With the prison-industrial complex, racism, police brutality, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim discrimination, and more on the table, Angela Davis didn't leave any activist's stone unturned during her visit to Flint on Thursday.
On February 19, 1976, President Gerald Ford signed the proclamation “An American Promise.” It formally announced the termination Executive Order 9066, the measure that had resulted in the uprooting of Japanese Americans and their detainment in camps during World War II.
Although E.O. 9066 had ceased to be effective once hostilities had ended, the Japanese American Citizens League and others petitioned the White House to have the termination officially recognized.
Professional baseball’s last 30-game winner, Denny McLain was the first major-league baseball player suspended since 1924. McLain was later sent to prison when found guilty of charges of racketeering.
For more information, see "Detroit Tiger Denny McLain suspended over bookie allegations", This Week In Michigan History, Detroit Free Press, February 19, 2012.
On Feb. 19, 1943, the first "war-worker dawn show" had more than 9,000 war plant workers from the night shift attending its 2 a.m. show. Workers were encouraged to "come as you are" and enjoy some much needed entertainment.
For more information about the Fox Theater, see Laurie J. Marzejka, "Detroit's historic Fox Theatre", Detroit News, January 25, 1998.
On Feb. 19, 1830, Michigan's first temperance organization -- the Detroit Society for the Suppression of Intemperance -- was organized. Its first President was General Charles Larned, a veteran of both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and who served the Territory as Attorney General.
In 1833, the organization expanded into the Michigan Temperance Society.
It took six weeks into the new year, but abortion opponents in the state Legislature introduced several bills last week to advance their cause.
Identical bills introduced in the House and Senate would prohibit the state from contracting with any agency that provides abortions as part of their mission. That would affect agencies such as Planned Parenthood, which the state contracts with to provide health care services, but not abortions, for women.