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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – May 23, 2016

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 May 23, 2016.

May is bike month in New Haven. As the weather gets warmer, the organizers of this month’s events are encouraging people in all of the city’s neighborhoods to use fun, healthy, and sustainable transportation and to leave their cars at home. Some of the events planned include rides to sample the region’s ice cream or beer (not in the same trip), workshops that will teach the basics of bike maintenance, and a Critical Mass ride leaving from downtown New Haven on Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. Details about all of these events can be found at newhavenbikemonth.com

New Haven’s Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge is encouraging people to eat less beef in order to foster good health for the individual person and the planet. The website at healthyclimatechallenge.org includes information about the health detriments of beef as well as information about the large carbon footprint incurred by beef production and consumption. In addition, they suggest ways that individuals can take small steps to reduce beef intake.

The Connecticut Forest and Park Association, and other state environmental organizations, are encouraging participation in the 2016 Connecticut Trails Day on Saturday, June 4. Numerous events are being held statewide, and individuals and families can learn more about Connecticut’s numerous blue-blaze trails that cross the state. Of course, these trails and others are available year-wide, and the Forest and Park Association’s website features an interactive map that will provide the location of the nearest trail to any locality: ctwoodlands.org

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, thousands will march in Philadelphia on July 24 to prevent devastating climate change and to present these demands directly to current and future policy makers. With the goals of banning fracking, keeping fossil fuels in the ground, stopping dirty energy, and transitioning to 100% renewable energy, the groups “Americans Against Fracking” and “Pennsylvanians Against Fracking” are convening this gathering of those concerned about global warming and environmental devastation. More information is at www.cleanenergymarch.org.

The Greater New Haven Labor History Association will have its annual conference and meeting on Sunday, June 5, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 267 Chapel Street in New Haven. The organization’s late president, Nicholas Aiello, will be honored. A talk will be given about by author Anthony Riccii who has written books on the labor movement in New Haven. This year’s Augusta Lewis Troup Award will be given to Louise Fortin, Nicholas Aiello’s sister and a retired garment worker. The mission of the Labor History Association is to collect, preserve and share information about working class and labor history in the New Haven community and beyond. More information is available by contacting joan@laborhistory.org or calling 203-668-9082.

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.