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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – October 16, 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 October 16, 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.


On Long Island, on Sunday, October 22, the Shinnecock Community Center will have a potluck dinner, including traditional food, to examine issues faced by the Native American Community during the months of October and November. The traditional stories told about Columbus Day and Thanksgiving present misinformed stereotypes and false narratives while the Shinnecock Community wants to lead discussions that promote dignity and respect. More information is at tinyurl.com/peoplessupper


On Tuesday, October 24, the Greater New Haven Peace Council presents “Defusing Another Korean War Before It Starts.” Joyakgol, a South African peace activist and singer will discuss the U.S. military presence on the island of Jeju. The event takes place at New Haven’s Bethesda Lutheran Church. A flyer is available at tinyurl.com/defusingkoreanwar.


The group United for Peace and Justice is holding a “Divest from the War Machine” summit in Washington, D.C. on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22. The event takes place at the UDC Law School. The organizers invite participants to hear from arms trade and foreign policy experts, voices from the military, activists working on nuclear disarmament, and divestment experts to learn how to best confront the war machine. More information is available at: www.unitedforpeace.org/2017/10/13/divest-from-the-war-machine-summit/. Concerned citizens can sign up at the UFPJ website to receive action alerts: www.unitedforpeace.org.


The event “Women of Courage” features women who are speaking truth to power and helping to bring enlightenment and engagement in the struggle to build a better and more peaceful future. The event will take place on Saturday, October 21, at 2:30 p.m., at the Bethesda Lutheran Church in New Haven. Speakers include Madonna Thunder Hawk of the Lakota People’s Law Project and Fayrouz Sharqawi of the group Grassroots Jerusalem. More details are at www.tolef.org.


Nasty Women New Haven is inviting filmmakers to participate in the Nasty Women Film Event. Following on the heels of the highly successful Nasty Women Art Exhibition in New Haven, this event seeks to use the power of film to illuminate issues and build community. The deadline is October 22, and the web address for more information is filmfreeway.com/festival/NastyWomenFilmNH. New Haven’s “Nasty Women” have just been named as a 2017 recipient of the Annual Arts Award from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.


Connecticut’s Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services, or IRIS, is calling on concerned citizens to call their U.S. Senators and Congress members and ask for an expanded number of international refugees to be allowed into the United States in the new fiscal year. With the Trump administration issuing new restrictions, this is the lowest number in U.S. history. The goal of IRIS is to see the United States allow at least 75,000 refugees in 2018. Their website is at www.irisct.org, and more information about the recent restrictions can be found under the news section.


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. On October 25, they are holding a webinar to teach concerned citizens how to be “Science Champions,” using words as weapons, with well-written letters to the editor and lawmakers. Registration is available at tinyurl.com/sciencechampions.


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 this past weekend’s attack 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 just 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 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.