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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – May 22, 2017

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 May 22, 2017.


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 annual Left Forum gathering in New York City presents three days of panels, workshops, and film-screenings focusing on a wide variety of progressive causes and presented by individuals from diverse cultures and viewpoints from around the world. This year’s gathering takes place June 2 through 4 at John Jay College in New York City, under the theme of “The Resistance.” More details and a complete schedule are at leftforum.org.


The group Every Town for Gun Safety, which has been active in the fight for common-sense gun legislation in Connecticut, is calling on concerned citizens to wear orange on June 2, National Gun Awareness Day. This is a nationwide event, and more details about local marches and rallies can be found at wearorange.org. This day of action was inspired by friends of a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire. Her life is being honored by encouraging everyone to wear the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others.


A number of peace and activist groups, including the group “United for Peace and Justice,” have created an online petition to ask congress to “enact legislation to block the use of any U.S. taxpayer funds for continuing warfare, directly or by proxy, in Syria.” The petition is available at tinyurl.com/syriawarfunding. The United for Peace and Justice website also includes a call for using diplomacy, not war efforts, to engage the parties on the Korean peninsula.


The organizers of the January Women’s March, which was attended by five million people worldwide, followed up the event with suggestions for ten further actions. The final of these ten actions is a “Pledge of Liberation,” to protest the House’s proposed health plan that restricts funding for a wide range of reproductive and other women-specific health needs. Individuals can sign the “Pledge of Liberation” by going to womensmarch.com, where there are also suggestions for further actions, from demonstrations at congressional offices to acts of civil disobedience.


The recent “March for Science” represents a larger, ongoing effort to preserve funding for a wide variety of scientific research and to stand up for the necessity of fact-based, peer-reviewed science. The Union of Concerned Scientists is one such organization that works for “Science for a healthy planet and safer world.” They have a regular newsletter and an ongoing activist network to lobby congress and the presidential administration, with more information at www.ucsusa.org.


The Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, tracks hate crimes in the United States, with a sharp rise in such activities being seen with the rise of the Trump regime. SPLC also defends the rights of minorities, immigrants, and other oppressed groups and investigates the hate groups that have proliferated throughout the country. SPLC has just published a report on the first 100 days of the Trump administration, available at www.splcenter.org, where one can also sign up for regular newsletters.


Many of WPKN’s public affairs, community programs, and cultural programs are now 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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