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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – February 23, 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 February 23, 2015.


The Yale Law School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies are hosting the annual New Directions in Environmental Law Conference on Saturday, February 28, at beginning at 8:15 a.m. Open to the public, this event is being held in Kroon Hall at the School of Forestry, and will feature a full day of panels and speakers. This year’s event is titled “Harnessing the Momentum,” referring to the need to build upon the great energy and enthusiasm seen in last autumn’s climate change rally in New York City. More information is at tinyurl.com/newdirectionsconference


350CT.org is calling for activists to write to Connecticut’s Governor and U.S. Senators and to urge them not to support legislation that would expand pipelines for fracked gas. Governor Malloy and Senators Blumenthal and Murphy have said they would vote in favor of pipeline bills. Contact information for these three individuals can be found below:

Office of the Governor
Dannel P. Malloy
TEL: (860) 566-4840
TOLL-FREE: (800) 406-1527

Senator Richard Blumenthal,

724 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2823
http://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/contact/

Senator Christopher Murphy
303 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-4041
http://www.murphy.senate.gov/contact/


The group Long Island Jobs with Justice is presenting a conference titled “Working But Still Poor,” on March 13. Taking place at the Touro Law Center, the conference presents sessions on topics ranging from gender inequality to public transportation. The keynote speaker is the Reverend Jim Wallace, the president and founder of Sojourners, an organization committed to faith in action for social justice. More information about the conference is at www.longislandjwj.org.


The group Promoting Enduring Peace is helping to organize a conference and large peace rally in April in New York City to coincide with a United Nations gathering to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. On April 24 and 25, there will be an international conference to call for a nuclear-free world. On April 26, a rally and march is being organized. Specific demands of the organizers are available at www.peaceandplanet.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.


The Connecticut Fund for the Environment works throughout Connecticut’s legislative session to advocate for the environmental health of the state and region. Interested individuals can sign up for action alerts to remain informed of upcoming legislation that affects the state’s environment and to find out ways that people can help affect the outcome of individual bills by attending hearings and contacting their local legislative representatives. To be added to the CFE mailing list, go to ctenvironment.org.


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.


Noise pollution has become a serious problem on the eastern end of Long Island, particularly with the increased use of helicopters by wealthy New York City residents to reach their vacation destinations in the beach communities. The Quiet Skies Coalition provides contact information to file noise complaints and information about local and state legislation and regulations that address the noise issue. During the winter, municipal councils are considering restrictions that would limit the air traffic that is deafening local communities. A sign-up list for news updates is available at quietskiescoalition.org/ACT.html.


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.