Race Equity

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Julie Cassidy: Too many Detroiters still struggle, despite city’s progress

BY: - May 23, 2019

Ten years after the official end of the Great Recession, many Michigan families are still struggling as rising housing prices outpace post-recession income growth. For people of color, however, the housing crisis isn’t just a recent problem. The newest issue of the Michigan League for Public Policy’s Home, Health, Hope series examines Detroit as an […]

New ADL report: White supremacist groups active in Michigan

BY: - May 13, 2019

The Anti-Defamation League continues to document a nationwide surge in white supremacist harassment or propaganda, including 60 confirmed incidents in Michigan between 2018 and 2019, new data show. According to updated data in the ADL’s Hate, Anti-Semitism, Terrorism, Extremism (HEAT) map, most Michigan examples were due to Patriot Front propaganda, a group described by both […]

Keith memorialized as historic jurist and ‘amazing man’

BY: - May 13, 2019

Hundreds of mourners attended a three-hour funeral service for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon J. Keith on Monday at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in northwest Detroit. Keith died on April 28 at age 96. The Detroit native was appointed as a U.S. district judge by President Lyndon Johnson in October 1967. President Jimmy Carter […]

Michigan civil rights dept. launches investigations into Grand Rapids police

BY: - May 7, 2019

Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) announced Tuesday it will investigate 23 discrimination complaints against the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD). That announcement comes after the MDCR held two “listening sessions” in the West Michigan city in late March. It’s also a week after the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and […]

Harris shakes off ‘electability’ argument during Detroit NAACP address

BY: - May 6, 2019

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has made African American voters a key target early in the presidential race – she’s visited more Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) than other candidates have and frequently touts that her alma mater is an HBCU. And on Sunday, her first Michigan campaign stop was addressing 10,000 people at […]

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Grand Rapids police under fire from civil rights groups for Latino arrests

BY: - April 30, 2019

Civil and immigrants’ rights groups in Michigan want the state to put the Grand Rapids Police Department under a microscope. On Tuesday, the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) filed formal complaints with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) over what they allege is a […]

Ajegba: Working with Whitmer ‘fix the damn roads’

BY: - April 30, 2019

The man in charge of carrying out Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s most famous campaign promise to “fix the damn roads” is Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Paul Ajegba. In an exclusive interview, the Michigan Advance sat down with Ajegba this month and talked to him about his background, how Michigan got into its infrastructure crisis […]

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Susan J. Demas: Michigan GOP’s redistricting scam is part of national power grab

BY: - April 29, 2019

In politics, coverage is almost exclusively driven by the horserace: who’s winning and who’s losing. But in Michigan, a federal three-judge panel just unanimously ruled that the rules of the game here have been fixed since 2011. So in other words, all the endless punditry of brilliant Republican strategy and #DemsinDisarray is even more meaningless […]

Keith’s civil liberties and civil rights legacy lives on

BY: - April 29, 2019

“I don’t scare easily,” Damon J. Keith declared once about threats to his life stemming from his ruling in the seminal 1970 Pontiac public schools integration case. His decision that African American and white students should attend schools together prompted intense pushback from some — including the Ku Klux Klan. Keith’s decades-long tenure as a […]

Judge Damon Keith dies at 96, remembered as ‘crusader for civil rights’

BY: - April 28, 2019

Updated, 2:10 p.m. with comments from Gov. Whitmer and others: Damon J. Keith, the legendary federal judge from Detroit, has died at age 96. An announcement was made on Sunday at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church where he has attended services for the last several years. His passing also was confirmed by his family. Keith was […]

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Susan J. Demas: Republicans have accepted Trump is terrible. And they’ve decided Democrats are worse.

BY: - April 15, 2019

Back in the halcyon “Never Trump” days of 2016, you’d see conservatives slamming the GOP presidential nominee daily on TV. Much of the focus was on Donald Trump’s “coarseness,” not necessarily his overt racism and sexism. And plenty were horrified by his “populist” agenda instead of Reagan-style supply-side economics. But some weren’t afraid to call […]

‘Sanctuary county’ preemption bills spark heated immigration debate

BY: - April 10, 2019

A plan to preempt Michigan’s counties from adopting policies preventing local law enforcement from cooperating with federal authorities is the latest way the nation’s roiling immigration enforcement debate has hit Michigan. Measures against “sanctuary counties” gained momentum Tuesday in the Legislature after a state House panel sent House Bills 4083 and 4090 to the floor […]