Civil Rights

Michigan GOP congressional candidate railed against women’s suffrage, women in the workplace

BY: - September 22, 2022

A GOP U.S. House nominee has in the past argued against women’s suffrage, even forming an anti-feminism “think tank” in the 2000s that claimed men are smarter than women, according to CNN. John Gibbs is running in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District against immigration attorney Hillary Scholten, a Democrat who would be the first woman to […]

House Republicans block resolutions celebrating Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities

BY: - September 22, 2022

Three resolutions celebrating the state’s Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities were sent to a House committee Wednesday where they will likely sit and wilt.  Such nonbinding resolutions are typically considered non-controversial and pass on bipartisan votes. But Wednesday’s session in the GOP-controlled House, the first in months, turned long and contentious as the Nov. 8 […]

During Banned Books Week, Dixon supports a ban on ‘pornographic’ books in schools

BY: - September 21, 2022

Updated, 7:08 p.m., 9/21/22 GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon announced during a Tuesday press conference outside the Michigan Department of Education in Lansing that she would consider banning “pornographic” books in K-12 schools if she were elected governor.  This is just the latest attack on books in K-12 schools, largely on books that cover race […]

An ‘unprecedented flood’ of book bans engulfs U.S. school districts, PEN report says

BY: - September 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than 1,600 book titles across 32 states were banned from public schools during the 2021-2022 school year, with the bulk of the ban requests coming from a handful of right-wing groups pushing for censorship of books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and characters of color, a new report issued Monday said. “What I […]

‘Crisis pregnancy centers’ that oppose abortion questioned by U.S. Senate Democrats

BY: - September 21, 2022

Seven U.S. Senate Democrats questioned a leading Ohio-based antiabortion group Tuesday about its practice of collecting personal information from patients seeking abortions. So-called crisis pregnancy centers—facilities that often mirror abortion provider aesthetics but actually provide services to discourage abortion—collect sensitive data from patients. That presents troubling new complications as states move to increase penalties for abortions […]

DePerno seeks to outlaw Plan B emergency contraceptive in Michigan, compares it to fentanyl

BY: - September 21, 2022

The man who is running to be Michigan’s next attorney general says the Plan B contraceptive pill should be banned. As reported by Heartland Signal, at an event last month, GOP attorney general nominee Matthew DePerno initially didn’t appear to know what Plan B is when asked about his position. It’s an emergency contraceptive pill […]

How harassment and politicized issues help push Michigan teachers out of the classroom

BY: - September 21, 2022

Jake Gless worked for Lakewood Public Schools as a middle-school art teacher for about two years and six weeks before he took down the rainbow flag that was hanging on the wall of his classroom, packed his boxes of paints and papers and never walked foot into the school building again. It wasn’t because he […]

Young activists power National Voter Registration Day efforts in Southeast Michigan

BY: - September 21, 2022

Bilal Hammoud, 26, is a Dearborn Heights resident who was part of a national voter registration drive on Tuesday. He said that the effort has momentum and is “vital.”  “Across the board in Michigan, it is critical that we are getting our citizens more involved — and the fundamental way to do that is and […]

Dixon: The governor should have the power to appoint the state school superintendent

BY: - September 20, 2022

GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon said Tuesday she wants to change the way the state superintendent is appointed, which would mean amending Michigan’s Constitution.  But she isn’t the first Michigan leader to take issue with how the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) operates. “That the Republican nominee for governor has issues with the Michigan Department […]

In Michigan, you can now get a prescription for birth control from your pharmacist

BY: - September 20, 2022

Pharmacists in Michigan are now eligible to prescribe hormonal birth control in partnership with doctors.  Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made that announcement Monday following action from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) resulting from an executive directive Whitmer issued in May. That directive instructed state departments and agencies to identify and assess […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Dixon’s ‘parents’ rights’ message: You’re only a real mom if you vote GOP

BY: - September 20, 2022

Just over 20 years ago, I gave birth to my first child early on in my journalism career. In the years that followed, I would be told by several editors, some who were trying to be helpful and others who appeared to still reside in the Stone Age, that my decision to start a family […]

On this day in 1918: Detroit physician and museum founder Charles H. Wright is born 

BY: - September 20, 2022

On Sept. 20, 1918, Charles Howard Wright was born in Dothan, Ala., located on the state’s southeastern corner not far from its border with Georgia and Florida. Before becoming a Michigander during the 1940s, Wright, who was African American, attended Southeast Alabama High School and Alabama State College, graduating from each institution in 1935 and […]