Local Government

Detroit BLM co-founder vows to continue fight for police reform, housing equity

BY: - June 4, 2021

Detroit Will Breathe (DWB) co-founder Nakia Wallace said this week that her anti-police brutality organization and city officials continue to have sharp differences when it comes to the treatment of those who were arrested during Black Lives Matter protest rallies in 2020 and labeled a crime-fighting initiative by the new police chief a “stop-and-frisk” plan.   […]

Tlaib, advocates say $10T green energy plan would help cities like Highland Park

BY: - May 26, 2021

Juan Shannon believes that the federal government can help communities of color grow just like his green peppers are doing each day in Highland Park.  His Parker Village project is a community-based, solar-powered center where vegetables are grown. At one time, the site was an abandoned elementary school and a source of blight in the […]

Black-owned cannabis facility breaks ground in Inkster

BY: - May 24, 2021

Michigan Agricultural Services (MAS), an African-American firm, on Friday broke ground on a 25,500-square-foot high-tech indoor commercial cannabis processing facility in Inkster.  The $6 million project is scheduled to begin construction soon and is giving hope to some who have advocated for more opportunities for African Americans in Michigan’s marijuana industry after voters in 2018 […]

COMMENTARY

Rick Haglund: COVID relief cash could help Michigan stop ‘treading water’

BY: - May 23, 2021

Michigan’s economic development strategy over the past 50 years mostly has focused on cutting business taxes and offering companies a variety of financial incentives to expand or locate here. It hasn’t worked. Forty years ago, Michigan was in the top third of states in per-capita income and slightly above overall U.S. income. Today we’re in […]

State civil rights head leaves to become interim Detroit police chief

BY: - May 18, 2021

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced on Monday that James White will be interim chief of police of the Detroit Police Department (DPD) when James Craig retires at the end of the month. White was Detroit’s assistant police chief before he was appointed by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in August to lead the state’s Department […]

More than $350B in federal recovery cash starts rolling out to states, cities, counties

BY: - May 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — States, cities and counties can begin to tap their share of the $350 billion in federal funds intended to spur a national recovery from the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, White House officials announced Monday. The Biden administration said the much-anticipated money, which was included in the massive relief law enacted earlier this […]

Whitmer signs bipartisan bill to invest $37.8M in outdoor recreation projects

BY: - May 7, 2021

On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed off on legislation to appropriate $37.8 million in grants that will support 76 recreation projects and land purchases throughout the state as part of a long-established natural resources funding program. The projects were recommended by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. The bipartisan bill, HB 4469, […]

Detroit goes door-to-door, pays drivers to promote COVID-19 vaccinations

BY: - May 5, 2021

In an effort to boost its number of COVID-19 vaccinated residents, the city of Detroit on Tuesday launched a campaign targeting neighborhoods around six of its community vaccination sites. “We are knocking on doors because we want to get the word about our walk-in locations and make it easy for everyone to take advantage of […]

‘Enough is enough’: Macomb women’s group calls on Lucido to resign

BY: - April 27, 2021

A new grassroots organization of Macomb County women is demanding the resignation of their county’s new prosecutor, Republican former state Sen. Peter Lucido, citing a pattern of behavior they say makes him unfit to represent Macomb County families seeking justice. The Macomb Accountability Project held a virtual press conference Tuesday morning and encouraged others to […]

Detroit tries to catch up in COVID vaccination rates, especially for younger residents

BY: - April 21, 2021

As Detroit struggles to meet the challenge of getting more residents immunized against COVID-19, significantly fewer Motor City residents aged 16 to 29 have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine than the statewide average. As of Tuesday, only 10% of those in the 16 to 29 age group in Detroit have been […]

Rep. faces felony charge with 2-year prison time, among other charges related to I-96 crash

BY: - April 19, 2021

A virtual arraignment for state Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) on Friday revealed that the 26-year-old lawmaker could face prison time related to his car crash on I-96 earlier this month. Jones was arrested on April 6 after driving erratically on the highway and eventually crashing his black Chevrolet Tahoe into a ditch. The events that […]

Judge freezes Detroit marijuana business application process  

BY: - April 9, 2021

A federal judge on Wednesday halted the city of Detroit from processing recreational marijuana business applications. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman issued a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit that challenges a local ordinance that gives licensing preference to longtime city residents.  In the Wayne County Circuit Court filing dated March 2, Crystal Lowe, who […]