Criminal Justice

MSU students demand support for immigrants, sanctuary school status

BY: - November 11, 2019

Some Michigan State University students are demanding the administration declares it a sanctuary school and provide more support and resources for undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.  On Friday, students rallied outside the university’s Hannah Administration building to bring awareness to immigration issues. The rally, hosted by student organization DreaMSU, was timed […]

DACA case heads to U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday

BY: - November 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — Can President Donald Trump put an end to legal protections for a group of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States years ago as children? The U.S. Supreme Court will consider that question Tuesday — and its answer will determine the fates of hundreds of thousands of young adults across the […]


Ken Coleman: Remembering Dingell, Keith and Conyers, proud veterans who fought for justice

BY: - November 11, 2019

On Veterans Day 2019, I reflected this morning on three American heroes who died this year: John Dingell, Damon Keith and John Conyers. I covered each of their funeral services and interviewed dozens of people about their storied careers. During each service, I saw young men and women serving as members of the color guard […]


Susan J. Demas: When it comes to Trump, the brazenness is the point

BY: - November 10, 2019

President Donald Trump will almost certainly be impeached — it’s now just a matter of narrowing down the list of high crimes and misdemeanors and checking it twice. But as details emerge every day of his not-very-sophisticated plot to allegedly extort the Ukraine government into smearing a potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, […]

Attorney General Dana Nessel

Dow reaches $77M pollution settlement

BY: - November 8, 2019

Dow Chemical Co. will settle a lawsuit with federal, state and tribal governments for $77 million worth of projects over decades of hazardous waste entering local habitats, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Friday. Waste products, including toxins like dioxin, were released by the Dow facility in Midland into the Tittabawassee River and […]

Trump admin health care religious exemption rule blocked

BY: - November 8, 2019

A President Trump administration rule that would have allowed medical professionals to refuse care for religious reasons was blocked on Wednesday by a federal judge who said it was unconstitutional. Under the “conscience rule,” health care providers can refuse patients reproductive and sex-related health care such as receiving contraception, abortions, HIV treatment and gender reassignment […]

Enviros, tribes call on Whitmer to shut down Line 5 before extreme weather hits, fearing oil spill

BY: - November 6, 2019

A coalition of more than a dozen Michigan organizations have sent a formal request to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, urging her to take immediate action to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline ahead of potentially hazardous winter weather.  The Oct. 25 letter, which was made public Wednesday, calls attention to the “serious threat” a Line 5 […]


Column: Anti-immigrant rhetoric led to acid attack in Midwest

BY: - November 6, 2019

An ugly incident on Milwaukee’s south side where Mahud Villalaz, a 42-year-old U.S. citizen who immigrated from Peru, had acid thrown in his face is the tragic but inevitable byproduct of relentless scapegoating and demonizing of immigrants by elected officials from the president on down. Immigrant bashing is being regularly employed for political gain. The […]

Nessel appeals Enbridge decision

BY: - November 5, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has formally filed an appeal regarding a lower court’s ruling last on the proposed Line 5 tunnel through the Straits of Mackinac.  State Court of Claims Judge Michael Kelly last week said that Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns the pipeline, could commence with building a tunnel, as a Republican-backed law […]

Enbridge denies state’s report that it could evade oil spill cleanup costs

BY: - November 5, 2019

Canadian oil giant Enbridge has promised to fund almost $2 billion in cleanup costs in the event of a Line 5 pipeline rupture in the Great Lakes. According to a new state-commissioned report, however, that promise may not be legally enforceable. “In the event of a catastrophic oil spill, the people of the state of […]

Gamble takes over as acting UAW president as Jones takes leave of absence

BY: - November 4, 2019

Amid ongoing scandal for the United Auto Workers, President Gary Jones has taken a leave of absence.  UAW Vice President Rory Gamble assumed the duties of acting president on Sunday, according to a statement from the union.  “The UAW is fighting tooth and nail to ensure our members have a brighter future,” Jones said in […]

One MSU trustee is not enough: Sexual abuse advocates call on governor to step in

BY: - November 3, 2019

Updated, 12:34 p.m. with comments from Gov. Whitmer’s office. Legacy members, eight-year terms and those standing in the way of justice have to go, say members of the Michigan State University community. The MSU trustees have been in the national spotlight since early 2018 when convicted pedophile and ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced 40 […]