Civil Rights

Bannon rallies hundreds in Detroit for Trump’s border wall

BY: - March 15, 2019

Former President Donald Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon was serving up plenty of red meat to Republicans on immigration in Detroit Thursday night. Bannon, a popular figure on the so-called alt-right, spoke to a crowd of 500 for the “We Build the Wall” town hall at Cobo Center. He referred to the U.S. Senate vote […]

Peters, Stabenow vote to reject Trump’s border emergency

BY: - March 14, 2019

Updated, 3:50 p.m., with comments from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters. WASHINGTON — The Republican-led U.S. Senate today delivered a stinging rebuke to President Trump by voting to approve a resolution to end the national emergency he declared at the southern U.S. border. Both of Michigan’s Democratic senators, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Lansing and Gary […]

Stacey Abrams to keynote annual Mackinac Policy Conference

BY: - March 13, 2019

Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the national Democratic Party, will be in Michigan this spring. Abrams, who narrowly lost her race for Georgia governor last year and delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last month, will be a keynote speaker at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference in […]

Think tank: Trump budget cuts training key to Black workers

BY: - March 13, 2019

President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget includes $1.2 billion in cuts to several job training programs will hurt African-Americans and other underserved communities, a national think tank said this week. “A budget reflects national priorities, and unfortunately the Trump administration’s budget does not prioritize the need to ensure the American workforce has the […]

Schor under fire for Lansing Fire Dept.’s lack of diversity

BY: - March 13, 2019

There’s been a very public war of words between Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and former Lansing Fire Department Chief Randy Talifarro. Now Dale Copedge, president of the Lansing NAACP, says he wants to hear more from both men regarding the lack of diversity within the Lansing Fire Department. There’s also been a high-profile discrimination lawsuit […]

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Slotkin questions Trump DHS secretary on family separation policy

BY: - March 12, 2019

Freshman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) woke up “what had been relatively sleepy interrogation” last week of U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, according to the Daily Beast. Slotkin has an extensive background in national security, having served as acting assistant secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and in the Office of the […]

Latino Legislative Caucus announces leadership

BY: - March 11, 2019

State Reps. Alex Garza (D-Taylor) and Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw) will lead the Michigan Latino Legislative Latino Caucus this session. “I am honored to lead the largest group of Latinx legislators in our state’s history,” said Garcia, caucus chair. “Michigan is made stronger by diversity – diversity of thought and ideas as much as diversity of […]

Why did 23 House Republicans vote against anti-discrimination resolution?

BY: - March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House overwhelmingly adopted an anti-bigotry resolution this week, with 23 Republicans voting against the measure. The resolution, whose lead author was U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), condemns anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities. House Resolution 183 was approved late Thursday by a vote of 407-23, with only Republicans opposing it. […]

House Democrats pass sweeping voting rights, ethics legislation

BY: - March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — Michigan’s congressional delegation was split down the middle on Friday as the U.S. House passed a broad election reform and ethics bill that Democrats have made their top legislative priority this Congress. The 14-member delegation is evenly divided by Republicans and Democrats and the vote on Friday followed that pattern.[0]=68.ARCapWMhPPit1sjngFYQokQtZudMeX5XWuqQ_LLx3kg-5Xb5tMXh4zI_OrJThX8_0sHcQ4giuCciAimuZR4Aw0DCywKp8HNnSwoQi4SzKVAQ10xgo6iOtEK30W-9YCJijU5lPlWJuLIFkxiCmJtLiCPbswfcbZDmZuZM4ZvBZCGIKQHwPkhuSDwWa1dP9lFRY5Nruz5irbYFutGABoh8zh27iEsb2iCBCUlvBMjGvf-d1kfaeiX98nVEsRziS9XaMdyJNrOgwSFwlUlFM620axP-5QYVUafuspnTBhN4FYIpPWLObdyfnjcq7H51L-otZUQ_TGP7bc_qVZ1VU6o4XeLQm-j3524&__tn__=-R “Too many […]

On this day in 1983: Nun battling Vatican poised to head Michigan dept.

BY: - March 8, 2019

A Michigan Senate committee on March 8, 1983, recommended that Sister Agnes Mary Mansour’s appointment to head the Department of Social Services be approved by the full Senate. She was later confirmed as department director. Mansour, who was born to Lebanese immigrants in Detroit in 1931, had been appointed by then-Gov.-elect James Blanchard on Dec. […]

All Michigan House members vote for measure against anti-Semitism, bigotry

BY: - March 8, 2019

All 14 members of Michigan’s U.S. House delegation on Thursday voted for a resolution decrying anti-Semitism, racism and anti-Muslim bigotry. House Resolution 183 originally was sparked by several comments from U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who is one of the first Muslim women in Congress, that many condemned as anti-Semitic. Most recently she said supporters of […]

Dingell joins effort to revive Violence Against Women Act

BY: - March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) on Thursday helped unveil legislation re-authorizing funding for programs and services relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. The legislation lapsed last month after Congress failed to extend it. Republicans had sought to roll a “clean extension” into a major spending deal signed by President […]