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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – April 20, 2015

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 20, 2015.


The Rev. William Barber, the President of the North Carolina NAACP and founder of the Moral Monday Movement, will be at Stony Brook University on Tuesday, April 28, at 5 PM. He will be speaking on “The Moral Foundation of Worker Rights” as the Inaugural Distinguished Lecture in Working Class Studies. The event is being held at the Student Activities Center, and more information is available at tinyurl.com/williambarberstonybrook.


The seventh annual Rock-to-Rock fundraiser will take place in New Haven on Saturday, April 25. Numerous individuals and teams take part in this Earth-day bicycle ride to raise money for local, state, and national environmental causes. Participants can choose from numerous routes, from eight-mile, family-friendly leisure rides to 100-mile treks for hard-core bicyclists. Music, food, and fun activities are provided along the way. More information is at rocktorock.donordrive.com. Those who wish to participate through contributions rather than by mounting a bicycle can find teams and individuals to support at the same web address.


The group Promoting Enduring Peace is helping to organize a conference and large peace rally in April in New York City to coincide with a United Nations gathering to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. On Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, there will be an international conference to call for a nuclear-free world. On Sunday, April 26, a rally and march are being organized. The organizers’ specific goals for these actions are available at www.peaceandplanet.org


New Haven’s Annual MayDay celebration is an opportunity for activists who support labor, environmental, immigration, and other progressive causes to meet together and show themselves as a force in the region’s political and economic structures. Participants will gather at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, on the New Haven Green for a march and rally. Between 5:30 and 8 p.m., authors of the book May Day at Yale, 1970: Recollections will be at Atticus bookstore for a discussion of a historic May Day in New Haven’s past.


The state budget proposed by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy makes drastic cuts to education budgets as well as social services for children and the neediest residents of the state. A Moveon petition will be presented this week to the Connecticut state legislature requesting full funding for children and adults who have serious developmental disabilities. In the current budget, all funding for daily care and education of the state’s most seriously disable residents will be eliminated, placing an enormous emotional and economic burden on the families of these individuals. The petition can be found at tinyurl.com/moveonctdevelopment.

Also deeply affected by the proposed budget is funding for the state’s environmental programs and state parks. The Connecticut Fund for the Environment invites concerned citizens to sign up at ctenvironment.org for updates about hearings as well as suggestions for contacting elected officials. Details about specific cuts to the budget for the environment are at tinyurl.com/envionmentalcuts


350CT will be organizing a large climate march on May 31 in Hartford to coincide with the Hartford Earth Festival. Organizing and brainstorming sessions will be ongoing in advance of the May event. 350 CT is also planning several informational sessions about the dangers of building pipelines in Connecticut. The best way to stay informed about these many upcoming events is to join the announcement list by going to 350ct.org and clicking on “Sign up” in the banner at the top of the page.


Connecticut utility companies have announced that they will be continuing to cut trees that have the potential to fall and disrupt electrical service. Their current policy, which is opposed by many community and environmental groups, would fell an entire tree if any part of that tree is within eight feet of a power line. The state of Connecticut has passed legislation that allows individual home owners to protect trees on their property. More information about these protections and actions that can be found at www.gardenclubofnewhaven.org/actions-you-can-take.html or by going to “Save Hamden Trees” on Facebook.


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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