Today in 1877: Firemen and brakemen for the Pennsylvania and Baltimore & Ohio Railroads refuse to work, and refuse to let replacements take their jobs. They manage to halt all railroad traffic at the Camden Junction just outside of Baltimore.
The railroad companies had cut wages and shortened the workweek. After a second pay cut in June, Pennsylvania Railroad announced that the same number of workers would be expected to service twice as many trains. The work stoppage spread west and eventually became the first nationwide strike.
It’s Today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight is a Wellness Workshop hosted by the Dane County Timebank! Join spiritual ecologist Heather Lyn Mann for an introduction to Mindfulness-based Advocacy to promote self-care, build nurturing relationships, and realize societal transformation through skillful action. A community meal follows. Wellness Workshops are open to all and offered by donation. Money, TimeBank hours, or “sweat equity” are accepted. This is from 5 to 8pm at the Center for Families, 2120 Fordem Avenue. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Saturday is a “Tending the Nest Community Conversation,” part of a series of art events and community conversations co-sponsored by the Farley Center and Witness Tree Collaborative exploring biodiversity and issues surrounding endangered species. Kelly Kearns from the DNR will present, and John Steines will lead the creation of a large nest and guardian figures on the Farley Center land. Bring string, yarn, a quote, twigs, or something that adds your voice and heart to the nest. This is Saturday from 3 to 5pm at the Farley Center, 2299 Spring Rose Road in Verona. More info at farleycenter.org.