WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – December 2, 2013
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 December 2, 2013.
Activist and author Wendell Berry will present Yale’s next Chubb Fellowship Lecture in New Haven at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, at the Shubert Theater. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and are available at the Shubert Theatre box office. A pioneering and influential advocate for change, Berry has spent more than 50 years helping to shape the movements for agricultural and ecological sustainability. His poetry and essays flow from the rich agrarian tradition of American writing. Details about the talk and Wendell Berry’s career are at tinyurl.com/n3omfuf.
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture or NRCAT will be hosting a discussion in New Haven titled “Ending US-Sponsored Torture Forever” on Wednesday, December 11, at 7 pm at the United Church on the Green. The National Religious Campaign Against Torture works to end US-sponsored torture at home and abroad. The evening program will focus on both fronts with presentations by Hope Metcalf, Yale Law School, and Matt Hawthorne, Policy Director of NRCAT. For information, you can contact Allie Perry at email@example.com or 203-215-2613
The Newtown Foundation is holding a National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence on December 12th, 2013, at The Washington National Cathedral, in Washington, DC. They state that 30,000 people have died in gun violence since the Sandy Hook shootings almost a year ago. The Foundation is seeking donations to provide bus transportation to DC for gun violence victims and their family members. More information is at rally.org/vigil
In New Haven, artists and artisans are joining together Thursday, December 12 for a benefit event to fight climate change and protect coastland, sponsored by ArtSpace and the Tidewater Institute. A Pop-Up Market of local, sustainable gift-giving options will be surrounded by ArtSpace’s new climate change exhibit Futurecast. The Tidewater Institute is a non-profit conservation initiative working to protect the finite natural resources of the lower Connecticut River. ArtSpace supports activities for the community of visual artists who live and work throughout the greater New Haven area. An Arts for Action Concert will feature music by Lara Herscovitch. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., and more information is available by e-mailing Tidewater.Institute.LIS@gmail.com
The monthly Spiritual Cinema event on Friday, December 6, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of New Haven will feature a selection of short films on Restaurant Workers’ Rights starting at 7:00 p.m. USNH is located at 700 Hartford Turnpike in Hamden.
Residents throughout the area are being urged to take action to combat climate change on a personal and local level. New Haven Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge looks to the solutions that could reduce global warming and greenhouse gases and revitalize local neighborhoods and residents’ our well-being. They are calling on New Haven residents to commit to: Two days of walking, biking, or public transit a month • Choosing a 100% renewable option on a electricity • Two meat-free days a week • And Recycling all glass, cans, paper, plastics, and composting. Further details are available at healthyclimatechallenge.org.
On November 1, 2013, the New Haven/Leon Sister City Project launched the Nicaragua Carbon Offset Fund, created to collect carbon ‘offsets’ and invest donated funds in projects that will decrease greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Funds will be distributed to aid in reforestation projects in Nicaragua or to purchase more efficient and environmentally friendly cookstoves for people in the region. Further details about this project and other New Haven/Leon efforts are available at www.newhavenleon.org
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.