Today in 1799: The New York state legislature enacts a law mandating the gradual end of slavery.
Children of slaves would not be emancipated until they had served their parent’s “holder” and reached their mid-twenties. It was not until 1827 that a subsequent law declared, “every person born within this state, whether white or colored, is free.”
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow is a spaghetti-dinner fundraiser featuring homemade sauce, good company, and good conversation. Proceeds will go to help 15 NOW Wisconsin build the campaign for a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Wisconsin. This is tomorrow at 6:30pm at the Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer Street. More info at 15now.org.
Tomorrow is the 5th annual Wildlife Baby Shower! Dane County Humane Society’s Four Lakes Wildlife Center needs your help to prepare for the more 3,000 orphaned and injured wild babies that will soon pass through their doors! Bring a gift and enjoy an afternoon of family fun and entertainment. This is tomorrow from noon to 4pm at the Dane County Humane Society, 5132 Voges Road. For more info, call Angie at 608-838-0413, extension 187.
Sunday, Penny Rosenwasser, author of Hope into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears, speaks at A Room of One’s Own Bookstore. This book brings to life a blend of healing stories, fascinating history, and a fair-minded perspective on Israel-Palestine. This is Sunday 2pm at the bookstore, 315 West Gorham Street. More info at 608-257-7888.
Sunday is the second Cabin Fever Sunday Concert, to help raise funds for future programming at Portage Center for the Arts! A small donation suggested at the door. This is Sunday at 4pm at Portage Center for the Arts, 301 East Cook Street in Portage. More info at portagecenterforthearts.com.