Today in 1845: Sarah Bagley, who leads the Lowell Female Reform Association, testifies to the Massachusetts legislature on deplorable working conditions in the states mills. Bagley helped force the legislature to hold public hearings on working conditions –the first such investigation ever held by a U.S. governmental body.
In the end, however, the committees report will echo industry’s concern about putting Massachusetts at a competitive disadvantage with textile mills in other states. The committee will find nothing unhealthy about the long hours, low wages, and the poor working conditions.
The Lowell Female Reform Association unanimously will pass a resolution chastising the committee, beginning a political campaign that will oust committee chair, Colonel William Schouler from the legislature.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow is a Farmers’ Market, with products from local farmers, fair-trade items, live music, kids activities, and a workshop by food writer-historian Terese Allen. A portion of the market sales will benefit the Harvest of Hope Fund for farmers. This is from 8:30 to 12:30 at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive. More info at fusmadison.org.
Tomorrow, The Progressive Roundtable presents: “Public Schools under Attack: Vouchers, Virtual and Charter Schools.” Panelists will present observations and views concerning the current trend to redirect public school funds to alternative systems, followed by a group discussion. Free and open to the public, this is Saturday from 9 to 11am at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, 333 West Main Street. More info at themadisoninstitute.org.
Tomorrow is a community forum on immigration reform. On the agenda) Immigration Bill:
What do we know and What can we do about it?; Know Your Rights: Accidents at work; May Day Rally; and other actions. Coffee, cookies and child care provided! This will be from 1 to 3pm at Villager Mall’s Community Room, 2300 South Park Street. More info at uniondetrabajadores.org.
Tomorrow is Peace-Jam: the 1st Annual Madison Food Not Bombs Benefit! Peace-Jam is a music filled celebration of good vibes to raise awareness and support for Food Not Bombs. There is a voluntary donation requested. This will be at The Fountain,122 State Street. Music from 1pm to 5pm. More info at 608-250-1998.
The PFLAG monthly meeting will be held this Sunday from 2:15 to 4pm at the Friends Meeting House, 1704 Roberts Circle. The topic will be “LGBTQ Communities and the College Campus: What’s good, what’s not, and what’s changing.” Students from the UW-Madison LGBT CampusCenter will talk with us about their experiences in college today. For more info call Sharon at 608-271-5440.