Today in 1961: On the first anniversary of the Greensboro, North Carolina sit-in, there are demonstrations all across the south, including a Nashville movie theater desegregation campaign – which spark similar tactics in 10 other cities.
Nine students are arrested at a lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and choose to take 30 days hard labor on a road gang. The next week, four other students repeat the sit-in, and also choose jail.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Today there will be a Vigil for Victims of Recent Natural Disasters – hosted by 350.org and 350 Madison Climate Action Team. All are welcome – please bring your own candles. This starts at 5pm at the UW Madison Library Mall, followed by a walk up State Street. More info at 233-1898 or visit 350madison.org
Tomorrow at 2pm is Madison Food Not Bombs! – a collective of volunteers who share free vegan and vegetarian meals, essential living items, and peace-and-rights focused literature as a protest against war and poverty. Everyone is welcome as a patron or volunteer! For more info, search on Facebook.com for Madison Food Not Bombs. This is Saturday at 2pm at Willy Street Park, at the corner of Williamson and South Brearly.
Also tomorrow, the third annual People’s Slam will honor Howard Zinn. All are invited to come and read a short piece from Zinn’s books, or other piece that deals with social justice issues and keeps with the ideas and writings of Zinn. This is sponsored by the local International Socialist Organization. There is a small suggested donation, with funds going to the Center for Economic Research and Social Change. This is Saturday at 7:30pm at Redamté coffee house, 449 State Street. For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday is Markets and Meals for Hope winter farmers market and local food brunch – hosted by the Churches’ Center for Land and People. Proceeds benefit the Harvest of Hope Emergency Fund that benefits farmers in need. This is Sunday from 8 to 11am at First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Avenue. More info at cclpmidwest.org.