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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – May 4, 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 May 4, 2015.

The state budget proposed by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy makes drastic cuts to funding for the arts, the environment, and services for the state’s neediest citizens. The Connecticut Association for Nonprofits is an umbrella group for organizations that work for a wide range of causes in the state, and they will be holding “The Mother of All Lobby Days” on Wednesday, May 6. Activists will be visiting legislators between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. with everyone coming together at 1:00 p.m. for a “visible display of unity.” More information about this day of action is at ctnonprofits.org/policy/LobbyDay2015.

Particularly hard hit with this budget are services for individuals with developmental disabilities. In the current budget, all funding for daily care and education of the state’s most seriously disabled residents will be eliminated, placing an enormous emotional and economic burden on the families of these individuals. An organization that provides ongoing networking and information for these families as well as political activism is “The Arc Connecticut.” Their website is at thearcct.org.

Also deeply affected by the proposed budget is funding for the state’s environmental programs and state parks. The Connecticut Fund for the Environment invites concerned citizens to sign up at ctenvironment.org for updates about hearings as well as suggestions for contacting elected officials. Details about specific cuts to the budget for the environment are at tinyurl.com/envionmentalcuts

350CT will be organizing a large climate march on May 31 in Hartford to coincide with the Hartford Earth Festival. Organizing and brainstorming sessions will be ongoing in advance of the May event. 350 CT is also planning several informational sessions about the dangers of building pipelines in Connecticut. The best way to stay informed about these many upcoming events is to join the announcement list by going to 350ct.org and clicking on “Sign up” in the banner at the top of the page.

There is ongoing work by activists to prevent fracking in the state of Connecticut. This battle is also being carried out at the local level, with individual communities banning the practice within their towns, as Washington, Connecticut, has recently done. More information about the national fight against fracking is at foodandwaterwatch.org and in Connecticut, by searching for Food & Water Watch – Connecticut on Facebook.

Connecticut utility companies have announced that they will be continuing to cut trees that have the potential to fall and disrupt electrical service. Their current policy, which is opposed by many community and environmental groups, would fell an entire tree if any part of that tree is within eight feet of a power line. The state of Connecticut has passed legislation that allows individual home owners to protect trees on their property. More information about these protections and actions that can be found at www.gardenclubofnewhaven.org/actions-you-can-take.html or by going to “Save Hamden Trees” on Facebook.

A source of information about ongoing peace and justice efforts both in Connecticut and throughout the world is the organization Promoting Enduring Peace. Their website is at pepeace.org, and their source to disseminate news about a wide range of issues and actions is at peacenews.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.