1) Marge Baker, Executive Vice President for Policy and Program with the group People For the American Way discusses President Biden’s opportunity to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice after the announced retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer — and the work PFAW has been doing to restore ideological balance and legitimacy to our nation’s courts.
2) Nicolai Petro, Professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island shares his views on the dangerous situation in Ukraine with rising tensions between Russia, the U.S. and NATO over Moscow’s massing of troops near Ukraine’s border, underscoring Russia’s opposition to the western military alliance’s movement eastward toward Russia.
3) Ellen Karel, Chair of the group Health Care for All California discusses California’s Assembly Appropriations Committee passage of AB 1400, the California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act (CalCare) that would establish a single-payer health system for the state. The bill now moves quickly to the full Assembly for a vote.
4) Tom Swan, Executive Director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, talks about CCAG’s upcoming Feb. 8th Hartford climate march to demand CT legislators take bold action to address climate change this legislative session.
Monday, January 31, 8 pm and archived.
Dr. Paulette F Steeves (Cree and Métis) is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and a Canada Research Chair in Healing and Reconciliation. Paulette’s research focus is on the Pleistocene history of the Western Hemisphere, reclaiming and rewriting Indigenous histories and healing and reconciliation. We’ll talk to Dr. Steeves about her current work on the “Canadian Residential School and Colonial Institutions Database, 1620 to the Present.” This is a comprehensive database of Residential Schools, Indian Hospitals, and Indian Day Schools in Canada. There are now 950 sites in the database.
Tuesday, February 1 at 12:00 noon.
8:30 PM: Bishop John Selders, co-founder of Moral Mondays CT and Assistant Dean and Coordinator of Student Standards at Trinity College, will discuss issues of race and class with a focus on the toxic political climate that now prevails in the US.
9:30 PM: Prof. Gerald Horn, teacher of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, will discuss the period of Reconstruction following the Civil War and will also focus on the question of reparations to African Americans.
Tuesday, February 1.
This month, Hazel Kahan’s guests on North Fork Works are Mark Haubner and Margaret de Cruz, activists in Drawdown East End and the North Fork Environmental Council. They caution we will be overcome by the growth of our own garbage unless we implement plans for a zero-waste society, using the concepts of biomimicry and a circular economy to guide us and the product stewardship paradigm to direct us by including every person involved in the design, extraction, creation, distribution, transportation and consumption of an item to be responsible for its care during its life cycle and to be returned to its producer at the end of its life. This model naturally extends to the concept of extended producer responsibility and the right to repair movement giving consumers the right to repair their devices. The Repair Café, scheduled for a spring opening in Greenport, is a natural outcome of circular, zero waste thinking.
Wednesday, February 2 at 7:30 pm and archived.