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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – November 10 – 23, 2014

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 weeks of November 10 & 17, 2014.


On November 20, Connecticut residents will have an opportunity to attend panel discussions and hear a comprehensive discussion of transportation, environmental quality, climate change, government, and economic development concerns that will impact citizens’ lives, opportunities, land use and growth. The event will take place at the Pequot Library in Southport at 10 a.m. To register, you can email Stephen Yenke at stephen@pschousing.org. This is the last in a series of similar discussions that have been held around the state.


On Sunday, November 23, WPKN will commemorate the two-year anniversary of the tragic school shooting in Newtown with the live broadcast of “Within Our Reach,” original songs from Newtown Youth Voices. “Within our Reach” originated in 2013, with the formation of a small choir that included students of music teacher Francine Wheeler, whose son Benjamin Wheeler was among those students who lost their lives. The performance will feature Peter Yarrow and will be broadcast on WPKN between 3 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 23. More information about the event is at www.withinourreach.us.


The Connecticut Fund for the Environment is calling for full containment and clean-up of the English Station power plant on the Mill River in New Haven. Although it was closed eleven years ago in 2003, the site still has not been cleaned, and a ruptured oil tank inside the facility recently leaked oil into the nearby waterway. The Fund encourages concerned citizens to contact the DEEP at dennis.schain@ct.gov.


Schools and other institutions throughout the country continue to remove their endowment and pension investments from oil companies and other carbon-based industries. Realizing the profound effect that burning fossil fuels has on raising the earth’s temperature, these institutions have made a moral choice not to fund these companies. While some large universities have made the decision to go fossil-free, others, including Yale University, are continuing to support these industries through their investments. More information can be found at gofossilfree.org.


Calling for a state that puts people before profits, the Connecticut Communist Party will celebrate individuals who work for good labor practices, social justice, and a sound economy with its annual People’s World Amistad Awards on Sunday, December 7, taking place at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven. Additional details can be found at ctpeoplebeforeprofits.blogspot.com.


The group United for Peace and Justice is mobilizing United States citizens to protest current actions and escalation of war against the Islamic State. Arguing that military action in the Middle East does not solve the core issues and will only worsen relations with countries in this region, UFPJ urges individuals to write their congress people to articulate these concerns. More information can be had by clicking on “No Bombing, No War” at unitedforpeace.org.


Citizens continue to protest the possible ending of “net neutrality.” The FCC is expected to make a ruling that could give preferred access — with faster internet speeds — to large corporations and cable companies. Individuals and small businesses could be pushed to the sidelines with slower internet speeds and more limited access. The group Common Cause has created a petition that will be sent to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, calling for continued equal access for all who use this public commodity. The petition and more information can be found at tinyurl.com/netneutralityforall.


In the wake of the midterm elections, the NAACP of North Carolina is continuing its actions to insist that the state’s government to fully fund education and social welfare programs. The state’s electoral system has been under scrutiny as many citizens were disenfranchised in the recent election. In addition to continuing to hold its weekly “Moral Mondays” throughout the state, the NAACP will be encouraging people around the United States to take action through its second “Moral People’s Assembly” on February 14. More information is at naacpnc.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 valrichardson@wpkn.org. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.