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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – June 27, 2016

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 June 27, 2016.


The July 10 meeting of 350CT will include a 3 p.m. talk by Dr. Norman, Garrick, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut and a former member of the national board of the Congress for the New Urbanism. At 4 p.m., the group will discuss transportation to the July 24 climate march in Philadelphia. The meeting takes place at the New Haven Friends Meeting House 225 East Grand Avenue, and their website is at 350ct.org.


The 350ct.org website has information about buses traveling to the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Thousands will march in Philadelphia on July 24, the eve of the Democratic National Convention, to call attention to devastating climate change and to present these concerns directly to current and future policy makers. With the goals of banning fracking, keeping fossil fuels in the ground, stopping dirty energy, and transitioning to 100% renewable energy, the groups “Americans Against Fracking” and “Pennsylvanians Against Fracking” are convening this gathering of those concerned about global warming and environmental devastation. More information is at www.cleanenergymarch.org.


CommonBound, the new economy coalition, will host a conference in Buffalo, New York, from July 8 through 10. This gathering seeks to provide a time and place for people to come together to look at ways to develop vibrant local economies, support local communities, democratize energy systems in the face of accelerating climate change, and to seek racial justice that will build an economy where black lives and liberation matter. The website commonbound.org provides more details about the organization and the July conference.


Now that it is summer, lots of beachgoers are flocking to the eastern end of Long Island. This also means an increase in helicopters and airplanes as New Yorkers avoid the crowded highways. The Quiet Skies Coalition has worked with local governments to place restrictions on aircraft noise, including restricting the times of day and night that aircraft can fly. They ask that excessive noise from aircraft be reported by calling 1-800-376-4817. Other options for communicating complaints are at quietskiescoalition.org.


As people are traveling on the highways this summer, they are encouraged to be aware of the signs of human trafficking around them.
The number of enslaved people within the United States is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, and the organization “Truckers Against Trafficking” has raised awareness among truckers and other travelers about endangered people who might be in truck stops, restaurants, and at other locations along the road. Their website at truckersagainsttrafficking.org includes training material and a hotline phone number.

The Polaris organization also works to save people caught up in the trafficking web and claims to have rescued over 28,000 from enslavement. Their website at polarisproject.org also has hotline numbers.


New Haven’s Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge is encouraging people to eat less beef in order to foster good health for the individual person and the planet. The website at healthyclimatechallenge.org includes information about the health detriments of beef as well as information about the large carbon footprint incurred by beef production and consumption. In addition, they suggest ways that individuals can take small steps to reduce beef intake.


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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