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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – February 8, 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 February 8, 2016.


Connecticut’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women will present a day of networking and information sharing on Tuesday, March 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The keynote presentation from the organization “Sistersong” will describe their mission to strengthen and amplify the voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice. The overall discussion will be on “Intersectional Feminism,” a movement that recognizes that feminists balance their activism on behalf of women along with combatting racial, class, and other forms of injustice. Details are at ctpcsw.com.


On Long Island, Hofstra University in cooperation with The Center for Civic Engagement, the Long Island Teachers for Human Rights, and The Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives presents a lecture series on foreign policy challenges in the 2016 elections. The first lecture provides some context to current Middle East conflicts with a veteran soldier talking about the Iraq War. Matt Howard, the co-director of Iraqi Veterans against the War speaks on Wednesday, February 10 at 2:45 p.m. at Hofstra’s Culture Center Theater.


On Tuesday, February 9, the Whitneyville Cultural Commons in Hamden, Connecticut, will be the site of “Art Interrupting Injustice,” a day of discussions and performances that will demonstrate how the arts can help bring about positive change in the world. Performers will include hip-hop poet and playwright Aaron Jafferis and Lara Herscovitch, who has long been using her music to advocate for peace and justice. Registration and more information about this event can be found at tinyurl.com/deeperchangeforum. The Deeper Change Forum presents speakers, artists and workshops to encourage systemic change throughout our society, sponsored by the organization “Co-creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations,” whose website is at ceio.org.


Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein will speak in Portland, Connecticut, on Saturday, February 13, on the subject of “A New Society, A New Economy: It’s in Our Hands.” Dr. Jill Stein was the Green Party candidate for President in 2012 and is seeking the nomination again this year. The event will take place at the Portland Senior Center with a Social Hour at 12 PM, CT Green Party speakers at 1 PM, and Dr. Jill Stein at 2PM. More information is available at ctgreenparty.org.


Karen Finley will be speaking at the Mark Twain House on Tuesday, February 17. As an outspoken and risk-taking artist, Karen Finley was celebrated for her stand against the religious right during the Culture Wars in the early 1990s. She lost the Supreme Court case “Finley vs. The National Endowment for the Arts, which she pursued after being denied an NEA grant because of her supposed obscene behavior and art-making. As an artist, Finley has remained deeply engaged in many social justice issues worldwide, and she also teaches at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is cosponsored by Hartford’s Real Art Ways. More information is available via the “Events” link at marktwainhouse.org


New Haven artist Winfred Rembert is known for his colorful and emotionally charged paintings, which are created from memories of Rembert’s youth in Georgia. As a young man, he survived a lynching attempt and ended up in prison before finally making his home in Connecticut. The award-winning documentary All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert will be shown at the State Capital of Connecticut at 1:30 p.m. on February 24, followed by a discussion. A selection of Rembert’s paintings will also be shown at the State Capital from February 15 through 29.


The Connecticut Fund for the Environment is joining with local groups in the East Lyme area to “Save the Oswegatchie Hills.” This 236-acre parcel of land borders the Niantic River, and its wetlands, forest, and vernal pools are an important part of the local ecosystem. With a possible developer looking to build high-density housing on a portion of the land, efforts are being made to protect the land in perpetuity. More information is available at ctenvironment.org via the Lands & Communities menu.
There is also link to educate Connecticut citizens about aggressive tree-trimming by utility companies and steps that can be taken to protect personal and neighborhood trees.


The Peabody Museum and Bridgeport’s Beardsley Zoo are co-organizing a “Frogwatch Citizen Scientist” program for families and young people. There are training dates on February 17 at the Peabody Museum and February 24 at Beardsley Zoo. During warm weather months, participants will be asked to spend a short amount of time on one or two evenings a week to search local wetland areas for amphibian activity. More details can be found at http://peabody.yale.edu/events/become-peabody-beardsley-frogwatch-citizen-scientist


A source of information about ongoing peace and justice efforts both in Connecticut and throughout the world is the organization Promoting Enduring Peace. Their website is at pepeace.org, and their source to disseminate news about a wide range of issues and actions is at peacenews.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 valrichardson@wpkn.org. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.

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