Today in 1922: The United States Supreme Court’s “Ozawa” decision says members of certain ethnic groups are not entitled to naturalized citizenship since they are clearly not Caucasian. Takao Ozawa’s citizenship application was denied in 1914. He appealed to the United States District Court for Hawaii, then the Supreme Court.
Ozawa arrived in the United States in 1894, graduated from a Berkeley high school, and attended the University of California for three years. Then he moved to Hawaii and worked for an American company, attended an American church and sent his children to American schools.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Fracking, the controversial technology for opening natural gas deposits, is the focus of a three-part Community Environmental Forum series. The second session is tonight, and will examine Wisconsin’s sand mining boom and how it affects the environment and economies of rural communities in the state. Speakers include Rich Budinger, president of the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association; Thomas Pearson, assistant professor of social science at UW-Stout; and Kate Prengaman, a reporter with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. This is free and open to the public. This is today at 5:30 p.m. in room 1106 of the Mechanical Engineering Building, 513 University Avenue. There’s a parking ramp right behind the building for those who choose to drive. For more info, visit nelson.wisc.edu/events.
Tonight, the Progressives and Radicals Meet & Eat! will be held at the Orient House, 626 South Park Street. This will be from 5 to 6:30pm. More info at 249-0879.
Also tonight, local author, Andrea Thalasinos will talk about her new novel, “An Echo Through the Snow.” Set in far eastern Siberia as well as the Red Cliff Indian Reservation on Lake Superior in Wisconsin, the forces of personal and cultural destruction try to entice the characters into surrender and desperation. Thalasinos obtained her PhD from UW Madison and teaches at Madison College. This will be at 7pm at Sequoya Branch Library, 4340 Tokay Boulevard. Call 266-6386 for more information.