Today in 1972: Protesting the Christmas bombings of Hanoi and Haiphong, five members of the group East Coast Conspiracy to Save Lives are arrested at midnight as they pour concrete into a Penn Central Railroad switch near a siding that leads to the American Machine and Foundry Corporation, a manufacturer of bombs, in York, Pennsylvania.
Despite Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s October announcement that “peace is at hand,” the United States has launched the fiercest barrage of the entire Vietnam War. President Nixon will refer to the Christmas bombing as his “terrible personal ordeal.”
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Today, Sustainable Atwood Green Tuesday presents the film Dive. Follow filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and his circle of friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.’s supermarkets. In the process, they uncover thousands of dollars worth of good food and an ugly truth about waste in America: grocery stores know they are wasting and most refuse to do anything about it. Madison Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann will speak about the city’s composting pilot project. This is from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Hawthorne Library, 2707 East Washington Avenue. More info at 608-246-4548.
There is a weekly picket and leafleting in front of Fresh Market grocery store at University Avenue and Lakes Street tonight from 6:30 to 7:30pm, to ask the store owner to join the national Palermo pizza boycott. For more info contact the Fresh Market Palermo Picket Group at 442-8399.
Tonight is the History of Political Economy Group’s bi-monthly book discussion. Bring snacks and beverages of choice. This is from 6:30 to 8pm, at 404 South Park Street, Apartment 2 – above the University Audio store, entrance in the back of the building. More info at 256-1261.
The Respite Center is a safe place for kids, ages birth to fourteen, whose families are under stress or in crisis. They are looking for volunteers to play with kids four hours a week. Training is required. Call 244-5730 for details.