Today in 1998: Samuel Bowers, the 73-year-old former Imperial Wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, is convicted in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, of ordering a firebombing that killed civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer 32 years before.
Bowers had also been instrumental in the killing of three other civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Miss., for which he was never charged.
On Vernon Dahmer’s tombstone are the words, “If you don’t vote, you don’t count.”
It’s Today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight is a Madison Action for Mining Alternatives meeting. There will be a media training with Jill Hopke, followed by a discussion of the September 15th fundraiser to benefit the Bad River Defense Fund. This is tonight at 6pm at 122 State Street, Suite 405. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomorrow is the Summer of Solidarity Tour stop in Madison – a 17-day, 13-city coast-to-coast tour of local union activists and community allies from across the country aimed at supporting local struggles and connecting them with the broader fight against corporate power. More info and tomorrow’s schedule at summerofsolidarity.org
The YWCA Madison is dedicated to providing safe, affordable housing and shelter; education and training for finding, changing or maintaining a job; Racial and Restorative Justice programs to create a more inclusive community, and Girls Inc. to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold. For more info on how you can help, call YWCA Madison at 608-257-1436 or visit ywcamadison.org.