Today in 1986: During a Congressional prohibition on U.S. military assistance to Nicaraguan rebels, Sandinista soldiers shoot down ex-Marine and Wisconsin native Eugene Hasenfus [HAH-sehn-fuhs], who is flying in a contra-supply plane over the Central American nation. The downing kills ex-CIA employees William J.Cooper and Wallace Blaine Sawyer. Washington denies any link to the supply plane, but Hasenfus will admit the flights were directed by El Salvador-based CIA agents. At the crash site, Sandinistas find the business card of Robert W.Owen, an associate of Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow, the Madison Area Peace Coalition is sponsoring an “End the Wars!” march and rally. Participants will gather at 11am at UW Library Mall and march up State Street to rally at the plaza next to the Veteran’s Museum on the Capitol Square from noon to 1pm. The event is being held on the anniversary of the U.S. attack on Afghanistan and the launch of the War on Terror in 2001. For more info, call 512-9658.
Tomorrow, the Alliance for Animals will host its Vegan Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction featuring chili from eight Madison area restaurants on Saturday, October 6 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the East Side Club in Monona. Live music, a cash bar and vegan desserts will also be available for purchase. There is a cost for this event. For more information, visit allanimals.org or call 257-6333.
Sunday, Fitchburg Fields volunteer Lauren Nischan will lead a workshop in the science and art of trench composting. This will be in the town of Dunn, just 15 minutes from the Capitol, this Sunday from 1 to 5pm. There is a cost for this workshop and scholarships are available. More info, or register online at fitchburgfields.org.
Sunday evening, James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation will sponsor a Roy Zimmerman concert. Roy brings the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice to this 90 minute concert. This is Sunday at 7pm at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2146 East Johnson.Call Elizabeth at 242-8887 for more info. There is a suggested donation.