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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – February 19, 2018

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 19, 2018.

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 valrichardson@wpkn.org.

Students and concerned citizens are mobilizing for the March 24 March for Our Lives. In the face of political indifference, even after seventeen high school students were killed in a school shooting in Florida last week, thousands of people will march in Washington, D.C., and cities around the country, to declare that human lives are more important than the NRA lobbyists. The website is at marchforourlives.com.

On Long Island, The Three-Village Interfaith Clergy Association will present a dialogue about guns in America on Sunday, March 4. They will ask how faith beliefs impact an individual’s views on guns and also what are the rights and responsibilities regarding gun ownership? The event is taking place at the North Shore Jewish Center, beginning at 3:00 p.m. For further details, call 631-751-0297.

350 CT; Sierra Club of Connecticut; and UConn PIRG have a “Teach-In for a Livable World and Climate Justice NOW” The event is taking place in West Hartford on Saturday, February 24, with a wide range of speakers, and workshops on topics from Green Mass Transit to working for climate justice within union groups. With this event happening near the beginning of Connecticut’s annual legislative session, the sessions will also feature discussions on how to be a “citizen lobbyist” with the state’s elected representatives. More information is at 350ct.org/teachinfeb2018.

The Connecticut Audubon Society presents a lecture by Richard O. Prum, a professor of Ornithology, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology at Yale, who will speak about his book The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World – And Us. This event will take place at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 6 at Yale’s Kroon Hall. More information is available by clicking “Get News” at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s website: www.ctaudubon.org.

Thousands of people across the country came out to Women’s March 2018 last month, and these events were only the beginning of a larger march to the polls in November of 2018 and beyond. As one march organizer said, “This is a marathon, not a sprint.” The Women’s March organizers have started the website powertothepolls.com that will be updated to advance the cause of putting more women into office in 2018 as well as people of all genders who will forward women’s causes.

Other groups are pushing for change in 2018 and resisting the Trump agenda at every step of the way. The group “Indivisible” works with hundreds of local activist groups throughout the country to fight smarter and harder. Taking their cue from the successful right-wing grassroots Tea Party, Indivisible encourages local groups to use tactics that will be most effective including Town Halls and visiting offices of local representatives. You can find local groups that are affiliated with Indivisible or register your own at www.indivisible.org.

There are a number of organizations in our local communities working to support immigrant resettlement, housing, and education and, particularly, to protect immigrants who are facing deportation. In New Haven, Unidad Latina en Acción is a grassroots organization of immigrants defending labor, civil, and human rights. They have worked with a number of immigrants who have gone into sanctuary rather than face deportation. Their website is at ulanewhaven.org.

On Long Island, Neighbors in Support of Immigrants, or NISI, works with immigrants in many ways. Their website has further listings of faith groups and others working to protect immigrants at tinyurl.com/supportimmigrants; you can also search for the group on Facebook. The group Progressive East End Reformers (PEER) helps immigrants and “Dreamers” and is working in advance of the 2018 elections to question candidates about their stands on immigration. They can be found by searching for PEER/NYPAN on Facebook. And Organization Latina Americana, a culture, arts, education, and advocacy organization can be found at www.olaofeasternlongisland.org.

Nationally, the New Sanctuary Movement is forming local chapters of faith groups and their supporters who provide sanctuary to immigrants who are facing imminent deportation. Their website includes a detailed “Rapid Response Toolkit” and a pledge that individuals can sign to commit themselves or their faith organizations to support the sanctuary movement. Their website is at www.sanctuarynotdeportation.org

The Planned Parenthood Action Network advocates for women’s rights to quality healthcare, birth-control, and the right to control their own pregnancies. All of these fundamental rights are under attack by Congress and the current White House administration. The U.S. House of Representatives passed an abortion ban in October that limits abortions after 20 weeks, with the legislation due to go before the Senate soon. The current issues of concern can be seen at www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has moved “people power” into action. Their new website at peoplepower.org allows groups throughout the United States to publicize their local activities. These actions address issues ranging from voting rights to immigration rights to the protection of civil liberties that is at the core of the ACLU mission.

The Union of Concerned Scientists seeks to stand up for the importance of fact-based, peer-reviewed research in maintaining 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 many groups having become emboldened during the Trump regime, such as was seen in the attacks earlier this year in Charlottesville, the SPLC has provided tools to counter such hatred. Their website, at www.splcenter.org, features a ten-step guide to protect oppressed groups and promote healthy communities. The SPLC has also recently published a guide to fight hate speech on campuses.

Amnesty International USA continues to keep working to stop discriminatory immigration bans and other U.S. actions that are endangering basic human rights. Their website is at www.amnestyusa.org. Amnesty International also works on a range of other issues within the United States including abolishing the death penalty, ending gun violence, and protecting the rights of the gay and transgender community.

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 governor and state legislature introduced draconian cuts to education and essential social services. Moral Monday Connecticut can be found online at moralmondayct.org.

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.

Many of WPKN’s public affairs, community programs, and cultural programs are 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 valrichardson@wpkn.org. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.

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