Today in 1856: Stonemasons and other construction workers on building sites around Melbourne, Australia, stop work and march from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House. They advocate eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
Their direct action protest was a success, becoming the first organized workers in the world to achieve an eight-hour workday, inspiring the celebration of Labor Day and May Day.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight is a “Water is Life Puppet Show” – to educate and agitate about destructive frac sands and iron mining in northern Wisconsin. Hosted by the Madison Infoshop and Madison Action for Mining Alternatives, with support of the Associated Students of Madison. This is at 7pm at the UW-Madison Memorial Union. Check Today in the Union for exact location. More info at 262-9036.
The Line Breaks Festival, the largest hip hop festival in the Midwest, takes place through this Friday, with performances all week. All events are free and open to the public. Audiences are invited to join the artists for a 30-minute discussion following each performance to continue the conversation about these powerful personal narratives. Visit linebreaks.wisc.edu for more info.
This Friday, in recognition with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Hancock Center for Dance Movement Therapy hosts, “Healing Through Music and Dance Music Therapy.” Music therapist RoseAnna Cyr and dance therapist Grace Valentine will show how these therapies are used to build self-esteem, trust and playful outlets. Free and open to the public. RSVP appreciated. This is Friday from 4 to 6pm at the Hancock Center, 16 North Hancock Street. Call 608-251-0908 for more info and to RSVP.