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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – December 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 December 22, 2014.


Environmental supporters are being invited to take action in Middletown, Connecticut, on Tuesday, December 23rd in advance of a court hearing for Dan Fischer & Vic Lancia. These two men were arrested a week ago in Cromwell while blocking the entrance to a compression station owned by the Spectra Corporation for gas that is derived from fracking. They did so as part of an action to prevent the expansion of Spectra’s gas pipeline in Connecticut and New England. Tuesday’s action is being held at the Superior Court for Middlesex County, and attendees can sign up and get more information at tinyurl.com/december23action.


Following the recent announcement by the Obama administration that the U.S. will seek to normalize relations with Cuba, there will be a film and community forum on Saturday, January 10 at 2 p.m., at the New Haven Free Public Library. Films by Cuban director and cinematographer Roberto Chile will be shown with refreshments to follow. More information can be found by going to nhfpl.org, clicking on “Events,” and clicking on January 10 on the calendar at the top of the page.


A vigil and benefit concert will be held on Sunday, January 11, for the Middle East Children’s Alliance and other organizations that work to better the lives of children in the Gaza Strip. The First Presbyterian Church of Hartford will be the location of this concert by violinist Michael Dabroski. Information the Middle East Children’s Alliance is at mecaforpeace.org. Information about the January 11 event can be had by calling 860-429-3107


New Haven’s Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge encourages New Haven citizens, or anyone who wishes to participate, to act for a cleaner and more sustainable environment by committing to small changes in their daily lives. During the month of December, the challenge for participants is to make a switch to sustainable energy for domestic electric power. Most locales allow residents to choose between large utility companies such as UI and CL&P or smaller companies that derive their power from sources such as wind or solar power. More information about this month-long challenge can be found by going to healthyclimatechallenge.org and clicking on the Santa Claus emblem on the right side of the page.


Gateway Community College in New Haven is hosting an International Anti-War Cartoon Exhibition through January 17 in its New Alliance Art Gallery. The International Antiwar Cartoon Salon was founded 30 years ago in Kragujevac, Serbia, one of 130 so-called peace messenger cities around the world. The show is juried from more than 500 submissions. An article about the exhibit can be found at tinyurl.com/internationalantiwarcartoon


A group called “Badhoneywell.org” is petitioning Honeywell International to protest its manufacture of the engine, guidance, and targeting equipment for the MQ-9 Reaper drone. Honeywell profits from United States drone surveillance and drone attacks that have resulted in the deaths of more than 4,000 people worldwide. More information and the petition can be found at badhoneywell.org. This site also includes a list of common consumer items produced by Honeywell and encourages boycotting purchase of these items.


An interfaith conference on illegal drones will take place at the Princeton Theological Seminary on January 23 through 25, 2015. U.S. drone strikes continue in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. On this weekend, people of faith from across the nation, many representing denominations, faith groups and religious organizations, will go to Princeton to address the issue of drone warfare. More information is at tinyurl.com/dronewarfare.


The Connecticut Fund for the Environment is calling for full containment and clean-up of the English Station power plant on the Mill River in New Haven. Although it was closed eleven years ago in 2003, the site still has not been cleaned, and a ruptured oil tank inside the facility recently leaked oil into the nearby waterway. The Fund encourages concerned citizens to contact the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection by e-mailing dennis.schain@ct.gov.


Schools and other institutions throughout the country continue to remove their endowment and pension investments from oil companies and other carbon-based industries. Realizing the profound effect that burning fossil fuels has on raising the earth’s temperature, these institutions have made a moral choice not to fund these companies. While some large universities have made the decision to go fossil-free, others, including Yale University, are continuing to support these industries through their investments. More information can be found at gofossilfree.org.


In the wake of the midterm elections, the NAACP of North Carolina is continuing its actions to insist that the state’s government fully fund education and social welfare programs. The state’s electoral system has been under scrutiny as many citizens were disenfranchised in the recent election. In addition to continuing to hold its weekly “Moral Mondays” throughout the state, the NAACP will be encouraging people around the United States to take action through its second “Moral People’s Assembly” on February 14. More information is at naacpnc.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.