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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – June 19, 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 June 19, 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 Connecticut chapter of January’s Women’s March continues to organize and raise awareness for numerous local groups. The “Justice in June” campaign lists a dozen events including a “Bridgeport votes” rally at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 24. The organization’s website is at womensmarchct.org, and their twitter account is @womensmarchct.


The Women’s March is also hosting a “Day of Dinners” on Sunday, June 25. Women, men, and families from all over the United States will gather around dinner tables and picnic blankets around the country to share stories and build community. Interested participants can sign up to host or attend a dinner at www.dayofdinners.org.


Science isn’t going away. 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.


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.


The Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, tracks hate crimes in the United States, with a sharp rise in such activities being seen with the rise of the Trump regime. SPLC also defends the rights of minorities, immigrants, and other oppressed groups and investigates the hate groups that have proliferated throughout the country. SPLC has just published a report on the first 100 days of the Trump administration, available at www.splcenter.org, where one can also sign up for regular newsletters.


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 are essential for providing 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.