Today in 1969: New York City police storm into the Stonewall, a Greenwich Village gay bar. They’re expecting a routine raid. But many young men have been emboldened by recent race rebellions and by escalating resistance to the Vietnam War. In less than an hour, the police harassment at the Stonewall will ignite a full-scale riot.
The battle will rage in the surrounding neighborhood for nearly a week. Within a month, organizations will spring up across the country to resist similar oppression and to support the Stonewall rioters. The modern lesbian and gay rights movement has begun.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is convening a series of forums this summer, providing attendees emergency preparedness resources, including vulnerability assessment tools the county is currently using through Parisi’s Climate Change Action Council. The forums are free and open to the public: The first forum is tonight at 7pm in the auditorium of the Badger Prairie Health Center, 1100 East Verona Avenue, in Verona. Future forums are July 10th in Monona, and July 17th in Middleton. More info at countyofdane.com/press
Tomorrow night is a free screening of “The Comeback Beer Movie.” Filmmaker Tim Tynan will be on-hand to answer questions. This is Friday night at 7pm at Indie Coffee, 1225 Regent Street.