Today in 1964: A nearly one billion anti-poverty measure – the Economic Opportunity Act – which created Head Start, VISTA, or Volunteers In Service To America, and other programs that became part of the “War on Poverty,” is signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson.
Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps, drafted the legislation and became director of the Office of Equal Opportunity which implemented the new law.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
The Radicals and Progressives “Meet and Eat” is tonight at 5pm at the Orient House Restaurant, 626 South Park Street. More info at 249-0879.
Tonight, “Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties” by Robert Greenwald will be screened at 7pm at the Fountain Back Bar, 122 State Street. This is free and sponsored by IWW Social Action & Solidarity. More info at 815-685-8567.
Tonight, ReachOutWisconsin hosts a discussion: “Gun Control. For it? Against it? Let’s talk about it.” Speakers will be Reverend Jerry Hancock and Pastor Nic Gibson. This is tonight at 6pm at Babe’s, 5614 Schroeder Road. More info at reachoutwisconsin.org.
Boombox the Wasteland is now looking for participants, volunteers and sponsors. This all-ages outdoor event happens Saturday, September 14th from 2 to 8pm at Union Corners, East Washington Avenue near the Sixth Street roundabout. Plans include art activities, bench building, dancers, skateboarding and more. Find out how you can get involved, display a yard sign, sponsor a bench or volunteer at boomboxthewasteland.com.