Today in 1993: An appeals courts in Daytona Beach, Florida, rules that an African American couple was deprived of a fair trial by an all-white jury that compared blacks to chimpanzees and told racist jokes. Eugena and Derrick Powell had sued their insurance company to cover losses from a traffic collision with an uninsured motorist.
The Powells wanted two hundred and thirty-five dollars for medical expenses and lost wages. But, the jury awarded them less than eleven thousand dollars. After the trial, a juror described the May 1992 deliberations, saying jurors frequently spoke of niggers and joked that the Powell’s children were probably drug dealers.
It’s Today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight in Janesville, Rock County Progressives will host an informational forum titled “Defending Free Speech in Wisconsin,” focusing on recent events at the capital. Speakers will be Patricia Hammel, attorney with the National Lawyers Guild, and Brandon Barwick, an organizer of the Solidarity Singers. This is tonight at 6pm at the Basics Food Cooperative, 1711 Lodge Drive, in Janesville. For more info, email RockCountyProgressives@Gmail.com or visit RockCountyProgressives.org.
Also tonight, “Local Food and a Strategy for Economic Recovery” – a talk with Ken Meter of the Crossroads Center. This is part of the ‘Year of the CSA’ series hosted by the Fair Share CSA Coalition. This begins at 6:30 pm at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street. More info at csacoalition.org
Tonight, Q Cinema presents: Fish and Elephant,a film about two young women, zookeeper Qun and store clerk Ling, who fall in love. The bliss of their budding relationship is tested by outside forces: Qun’s mother, who’s determined to marry her off to a man, and Ling’s former girlfriend, on the run from the law. This is at 6:30 pm at Outreach, 600 Williamson Street.
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