Today in 1996: About 120 activists are arrested over the following eight days in Washington, D.C., in support of a fast by Sister Dianna Ortiz.
The Ursuline nun had been kidnapped, tortured, and raped by U.S. trained and supported Guatemalan Army officers in 1989. She was fasting to demand that the U.S. government release information on her assailants.
It’s Today’s Action Calendar!
Saturday is NOKXL Pipeline Civil Disobedience Training! President Obama is expected to decide whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline by early summer. This is the final training to participate in the Madison action to stop the pipeline. You’ll get an overview of the pipeline and the strategy to defeat it; learn the basics of civil disobedience; discuss legal matters; and prepare to take action together in Madison. The training is free, and snacks will be provided. This is Saturday, May 3rd from 12 noon to 5pm at Arboretum Cohousing, 1137 Erin Street. RSVP at pledgetraining.eventzilla.net.
Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. operates EBT services at the Saturday Dane County Farmers’ Market. Customers receiving FoodShare benefits can withdraw funds to spend on local, delicious foods from the Market and enjoy this community atmosphere. For more info, call 608-246-4730.
Clean Sweep Hazardous Waste Site is open year-round at the county landfill and operates Tuesdays through Fridays from 7am to 2:45pm, and Saturdays from 8 to 10:45am. There is a fee per drop-off. Clean Sweep is located at 7102 US Highway 12 in Madison. More info at danecountycleansweep.com.