promote peace and encourage a less violent and more sustainable world. All are welcome to a potluck dinner and talk at the New Haven People’s Center, 37 Howe Street, when the group arrives in that part of Connecticut on March 11, and participants can also join the walk for as long as they wish. Go to tinyurl.com/2014peacewalk for more information.
The Israeli government is facing criticism and protests for their handling of Africans who are seeking refuge in this Middle Eastern country. Journalist David Sheen has been following the story and will be speaking about it on Friday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m., at Trinity College. The Netanyahu administration has instituted a new policy to place the Africans into a desert detention center, where they are pressured to leave the country. Since December, tens of thousands of African asylum-seekers in Israel have taken to the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to protest the government’s plan to expel them by the end of the decade. More information is available at tinyurl.com/David-Sheen.
The beginning of spring will be celebrated on Long Island with a celebration titled “Petroleum, Poetry, and Peace,” an exploration for ecological hope, economic justice, and a sense of place. The event takes place at the Homecoming Farm in Amityville and features Margie Swedish, who is the founder of The Center for New Creation, a pilgrim to the Alberta Tar Sands, and the author of the book Living Beyond the “End of the World”: A Spirituality of Hope. Also part of this day will be the Peace Poets, a community-based arts collective from New York City. Details are at homecomingearth.org.
Earth Day in New Haven will again be celebrated with the annual Rock-to-Rock bicycle ride. On Saturday, April 26, Individuals and teams can enjoy a day of bicycling while helping to raise money for local environmental and social service organizations. An additional day of service is scheduled for April 5 to support these worthwhile groups through a concentrated volunteer effort at sites across New Haven. Further details about both of these events are at rocktorock.org.
On Long Island, Hofstra University is sponsoring the “International Scene Lecture Series.” On March 12, the lecture topic will be “The Changing Face of Empire: The Use of Drones and Special Forces.” Details about times and locations are at tinyurl.com/Hofstralectures
Journalist Chris Hedges will be the keynote speaker at “Connecticut United for Peace for One Nation—Under Surveillance — A One-Day Conference about Building Networks of Solidarity in Defiance of NSA Spying & the Erosion of Democratic Rights,” on Saturday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. at Central Connecticut State University. Chris Hedges is a former New York Times reporter and author of twelve books. His most recent book is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, a collaboration with comics artist and journalist Joe Sacco. Details are at tinyurl.com/ct-united-for-peace.
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.