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Detroit Angela Davis gathering
A standing room only crowd of nearly 2,000 people welcomed Angela Davis, October 24, 2012, to Detroit to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her acquittal on charges of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy. The event, held at Fellowship Chapel on the city's northwest side, was a "powerful demonstration of the respect and affection Detroiters have for Professor Davis and her history of struggle for economic, racial and gender justice."
The program included Fellowship Pastor Wendell Anthony, Congressman John Conyers, Detroit City Councilperson JoAnn Watson, Metro Detroit AFL-CIO President Chris Michalakis, Retired Wayne County Circuit Court Judge and civil rights activist Claudia Morcom, Metro AFL-CIO Civil Rights Committee Chair Michele Artt and UAW Vice-President Cindy Estrada.
The last speaker, UAW Vice-President Cindy Estrada spoke of the importance of collective bargaining to Michigan workers and small business people. She related her father's experience as a small businessperson whose success was dependent on the incomes his customers derived from their unions' collective bargaining efforts. She made an impassioned plea for members of the audience to get involved in get-out-the vote activities in support of Prop. 2 and other union backed proposals and candidates..