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 March 2, 2015.
The Connecticut Fund for the Environment is calling attention to radical cuts to environmental funding in Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposed budget for the state of Connecticut. Concerned citizens can sign up for updates about hearings and opportunities to contact their elected officials at ctenvironment.org. Details about specific cuts to the budget are at tinyurl.com/envionmentalcuts.
ArtSpace in New Haven is hosting the exhibition Vertical Reach, which looks at the current political climate in Eastern Europe through the eyes of artists from that region and throughout the world. Associated activities will include a karaoke night of protest songs on March 7. More information is at artspacenh.org.
On the anniversary of the 2007 bombing of a booksellers’ market in Baghdad, a reading will be held to call attention to ongoing worldwide attacks against reading and readers. This event will be held at the Institute Library in New Haven and will feature local writers reading excerpts from the anthology Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here. Details about the event can be found by going to institutelibrary.org and by clicking on “Events.”
On Monday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m., Chris Cryder, Special Projects Coordinator for the organization Save the Sound, will present a “virtual tour” of Plum Island at the Henry Carter Hull Library in Clinton, Connecticut. The island, currently home to federal government facilities, is slated to be sold off to the highest bidder. However, organizations concerned about the environment are calling for permanent protection for the many threatened species that call this island home. The library’s website is at hchlibrary.org.
The monthly Peacesmith’s Coffee House will be held on Friday, March 6, at the First Methodist Church in Amityville on Long Island. Along with music and fun, these events offer an opportunity for activist groups on Long Island to meet with each other and to exchange literature about upcoming events. More information is at peacesmiths.wordpress.com
The group Long Island Jobs with Justice is presenting a conference titled “Working But Still Poor,” on March 13. Taking place at the Touro Law Center, the conference presents sessions on topics ranging from gender inequality to public transportation. The keynote speaker is the Reverend Jim Wallace, the president and founder of Sojourners, an organization committed to faith in action for social justice. More information about the conference is at www.longislandjwj.org.
350CT.org is calling for activists to write to Connecticut’s Governor and U.S. Senators and to urge them not to support legislation that would expand pipelines for fracked gas. Governor Malloy and Senators Blumenthal and Murphy have said they would vote in favor of pipeline bills. Contact information for these three individuals can be found below:
Office of the Governor
Dannel P. Malloy
TEL: (860) 566-4840
TOLL-FREE: (800) 406-1527
Senator Richard Blumenthal,
724 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Senator Christopher Murphy
303 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Noise pollution has become a serious problem on the eastern end of Long Island, particularly with the increased use of helicopters by wealthy New York City residents to reach their vacation destinations in the beach communities. The Quiet Skies Coalition provides contact information to file noise complaints and information about local and state legislation and regulations that address the noise issue. Those who are concerned about noise pollution in the area might wish to attend an Easthampton Town Council meeting on Wednesday, March 5, where new noise restrictions will be determined. This event takes place at 4:30 p.m. at the LTV studios in Wainscott. A sign-up list for news updates is available at quietskiescoalition.org/ACT.html
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 April 24 and 25, there will be an international conference to call for a nuclear-free world. On April 26, a rally and march is being organized. Specific demands of the organizers are available at www.peaceandplanet.org.
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 email@example.com. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.