Daily Briefs

Renowned photographer to speak on the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike June 7

The Walter P. Reuther Library, in collaboration with the Wayne Law’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, is proud to host renowned photographer Richard L. Copley as he discusses his work and experiences during the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike.

Memphis sanitation workers, AFSCME Local 1733, went on strike for increased wages and union recognition, but most importantly, to be treated with respect and dignity. The strike became an important chapter in the civil rights movement, attracting the support of Martin Luther King Jr., who was visiting the striking workers when he was assassinated. Copley documented key moments during the strike, including marches, police and National Guard response, rallies, speeches, and memorials for King.

On June 7 at 6:30 p.m., Copley will talk about the assignment — his first as a photojournalist — to document the strike. The event will take place at Wayne State University Law School’s Partrich Auditorium, located at 471 W. Palmer, Detroit. A selection of his photographs is also on display.


Nominations sought for Cook-Friedman Civility Award; deadline June 10

The FBA is seeking nominations for the 2018 Julian Abele Cooke, Jr. – Bernard A. Friedman FBA Civility Award, which will be presented at the Chapter’s Annual Dinner on June 21. The selection criteria are as follows: The attorney has been significantly engaged in the practice of law; the attorney demonstrates the highest levels of legal competency and professionalism; the attorney’s conduct is in accordance with the highest standards of professional integrity and personal courtesy as set forth in the Civility Principles of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; the attorney has demonstrated, while fulfilling the fundamental duty to represent clients vigorously, a mindfulness of the equally important obligation to the administration of justice, which is a truth-seeking process designed to resolve human and societal problems in a rational, peaceful and efficient manner; and the attorney is guided by a fundamental sense of dignity, decency, candor, and fair play. If you believe that an individual is worthy of consideration, please submit the name of the nominee to fbamich@fbamich.org or to any of the chapter’s officers, together with a brief statement in support of the nomination. Deadline for nominations is 12 p.m. Sunday, June 10.


Tax-free shop at Detroit bridge loses court fight

DETROIT (AP) — A judge won’t stop the state of Michigan from enforcing summer restrictions on gasoline sold at the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.

Ammex operates a shop at the border, allowing Canada-bound travelers to buy a variety of products that are tax-free. But it’s having trouble getting a seasonal gas that is required in the Detroit area for better air quality.

Ammex sought an injunction, claiming Michigan’s summer gas law is an illegal strike against international commerce. But federal Judge Laurie Michelson rejected the request
Friday in a 43-page decision. She says Ammex in previous years had complied by finding a qualified supplier of fuel.