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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – June 20, 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 June 20, 2016.


New Haven’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas, taking place now through June 25, features several dozen free lectures, by world-renowned writers, scholars, and activists, on such topics as the refugee crisis, alternative energy, and racial justice. A full schedule can be found by going to artidea.org and clicking on the “Idea” tab. By clicking on “Trex” and “Bike Tours,” more information can be had about bike tours that will be held throughout the festival to highlight local bike trails, show the effects of climate change, and to tour the Connecticut Freedom Trail, local sights that were part of the Underground Railroad during the days of slavery.


The 350ct.org website has information about buses traveling to the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Thousands will march in Philadelphia on July 24, the eve of the Democratic National Convention, to call attention to devastating climate change and to present these concerns 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.


CommonBound, the new economy coalition, will host a conference in Buffalo, New York, from July 8 through 10. This gathering seeks to provide a time and place for people to come together to look at ways to develop vibrant local economies, support local communities, democratize energy systems in the face of accelerating climate change, and to seek racial justice that will build an economy where black lives and liberation matter. The website commonbound.org provides more details about the organization and the July conference.


It is now summer, which means lots of beachgoers flocking to the eastern end of Long Island. This also means an increase in helicopters and airplanes as New Yorkers avoid the crowded highways. The Quiet Skies Coalition has worked with local governments to place restrictions on aircraft noise, including restricting the times of day and night that aircraft can fly. They ask that excessive noise from aircraft be reported by calling 1-800-376-4817. Other options for communicating complaints are at quietskiescoalition.org.


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.


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.