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 December 9, 2013.
New Haven’s Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church will hold a memorial service honoring the life and legacy of President Nelson Mandela on Sunday, December 15th at 4 pm. The congregation is located at 215 Dixwell Avenue, and details are available at 203-787-5839.
A National Vigil for all Victims of Gun Violence will take place on Thursday, December 12th, from 3:45-5:00 pm, at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. On the cusp of the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, The Newtown Foundation and Washington National Cathedral will host a vigil service of mourning and loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America. Special guests and dignitaries, as well as people and leaders from across the country, will honor the more than 30,000 Americans who have died from a gunshot since the Newtown shooting. More information is at newtownaction.org, and the organization is also soliciting contributions to support transportation for those who can’t afford it. More information is at rally.org/vigil
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture or NRCAT will be hosting a discussion in New Haven titled “Ending US-Sponsored Torture Forever” on Wednesday, December 11, at 7 pm at the United Church on the Green. The National Religious Campaign Against Torture works to end US-sponsored torture at home and abroad. The evening program will focus on both fronts with presentations by Hope Metcalf, Yale Law School, and Matt Hawthorne, Policy Director of NRCAT. For information, you can contact Allie Perry at email@example.com or 203-215-2613
Also on December 11 will be a rally in support of the Greenpeace Arctic 30, taking place at 4:30 p.m. on the New Haven Green. Connecticut has a connection to the Arctic 30, the climate activists arrested in Russia in September after attempting to climb an Arctic oil drilling rig: The Greenpeace ship’s captain Peter Willcox grew up in Norwalk and still has family in the area. The 30 arrestees — from 18 countries — were sounding the warning that the burning of fossil fuels has drastically melted Arctic Sea ice, and that more drilling may lead to catastrophic climate change. Finally released on bail, the 30 are not allowed to leave Russia. Rally participants will be calling on Russia to drop the charges and let the Arctic 30 be home by Christmas. They will also be calling on President Obama to deny all permits for oil and gas drilling in the Alaskan Arctic. Keynote speaker will be Janet Dalziell, Director of Global Development for Greenpeace International. Members of Captain Wilcox’s family will send messages of thanks and solidarity, as they head to Russia to be with him. The event is sponsored by the New Haven Ad Hoc Committee to Free the Arctic 30, which can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
In New Haven, artists and artisans are joining together Thursday, December 12 for a benefit event to fight climate change and protect coastland, sponsored by ArtSpace and the Tidewater Institute. A Pop-Up Market of local, sustainable gift-giving options will be surrounded by ArtSpace’s new climate change exhibit Futurecast. The Tidewater Institute is a non-profit conservation initiative working to protect the finite natural resources of the lower Connecticut River. ArtSpace supports activities for the community of visual artists who live and work throughout the greater New Haven area. An Arts for Action Concert will feature music by Lara Herscovitch. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., and more information is available by e-mailing Tidewater.Institute.LIS@gmail.com
Residents throughout the area are being urged to take action to combat climate change on a personal and local level. New Haven Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge looks to the solutions that could reduce global warming and greenhouse gases and revitalize local neighborhoods and residents’ our well-being. They are calling on New Haven residents to commit to: Two days of walking, biking, or public transit a month • Choosing a 100% renewable option on a electricity • Two meat-free days a week • And Recycling all glass, cans, paper, plastics, and composting. Further details are available at healthyclimatechallenge.org.
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 email@example.com. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.
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