March 22 Peace Love Activism

March 22 Peace Love Activism



March 22 Peace Love Activism

March 22, 1638: the Boston Church excommunicated Anne Hutchinson. She moved with her family to Rhode Island to land purchased from the Narragansetts. They were invited by Roger Williams, who had founded the new colony as a democratic community with no enforced church doctrine. (Feminism, see June 15, 1648; Separation, see November 4, 1646)
Equal Rights Amendment
March 22, 1972:  the Equal Rights Amendment, with language revised by Alice Paul in 1943, approved by the Senate. Having already passed in the House of Representatives (12 October 1971), it was sent to the states for ratification. The revised language of the essential phrase reads, "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." (see April 17).
Women’s Health

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March 22, 1972: the U.S. Supreme Court, ruling in Eisenstadt v. Baird that a state cannot stand in the way of distribution of birth control to a single person, struck down a Massachusetts law prohibiting the sale of contraceptives to unmarried women. (see January 22, 1973)


Dred Scott
March 22, 1852: in Scott v. Emerson, the Missouri Supreme Court reversed the lower court and declared that Scott was still a slave. The decision was frankly political. The court decided the case not on the basis of legal precedent, but because of popular prejudice. Chief Justice William Scott stated,

Times are not now as they were when the former decisions on this subject were made. Since then not only individuals but States have been possessed with a dark and fell spirit in relation to slavery, whose gratification is sought in the pursuit of measures, whose inevitable consequence must be the overthrow and destruction of our government. Under such circumstances it does not behoove the State of Missouri to show the least countenance to any measure which might gratify this spirit. She is willing to assume her full responsibility for the existence of slavery within her limits, nor does she seek to share or divide it with others.

Thus, Chief Justice Scott overturned twenty-eight years of Missouri precedents. (Dred Scott, see ” in 1853”)
Black Codes

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March 22, 1901: the Civil War and emancipation threatened to overturn Southern culture and social relations, which were based in white supremacy and racial hierarchy. After Reconstruction ended and white politicians and lawmakers regained control and power in the South, many efforts were made to restore that racial order through very strict laws that mandated segregation and made it illegal for black and white people to interact as equals; interracial marriage, integrated education, and even interracial athletic events were strictly banned.

An example of these laws in action occurred on March 22, 1901, when a white woman and a black man were arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, and accused of walking and talking together on Whitehall Street. In a news article entitled, “Color Line Was Ignored,” The Atlanta Constitution newspaper reported that Mrs. James Charles, “a handsomely dressed white woman of prepossessing appearance,” and C.W. King, “a Negro cook,” were arrested after Officer J.T. Shepard reported having seen the two talk to each other and then “walk side by side for several minutes.”

Mrs. Charles gave a statement after her arrest, not challenging the law itself, but fervently denying the accusation. She insisted she had exchanged no words with Mr. King, and merely smiled as she passed him dancing on the street:

"As I paused to listen to the music I noticed a negro man, the one arrested with me, dancing on the sidewalk. I smiled at his antics and was about to pass on when a policeman touched me on the arm and said he wanted to talk to me. I stopped and he asked why I talked to a negro. I denied having spoken to any negro. I told him I was a southern born woman, and his insinuations were an insult."

Mr. King also denied having spoken to Mrs. Charles; he said he never knew there was a white woman near him.

No further reporting on the arrests was published, and it is not clear whether they were convicted and fined when tried the next afternoon. (see Sept 3)
King fined and imprisoned
March 22, 1956: King was found guilty of violating the boycott statute in Montgomery, Ala., and fined $500. When he decided to appeal, the judge added 386 days of imprisonment. (see Mar 27)
Third march
March 22, 1965: 3,200 civil rights demonstrators, led by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and under protection of a federalized National Guard, began a third attempt at a week-long march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol at Montgomery in support of voting rights for black Americans.. (see March 25)
James C. Anderson
On June 26, 2011 James C Anderson was standing near his car at a Jackson, Mississippi  motel about 5 a.m. Two carloads of teenagers pulled off the Interstate and into the motel parking lot. Several jumped from the vehicles and beat Mr. Anderson. A white sport utility vehicle drove away. As Mr. Anderson stumbled along the edge of the parking lot, the police said, the driver of a green Ford F250 pickup truck, Deryl Dedmon, accelerated and drove over him. Mr. Anderson was pronounced dead at a local hospital. (see Aug 7)

March 22, 2012, Dedmon, 19, and his friends John A. Rice, 18, and Dylan Butler, 20, were charged in US District Court in Jackson, Mississippi with one count each of conspiracy and one of violating James. Anderson’s civil rights. They pleaded guilty in the afternoon. They faced up to five years for the conspiracy charge and up to life for the hate-crime violations. It was the first time the new federal hate-crime law, enacted in 2009, had been used in the Deep South. (BH, see Mar 24; JCA, see Mar 28)

March 22 Music et al

 see Please Please Me
March 22, 1963, The Beatles before their US appearance: UK release of Beatles first album, Please Please Me.

Producer George Martin, a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, owners of the London Zoo, thought that it might be good publicity for the zoo to have the Beatles pose outside the insect house for the cover photography of the album. However, the Zoological Society of London turned down Martin's offer and instead, Angus McBean was asked to take the distinctive color photograph of the group looking down over the stairwell inside EMI's London headquarters in Manchester Square. Martin was to write later: "We rang up the legendary theatre photographer Angus McBean, and bingo, he came round and did it there and then. It was done in an almighty rush, like the music...

John Lennon (22); Paul McCartney (20); George Harrison (20); and Ringo Starr (22) (see April 8)

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March 22, 1966: Prankster Mountain Girl fined $250 for marijuana possession. (see March 25)
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Poison gas
March 22, 1965: the State Department acknowledged that the US had supplied the South Vietnamese armed forces with a “non-lethal gas which disables temporarily” for use “in tactical situations in which the Viet Cong intermingle with or take refuge among non-combatants, rather than use artillery or aerial bombardment.” The announcement triggered a storm of criticism worldwide. The North Vietnamese and the Soviets loudly protested the introduction of “poison gas” into the war. (see Mar 24)
 My Lai Massacre
March 22, 1968: a Vietnamese village chief reports to the leader of the Son Tinh District that 570 civilians had been killed and 90% of Son My village had been destroyed, including homes, animals and property. (Vietnam, see Mar 22; My Lai, see Apr 24)
Gen. Creighton Abrams

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March 22, 1968: President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the appointment of Gen. William Westmoreland as Army Chief of Staff; Gen. Creighton Abrams replaced him as commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam.

Westmoreland had first assumed command of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam in June 1964, and in that capacity was in charge of all American military forces in Vietnam. One of the war’s most controversial figures, General Westmoreland was given many honors when the fighting was going well, but when the war turned sour, many Americans blamed him for problems in Vietnam. Negative feeling about Westmoreland grew particularly strong following the Tet Offensive of 1968. (see Mar 25)

US Labor History

Baseball lockout
March 22, 1990: a 32-day lockout of major league baseball players ended with an agreement to raise the minimum league salary from $68,000 to $100,000 and to study revenue-sharing between owners and players (see August 31, 1991)

Environmental Issues

Exxon Valdez oil spill

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March 22, 1990: a jury in Anchorage, Alaska, found former tanker captain Joseph Hazelwood innocent of three major charges in connection with the Exxon Valdez oil spill, but convicted him of a minor charge of negligent discharge of oil. (see March 13, 1991)

Native Americans

La Framboise Island

March 22, 1999: Sioux people established the Oceti Sakowin spiritual camp on La Framboise Island in the Missouri River near Pierre, South Dakota, in protest of the treaty-breaking Danklow Acts (Terrestrial Wildlife Habitat Restoration Act and Water Resources Development Authorization), which gave 200,000 acres of tribal lands to the state of South Dakota. (see Native Americans, July 7, 1999)

Stop and Frisk Policy

March 22, 2012, Stop and Frisk Policy: Black and Latino lawmakers, upset with the frequency with which NYC police officers stop and frisk  minority men pushed for legislation to rein in the practice. (see Mar 28)

Crime and Punishment

March 22, 2016: South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed SB 140, which abolished life imprisonment without parole sentences for all children under age 18 at the time of the crime.

The new law eliminated life imprisonment, which was the mandatory sentence for juveniles convicted of Class A, B, and C felonies, and replaced it with a term of years in the state penitentiary. (see Apr 22)


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