Today in 2002: Somewhere between 450,000 and a million Europeans in Florence, Italy, peacefully protested the threatened U.S. invasion of Iraq.
The inaugural meeting of the European Social Forum had just concluded there. It was a regional part of the framework established at the World Social Forum which had met in Porto Alegre, Brazil, first in 2001.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, visiting Haitian band 2 Rasin (Ra-seen) will play a concert of their folk-fusion-roots style music at Lake Edge Lutheran, located at 4032 Monona Drive. The 7pm concert will benefit the band’s U.S. tour as well as Haiti Allies, a local nonprofit focused on literacy, education, food for children, job creation and leadership building in Haiti. The concert is offered on a free-will basis, and donations are encouraged. For more info, call Mary at 628-1740.
Tonight, the Columbus Music Boosters, who support music teachers in the elementary, middle, and high school, will be holding a fundraiser.There will be raffle, treats to eat, cash bar & Silent Auction till 8:30. There is a cost for this event. This will be at 7pm at Kestrel Kestrel Ridge Golf Club, 900 Avalon Road in Columbus. For more info, call Pat at 608-834-9494 or Tillie at 920-623-5751.
Saturday, Madison Vilnius Sister Cities, Inc. and the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago are cosponsoring two free concerts on one day by Vilnius native, Dominykas Vysniauskas (Daw-mih-NEE-kus Vysh-NIOW-skus), a premiere jazz trumpeter. The first concert will be held at noon in the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol, and the second concert will be at 7pm at the Capitol Lakes Grand Hall, 333 West Main Street. For more info, call Daina at 608-334-2086.
Sunday,there will be a discussion of “Connecting Common Struggles: Destructive Mining in El Salvador and Wisconsin.” Longtime Wisconsin and Midwest mining activist and organizer UW-La Crosse Professor Al Gedicks will be joined by El Salvador organizers Brother Domingo Solis, Father Lorenzo Cruz, and Jan Morrill, who work to protect their communities from destructive metallic mining interests. This is Sunday, from 6:30 to 8pm in the Washburn Heritage Room in Regina Hall at Edgewood College. This event is sponsored by OXFAM, the Midwest Coalition Against Lethal Mining, the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, the Sierra Club, the U.S.-El Salvador Sister City Network, the Madison-Arcatao Sister City Project, and the newly formed Madison Action For Mining Alternatives organization. For more info, call Marc at 608-215-3358.