State police data: More than 1/5 of traffic stops involve Black motorists

BY: - July 16, 2021

More than one in every five — 21.5% — of Michigan State Police (MSP) traffic stops in 2020 involved Black motorists — a percentage significantly higher than the African-American population in Michigan that stands at about 14%.   State Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), executive vice chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, was disturbed after reviewing […]

ACLU files discrimination suit against Michigan State Police 

BY: - June 23, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan said on Wednesday that it has filed a federal lawsuit against the Michigan State Police (MSP) on behalf of two African Americans who said that they were racially profiled during a wrongful traffic stop. The incident occurred in August 2019 in Oak Park near the Detroit border. […]

Amid Democratic opposition, GOP-led Senate adopts first round of voter restriction bills

BY: and - June 16, 2021

The Senate passed three bills Wednesday that would make it more difficult for voters to vote absentee and at the ballot box if they aren’t able to present a state-issued photo ID, despite fierce objections from Democrats that the new rules would be especially harmful to vulnerable voters and communities of color. For months after […]

GOP pushes bills to restrict the use of ballot boxes on Election Day

BY: - May 6, 2021

The state Senate Elections Committee took up a number of bills Wednesday centered around ballot drop boxes, including bills that would cut back the hours ballots can be dropped off on Election Day and require video surveillance of drop boxes. One of the most controversial bills on the table at Wednesday’s meeting was Senate Bill […]

Here are the voting restriction bills introduced in Michigan this year

BY: - March 31, 2021

Last week, Republicans in the Michigan Senate joined their colleagues across the country in introducing a sweeping package of 39 bills regulating voting rights. Michigan stands apart from many states, as it has significantly expanded voting rights in recent years. In 2018, more than two-thirds of Michigan voters passed Proposal 3, a constitutional amendment that […]

After months of hearings airing 2020 election conspiracies, Republicans drop big voter restriction package

BY: and - March 25, 2021

A new package of voter restriction bills introduced this week by Republicans in Michigan is part of a national trend in states across the country following now-President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election.  “They want to make it harder for people to vote. They want to make the process more cumbersome,” said state Sen. […]

Voter fraud myth persists, despite constant failure to prove claims

BY: - October 6, 2020

TOPEKA, Kansas — Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his personal information, along with 944 other Kansas voters. The now-defunct Crosscheck was designed to help county clerks clean up registration lists by looking for voters who had moved to neighboring states. […]

Here’s your guide to voting in Michigan

BY: - October 2, 2020

As part of our series on voting rights in Michigan and across the country, the Michigan Advance has asked the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan to provide information on all your questions about voting in the upcoming Nov. 3 election.  The information in this printed guide is accurate as of Oct, 1. Ongoing […]

1.6M voted absentee this election, but not everyone received their ballot

BY: - August 5, 2020

A record number of people voted absentee for Tuesday’s statewide primary election, but voting rights advocates say there is still more work to be done to prepare before the November general election. As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, more than 1.6 million Michiganders cast absentee ballots, topping the previous state record of 1.27 million in the […]

Report criticizes prisons nationwide over COVID-19, Michigan DOC touts testing, PPE

BY: - July 13, 2020

A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative has graded Michigan’s response to the state’s COVID-19 outbreak as a “D-,” although all other states besides Tennessee are ranked even lower than Michigan. The Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) is pushing back hard against the report. A spokesperson says a good score would be virtually impossible […]

Police in schools ‘prepare students for prison life,’ advocates want change

BY: - June 18, 2020

As protests against police brutality continue in their third week, school districts across the country are making the decision to cut ties with local police.  School police, commonly referred to as school resource officers, have been patrolling school hallways since the 1950s when the first officer was assigned to a Flint middle school. But following […]

SCOTUS ruling protects LGBTQ workers from job discrimination

BY: and - June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — In a landmark victory for LGBTQ rights, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that employers can’t legally fire people because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. In a 6-3 opinion, the court ruled that employers who fire individuals “merely for being gay or transgender” violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, […]