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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – August 14, 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 August 14, 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 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.


City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport presents its annual SameSex exhibition through August 26. This exhibit offers many artists’ perspectives of LGBTQ life and culture. City Lights is located at 265 Golden Hill Street and online at citylightsgallery.org


With the Supreme Court temporary reinstatement of part of Trump’s discriminatory travel ban, some citizens from six primarily Muslim countries will be barred from entering the United States. Amnesty International USA is working to stop this ban and other U.S. actions that would endanger basic human rights. Their website is at www.amnestyusa.org.


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.


Under the Trump administration’s propsed budget, the Amtrak train system would lose most of its funding and be forced to cut out all long-distance routes. By eliminating these routes, hundreds of small communities across the United States would lose their primary means of public transportation. A Move-on petition will be sent to Congress, urging them to retain funding for this vital resource. More information is at tinyurl.com/saveamtrak2017


Locally, 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.


April’s “March for Science” sought to preserve funding for a wide variety of scientific research areas and to stand up for the necessity of fact-based, peer-reviewed science. The Union of Concerned Scientists is one such organization that works for “Science for 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.


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.