Today in 1899: Several hundred male University of Wisconsin students take to the streets dressed only in nightshirts. When they try to enter Ladies Hall, known to future generations as Chadbourne, the men are driven off by a janitor wielding a bludgeon and by frightened young women throwing pails of water.
But the men find an open basement window and get into the laundry, where they find the women’s underwear. A few minutes later, wearing the undergarments, they march up State Street. This is the first panty raid in UW history.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Progressives & Radicals Meet & Eat is tonight from 5 to 6:30pm at the Orient House, 626 South Park Street. More info at 249-0879.
Fracking, the controversial technology for opening natural gas deposits, will be the focus of a three-part Community Environmental Forum series beginning tonight .”Fracking: The Wisconsin Connection” will explore topics including the process of fracking – short for hydraulic fracturing, why Wisconsin is the leading producer of sand for fracking, the economic and environmental impacts of sand mining, and the role fracking plays in the overall energy economy. The forum sessions are free and open to the public. This is tonight at 5:30 p.m. in room 1106 of the Mechanical Engineering Building, 1513 University Avenue. There’s a parking ramp right behind the building for those who choose to drive. For more information, visit nelson.wisc.edu/events.
Tonight, Madison’s newest documentary film series, “Social Cinema”, presents a free showing of the film We’re Not Broke, the story of how U.S. corporations have been able to hide over a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam, AND how 7 fed-up Americans from across the country take their frustration to the streets, vowing to make the corporations pay their fair share. This is tonight at 7pm in the Marquee Theater at Union South, 1308 West Dayton Street. This is presented by the UW Havens Center. More info at HavensSocialCinema.org.
Also tonight, the Madison Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom invites you to a Roundtable Discussion: Gender Equity Must Become a Lived Reality, anchored by Karen Pope, a delegate to the United Nations 2012 Commission on the Status of Women. Come hear about international progress and barriers to women’s full participation in creating our world. This is tonight from 6:30 to 8pm at the Goodman Branch Library, 2200 South Park Street. For more info, call Nancy at 244-6595.