The history of September 27th. Today in 1993: In New York City, the Mollen Commission begins hearings on the latest generation of corrupt police officers. The new corruption involves uniformed patrol officers in poor neighborhoods who extort shop owners, take bribes to protect drug dealers and deal drugs themselves.
Among today’s first witnesses is Michael Dowd, a former Brooklyn officer who admits leading a ring of drug-dealing police. Like the Knapp Commission of the early 1970’s, the Mollen Commission will find that corruption remains ingrained in police culture.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Coming to Madison in October, the Economic Democracy Conference will focus on creating a practical new vision for democracy. There is a cost for this event. Learn more and register at economicdemocracyconference.org.
Saturday is the Seventh annual Sterling North Book and Film Festival in Edgerton. This is a free family event that promotes literacy and the city of Edgerton, with authors hailing from all around the nation. This is tomorrow from 9am to 4pm at Edgerton High School, 200 Elm High Drive in Edgerton. More info at edgertonbookfestival.com.
Wisconsin election officials are reaching out to voters this fall, speaking to groups around the state about “Voting 101: Back to Basics.” The Government Accountability Board created the Voting 101 speaker series to help Wisconsin voters learn what they need to know for the November General Election. The G.A.B. is partnering with local election officials, community organizations, and elected officials to identify voter groups who are interested in hosting an event. For questions about the speaker series or to schedule an event, please contact Voter Services Specialist Meagan at 266-8175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alliance for Animals has volunteer opportunities to help animals. These might include tabling at the Farmer’s Market, distributing pro-animal literature or joining the antivivisection Committee. For details visit allanimals.org or call 257-6333.