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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – September 29, 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 September 22, 2014.


The organization Connecticut Voters for Gun Safety is calling on its supporters to turn out to show support for Governor Dannel Malloy in his debate with Thomas Foley. Foley has indicated he would seek to repeal the gun safety legislation that became law in the state of Connecticut in 2013. The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30. While the debate is not open to the public, concerned citizens can meet to take part in the action at the University of St. Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue in West Hartford. A map and more information are at tinyurl.com/ctgundebate.


On Long Island, the International Day of Nonviolence, commemorating the life of Gandhi and his legacy of peaceful resistance, will be celebrated on October 2. Professor Michael D’Innocenzo of Hofstra University will speak on the topic “We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For” at 7:00 p.m. in the university’s Cultural Center Theater. There will also be a performance by the Peace Poets. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement (516-463-5595) and the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives (516-741-4360).


Also on Long Island, the first performance of the 2014/2015 season will be taking place at PeaceSmiths’ Coffeehouse on Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m., featuring Hank Stone and Rough Folk, several other musical acts, and an open mic. These evenings of music are also an opportunity for local peace, environmental, and social justice activists to gather to exchange information and ideas. PeaceSmith Coffeehouse takes place at the First United Methodist Church in Amityville. More details about the monthly coffeehouse and other activities are at peacesmiths.wordpress.com.


OccupyDanbury has regular meetings and an ongoing film series. Upcoming films are Path to War on October 8 and Salvador Allende on October 22. These events take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Common Ground Community Arts Center, 33 Crosby Street in Danbury. More details are at occupydanbury.org.


The Arts Council of Greater New Haven is seeking proposals for community projects that would actively engage the public in the creative process. They believe that participatory art-making experiences can have a profound impact on towns and cities, enriching the quality of community life, enhancing the well-being of individuals, and building connections between people. The deadline for proposals is October 27, and more details about the project and how to apply can be found by e-mailing info@newhavenarts.org.


An international action against Monsanto will take place in locations worldwide on Sunday, October 12. A Connecticut march will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the entrance to the Bushnell Park, and activities will go on until 4:00 p.m. Participants in the family-friendly event will rally against bad food, bad business and bad politics and an end to genetically-modified food. More information about happenings worldwide is at march-against-monsanto.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.


Utility companies continue to carry out a radical tree removal strategy in municipalities across the state. With this modified program, utilities will remove trees that are within eight feet of power lines, rather than just pruning the trees’ limbs. Fearing a Connecticut where thousands of the state’s trees could disappear, residents have achieved protection for the trees on their property and in their neighborhoods with the passage of Connecticut’s House Bill 5408. Trees can only be removed with the permission of the property owner and the town’s tree warden. The Garden Club of New Haven has created a web page that includes actions that can be taken if a property owner would like to protect a tree from utility company removal. More details are at tinyurl.com/treeactions.


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.