Today in 1892: Thirty thousand black and white, factory and dock workers stage a general strike in New Orleans, demanding union recognition, closed shops – where all co-workers join the union, and hour and wage gains.
They were joined by non-industrial laborers, such as musicians, clothing workers, clerks, utility workers, streetcar drivers, and printers.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow is a Syrian Refugee Relief Benefit with music, food, and belly dancers. There is a cost, with funds raised going to UNICEF. Co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Network For Peace and Justice, the Peregrine Forum, and the Madison Rafah Sister City Project, this is tomorrow from 1 to 4:30pm at the Fountain, 122 State Street. More info at 442-8399.
Tomorrow is an Old-Time Saturday Night Gala Fundraiser at Folklore Village, with dances, a cake and pie walk, games, skits, snacks, and storytelling! There is a cost for this event, with a sliding scale available. This is Saturday night, with a potluck at 6pm, at 3210 Cty Hwy BB, Dodgeville. More info at folklorevillage.com
Sunday, Omulu Capoeira host a Batizado – a ceremonial event with Capoeira practitioners from around the country gathering to train together, featuring lively and colorful performances. This is sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate – Global Connections and Associated Students of Madison. This free event is Sunday from 11:30am to 2pm at the Memorial Union, Great Hall, 800 Langdon Street. More info at madisoncapoeira.org.
Sunday is Dane County TimeBank’s 8th Birthday Party with cake, a swap meet, silent and live auction featuring items and gift certificates donated by local businesses, and more! This free event is Sunday from 2 to 5pm at the Warner Park Community Center, 1625 Northport Drive. More info at danecountytimebank.org or call 663-0400.