Today in 1945: The “Little Wagner Act” is signed in Hawaii, guaranteeing pineapple and sugar workers in Hawaii the right to bargain collectively. The workers, mainly Asian Americans, soon go on strike for higher wages and a forty-hour week.
Twenty-eight thousand striking laborers will shut down thirty three of Hawaii’s thirty four plantations. After a long and bitter seventy nine-day strike, the workers will win decisively–the first time in Hawaiian history that employers have been unable to fracture sugar-worker strikers into racial groups that are not cohesive .
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
The Eastside Plant and Seed Swap and Plant Sale takes place today from 4 to 7pm rain or shine! Bring your healthy perennial divisions, vegetable seedlings, bulbs, houseplants, and seeds to trade, give away, or sell for TimeBank Hours. Extra plants will be donated to charity or given away. Open to everyone! This is at at the Eastside Farmers’ Market, 953 Jenifer Street. Call 609-9320 for more info.
Tonight, Sustainable Atwood Green Tuesday presents the film “The Great Squeeze.” This free event is from 6:30 to 8pm at the Hawthorne Library, 2707 East Washington Avenue. More info at tnsmonona.org.
Tonight, European jazz legend and controversial author Gilad Atzmon offfers “Jazz, Controversy . . . and Pizza!” This is at 7pm at The Glass Nickel Pizzeria, 2916 Atwood Avenue. This event is sponsored by The University of Wisconsin-Madison Sifting and Winnowing Club. For more info, call Kevin at 608-583-2132.