Today in 1985: Though a member of the World Court since 1946, the United States walks out during a case. The Court had charged that the U.S. was in violation of international law through its support of paramilitary Contra activities against the Nicaraguan government. Efforts to undermine the Sandinista government in Nicaragua had been a keystone of President Reagan’s anti-communist foreign policy from its inception.
Congressman Michael Barnes said he was quote “shocked and saddened that the Reagan administration had so little confidence in its own policies that it chose not even to defend them in the World Court.”
The Court still heard Nicaragua’s case and decided against the United States, and ordered it to pay reparations to Nicaragua in June 1986.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Today is the King Coalition’s 26th annual Free Community Dinner. This will be from 4:30 to 7pm at UW-Madison – Gordon Commons, on the 2nd floor at 770 West Dayton.
Tomorrow, come out of the cold and into the tropics for a performance by Ballet Folklorico Mexico at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. The Milwaukee-based Mexican dance troupe will kick off the annual Children of the Rainforest series for families with high-energy programs at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Ballet Folklorico will take you through different traditions of Mexico with their energetic dancing, lively drumming, and lavish costumes. There is a small admission charge. Children ages 2 and under are free. This is at the Gardens, 3330 Atwood Avenue. More info at 608-246-4716 or olbrich.org.
The PFLAG monthly meeting will be held this Sunday, with the topic: “GLBT Acceptance Around the World.” Joseph Elder, UW Madison Professor, will provide updates on what’s happening in Europe and Africa, as well as from the rest of the world. Official policies will be discussed as well as actual practices by citizens and the influence of local religions. This is Sunday from 2:15 to 4pm at the Friends Meeting House, 1704 Roberts Circle. For more info contact Sharon st 608-271-5440.
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