Today in 1966: At a founding conference attended by thirty women, the National Organization for Women, or NOW, forms (quote) “to gain true equality for all women.” NOW will become one of the largest feminist organizations in the world.
The group got its earliest recruits from the status commissions in several states. Kay Clarenbach, who will chair the national board, has headed a very active Wisconsin commission. Of the roughly 300 charter members, 126 will live in Wisconsin.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow, there will be a free screening of the documentary “We’re Not Broke!” America is in the grip of a societal economic panic. Lawmakers cry “We’re Broke!” as they slash budgets, lay off schoolteachers, police, and firefighters, crumbling our country’s social fabric and leaving many Americans scrambling to survive. And while the deficit climbs and the cuts go deeper, corporations with intimate ties to our political leaders are concealing colossal profits overseas to avoid paying U.S. income tax. Part of the A.E. Havens Center Social Cinema series, this is tomorrow at 7pm at UW Madison Union South, 1308 West Dayton, in the Marquee Theater. More info at havenssocialcinema.org.
The Dane County – City of Madison Clean Sweep Program for recycling household hazardous waste will end its 2012 season on Wednesday, October 31st at 2pm. Items that can be dropped off at Clean Sweep include oil based paints, pesticides, poisons, household products containing organic solvents, ignitable, aerosols, and non-automotive type rechargeable batteries. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 7am to 2pm. The site is located at the Dane County Highway garage, 2302 Fish Hatchery Road. For more info, call 243-0347 or visit danecountycleansweep.com.
The Parental Stress line helps prevent child abuse by connecting parents who are stressed or feeling alone with volunteers who talk with them by phone. Training is necessary. Call 241-4888 extension 26 for details.
Wisconsin Books to Prisoners is a non-profit organization sponsored by “Rainbow bookstore” that sends books to prisoners in Wisconsin and other states. They believe that quote “books are tools for learning and can open minds to new ideas and fresh possibilities.” They accept donations. Stop by the bookstore at 426 West Gilman Street or call 257-6050 for details.