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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – August 31, 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 August 31, 2015.


On Friday, September 4 at 7:15 PM, the Madison Art Cinemas in Madison, Connecticut will hold a sneak preview of a new film based on Katha Pollitt’s book of essays Learning to Drive. Pollitt, a long-time journalist for The Nation magazine, who lives part of the year in Clinton, Connecticut, will be present for the screening and will hold a question and answer session following the movie. Further details can be found at madisonartcinemas.com/kathapollitt.html


Save Our Sound is organizing its annual end of season beach clean-up at many locations throughout Connecticut during September and October. More information is available at tinyurl.com/endofseasoncleanup.


A current exhibition at ArtSpace explores the pervasive links between race and incarceration. Arresting Patterns: Race and the Criminal Justice System is on view through September 13. This theme is also focus of The Jerome Project, an exhibit with works created by ArtSpace’s student apprentices during this year’s summer program. These shows will culminate with a two-day symposium at the Yale University Art Gallery on September 12 and 13. Information about the exhibitions and symposium is at arrestingpatterns.org.


As part of the annual Connecticut Folk Festival, which this year is taking place on Saturday, September 12, at Egerton Park in New Haven, the Connecticut Green Expo welcomes over 75 organizations and vendors who are promoting a green lifestyle and a sustainable future. More information is at ctfolk.com. Connecticut 350 is looking for volunteers to assist at the upcoming Connecticut Green Expo and other events. Volunteers can contact organizers@350CT.org.


Long Island residents continue to fight aircraft noise on the east end. An increasing number of wealthy summer residents are booking private flights, primarily by helicopter, to the Hamptons and other resort areas to avoid the congested highways. There have been ongoing court cases in recent months to limit this traffic, but the aviation industry is fighting to retain their business interests. Residents who have complaints about specific instances of a noisy aircraft or patterns of flight traffic can go to quietskiescoalition.org to find out ways to fight back against the noise and can also sign up to find out about ongoing efforts to regain the region’s Quiet Skies.


The battle to save thousands of trees in Connecticut continues. The state’s utility companies have announced that they will continue 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 Garden Club of New Haven has been at the forefront of the battle to empower local residents to protect trees on their properties and in their neighborhoods, and they have extensive resources for education and action available by going to www.gardenclubofnewhaven.org and clicking on the “Trees and Power” link. The Connecticut Fund for the Environment also asks for Connecticut residents to monitor and report tree-trimming activity in their communities by e-mailing jsteinberg@ctenvironment.org.


Bread and Puppet Theater is a familiar sight at protest rallies and other large progressive events. Their puppets, some of which have heights of 20 feet, are iconic symbols and rallying points for concerns across a wide range of issues. The William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut is hosting an exhibition , through October 11, titled Speak Up! Speak Out! Bread & Puppet Theater. The university is renowned for its puppet program and will be hosting related programming throughout the summer. More details can be found at benton.uconn.edu/bread-puppet-theater


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.


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.