Today in 1911: at a meeting of the “Superior Trades and Labor Assembly” in northern Wisconsin, Louis Olson shows up wearing an “Industrial-Workers-of-the- World” button. A motion is made and seconded that Olson discard the button or lose his seat. The motion is defeated.
Numerous I-W-W organizers are reporting no success in trying to organize Wisconsin labor. Indifference toward the union is due partially to influential Milwaukee Socialist Victor Berger, who sees the group as a threat to the “Socialist Party”. Controlled by Berger’s party, the Milwaukee Federated Trades Council and the Wisconsin State Federation of Labor actively block I-W-W efforts to organize Milwaukee workers.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow is Markets and Meals for Hope – a 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 Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish, 2116 Hollister Avenue. For more info, visit cclpmidwest.org
Tomorrow is the Save Our Water, No Unsafe Mining March and Rally – a peaceful, legal protest to oppose new mining legislation that would throw away local control and environmental protections. This will be at the Wisconsin State Capitol on the State Street steps. Rally at noon, March at 1. For more info, call Carl at 608-250-9240 or email email@example.com.
Tomorrow night, the Madison Action for Mining Alternatives sponsors a Benefit Variety Show for the Bad River Band of Ojibwe. There is a suggested donation for this evening of food, prizes and entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, who are fighting for their homeland and clean water in Wisconsin. This is Saturday from 6pm until 1am at the Wilmar Center, 953 Jenifer Street. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madison Timebank will sponsor a Wellness Fair this Sunday. Doors open at 10am with activities including a tea meet-and-greet and drop-in wellness stations. The TimeBank Annual Meeting will be at 1pm, and all are welcome to attend. This free event will be at the Madison Senior Center, 330 West Mifflin. More info at dctb-dot-timebanks-dot-org.