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CNN Coverage of City Council Member Sumi Kailasapathy

CNN profile of Ann Arbor City Council Members in article titled "Take a knee protests go from the sidelines to City Council chambers", including Sumi Kailasapathy, taking a knee during National Anthem in support of NFL protests against police brutality. Sumi Kailasapathy represented the 1st Ward on the City Council of Ann Arbor. The story behind her decision to run, her tenure in City Council, and how her politics were inspired by her time enduring armed violence in Jaffna, Sri Lanka were detailed in her interview for the Archival Creators Fellowship project on Ilankai Tamil Feminism.

The article highlights the backlash that Kailasapathy received for kneeling, with people demanding she "go back to her country" for which her response was that she had nowhere else to go, with her home being lost during the Sri Lankan civil war. It also highlights how the act of kneeling among a group of Ann Arbor City Council Members was originally her idea.

Date: October 18, 2017
Subject(s): Sumangala ('Sumi') Kailasapathy
Type: Newspaper Clipping
Source: Archival Creators Fellowship Program
Creator: Kartik Amarnath
Contributor: Sumangala ('Sumi') Kailasapathy

Collection: Kartik Amarnath Fellowship project
Donor: Sumangala ('Sumi') Kailasapathy
Item History: 2022-07-08 (created); 2022-07-12 (modified)

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