Column: As U.S. independence rang, a sweeping lockdown and mass inoculations fought off smallpox

BY: - October 13, 2021

Many Americans of the founding era denounced government tyranny, celebrated the Declaration of Independence – and favored lockdowns and mass inoculations to combat a viciously contagious disease. Unchecked, smallpox kills more than one in 10 of its victims, leaving many of the rest blind, disfigured and sometimes sterile. Many historians say the reason George Washington […]

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 […]

Dem wants prisoner ‘good time’ credits brought back, reversing ‘tough-on-crime’ measures

BY: - October 3, 2021

Michigan Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced legislation last week that would reinstate “good time credits” in the Michigan prison system.  “Good time” credits are a system that enables inmates to earn credits based on following the rules and academic and professional program participation and gain with the intent for prisoners to be able to […]

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 […]

House Education panel passes bill essentially banning ‘critical race theory’

BY: - September 28, 2021

Republicans on the House Education Committee advanced on Tuesday a bill that would prohibit schools from including “any form of race or gender stereotyping” in their curriculums.  House Bill 5097, introduced by state Rep. Andrew Beeler (R-Ft. Gratiot), follows a nationwide right-wing trend to ban “critical race theory” but does not mention CRT explicitly.  Beeler […]

On this day in 1991: Jazz great and one-time Detroit resident Miles Davis dies 

BY: - September 28, 2021

On Sept. 28, 1991, jazz trumpet great Miles Davis died. He was 65. Davis was born in Alton, Ill., grew up in nearby East St. Louis, and moved to New York City to study at the famed Juilliard School in 1944. He lived in Detroit during a pivotal point in his career in 1953 and […]

Steele: GOP leadership today is less Reagan-esque, embraces ‘bar fight’ tactics

BY: - September 23, 2021

The Republican Party looks a lot different to some these days, particularly following the tea party movement of the Obama era, former President Donald Trump’s single-term presidency and all the changes that came with it. Those changes, and what the future may hold for the modern-day GOP, were discussed Wednesday during a roundtable at the […]

On this day in 1958: The Spirit of Detroit statue is formally dedicated

BY: - September 23, 2021

On Sept. 23, 1958, the Spirit of Detroit was formally dedicated. In 1955, visual artist Marshall Fredericks was commissioned by the Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority to create a sculpture for the city to represent hope, progress and the “spirit of man.” The bronze was cast in Oslo, Norway, and covered with acid to oxidize the […]

On this day in 1992: Presidential candidate Bill Clinton visits MSU

BY: - September 22, 2021

On this day in 1992, Democratic presidential nominee Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton visited Michigan State University and spoke to a crowd behind the Beaumont Tower at the East Lansing-based institution.  After the speech, Clinton walked on campus and along Grand River Avenue shaking hands with passersbys. Clinton went on to win the presidency, defeating Republican […]

Dems concerned about ‘chilling effect’ for schools with ‘critical race theory’-style ban

BY: - September 21, 2021

Following a nationwide trend of right-wing furor over how racism is taught in schools, lawmakers on the Michigan House Education Committee on Tuesday traded barbs about race and identity while debating a GOP bill. The legislation is similar to bills introduced by Republicans in several other states that ban “critical race theory” from being taught […]


Susan J. Demas: An overlooked goal of the rising far-right? Get good people to quit.

BY: - September 19, 2021

When U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) this week announced his retirement after being one of only a handful Republicans to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, it was greeted with the usual discourse when moderates step aside. Pundits are always atwitter if this mean that Democrats are moving too far […]


Column: How the pain of 9/11 still stays with a generation

BY: - September 11, 2021

The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were the worst acts of terrorism on American soil to date. Designed to instill panic and fear, the attacks were unprecedented in terms of their scope, magnitude and impact on the American psyche. The vast majority (over 60%) of Americans watched these attacks occur live on television or saw […]