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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – October 27, 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 week of October 27, 2014.


During the next month, Connecticut residents will have an opportunity to attend panel discussions to hear a comprehensive discussion of transportation, environmental quality, climate change, government, and economic development concerns that will impact our life, opportunities, land use and growth. The first event will be on Wednesday, October 29, at 10 a.m., at the Lyceum in Hartford. On November 20, the discussion will move to Southport at the Pequot Library, also at 10 a.m. To register, you can email Stephen Yenke at stephen@pschousing.org.


The organization 350ct.org is calling on citizens in Connecticut to make climate change and environmental issues a focus of the mid-term elections. An action will take place in Bridgeport on November 2, when President Barack Obama comes to Connecticut to campaign for Governor Dannel Malloy. The goal of this protest is to tell the politicians that citizens don’t want fracked gas and an unlivable world. The time for thie event will be set when further details about the presidential visit are announced.


On Monday, November 3 at 7 pm Gail Walker, Director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace will speak on the topic “Why the World Needs Cuba” at the Yale Divinity School. Ms. Walker staffed more than 15 caravans of humanitarian aid to Cuba and Central America and worked extensively with marginalized communities. For many years, Pastors for Peace, founded by her father, the Rev. Lucius Walker, has consistently stood against the U.S. embargo of Cuba and has organized yearly caravans to Cuba to deliver critical supplies.


“Beyond Extreme Energy” is the title of a week of actions beginning November 1 in Washington, D.C. “Extreme energy” extraction includes fracking, tar sands, deep ocean drilling, Arctic drilling, and surface mining and undermining practices such as mountaintop removal and longwall coal mining. On November 1, the Great March for Climate Change will arrive in Washington. The committed participants in this action left Los Angeles in early March and walked across the country to raise awareness about climate change. On November 1, they will march into D.C .to be joined by thousands of other concerned citizens who are calling for serious action by government officials on the climate crisis. On November 2, there will be training in civil disobedience actions, and then there will be several days of actions of the headquarters of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. More info is at tinyurl.com/retirefossilfuels


The New Haven Worker’s Association/Unidad Latina en Acción will hold its fourth annual Day of the Dead celebration on Saturday, November 1. Festival participants will gather at 4:00 p.m., and the march will begin at 5:00 p.m. New Haven Worker’s Association is committed to immigrant rights and resistance against deportation of undocumented immigrants. Information about ongoing activities can be found by searching for the group on Facebook.


Several New Haven environmental groups are presenting a talk titled “Edible Forest Gardening: Living Sustainably in the City” with Jonathan Bates on Saturday, November 1, from 7 to 9 pm, at the Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School. He is the author of Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City. A second talk on Sunday, November 2, will focus on building backyard shelters to extend the growing season, this taking place at the New Haven Friends Meeting House, 4:30 to 6:40 p.m. Information and reservations at 203-387-7474 or by emailing mariatupper@gmail.com.


As the largest provider of women’s healthcare in the country, Planned Parenthood has recently stepped up efforts to protect women’s rights for reproductive choice, especially in light of recent Supreme Court decisions and with attempts by some members of the United States Congress to legislate further restrictions. With the 2014 elections rapidly approaching, Planned Parenthood has created a website, “Women Are Watching,” to suggest ways to let elected officials know that women will fight for their health and freedom of choice through the ballot box. More information about these activities is at womenarewatching.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.