Race Equity

Advocates worry federal law protecting Native adoptees could be overturned by Supreme Court

BY: - August 6, 2022

As far as Susan Devan Harness knew, she was an only child whose birth parents died in a car crash long ago. Only in her early 20s did Harness — a Native American adopted by a white couple — realize that not only was her birth mother alive and located just 30 miles away, but […]

Haaland, Newland to hear Native boarding school survivors’ stories in Pellston

BY: - August 5, 2022

Pellston is the next stop on U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s year-long “road to healing” tour, in which the country’s first Native American cabinet member will hear from survivors and descendants of so-called Indian residential schools. The nationwide implementation of boarding schools — five of which were located in Michigan — was once part of […]

Updated: Thanedar wins open 13th Congressional District Dem nomination

BY: - August 3, 2022

Updated, 8:40 a.m., 8/3/22, with Hollier’s concession State Rep. Shri Thanedar (D-Detroit) has won the Michigan’s 13th District Democratic Party primary over several well-known African-American candidates.  As of 8:14 a.m. Wednesday, Thanedar has 28.3%, with 68% reporting, according to unofficial returns. He is followed by state Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) with 23.5% and Portia Roberson, […]

U.S. House Democrats file brief in college affirmative action case

BY: - August 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott of Virginia has filed a brief along with 64 other House Democrats urging the Supreme Court to uphold the role that race plays in college admission policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. “Narrowly tailored admissions policies that recognize race as one criterion — out […]

Social justice coalition fights utility rate hike requests

BY: - July 28, 2022

The Defend Black Voters Coalition during a public meeting in Detroit on Wednesday called for the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to reject energy rate increases for two utilities.  The action came as MPSC considered a request for leading utility companies DTE and Consumers Energy to secure rate increases of 9% and 7%, respectively. The […]

Grand Rapids police implementing de-escalation training, new policies in wake of Lyoya’s death, charges of racism

BY: - July 26, 2022

At a time of elevated public scrutiny, the Grand Rapids Police Department will undergo de-escalation training, improve victim support services and make the department more transparent, according to the GRPD chief.  At a Grand Rapids City Commission’s committee meeting Tuesday, GRPD Chief Eric Winstrom presented his findings and plans based on his initial review of […]

Detroit mayor: 2020 U.S. Census effort carried out ‘systemic racism’

BY: - July 26, 2022

During a U.S. Senate field hearing held at Wayne County Community College on Monday, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan charged that the federal government engaged in “systemic racism” during the GOP Trump administration-led 2020 U.S. Census process. He argued that Detroit has been undercounted by 50,000 people and continued his call for a wide-ranging appeal. “It […]

Civil rights department files discrimination charges against Grand Rapids police

BY: - July 25, 2022

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) filed formal charges of discrimination against the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) in two separate complaints. During a press conference Monday morning in Grand Rapids, John E. Johnson, Jr., MDCR executive director, said the charges officially levied last Wednesday are a “significant step in our ongoing investigations into […]

‘We’re still here’: Indigenous water protectors call for Enbridge to respect treaty rights

BY: - July 25, 2022

On a cloudy May afternoon, a short walk from the turbulent Mackinac Straits waters, tribal citizens from Michigan to Siberia marched miles down the streets of Mackinaw City in protest against fossil fuel projects on tribal lands. The date was May 14, 2022: One year and a day since Canadian pipeline company Enbridge became an […]

Michigan Supreme Court finds Grand Rapids Police fingerprinting policy unconstitutional

BY: - July 22, 2022

On Friday the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that a now discontinued Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) policy of fingerprinting and photographing individuals not charged with a crime is unconstitutional.  The unanimous decision determined that the GRPD violated the Fourth Amendment rights of two Black teenagers when, in separate incidents, the teens were stopped by police, […]

Nessel urges U.S. Supreme Court not to ‘weaken’ Voting Rights Act in Alabama redistricting case

BY: - July 22, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel said on Friday that she has joined a coalition of 21 Democratic attorneys general urging the U.S. Supreme Court “not to undo four decades of legal precedent that protects the voting power of minority communities.” In a brief filed in Merrill v. Milligan, the attorneys general argue that the nation’s high […]

GOP candidates for Michigan governor spar in fiery pre-primary debate

BY: - July 21, 2022

In the seventh GOP gubernatorial debate Wednesday, the five candidates seeking to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November turned up the heat and turned to personal attacks. The debate, organized in part by the Michigan Republican Party, was held at Oakland University in Rochester just 13 days before voters head to the polls for […]