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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – October 20, 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 October 20, 2014.

“Beyond Extreme Energy” is the title of a week of actions beginning November 1 in Washington, D.C. Extreme energy extraction includes fracking, tar sands, deep ocean drilling, Arctic drilling, and surface mining and undermining practices such as mountaintop removal and long-wall coal mining. On Saturday, November 1, activists will join with the Great March for Climate Change, which has been walking across the country since it left Los Angeles in early March. On November 1 they will arrive in DC to be joined by thousands of other concerned individuals as they march into downtown Washington to call for serious action by government officials on the climate crisis. On November 2, there will be training in civil disobedience actions, and then there will be several days of actions of the headquarters of The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. More info is at tinyurl.com/retirefossilfuels

The New England Ibero American Film Festival is dedicated to the promotion of the Hispanic culture through the exhibition of feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations, often on critical issues facing this community. It also includes other artistic work produced in Latin America, Spain and/or Portugal. NEFIAC is hosted in New Haven by Yale University and in Providence by Brown University. The opening night is Tuesday, October 21, at Arts Hall, 55 Audubon Street, and it runs through October 26 with screenings at the Whitney Humanities Center. Their website is nefiac.com.

The New Haven Workers Association/Unidad Latina en Acción will hold its fourth annual Day of the Dead celebration on Saturday, November 1. Festival participants will gather at 4:00 p.m., and the march will begin at 5:00 p.m. Families can participate in puppet-making workshop on October 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. New Haven Worker’s Association is committed to immigrant rights and resistance against deportation of undocumented immigrants. Information about ongoing activities can be found by searching for the group on Facebook.

OccupyDanbury has regular meetings and an ongoing film series. Their upcoming film is 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.

Several New Haven environmental groups are presenting a talk titled “Edible Forest Gardening: Living Sustainably in the City” with Jonathan Bates on Saturday, November 1, from 7 to 9 pm, at the Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School. He is the author of Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City. A second talk on Sunday, November 2, will focus on building backyard shelters to extend the growing season, this taking place at the New Haven Friends Meeting House, 4:30 to 6:40 p.m. Information and reservations at 203-387-7474 or by emailing mariatupper@gmail.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.

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.