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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – January 19, 2015

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 January 19, 2015.


Richard D. Wolff, a longtime former New Haven resident and leading Marxist economist, will be giving a talk on Tuesday, January 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Society of New Haven, located in Hamden. For reservations or questions, e-mail allan.brison@gmail.com. Following this talk, Richard Wolff will be at the Yale Political Union at 7:30 to debate the topic “Resolved: Nationalize Banks.” This event is also open to the public, and more details can be found at theypu.com.


On Saturday, January 24, the New Haven Free Public Library will be the site of a discussion and movie screening of Jeremy Seifert’s Documentary “GMO OMG.” The event starts at 2:30 p.m., and is being sponsored by ConnFACT, Connecticut Families Against Chemical Trespass. Their website is at connfact.org. More information about the library event is available by calling 203-946-7431 or e-mailing sgodfrey@nhfpl.org.


he Connecticut Fund for the Environment works throughout Connecticut’s legislative session to advocate for the environmental health of the state and region. Interested individuals can sign up for action alerts to remain informed of upcoming legislation that affects the state’s environment and to find out ways that people can help affect the outcome of individual bills by attending hearings and contacting their local legislative representatives. To be added to the CFE mailing list, go to ctenvironment.org.


New Haven’s Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge encourages New Haven citizens, or anyone who wishes to participate, to act for a cleaner and more sustainable environment by committing to small changes in their daily lives. During the month of December, the challenge for participants is to make a switch to sustainable energy for domestic electric power. Most locales allow residents to choose between large utility companies such as UI and CL&P or smaller companies that derive their power from sources such as wind or solar power. More information about this month-long challenge can be found by going to healthyclimatechallenge.org and clicking on the Santa Claus emblem on the right side of the page.


An interfaith conference on illegal drones will take place at the Princeton Theological Seminary from Friday, January 23 through Sunday, January 25. U.S. drone strikes continue in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. On this weekend, people of faith from across the nation, many representing denominations, faith groups and religious organizations, will go to Princeton to address the issue of drone warfare. More information is at tinyurl.com/dronewarfare.


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.


In the wake of the midterm elections, the NAACP of North Carolina is continuing its actions to insist that the state’s government 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 Saturday, 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.