Civil Rights


Susan J. Demas: Cox calls Whitmer ‘crazy,’ because it’s Trump’s GOP now

BY: - February 26, 2019

Former Gov. Rick Snyder wasn’t at the Michigan Republican Party state convention last weekend — and neither was his brand of civility politics. New party Chair Laura Cox rode to her position on the strength of endorsements from heavy-hitters in President Trump’s orbit, like 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale. So she appeared to be doing […]

Leaders reject white supremacist posters found in Lansing’s Old Town

BY: - February 26, 2019

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has condemned posters with links to a nationally recognized white supremacist group that were found in the Old Town neighborhood last week. They read: “Keep America American. Report any and all illegal aliens. They are criminals.” “The fliers that have shown up in Old Town are not representative of Lansing residents,” […]

Women hold 7 of 9 statewide elected executive posts in Michigan

BY: - February 25, 2019

It may look like the “Brady Bunch” from the photos above, but that’s actually a look at Michigan’s current roster of statewide elected executives. Not to put too fine a point on it, but only two of the nine leaders are men. Two are people of color. One is LGBTQ. And only one is a […]

Nessel gets the Jerusalem Post treatment

BY: - February 25, 2019

Welcome to the Advance‘s semi-regular roundup of how Michigan is covered in the national — and sometimes international — news. In the last week, Attorney General Dana Nessel was the subject of a somewhat stiltedly titled Jerusalem Post profile, “Jewish-American lesbian elected Michigan attorney general.” Hey, all news is local is some sense. Here’s the […]

Whitmer takes on Trump over eliminating Planned Parenthood funding

BY: - February 24, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will fight back against the President Donald Trump administration’s new rule banning Planned Parenthood and other groups from a $286 million federal family planning program. “Along with other newly elected governors, I will explore all options to block these changes,” said Whitmer, a Democrat who supports reproductive rights. The money for […]

AG to open hate crime unit amid surge in Michigan extremist groups

BY: - February 22, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel said Friday she will form a hate crime unit within her office after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a new report showing 31 active hate groups in Michigan. Nationwide, more than 1,000 hate groups are now active, according to a report released by the civil rights group this week. […]

SOS forms panel to enact Proposal 3, update election procedures

BY: - February 22, 2019

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson this week announced a new Election Modernization Advisory Committee. The panel will advise her administration and the Bureau of Elections on implementing Proposal 3 of 2018 and other election reforms. On Thursday, Benson held a press conference in Flint Township heralding one aspect of Proposal 3: the start of […]

Archdiocese, AG spar over clergy abuse probe

BY: - February 21, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday asked Catholic churches in Michigan to halt an internal investigation into clergy sexual abuse and accused the state’s seven dioceses of making the attorney general’s investigation more difficult. But the Archdiocese of Detroit denied Nessel’s assertions made at a press conference, which also included an update on Flint water […]

Benson hails start of no-reason, mail-in voting in Michigan

BY: - February 21, 2019

Michael Gordon, owner of the Great Lakes Sandwich Company, is a busy guy. “I’m the only employee. I do the dishes,” the Flint Township resident said. “I take the orders. When I gotta leave [work], I don’t make any money. So anything that can keep me from having to miss money to do my civic […]

On this day in 1965: Former Michigander Malcolm X is killed

BY: - February 21, 2019

Malcolm X was killed on this day in 1965. The former Lansing, Detroit and Inkster resident was fatally shot by rival Black Muslims while addressing Organization of Afro-American Unity members at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. Born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Neb., in 1925, he was the son of James Earl Little, a […]

Gilchrist headlining NAACP dinner that LGBTQ activists will boycott

BY: - February 21, 2019

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist is set to headline the Flint NAACP Freedom Fund dinner next month, but LGBTQ activists have called for a boycott of that event. State Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) said in a press release that a local LGBTQ group lead by Quincy Murphy has asked members of the Genesee County state delegation not […]

Detroit turns page on Cobo, bank to rename convention center

BY: - February 20, 2019

The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) on Wednesday awarded the naming rights of 723,000-square-foot Cobo Center in Detroit to Chemical Bank. The facility is named for former Detroit Mayor Albert E. Cobo. Many African-Americans have long called for the facility to be renamed, given Cobo’s record of racial discrimination in the city. The Rev. […]