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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – September 22, 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.

With 400,000 people marching in New York City to raise the alarm about climate change, and thousands more taking action in 150 countries throughout the globe, citizens of the world have shown that they are deeply concerned about this issue. In the days going forward, a broader range of actions will be taken in communities that span the earth. Peoplesclimate.org will continue to be a central hub for information about this battle.

As autumn cleanups continue at shoreline locations as well as along rivers and other estuaries, the Connecticut River Watershed Council is sponsoring workdays on Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27. To find out more information about where actions are taking place or to list your own event, you can click on the “Source to Sea Clean-up” link at ctriver.org.

A rally to promote peace will take place in New Haven on Saturday, September 27. Beginning with a march at 11:30 a.m. at 26 Charles Street, there will then be a rally on the lower New Haven Green at 1:30 p.m. The rain date is October 4.

Tuesday, September 23, is “National Register to Vote Day” with actions and events taking place in a number of locations. More information about happenings in Connecticut, on Long Island, and nationwide can be found at nationalvoterregistrationday.org/events/.

OccupyDanbury has regular meetings and an ongoing film series. Bill Moyers’ North Carolina: State of Conflict will be shown on Wednesday, September 24, along with Art is a Weapon in the Battle of Ideas. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at “A Common Ground Community Arts Center” at 33 Crosby Street in Danbury. Upcoming films in the same location are Path to War on October 8 and Salvador Allende on October 22. More details are at occupydanbury.org.

Environmentalist Fabien Cousteau will speak at the annual meeting of The Connecticut Fund for the Environment on Sunday, September 28, at Ridgefield Library.
Fabien, grandson of Jacques, is an oceanographer and filmmaker. In 2010, he launched “Plant A Fish,” a nonprofit designed to empower communities and children to help restore local water ecosystems through the healthy "replanting" of key marine species.”  More information is at ctenvironment.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 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 just updated their 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.