Race Equity

COMMENTARY

Column: Day of the Dead reminds us to live

BY: - November 2, 2021

The nostalgic smell of pan dulce, or sweet bread, hit me when I walked into Diana’s Bakery on Cherokee Street in St. Louis. It was impossible not to think of my grandmother taking me to a similar panadería (bakery) and letting me and my sisters pick out a pan dulce, while she bought her favorite rolls. The shelves at […]

As Canada invokes 1977 Treaty, tribal citizens point to older treaties affected by Line 5

BY: - November 2, 2021

For nearly five months, the Canadian government has repeatedly submitted court filings and letters to a federal court in the hopes of halting proceedings in State of Michigan v Enbridge — the case which will determine which court will preside over the state’s all-important lawsuit to enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order. At […]

‘A celebratory movement’: Detroiters advocate for reparations ballot proposal

BY: - October 30, 2021

When Todd Perkins thinks of reparations for systemic racial discrimination in Detroit, he dreams not just of atonement, but of hope.  The Detroit attorney, who has long been pushing for reparations in the city where he grew up, dreams of a chance to finally acknowledge the pain that runs deep amidst institutional racism, from housing […]

‘Developing partnerships is important now more than ever’

BY: - October 29, 2021

State Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy), the Michigan Legislature’s first Indian immigrant and Hindu lawmaker, believes that partnerships are the way to create good public policy.   Kuppa, who is serving a second term in the GOP-led state House, represents a swing seat in Troy and Clawson, two metro Detroit suburbs. She told the Advance on Wednesday […]

More Black Detroiters are living in substandard houses after foreclosure crisis, study finds

BY: - October 29, 2021

An increasing number of Detroiters are living in substandard houses with moderate to serious maintenance problems, and the rate is highest among Black households, according to a new University of Michigan report. The study found that more than 38,000 houses in the city are likely in need of major repairs, with problems ranging from broken […]

Charges dropped against Detroit cop accused of shooting journalists with rubber bullets

BY: - October 28, 2021

A judge dismissed charges Tuesday against a Detroit cop who was accused of firing rubber bullets at three photojournalists during protests over police brutality in May 2020. Corp. Daniel Debono was charged with three felony counts of felonious assault for allegedly shooting rubber bullets at MLive’s Nicole Hester and independent journalists Seth Herald and Matthew […]

Controversial GOP Senate bill banning ‘critical race theory’ passes in committee

BY: - October 27, 2021

Democratic lawmakers and educators are sounding the alarm about Senate Bill 460, the second GOP bill banning “critical race theory” that will head for a full chamber vote this fall in the Michigan Legislature. The legislation was reported out of committee Tuesday, and is similar to bills introduced by Republicans in several other states that […]

Dept. of Labor economist says work must continue to eliminate economic disparities

BY: - October 26, 2021

Janelle Jones, chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor, shared her vision of an equitable economic future for working people in Michigan and around the country at the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) conference on Monday. Jones was the keynote speaker for the “Getting Back to the Future: Securing an Equitable Recovery for […]

In Benton Harbor’s water crisis, a long history of systemic racism — and a chance for justice

BY: - October 26, 2021

Every day, Elnora Gavin wakes up terrified that her young son will use the tap water in their Benton Harbor home to brush his teeth when she’s not looking.  She thinks of the horror stories emanating from children drinking lead infused water in Flint — which, like Benton Harbor, is a predominantly Black city that […]

State redistricting stumbles amidst familiar partisan infighting

BY: - October 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — This year’s round of redistricting is already crumbling into partisanship and court challenges in multiple states, even as voters pay more attention than ever to new political maps that will shape elections for a decade. Hopes were high initially. Advocates in several states pushed measures over the last few years that they hoped […]

Report: Homelessness in Michigan dropped 19% in 2020

BY: - October 22, 2021

Homelessness in Michigan dropped 19% in 2020 from 2019, according to a new report. “Ending Homelessness in Michigan” was created in collaboration with several state government departments and agencies. It outlines a combination of factors contributing to 2020’s reduction in homelessness, including the implementation of eviction moratoriums. It also highlights the Michigan State Housing Development […]

Census prompts push for more Indigenous school lessons

BY: - October 22, 2021

Many American Indians and Alaska Natives say the dramatic increase in their numbers recorded in last year’s census supports their longstanding argument that Indigenous history should get more attention in public school classrooms. Even before the latest tally, there was a growing movement to infuse more Indigenous material into school curriculums — not only to […]