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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – May 25, 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 25, 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. As the legislative session is moving into its final weeks, citizens can contact their local representatives to voice their protest over money being slashed from many essential programs.

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. Individuals can sign a petition that calls for this funding to be fully returned to the budget at tinyurl.com/moveonctdevelopment. An organization that provides ongoing networking and information for these families as well as political activism is “The Arc Connecticut.” Their website is at www.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

Left Forum 2015 will take place May 29 through 31 at John Jay College in New York City. Left Forum is an annual conference of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, and the interested public who come together to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. The theme of this year’s meeting is “No Justice, No Peace: Confronting the Crises of Capitalism and Democracy.” More details can be found at leftforum.org.

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.

On Long Island, the PeaceSmiths’ Coffeehouse will take place on Friday, June 5, 2017 at 8 p.m., featuring HypnoSmoothie and Deborah Lombardi. These evenings of music are also an opportunity for local peace, environmental, and social justice activists 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.

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.