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 July 17, 2017.
WPKN’s White Rose Political Calendar has served as a clearing-house for political action for over two decades. In this new and quickly changing political world, the calendar will continue to give voice to those who are taking action to protect our basic rights to a clean planet, good health, and respect for people of all cultures and ethnicities. The weekly calendar is always available at wpkn.org/whiterose. Notices about upcoming actions can be sent to email@example.com.
The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting with many other groups to demand transparency and accountability from Trump’s Election Integrity Commission and has filed a lawsuit, ACLU v. Trump. The group is calling on the court system to require that the commission adopt appropriate measures to prevent the president from influencing its work. This lawsuit is part of “People Power,” a new movement to protect basic civil rights that are under attack by the Trump administration. More information on how concerned citizens can be involved is at www.aclu.org/action.
A celebration of the civil right of freedom of speech can be found at the Ely Center for Contemporary Art in New Haven, which presents Broad Stripes and Bright Stars, inspired by 60+ years of artists from Jasper Johns onward who have responded, transformed, and critiqued our nation’s most potent political symbol. Some of these artists, in turn, have faced legal action as they fought for the right to speak freely. The website for the Ely Center is at www.elycenter.org.
The Trevor Project is a national project to help LGBTQ youth in crisis. Their resources include a suicide prevention hotline and a center to provide information and resources on a wide variety of topics. Their website is at thetrevorproject.org. There will be a Long Island benefit to support the Trevor project on Sunday, July 23, at 5 p.m., at the Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue. The event, titled “A Rainbow of Resistance” will feature poetry, art, and music from a number of performers.
With the Supreme Court temporary reinstatement of part of Trump’s discriminatory travel ban, some citizens from six primarily Muslim countries will be barred from entering the United States. Amnesty International USA is working to stop this ban and other U.S. actions that would endanger basic human rights. Their website is at www.amnestyusa.org.
Under the Trump administration’s budget, the Amtrak train system would lose most of its funding and be forced to cut out all long-distance routes. By eliminating these routes, hundreds of small communities across the U.S. would lose their primary means of public transportation. A Move-on petition will be sent to Congress, urging them to retain funding for this vital resource. More information is at tinyurl.com/saveamtrak2017
While Amnesty International fights for human rights abroad, the group Moral Monday Connecticut pushes for equal rights and social and economic justice in the state of Connecticut. Moral Monday is a movement started in North Carolina after their state governor and legislature introduced draconian cuts to education and essential social services. Moral Monday Connecticut can be found online at moralmondayct.org.
Education is taking many blows in the current administration. The cabinet member leading the Education Department has a vested interest in for-profit schools, and many in the top levels of the White House distrust science and intellectual pursuits. On Saturday, July 22, there will be a March for Public Education in Washington, D.C., beginning at 10 a.m. Their mission statement says: “Public Schools will be safe, inclusive spaces for learning and critical thinking, where all children discover their passions (and role) as citizens. As members of March for Public Education, we aim to advance policy and recursively address issues of: equity, inclusion, accountability, a well-funded institution and the right to organize.” More information can be found by searching for “March for Public Education” on Facebook.
Locally, New Haven’s Bioregional Group “Connects New Haveners to their life-place,” organizing numerous environmentally-focused activities themselves and promoting activities of like-minded organizations in the region. Their website is newhavenbioregionalgroup.org.
April’s “March for Science” sought to preserve funding for a wide variety of scientific research areas and to stand up for the necessity of fact-based, peer-reviewed science. The Union of Concerned Scientists is one such organization that works for “Science for a healthy planet and safer world.” They have a regular newsletter and an ongoing activist network to lobby congress and the administration, with more information at www.ucsusa.org.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, tracks hate crimes in the United States, with a sharp rise in such activities being seen with the rise of the Trump regime. SPLC also defends the rights of minorities, immigrants, and other oppressed groups and investigates the hate groups that have proliferated throughout the country. SPLC has just published a report on the first 100 days of the Trump administration, available at www.splcenter.org, where one can also sign up for regular newsletters.
Many of WPKN’s public affairs, community programs, and cultural programs are now available by podcast. WPKN has a talented and passionate 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. More than ever, community radio stations like WPKN will be essential to provide an outlet for alternative political and cultural points of view.
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.