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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – August 25, 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 August 25, 2014.


The North Carolina NAACP is holding a “Moral Week of Action” that began on Friday, August 22. This follows more than a year in which thousands of protesters in North Carolina have taken part in “Moral Mondays” to protest cuts in education funding and support of basic human services put into effect by the state’s Republican legislature and governor. These elected officials have also sought to cement their hold on the state’s policy-making process by drastic changes to North Carolina’s election laws. More information about the Moral Week of Action is at the North Carolina NAACP’s website: www.naacpnc.org. Many of the week’s events will be webcasted. The week will culminate on Thursday, August 28, with a rally to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington.


On Long Island, a meeting will take place this week to assess the long-range outlook for the region’s utility needs. PSEG has created a plan that can be viewed at tinyurl.com/psegplan. Among other things, the proposal includes PSEG’s long-term goals for investments in renewable energy and conservation initiatives. A public statement hearing takes place on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 10:30 am at the Evans K. Griffing Building, 300 Center Drive in Riverhead.


On Sunday, September 21, a rally to call attention to the devastating effects of climate change will be held in New York City, and locations around the world will be holding similar events throughout the weekend. Organizers are hoping this will be the largest such rally ever, and numerous local organizations are putting together transportation and pre-rally meetings to prepare. In Connecticut, one such organizer is 350CT.org, and details about their activities can be found at tinyurl.com/climatechangerally. On Long Island, The primary web-page for information about the rally is at peoplesclimate.org.


The 2014 Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo will take place on Saturday, September 7th, in New Haven’s Edgerton Park. The event begins at 11:00 AM, and the Green Expo is open until 5:00 PM. Musical performances continue through 10:00 PM. The Green Expo is one of the oldest and largest in the state and includes many family-friendly activities. More information is at ctfolk.org


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.


The Connecticut Fund for the Environment is working to maintain the health of the Long Island Sound through various activities. Residents throughout the region can sign on to the new “Long Island Sound Pledge,” and commit to various actions such as reaching out to local political officials or establishing gardens to reduce soil erosion that would wash into the Sound. More details about this endeavor are at ctenvironment.org.


Utility companies have begun their new tree pruning project in municipalities across the state. With this modified program, utilities will attempt to 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 be felled, 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 page outlining 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.