Civil Rights

Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights

BY: - June 24, 2022

Republicans in Congress were jubilant at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning decades of precedent to revoke a constitutional right to an abortion, while Democrats were equally despondent about what they called an extremist decision that revoked a long-held right and represented an attack on women’s autonomy. The party-line reaction hints at how lawmakers will […]

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Michigan leaders blast abortion decision as ‘horrifying and embarrassing’

BY: - June 24, 2022

This is a breaking news story that will be updated throughout the day. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision — something abortion access advocates in Michigan are calling “horrifying and embarrassing.” “Today is a sad day for America as an unelected group of conservative judges […]

African World Festival returns to Detroit’s Hart Plaza, entrance fee concerns some

BY: - June 24, 2022

The African World Festival will be held at Detroit’s Hart Plaza for the first time in nearly a decade. But many of those who attend the 39th annual event, which will be held July 15-17, will have to pay to do so for the first time. Jamon Jordan, City of Detroit historian and a festival […]

Biden to appoint first Indigenous person to lead U.S. Treasury

BY: - June 23, 2022

The past two years continue to usher in “firsts” for Indigenous representation in U.S. politics. The latest appointment, at the top levels of federal government, will see the first Native American person to serve as U.S. Treasurer. President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his intent to appoint Mutáwi Mutáhash Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba, who is chief […]

Rep. Carra introduces bill to make state abortion ban ‘enforceable’

BY: - June 23, 2022

State Rep. Steve Carra (R-Three Rivers) introduced a bill Wednesday to update the state’s 1931 abortion ban to “make it enforceable post-Roe v. Wade.” House Bill 6270 updates the language of the 1931 bill to make it so an individual who performs or attempts to perform an abortion, except to save a “pregnant woman,” will […]

U.S. House members warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns

BY: - June 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — Experts on election security warned lawmakers during a U.S. House Administration hearing on Wednesday of targeted disinformation campaigns that could occur in the upcoming midterm and presidential elections. The panel of witnesses also stressed to members of the subcommittee on elections the dangers of conspiracy groups and their reach in sowing disinformation about […]

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LGBTQ+ lawmakers detail ‘toxic’ atmosphere in GOP-led Legislature

BY: - June 22, 2022

Following the high-profile rejection of a Pride Month resolution in the Michigan Senate last week, and amid a historic rise in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, three LGBTQ+ state lawmakers told reporters Wednesday that they are having to maneuver in the GOP-led Legislature’s “toxic atmosphere.” “This agenda that they have of division prevents us from getting other work […]

Report finds abortions on the rise in Michigan, nation

BY: - June 22, 2022

After decades of declining, the number of abortions nationwide and in Michigan is increasing, according to a new report. Research by the Guttmacher Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based abortion rights think tank, found the number of abortions in Michigan rose 18% between 2017 to 2020.  In 2020, there were 31,510 abortions in Michigan— 4,880 more abortions than […]

Two women share their abortion stories ahead of a decision on Roe v. Wade

BY: - June 22, 2022

When now-state Rep. Christine Morse went to the doctors to get an MRI in 2011, she wasn’t expecting to find out she was pregnant.       She was trying to find out how far along her breast cancer had developed.  Before her diagnosis, the mother of three and her husband were trying for another […]

Trump led pressure campaign on state election officials, Jan. 6 panel says

BY: - June 21, 2022

Former President Donald Trump was directly involved in efforts to pressure state officials in Georgia, Arizona and elsewhere to overturn the 2020 election results in their states, according to evidence the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack presented Tuesday at the panel’s fourth hearing this month. Trump and his attorneys knew that […]

Dems attempt to tie GOP oversight bills to abortion rights, contraceptive access measures

BY: - June 21, 2022

While a House panel voted nearly three dozen GOP bills out of committee Tuesday — with many aimed at reducing the state’s emergency powers or repealing “outdated” or “bad” laws — Democratic members tried to put their own footprint on the package by proposing the bills be tied to measures that would enshrine rights to […]

The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.

BY: - June 21, 2022

This article is published through a collaboration between States Newsroom and Bolts. WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, about 10 men detained in the Young Men Emerging unit in the Washington, D.C., jail sat around a TV to watch the Democratic candidates for mayor debate issues including affordable housing and gun violence.  “It was on a […]