|Today, WA legislators kick off the 2022 legislative session. |
And because it’s a so-called “short session” this year, they’ll only be meeting for 60 days. That means we’ve got just two months. In that time, we’re calling on legislators to: Support workers through this ongoing crisis. As COVID surges, we’re calling on legislators to ensure we can afford to pay our bills, put food on our tables, and stay in our homes. And we need stronger health and safety protections for workers across industries — both during this crisis and beyond. Fix our state’s broken unemployment system. That means fighting for accountability at ESD and changes in the law to make sure the system does what it’s supposed to: pay benefits promptly to people who lose work. Unemployed workers, who’ve been speaking out about this system failure since the pandemic crisis began, will be demanding legislators take meaningful action to guarantee equitable access to benefits. Support undocumented immigrants who lose work. Last year, we helped win more than $460 million in relief for undocumented workers, who’ve been excluded from unemployment insurance and federal stimulus programs because of their immigration status. But immigrant workers need a permanent solution. Now, we’re calling on lawmakers to create a permanent income support system for undocumented people who lose work. Tax the richest humans in WA to fund an equitable recovery. We made tremendous progress last year when we helped pass the capital gains tax on extraordinary profits from the sale of stocks and bonds. That was an important step in the right direction—but it’s past time for legislators to take bolder action by passing a wealth tax on WA billionaires and investing in an equitable recovery. Corporate lobbyists will be out in force this year, pushing their agenda of more for them and less for the rest of us. So it’s crucial that we join together and let legislators know What Workers Want, too. We’re counting on you to step up, raise your voice, and demand what we need from our representatives. This is still a crisis for WA workers — together, we’ll make sure legislators act like it. Stay tuned,
1519 – Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I died.
1773 – The first public museum in America was established in Charleston, SC.
1866 – The Royal Aeronautical Society was founded in London.
1875 – Kwang-su was made emperor of China.
1879 – The British-Zulu War began when the British invaded Zululand.
1882 – Thomas Edison’s central station on Holborn Viaduct in London began operation.
1895 – The first performance of King Arthur took place at the Lyceum Theatre.
1896 – At Davidson College, several students took x-ray photographs. They created the first X-ray photographs to be made in America.
1904 – Henry Ford set a new land speed record when he reached 91.37 miles per hour.
1908 – A wireless message was sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
1915 – The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
1915 – The U.S. Congress established the Rocky Mountain National Park.
1926 – “Sam ‘n’ Henry” debuted on WGN Radio in Chicago, IL.
1932 – Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
1938 – Austria recognized the Franco government in Spain.
1940 – Soviet bombers raided cities in Finland.
1942 – U.S. President Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.
1943 – The Office of Price Administration announced that standard frankfurters/hot dogs/wieners would be replaced by ‘Victory Sausages.’
1945 – During World War II, Soviet forces began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.
1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.
1949 – “Arthur Godfrey and His Friends” was debuted on CBS-TV. The show stayed on the network for seven years.
1949 – “Kukla, Fran and Ollie”, the Chicago-based children’s show, made its national debut on NBC-TV.
1955 – Rod Serling’s career began with the TV production of “Patterns.”
1960 – Dolph Schayes of the Syracuse Nationals became the first pro basketball player in the NBA to score more than 15,000 points in his career.
1964 – Leftist rebels in Zanzibar began their successful revolt against the government and a republic was proclaimed.
1966 – U.S. President Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended.
1966 – “Batman” debuted on ABC-TV.
1967 – “Dragnet” returned to NBC-TV after being off the network schedule for eight years.
1970 – The breakaway state of Biafra capitulated and the Nigerian civil war came to an end.
1970 – Nigeria’s civil war ended.
1971 Congressional Black Caucus organizes
1971 – “All In the Family” debuted on CBS-TV.
1973 – Yassar Arafat was re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
1986 – Space shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.
1990 Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton is stabbed in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
1991 – The U.S. Congress passed a resolution authorizing President Bush to use military power to force Iraq out of Kuwait.
1995 – Northern Ireland Secretary Patrick Mayhew announced that as of January 16 British troops would no longer carry out daylight street patrols in Belfast.
1998 – Tyson Foods Inc. pled guilty to giving $12,000 to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy. Tyson was fined $6 million.
1998 – 19 European nations agreed to prohibit human cloning.
1998 – Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr’s office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
1999 – Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball was sold at auction in New York for $3 million to an anonymous bidder.
2000 – Charlotte Hornets guard Bobby Phills was killed in a crash during a drag race.
2005 – NASA launched “Deep Impact”. The spacecraft was planned to impact on Comet Tempel 1 after a six-month, 268 million-mile journey.
2006 – The U.S. Mint began shipping new 5-cent coins to the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. The coin has an image of Thomas Jefferson taken from a 1800 Rembrandt Peale portrait in which the president is looking forward. Since 1909, when presidents were first depicted on circulating coins, all presidents had been shown in profile.
On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed this executive order establishing the President’s Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services, committing the government to integrating the segregated military.
In 1940, the US population was about 131 million, 12.6 million of which was African American, or about 10 percent of the total population. During World War II, the Army had become the nation’s largest minority employer. Of the 2.5 million African Americans males who registered for the draft through December 31, 1945, more than one million were inducted into the armed forces. Along with thousands of black women, these inductees served in all branches of service and in all Theaters of Operations during World War II.
During World War II, President Roosevelt had responded to complaints about discrimination at home against African Americans by issuing Executive Order 8802 in June 1941, directing that blacks be accepted into job-training programs in defense plants, forbidding discrimination by defense contractors, and establishing a Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC).
After the war, President Harry S. Truman faced a multitude of problems and allowed Congress to terminate the FEPC. However, in December 1946, Truman appointed a distinguished panel to serve as the President’s Commission on Civil Rights, which recommended “more adequate means and procedures for the protection of the civil rights of the people of the United States.” When the commission issued its report, “To Secure These Rights,” in October 1947, among its proposals were anti-lynching and anti-poll tax laws, a permanent FEPC, and strengthening the civil rights division of the Department of Justice.
In February 1948, President Truman called on Congress to enact all of these recommendations. When Southern Senators immediately threatened a filibuster, Truman moved ahead on civil rights by using his executive powers. Among other things, Truman bolstered the civil rights division, appointed the first African American judge to the Federal bench, named several other African Americans to high-ranking administration positions, and most important, on July 26, 1948, he issued an executive order abolishing segregation in the armed forces and ordering full integration of all the services.
Executive Order 9981 stated that “there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed forces without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin.” The order also established an advisory committee to examine the rules, practices, and procedures of the armed services and recommend ways to make desegregation a reality. There was considerable resistance to the executive order from the military, but by the end of the Korean conflict, almost all the military was integrated.
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