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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – March 27, 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 March 27, 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.

The Nasty Women exhibition continues through April 8 at the Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, in New Haven. More than 350 artists submitted work to the show with all proceeds from sales of artwork and catalogs going to benefit Planned Parenthood. On the closing day, there will be a march from the Library to Planned Parenthood in New Haven, where a rose bush will be planted, beginning at 1:00 p.m. More info is at institutelibrary.org/nasty-women

On Saturday, April 22, Earth Day, a March for Science will be held in Washington, D.C., and at numerous locations around the world. During an era when science-deniers have been appointed to positions throughout the Trump Administration, and funding for science is being slashed from the proposed federal budget, scientists and all who benefit from scientific exploration are leaving the labs and taking to the Streets. Details can be found at www.marchforscience.com/ In New Haven, a march and rally will be taking place on the Green at 1:00 p.m.

Earth Day will also be celebrated in New Haven with the ninth annual Rock-to-Rock bicycle ride. Riders of all ages travel eight miles from West Rock to East Rock to raise money for a variety of environmental causes. The route ends in East Rock Park’s College Woods with a Green Fair, live music, and food trucks. Longer, more challenging routes are also available. An annual work day is held on Saturday, April 8, to clean up various locations throughout the New Haven region. The website for registration and more information is at rocktorock.donordrive.com.

Environmental activists are also coming together on Saturday, April 29, in Washington, D.C., for the People’s Climate March, rallying for climate, jobs, and justice. This show of resistance to current administration policies will take place on the 100th day of the Trump presidency. More information is at peoplesclimate.org. Other marches and rallies will be taking place throughout the world in solidarity, including in New Haven, Stamford, and Bridgeport, Connecticut. The organization 350CT is organizing buses from Connecticut to Washington, DC. Details are at 350ct.org.

Hofstra University’s Departments of Economics, History, and Sociology and a number of local peace and labor groups are presenting the “International Scene Lecture Series: A Citizens’ Guide to U.S. Foreign and Economic Policies” for spring of 2017. The next lecture is on Tuesday, March 28, starting at 12:45 p.m., with Medea Benjamin—writer, activist, and founder of Code Pink—talking about “Citizens’ Responses to President Trump’s Policies.” All lectures are at the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theatre. More information can be had by calling 516-741-4360 or e-mailing longislandpeace@gmail.com

Through their work in the courts, the American Civil Liberties Union has been at the forefront of resistance to many of the Trump administration’s assaults on constitutional rights. The ACLU is now launching People Power, a new effort to engage grassroots volunteers across the country to take the fight beyond the courts and into the streets. More information is at peoplepower.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.