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.
During the current crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the White Rose calendar will not be able to broadcast information about progressive organizations and their actions. Most activities have been cancelled, and offices are closed. However, we will try to provide you with relevant information to cope with the crisis and find help in your area.
The best clearinghouse for all scientific and medical information about the coronavirus is through The Centers for Disease Control. The CDC website is at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Connecticut’s COVID-19 website is at gov/coronavirus. This site includes medical information, public health resources, and other information and updates.
In addition, Connecticut residents can call 211. This number provides year-round information on social service resources, especially for vulnerable populations. It is currently available for general questions about the pandemic.
New Haven’s website at www.newhavenct.gov includes links to many services, including information on how schoolchildren can get access to meals during this time of school closures.
Bridgeport has a site listing “Grab and Go” meals for students and other services at www.bridgeportct.gov/coronaclosings
In New York State, the resource website is at coronavirus.health.ny.gov
The New York State phone hotline is 1-888-364-3065.
New York City residents can check details about their city’s resources at nyc.gov or by calling 311.
WPKN will continue to provide updates about the Coronavirus and all the news in our area and throughout the world. We also hope to provide solace during these troubled times with our excellent music programming that is available day and night at 89.5 FM or WPKN.org. In addition, you can spend your hours at home with over 1,000 of our interviews and special programs that are available by clicking on programming and then podcasts at our website.
If you have additional information you’d like to share during this crisis, please send announcements, to email@example.com.
For individuals struggling with an addiction to alcohol, this is a particularly difficult time.
Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, most face-to-face 12-Step recovery meetings are not taking place. But numerous online meetings are now being scheduled and are available at any time of the day or night throughout WPKN’s listening area.
In Connecticut, listings of online meetings are available by going to ct-aa.org and clicking on “Find a meeting.” You can also call 1-866-STEPS12 (or 1-866-783-7712).
In the New York City area and Westchester County, the web address is www.nyintergroup.org. At this site, you can find telephone numbers or follow a link for online meetings.
For Suffolk County meetings, the link is 2020.suffolkny-aa.org.
And finally, Listeners in other areas throughout the world can go to aa-intergroup.org. This site also lists meetings held in multiple languages.
During the Coronavirus crisis, most activities have been cancelled, and offices closed. However, for your convenience, we include here our usual listings and links.
The Palestine Museum US, located in Woodbridge, Connecticut, is hosting the exhibit “Telling the Palestinian Story: Palestinian Women Global Art,” which opened on International Women’s Day and continues through May 30. The museum is open on Sunday afternoons. The exhibit features over 200 works of art from about 50 Palestinian women artists who have made significant contributions to the art scene in their immediate communities and around the world. Their website is at www.palestinemuseum.us.
To increase urban forestation in New Haven, the Urban Resources Initiative’s GreenSkills Team is offering to plant free trees . Individuals who want to take advantage of this program can call (203) 432-6189 or go to tinyurl.com/NewHavenFreeTree. This program is also sponsored by the City of New Haven’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees.
Since 1999, peace activists have stood vigil every Sunday in New Haven, calling on passers-by to “Resist This Endless War.” Over the years, the battle-lines have shifted, and the weapon arsenal has expanded to the drone warfare of the current day. New participants are welcome, and the vigil takes place between noon and 1 p.m. in the heart of New Haven’s Broadway shopping district. More information is at newhavensundayvigil.wordpress.com.
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. They have opportunities for volunteers to accompany immigrants to court dates or to be part of their rapid response network.
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 supportimmigrants.blogspot.com; you can also search for the group on Facebook. Organization Latina Americana, a culture, arts, education, and advocacy group can be found at www.olaofeasternlongisland.org. The group Progressive East End Reformers (PEER) helps immigrants and “Dreamers” and is involved in other issues as well such as advocating for social, racial, environmental, and economic justice for all through electoral politics and activist, issue-oriented engagements. They can be found by searching for PEER/NYPAN on Facebook.
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
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.
With reproductive rights being curtailed around the country, the group NARAL continues to lead the fight to protect reproductive rights. More information is at prochoiceamerica.org or, in Connecticut, at prochoicect.org. The group Planned Parenthood is under constant attack everywhere from the halls of Congress to the streets of the many towns and cities where it provides health services. Opportunities for volunteering and action can be found by going to plannedparenthood.org and searching for the location nearest you. The New Haven office hosts a volunteer night every third Wednesday at their Whitney Avenue location, beginning at 5:30. Look for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England on Facebook.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is on the forefront in the fight for refugee rights, particularly, the ongoing battle over the horrific act of jailing immigrant children who have been separated from their families at the United States border. The ACLU is also involved in a wide array of other battles where constitutional rights are at stake, both nationally and locally. It helps local groups publicize their efforts through the website peoplepower.org. Since its creation, the site has helped to facilitate over 12,700 events nationwide. Their Smart Justice campaign hopes “to reduce the U.S. jail and prison population by 50% and to combat racial disparities in the criminal justice system.” This effort can be accessed by going to aclu.org and following the links on the front page.
United Illuminating continues to aggressively remove healthy trees throughout Connecticut. UI and other utilities argue that they are protecting power lines in the event of storms. Citizens should know that they have rights to protect trees on their property and in their neighborhood and region. To find out more about the regulations and resources available, check out the The Garden Club of New Haven’s website by going to www.gardenclubofnewhaven.org and click on “Trees and Power.”
Go New Haven Go is working for climate protection through individual action. Their “Back to Cool” campaign encourages commuters to cut their personal carbon emissions by leaving their cars at home on Fridays and biking, walking, or taking public transportation to school or work. Their website is at gonhgo.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.
To list your group’s local, regional or national events, send announcements, one week in advance when possible, to the White Rose Political Calendar, to firstname.lastname@example.org. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.