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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – April 16, 2018

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 April 16, 2018.

WPKN’s White Rose Political Calendar has served as a clearing-house for political action for over two decades. In this new and quickly changing political world, the calendar will continue to give voice to those who are taking action to protect our basic rights to a clean planet, good health, and respect for people of all cultures and ethnicities. The weekly calendar is always available at wpkn.org/whiterose. Notices about upcoming actions can be sent to valrichardson@wpkn.org.

The group United for Peace and Justice of UFPJ is hosting a two-part webinar on “Challenging Islamophobia” on Tuesday April 17 and Thursday May 10. These teaching sessions will include leaders from the Muslim Justice League, the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR], and the American Friends Service Committee. More details and information can be found by going to unitedforpeace.org and clicking on “Confronting Islamophobia” at the top of the page

New Haven’s tenth annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Bike Ride takes place on Saturday, April 28. The event features routes of various lengths for everyone from families with young children to riders at the most advanced level. This year’ five-mile family route will feature a parade. All proceeds from Rock to Rock go to support various environmental groups in the area. Details about all of the planned activities are at rocktorock.donordrive.com.

The Connecticut Bail fund supports impoverished individuals who cannot pay their pre-trial bail. The Bail Fund are making a special push this Mother’s Day to aid incarcerated women and girls. In addition to raising money for the fund, they are calling on individuals to help assemble care packages, and there will be a rally against incarceration of women and girls on Tuesday, May 8, at York Prison in Niantic. More details are at available at www.ctbailfund.org/mothers-day

“A Font of Her Own” will be a creative community gathering of women and those concerned about women’s issues, continuing the energy begun in the 2017 and 2018 Women’s Marches. The event will take place on Wednesday May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., at New Haven’s Institute Library. Participants will use a special “font,” the “Feminist Letters,” to write letters to Connecticut’s elected legislative representatives emphasizing the importance of good health, good education, and reproductive freedom for women, children, and all people. The event is sponsored by the Institute Library, Nasty Women Connecticut, and the Feminist Letters Team. More info can be found at institutelibrary.org and by clicking on “Events,” “Upcoming,” and scrolling down to May 9. More info about the “Feminist Letters” font is at thefeministletters.com.

The Connecticut Audubon Society will celebrate spring with a “Migration Madness” weekend on Friday, May 18 through Sunday May 20. Celebrating the return of many bird species to Connecticut, this event takes place with bird walks, movies, and other events throughout the state. In addition, individual birders and teams are invited to participate in a bird count competition to raise money to protect birds and the environment. More information is at www.ctaudubon.org/MigrationMadness.

The Left Forum will present numerous speakers and panel discussions on the topic “Towards a New Strategy for the Left,” on June 1 through 3. This annual event takes place at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. They are also still accepting proposals for panels and workshops. More information on attending or participating in this event is at leftforum.org.

The bus company Greyhound has been cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to allow random searches for undocumented immigrants on its buses. American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in several states are taking court action to prevent this practice. The ACLU argues that these searches and subsequent arrests violate constitutional fourth-amendment rights to protect individuals on private property when there is not consent or a warrant. The ACLU is also calling on consumers to make their voices heard by signing a petition located at tinyurl.com/aclu-greyhound-petition.

There are a number of organizations in our local communities working to support immigrant resettlement, housing, and education and, particularly, to protect immigrants who are facing deportation. In New Haven, Unidad Latina en Acción is a grassroots organization of immigrants defending labor, civil, and human rights. They have worked with a number of immigrants who have gone into sanctuary rather than face deportation. Their website is at ulanewhaven.org.

On Long Island, Neighbors in Support of Immigrants, or NISI, works with immigrants in many ways. Their website has further listings of faith groups and others working to protect immigrants at tinyurl.com/supportimmigrants; you can also search for the group on Facebook. The group Progressive East End Reformers (PEER) helps immigrants and “Dreamers” and is working in advance of the 2018 elections to question candidates about their stands on immigration. They can be found by searching for PEER/NYPAN on Facebook. And Organization Latina Americana, a culture, arts, education, and advocacy organization can be found at www.olaofeasternlongisland.org.

Nationally, the New Sanctuary Movement is forming local chapters of faith groups and their supporters who provide sanctuary to immigrants who are facing imminent deportation. Their website includes a detailed “Rapid Response Toolkit” and a pledge that individuals can sign to commit themselves or their faith organizations to support the sanctuary movement. Their website is at www.sanctuarynotdeportation.org

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has moved “people power” into action. Their new website at peoplepower.org allows groups throughout the United States to publicize their local activities. These actions address issues ranging from voting rights to immigration rights to the protection of civil liberties that is at the core of the ACLU mission.

The Union of Concerned Scientists seeks to stand up for the importance of fact-based, peer-reviewed research in maintaining a healthy planet and safer world. They have a regular newsletter and an ongoing activist network to lobby congress and the administration, with more information at www.ucsusa.org.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, tracks hate crimes in the United States. With many groups having become emboldened during the Trump regime, such as was seen in the attacks earlier this year in Charlottesville, the SPLC has provided tools to counter such hatred. Their website, at www.splcenter.org, features a ten-step guide to protect oppressed groups and promote healthy communities. The SPLC has also recently published a guide to fight hate speech on campuses.

Amnesty International USA continues to keep working to stop discriminatory immigration bans and other U.S. actions that are endangering basic human rights. Their website is at www.amnestyusa.org. Amnesty International also works on a range of other issues within the United States including abolishing the death penalty, ending gun violence, and protecting the rights of the gay and transgender community.

While Amnesty International fights for human rights abroad, the group Moral Monday Connecticut pushes for equal rights and social and economic justice in the state of Connecticut. Moral Monday is a movement started in North Carolina after their governor and state legislature introduced draconian cuts to education and essential social services. Moral Monday Connecticut can be found online at moralmondayct.org.

New Haven’s Bioregional Group “Connects New Haveners to their life-place,” organizing numerous environmentally-focused activities themselves and promoting activities of like-minded organizations in the region. Their website is newhavenbioregionalgroup.org.

Many of WPKN’s public affairs, community programs, and cultural programs are available by podcast. WPKN has a talented and passionate pool of programmers who are deeply curious about the world around them. Their interviews are lively, timely, and a perfect companion for your morning run or afternoon car trip. You can find out more information by going to wpkn.org and clicking on the podcast link. More than ever, community radio stations like WPKN will be essential to provide an outlet for alternative political and cultural points of view.

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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