Today in 1966: Four thousand people picket outside New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel as President Lyndon Johnson receives the “National Freedom Award”.
As Johnson begins his speech in defense of his Vietnam policies, James Peck of the War Resisters League jumps to his feet and shouts, “Mr. President, peace in Vietnam!” On the streets, meanwhile, activist A.J. Muste presents the crowds own “Freedom Award” to Julian Bond.
Bond has been denied his seat in the Georgia legislature for refusing to disavow his war opposition and his support of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.
It’s Today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, IWW Social Action and Solidarity sponsor a free screening of “The Murder of Fred Hampton,” about the 1969 Chicago police raid and killing of the charismatic young Black Panther Party leader. This is tonight at 7pm at 122 State Street, Room 200. More info at 442-8399 or 815-685-8567.
Tonight, the Madison Institute presents”Shadows of Liberty: The Truth Behind the News Media Cover-Ups and Control” There is a small suggested donation at the door. This is tonight at 7pm at the Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Avenue. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-438-4178.
Evening Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious low-cost meals to older and differently abled people. Locations are flexible and the time commitment is about one hour per shift. For details call 276-7598.