Today in 1970: American Indian activists mark Thanksgiving with a National Day of Mourning for Native Americans by occupying Plymouth Rock on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the alleged landing spot of the Pilgrims’ landing in Massachusetts colony.
Led by Wamsutta Frank James, an Aquinnah Wampanoag elder and music teacher, over 200 Indians seized the Mayflower II and painted Plymouth Rock red. James had refused to speak at a state dinner the night before commemorating the 350th anniversary of the landing, and went on to organize United American Indians of New England.
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, IWW Social Action and Solidarity sponsor a free screening of “Finding Our Voices: Stories of American Dissent”. This is tonight at 7pm at 122 State Street, Room 200. More info at 815-685-8567.
Have you ever thought about commuting by bike, but didn’t know where to start? Next Tuesday, December 3rd, and the first Tuesday of every month, Sustain Dane and Planet Bike sponsor a Beginner’s Bicycling Workshop. Learn the basics – safety, rules of the road, gear, and more. Find out tips and tricks from guest speakers and take a group ride! This is December 3rd at at Redamte, 449 State Street. To RSVP and for more info, visit wisconsinbikefed.org/events.