Civil Rights

Benton Harbor water crisis is the ‘ultimate inexcusable repeat of history,’ 3rd lawsuit says

BY: - January 11, 2022

State officials’ decisions around the water crisis in Benton Harbor, including allegedly pushing off a corrosion control study, left “thousands of people to drink and use knowingly unsafe lead-contaminated water,” according to a new class-action lawsuit.  “It has been less than six years since the declaration of emergency that made the Flint water crisis worldwide […]

They may disagree on abortion, but this political odd couple agrees on preserving democracy

BY: - January 11, 2022

On Dec. 22, an email went out from Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel’s campaign that surprised at least some Michigan politicos. The fundraising pitch for the state’s most powerful progressive official was from former Michigan Republican Party Executive Director Jeff Timmer, who told supporters, “We could quibble and quarrel about policy differences between candidates in […]

Conservative groups target state, local voter registration rolls with multiple lawsuits

BY: - January 11, 2022

Updated and corrected, 12:04 p.m., 1/11/22 North Carolina’s voter rolls are like a refrigerator that needs to be cleared periodically of rotting milk and other items past their expiration date, according to Jason Snead, director of the pro-Trump Honest Elections Project. Snead is an elections advocate supporting Republican plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to force the state […]

Details surface of former Speaker Chatfield’s alleged sexual abuse of sister-in-law

BY: and - January 10, 2022

The person former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) is accused of sexually assaulting for more than a decade, beginning when she was a child, is his sister-in-law. The Michigan State Police is investigating the complaint, which was first filed with the Lansing Police Department on Dec. 24, 2021. Rebekah Chatfield, now 26, said the assaults […]

Breaking: Group to file 2022 proposal protecting abortion access in Michigan Constitution

BY: - January 7, 2022

A coalition of abortion rights groups are hoping to enshrine the right to reproductive freedom in Michigan by amending the state Constitution. The ballot committee, Reproductive Freedom for All, a coalition of Planned Parenthood of Michigan, the ACLU of Michigan, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and Michigan Voices, filed paperwork Friday morning with the Board […]

‘The playbook for authoritarianism counts on this’

BY: and - January 6, 2022

When U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) arrives at the U.S. Capitol Thursday, he will do so to tell the truth: That, one year ago, armed rioters attempted to overthrow a democratically elected government in a fatal attack that followed a months-long campaign by former President Donald Trump to claim victory in an election he lost […]

On this day in 1863: Emancipation Proclamation celebration held in Detroit 

BY: - January 6, 2022

On Jan. 6, 1863, a celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation took place at Second Baptist Church in Detroit, the first African-American congregation established in Michigan. It included “speeches by white and black Negroes,” according to Detroit Free Press reporting.  Some sang:  “Old Abe Lincoln is the man for me, Old Abe Lincoln is the man […]

Sault Tribe chair faces censure from board, possible historic removal from power

BY: - January 5, 2022

Ongoing conflict within the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ tribal government has led to an attempt to oust its chairperson of 10 years, Aaron Payment, over nearly a dozen allegations of misconduct. Ten of the 12 members on the Sault Tribe’s Board of Directors — the governing body of the tribe — voted […]

With Lawrence’s retirement, will Michigan have a Black member of Congress in 2023? 

BY: - January 5, 2022

After U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), Michigan’s only Black congressional member, sent political shockwaves throughout the state Tuesday night by announcing she would not seek a fifth term on Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), a native Detroiter and daughter of Palestinan immigrants, announced Wednesday she’s running in the new 12th District.  “This year […]

Voting rights tops U.S. Senate agenda as Jan. 6 insurrection anniversary nears

BY: - January 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday stressed that Democrats are prepared to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation — and linked the move to the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. “The election subversion efforts we’re seeing all across the country today are […]

Schumer says U.S. Senate to consider changing the filibuster if voting rights stalls

BY: - January 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned on Monday that the Senate is prepared to debate changes in the filibuster if Republicans continue to block the advancement of voting rights legislation. In a sternly worded letter to other senators, the New York Democrat set a deadline of Jan. 17 for the chamber to consider revising the […]

Dem lawmakers announce lawsuit against redistricting panel for ‘watering down Black votes’

BY: - January 3, 2022

The state’s independent redistricting commission approved the final congressional and state maps last week, but some voting rights activists — including a group of Democratic lawmakers who are filing a lawsuit — say the new maps unconstitutionally disenfranchise Black voters. The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC), a 13-member commission consisting of four Republicans, four […]