Today in 1886: twenty-five hundred workers march in Milwaukee for the eight-hour day. Demonstrators carry red Socialist flags and the tricolor banners of the “Eight Hour League”.
In response, Governor Jeremiah Rusk has supplied the Milwaukee National Guard headquarters with increased ammunition and the entire city police force with four companies of infantry and artillery. Despite the threat, the workers will parade and avoid violence.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow is a performance by Mideast by Midwest, with May Day and labor-related songs. Celebrate international workers rights day with some dancing and solidarity! This free event is tomorrow at 9pm at Bandung Restaurant, 600 Williamson Street.
This Sunday is Mazomanie Free Library’s 115th Anniversary Celebration! Activities include a walking tour of past library locations, crafts, cake and more! This is Sunday from 1 to 4pm. The festivities will culminate when all residents of the Village of Mazomanie are invited to pose for a community photo at 3pm in front of the library, 102 Brodhead Street in Mazomanie. Cake will follow at the Community Building. For more info, call Audrey at 608-795-2104.
Tomorrow is a Childrens’ Day “Fun” Raiser for homeless families in Japan and Madison. Enjoy a whole room of craft-making activities, face painting, smoothies and treats! There is a suggested donation. This is tomorrow from 10:30am to 4pm at Happy Bambino, 4116 Monona Drive. Call 608-257-4663 for more info.
Tomorrow is the second annual Performing Ourselves Showcase. Performing Ourselves provides a series of experiential movement and performance classes to nearly 100 underserved local girls in four Madison locations. The showcase is a collaboration between the UW-Madison Dance Department, Girls Inc. of Dane County and the local community centers. This free event is tomorrow at 2pm in the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue. For more info, email email@example.com.