Today in 1846: Author Henry David Thoreau was jailed for refusing to pay the poll tax as a protest against the Mexican war, which in turn led to his writing “Civil Disobedience.” This essay became a source of inspiration for Leo Tolstoy, Mahatm Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. From Thoreau’s essay: “Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?”
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
The Radicals and Progressives “Meet and Eat” is tonight at 5pm at the Orient House Restaurant, 626 South Park Street. More info at 249-0879.
Tonight is a general meeting of the South Central Wisconsin Move to Amend. This is from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Boulevard. More info at themadisoninstitute.org.
Tonight, A Room of One’s Own hosts Ted Anton for a reading and discussion of his book on culture, science, and the fountain of youth. This free event is tonight at 6:30pm at the Bookstore, 315 West Gorham. More info at 257-7888.
Tonight, The Motorz will perform on the Great Lawn of Olbrich Botanical Garden at 7pm. There is a small suggested donation. Summer concerts in the garden occur each Tuesday night this month. This is at 3330 Atwood Avenue. More info at 608-246-4550, or visit olbrich.org.