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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – May 2, 2016

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 2, 2016.


Those who are concerned about unnecessary tree destruction by Connecticut’s utility companies might wish to know about Connecticut House Bill 5150, which gives homeowners further rights to protect the trees at their homes or in their neighborhoods. The Bill also requires utilities to provide an annual January plan to each local town stating when and where they plan to cut during the upcoming year. Concerned citizens can contact their local Connecticut state senators to encourage them to bring this bill into the senate for consideration. The deadline for action is this Wednesday, May 4.


On Long Island, the monthly PeaceSmiths’ Coffeehouse will be taking place on Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m., featuring the Triceratones In The Round with Rorie Kelly, Pauline Salotti, Martha Trachtenberg and Claire Raby. Other performers will also have the opportunity to present music during an open mic. These evenings of music are 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.


A special meeting of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change will take place on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hartford Public Library. 350 Connecticut supporters are encouraged to attend to show strength of purpose in supporting sustainable energy and a move away from fossil fuel use. The council will release a report, which is available at tinyurl.com/ctgovclimatecouncil.


The Connecticut Fund for the Environment is celebrating Mother’s Day this year by helping mother fish to more easily reach their spawning grounds. On Saturday, May 7, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., volunteers will gather in Mystic at the Whitford Brook stream bank, where a dam has recently been removed, to plant native species alongside the flowing water. The event takes place at 55 New London Turnpike, and participants are encouraged to bring gloves and to wear appropriate shoes for working in the mud. RSVP or ask for more information by e-mailing restoration@savethesound.org.


The Connecticut Fund for the Environment is also celebrating spring and the coming summer with a host of activities including activism for the future of Plum Island, a New Haven family festival on Saturday, May 7, and Connecticut Trails Day on Saturday, June 4. More information about these and many other events can be found by going to ctenvironment.org and clicking on the “Get Involved” button to the right and then the “Calendar of Events.”


On Thursday, May 12, New Haven’s Site Projects presents a public lecture with MacArthur “Genius” Rick Lowe, an artist and community organizer whose Houston-based “Project Row Houses” is considered an important example of social-practice art. This free lecture takes place at New Haven’s Co-Op High School, 177 College Street, at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by going to siteprojects.org and scrolling down to the Rick Lowe information section.


Celebrating the 50th anniversary year of Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed, the Center for Study of Responsive Law has announced a conference and four days of civic mobilization at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on May 23 to 26, 2016. The theme of this citizen mobilization will be to elaborate ways to “break through the power” to secure long-overdue democratic solutions. This “Civic Mobilization” will involve thousands of people at Constitution Hall and around the country. More information is available at breakingthroughpower.org.


The Greater New Haven Labor History Association will have its annual conference and meeting on Sunday, June 5, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 267 Chapel Street in New Haven. The organization’s late president, Nicholas Aiello, will be honored. A talk will be given about by author Anthony Riccii who has written books on the labor movement in New Haven. This year’s Augusta Lewis Troup Award will be given to Louise Fortin, Nicholas Aiello’s sister and a retired garment worker. The mission of the Labor History Association is to collect, preserve and share information about working class and labor history in the New Haven community and beyond. More information is available by contacting joan@laborhistory.org or calling 203-668-9082.


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.