Column: Michigan mamas of color cheer national paid leave and childcare proposals
April ended on a high note, with a whirlwind of action in support of progressive paid leave and childcare policies. Between President Biden’s address to the joint session of Congress and movement on these issues in Congress, federal policy supports for U.S. families are having a moment — and the nation’s mamas are here for […]
Angela Vasquez-Giroux: Where is the allyship for BIPOC women in politics?
We’ve been talking a lot about what it’s like to be a woman working in politics in Lansing – a long overdue conversation that is finally shedding some light on the sexual harassment, toxic workplaces and abusive bosses that chased all too many of us out of jobs we loved and excelled at. And, as […]
#MeToo was founded by a Black woman. So why are the voices of Michigan women of color often missing on the issue?
Inforum Michigan, a leading women’s organization, was recently holding a virtual information session to discuss the issue of sexual assault when Kalimah Johnson happened to stumble on the conversation via social media. Given that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who is African American, was a featured guest, Johnson […]
After months of hearings airing 2020 election conspiracies, Republicans drop big voter restriction package
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. […]
After threats and armed protests, BIPOC lawmakers still struggle to get GOP leaders to address racial justice
State Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) grew up during the 1980s and 1990s and remembers watching in astonishment the awarding-winning PBS documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement.” The African American lawmaker was raised in a Capital City community where whites and people of color interacted, for the most part, without incident. “What […]
U of M-Dearborn hosts separate ‘cafe’ events for people of color and white students
The University of Michigan-Dearborn held two virtual events Tuesday titled “Non-POC Cafe” and “POC Cafe” for students to discuss their experiences with race, but after backlash ensued on social media, the events were taken down from the university’s website. According to the event posting, the Non-POC [people of color] Cafe was intended to be a […]