Today in 1966: Four thousand people picket outside New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel as President Lyndon Johnson receives the “National Freedom Award”.
As Johnson begins his speech in defense of his Vietnam policies, James Peck of the War Resisters League jumps to his feet and shouts, “Mr. President, peace in Vietnam!” On the streets, meanwhile, activist A.J. Muste presents the crowds own “Freedom Award” to Julian Bond.
Bond has been denied his seat in the Georgia legislature for refusing to disavow his war opposition and his support of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
This afternoon is Madison Urban Ministry’s Re-Entry Service Fair, with the theme: “Support.” The featured guest is Heidi Olson from the Aids Network. Open to all, this is from 3:30 to 5:30pm at the Villager Mall Community Room, 2300 South Park Street. For more info, call John at 256-0906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight, all are welcome to “Vigil For The Water.” Please bring your own candles, banners, and signs telling the Senate not to support G-Tac’s destruction of the Penokee Hills. A Senate vote on the open pit iron mining bill, AB/SB1, could come as early as Wednesday. Sponsored by Madison Action for Mining Alternatives, this is tonight at 7pm at Lady Forward, at State Street and Capitol Square.
Tonight, the film “Step By Step: Building a Feminist Movement 1945-1977” will be shown. A discussion with campus and community panelists follows the film. This is from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Anderson Auditorium, 1000 Edgewood College Drive. More info at 244-6595.
Project Home, a nonprofit organization serving Dane and Green Counties, is holding a free class tomorrow night from 5:30 to 7pm on Preventing Ice Dams. This is at 1966 South Stoughton Road. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 246-3737 to register. More info at projecthomewi.org.