After Thwarted Kidnapping Plans, Whitmer Calls for Unity

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]


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By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Jan. 12, 2005 – Over 200 people gather at the Capitol Building in Lansing to protest the passage of Proposal 2 in November of 2004 as the Michigan congress begins its new session. Other gatherings were held at the Archdiocese in Detroit and Wayne State University.

February 2005 – The Big 3 give big as Ford Motor Company, General Motors and DaimlerChrysler all write $250,000 checks for Affirmations in support of the building of the new community center.

February 2005 – Common Language Bookstore is reopened in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown district by autBar owners Keith Orr and Martin Contreras.

March 2005 – the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan files a lawsuit in state court on behalf of 21 LGBT couples that stood to lose domestic partnership benefits for their spouses and children. Attorney General Mike Cox ruled that Proposal 2’s enactment meant that all state-funded DP benefits programs could not be renewed.

April 2005 – A Gay Straight Alliance is formed at the Cesar Chavez Academy charter school, the first GSA in a Detroit school.

May 2005 – The Midwest AIDS Prevention Project hosts “Arabian Nights” at Club Q in Ferndale, the first-ever Arab American LGBT event in the state.

September 2005 – A coalition of LGBT groups hosts the first-ever town hall to highlight LGBT family issues. The Ferndale event draws over 100 participants.

October 2005 – Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Affirmations CEO Leslie Thompson break ground for the new LGBT center in Ferndale. Affirmations raised over $5 million to make the building possible.

Dec. 1, 2005 – After 20 years of providing housing and food to local people with HIV/AIDS, Wellness House of Detroit was forced to shut its doors.

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