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 26, 2016.
Between the Lines, the award-winning weekly news magazine, is holding a 25th anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., at New Haven’s United Church on the Green. Between the Lines got its start at WPKN in 1991, during the lead-up to the Persian Gulf War, and is now syndicated to over sixty other radio stations. The keynote speaker for the October 8th event is Jeremy Scahill, investigative journalist and filmmaker. Scahill’s talk, “Drones, Terrorism and The President,” will address America’s endless wars, “targeted assassinations,” and the critical policy decisions facing our next president. The event will also feature Democracy in Action Awards that will be given to New Haven community activist Barbara Fair, The Dragonfly Climate Collective, and Unidad Latina en Acción. More information about the October 8th event is available by calling 203-268-8446 or visiting squeakywheel.net.
On Tuesday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m., the Association of Native Americans at Yale, in collaboration with Fossil Free Yale and other student organizations will host lawyer and playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee) for a teach-in on the Dakota Access Pipeline. They will cover the effects of the pipeline and suggest ways to help the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies. The event will take place at Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, on the Yale University campus
The sister organizations Connecticut Fund for the Environment (or CFE) and Save the Sound are raising awareness about the fate of Plum Island. The U.S. Government will soon close its Plum Island Animal Disease Center, and the fate of the island has been unclear. Although it could possibly be sold for real estate development, environmentalists are calling on the island to remain in its natural state to protect the many endangered species that call it home. CFE has joined with a number of other local environmental groups to sue the governing agency of Plum Island, the Department of Homeland Security. More information about the lawsuit is at tinyurl.com/plumislandlawsuit. Those concerned are encouraged to sign a petition at tinyurl.com/saveplumisland2016. A thorough discussion of Plum Island’s history and its value as a wildlife refuge can be found at the website preserveplumisland.org.
Connecticut’s utility companies are continuing their aggressive tree removal in neighborhoods throughout the state. Their goal is to fell the entire tree if any part of that tree’s structure is within eight feet of a power line. Homeowners have rights to protect trees on their own property or within their neighborhoods. The Garden Club of New Haven has been taking action to protect trees in the state, and their informative website at tinyurl.com/saveatree2016 includes a list of tree wardens throughout the state as well as actions a homeowner can take if they are approached by a utility.
Most of WPKN’s public affairs, community programs, and cultural programs are now available by podcast. WPKN has a talented 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.