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Oakland County Commissioner Craig S. Covey, D-Ferndale, joins with members of the Asian American community to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the death of Vincent Chin, a victim of a hate crime in 1982, when two autoworkers murdered him, blaming him and Japanese automakers for the loss of their jobs. The two autoworkers’ actions were racially motivated and caused the death of this Chinese American by beating him with a baseball bat on June 19, 1982, with his life ending due to a coma on June 23rd. He was to be married that week. The murderers did not receive any jail time, and they never repaid the family compensation that was ordered by the courts.
Commissioner Covey is the former Mayor of Ferndale and a long-time champion and leader in the Michigan Civil Rights Community, including LGBT, Latino, African American, Middle Eastern, and other communities. He continues to work to create a free and open society that provides equal opportunity, fair treatment and human dignity for all people to promote diversity and acceptance of all people. His final act as Ferndale Mayor in 2010 was to install the Vincent Chin Memorial at Woodward Ave. and Nine Mile Road in the heart of downtown Ferndale, just feet from where Chin worked, and where the American Citizens for Justice organization formed.
The proclamation will be presented on June 21 in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Auditorium, to members of the American Citizens for Justice. The Board is located at 1200 North Telegraph Road in Pontiac, Michigan at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Oakland County Commissioner Craig Covey at 248-721-6434.