Today in 1990: Kansas reservist Dr. Yolanda Huet-Vaughn refuses orders to serve in the first Gulf War and is later sentenced to prison. The Kansas medical board withdraws her hospital privileges.
Huet-Vong says, quote, “The issue was not whether I belonged in the military but whether the military belonged in the Middle East waging war. I did not want to focus on the personal decision. I was trying to focus on the decision for which each and every American would have to be responsible.”
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow is the twelfth annual Starkweather Winter Solstice Bonfire – with ice lanterns, hot cider, wishes, singing, drumming, puppets, and community. This free event is tomorrow from 4 to 7pm, with bonfire lighting at approximately 4:30. It’s at Olbrich Park, 3301 Atwood Avenue. More info at starkweatherfriends.org.
Books to Prisoners is a non-profit organization sponsored by Rainbow Bookstore that sends books to prisoners in Wisconsin and other states. They accept donations. More details at 257-6050 or rainbowbookstore.coop.
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.
Community Literacy is a Literacy Network ESL program designed to tutor adult learners one-on-one in a classroom setting where childcare and additional tutor support are available. No experience or foreign language skills required! Childcare for both tutors and learners is also available. For more info, call 608-244-3911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.