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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – September 15, 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 8, 2014.

On Sunday, September 21, a rally to call attention to the devastating effects of climate change will be held in New York City, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and departing from Columbus Circle. Organizers are hoping this will be the largest such rally ever, and numerous local organizations are putting together transportation and pre-rally meetings to prepare. In Connecticut, one such organizer is 350CT.org, and details about their activities can be found at tinyurl.com/climatechangerally. The primary web-page for information about the rally is at peoplesclimate.org. Information about discounted train tickets in Connecticut is available at ctclimatetrain.org, and details about bus transportation from Long Island is available by e-mailing eastendclimatebus@gmail.com

On Monday, September 22, 6:00 p.m., Len Yannielli, author of the book Moon Shadow of War, will speak at the Mitchell Branch of the New Haven Public Library, 37 Harrison Street. The book is about the awakening of activism in a “typical” young American faced with the Vietnam War in the 60’s, and the event is co-sponsored by the City of New Haven Peace Commission, Greater New Haven Peace Council, and Promoting Enduring Peace. Details are at tinyurl.com/moonshadowofwar.

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.

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 to 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 created a page outlining 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.

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