Today in 1838: The Cherokee Nation begins the 1200-mile forced march, later known as the Trail of Tears. Their removal from ancestral land in the southeast U.S. had been ordered by President Andrew Jackson as the result of a treaty signed by a small minority of the tribe, and approved in the Senate by a one-vote margin.
Ordered to move on the Cherokee, General John Wool resigned his command in protest. General Winfield Scott and 7000 troops moved in to enforce the treaty.
“The Trail Where They Cried” – or “Nunna daul Tsuny” in the Cherokee language – led from northern Georgia to Oklahoma. Along the way, an estimated 4,000 died from hunger, exposure and disease.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Every first and Third Tuesday of the month is a Madison Food Not Bombs planning meeting. Tonight’s meeting is at 7pm at Mother Fool’s Coffeeshop, 1101 Williamson Street. More info at facebook.com/MadisonFoodNotBombs.
Tonight is Madison-area Urban Ministry’s annual meeting, with guest Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, speaking on “Renewing the Jefferson Promise: What is Means to Educate ALL Children.” This is from 6 to 8:30pm at the Villager, 2300 South Park Street. There is a small suggested donation. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday June 21st, the Sierra Club is sponsoring a free bus to the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair. The bus will have several pick-up points from Middleton through East Madison, leaving from 7 to 7:45am, and returning from the Fair in Custer, Wisconsin at 6pm. The bus is free, but admission to the fair is separate. Get details and sign up for the bus at the Sierra Club website: 4lakes.org.