Race Equity

FDA panel recommends booster shot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - October 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans who received Moderna’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be eligible soon for booster shots, after a federal advisory panel on Thursday recommended a third dose for older and higher-risk adults as well as certain workers. The unanimous recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration vaccine panel came a few […]

Black leaders rally in Detroit, call for fairer redistricting maps 

BY: - October 12, 2021

State Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit), along with a group of clergy, civil rights leaders and others, on Tuesday gathering in Detroit to call for better racial representation in draft maps offered by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC).  There are currently 17 districts that are majority Black, Hollier said: two in Congress, five in […]


Column: The debate on Latino vs. Latinx vs. Hispanic is the song that never ends

BY: - October 12, 2021

Growing up in El Paso, Texas, in the ’80s and ’90s, the diversity at my school could’ve been broken down into two categories — children who were born in the United States and students who weren’t. But almost all of the students’ families came from Mexico at some point, and we called ourselves Mexican-Americans or […]

Activists urge Detroit to increase inclusion of Indigenous communities

BY: - October 12, 2021

Indigenous activists are calling on Detroit leaders to address historical inequities and honor the original people who were displaced from the city. The Detroit Indigenous Peoples Alliance (DIPA) made the demands while gathered in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue on Woodward on Indigenous People’s Day on Monday. “This place here is the traditional […]

Tribal leaders praise Haaland and Biden admin. for restoring Bears Ears

BY: - October 11, 2021

Tribal leaders are praising President Joe Biden, who last week signed proclamations fully restoring Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments that were both cut into by the previous Trump administration by nearly 2 million acres total. “The president’s protection of these three national monuments is among a series of steps the administration has taken […]


Column: Biden visit, data and voices underscore need for action on ‘Build Back Better’

BY: - October 8, 2021

Every Michigander deserves a fair shot at opportunity and prosperity. But for too long, many families — particularly people of color and those families with low incomes — have struggled to make ends meet despite their best efforts to provide for their families.  President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan would make a historic investment […]

GOP lawmakers slam federal probe into threats against school board members

BY: - October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Thursday objected to a move by the Justice Department to investigate violent threats made against local school board members and teachers, arguing that the federal agency is “policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents.” “Violence and true threats of violence should have no place in our civic discourse, but […]

Conservative activist who ‘invented’ clash over ‘critical race theory’ leads Senate hearing

BY: - October 5, 2021

A conservative activist from Washington described as someone who “invented the conflict over critical race theory” was at Tuesday’s state Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee hearing supporting a bill banning Michigan schools from teaching a decades-old theory examining systemic racism. Christopher Rufo, who the New Yorker wrote “invented” the arguments over “critical race theory,” […]

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our […]

Asian Americans in Hamtramck, Detroit fight to preserve voting bloc in redistricting process

BY: - October 5, 2021

As the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) nears the end of its process to draw new legislative districts before the 2022 election, members of the metro Detroit Asian Pacific Islander (API) community are raising concerns. API residents in Hamtramck and Detroit have flagged a proposed redistricting map they said would split their voting bloc […]

Mich. solicitor general will be first Arab-American woman to argue before SCOTUS

BY: - October 4, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court, which begins its term this week, will hear arguments from Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud, the first Arab-American Muslim woman to do so. Hammoud will be representing the state of Michigan in Brown v. Davenport on Tuesday.   The case will help to spell out when a violation of a defendant’s rights […]

Mich. tribal leaders praise Warren bill addressing Native boarding school trauma

BY: - October 2, 2021

Updated, 6:11 a.m., 10/2/21 A bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would create a special commission for the federal government to uncover, document and begin to heal intergenerational trauma for Native people caused by so-called Indian boarding schools across the country. As the Advance previously reported, Michigan’s not-so-distant past includes the legacy […]