Today in 1860: Pemberton Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, suddenly collapses, trapping nine hundred workers, mostly Irish women. Fire breaks out, adding to the terror and destruction. One hundred sixteen women are seriously hurt, while eighty eight are killed.
The fire inquest will show that the cast-iron pillars used to support construction were too weak for the brick walls and heavy machinery. The engineer in charge of construction, Captain Charles Bigelow, knew this from the start, but the jury will find no evidence of criminal intent.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, there will be a presentation titled “Afghanistan’s Best Kept Secret: Nonviolent Peacemaking” by Patrick Kennelly, associate director of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking. Kennelly will provide a history of Afghanistan during the last 30 years and an overview of peacemaking efforts. Join a discussion on how Afghans are using the nonviolent methods developed by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to bring about an end to the war. This is sponsored by Madison’s Just Peacemaking Initiative, using materials designed by JustFaith Ministries and Pax Christi USA. This is tonight at 7pm at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ, 1501 Gilbert Road. Call 516-1656 for more info.
Tomorrow night, there will be a candlelight memorial to honor the 117 wolves who were killed in this year’s Wisconsin wolf hunt. The memorial will include candles, the ringing of bells, and a poem for the wolves. It will take place Friday from 4:30 to 5pm in front of the State Natural Resources Building, 101 South Webster Street. Support for this memorial comes from Madison-based Alliance for Animals and Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic. Call Deanna at 238-6666 for more info.
Saint Vincent de Paul annually provides hundreds of needy people in Madison and its surrounding communities with good-quality recycled and new bedding. This year’s Recycle the Warmth drive will be held January 27th through the 29th. Gently used or new bedding, or cash donations, are welcome at a variety of drop-off locations. More info at svdpmadison.org.