Black Lives Matter

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.   […]

Bipartisan police reforms introduced in Senate, House Dems look to reintroduce ‘Equal Justice for All’ package

BY: - June 1, 2021

Demeeko Williams, a Detroit activist who participated in dozens of Black Lives Matter rallies in 2020, said the Michigan Senate’s recently unveiled bipartisan police reform effort is needed, but more must be done to address issues such as the use of facial recognition technology and qualified immunity for law enforcement officials. “I think the state […]

Detroit NAACP leader on Trump: ‘We just want his ass out’ 

BY: and - January 9, 2021

During a Michigan Advance interview this week, Detroit NAACP President Wendell Anthony called for the immediate ousting of President Donald Trump following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to stop the 2020 presidential election from being certified for President-elect Joe Biden. Members of the mob waved Confederate flags in the building and donned […]

The best Advance stories you might have missed in 2020

BY: - December 31, 2020

Quotable of the Year: “I have grave concerns about our legislators, and the press, everybody else who works at the Capitol. … I know that schools aren’t doing the same types of activities that they used to, but if things don’t change, I mean, my kids went and visited the state Capitol and I signed […]

LGBTQ voters relieved about Biden win, uncertain over the future of their rights

BY: - November 13, 2020

Feelings of relief, but not necessarily joy, filled the hearts and minds of some Michigan LGBTQ voters following the 2020 presidential election. “I’m still processing what’s going on,” said Grace Koepele, a non-binary recent college graduate from Ann Arbor. “I love celebrating wins and milestones, big and small, but there is still a lot of […]

Trump supporters rally in Lansing, say they’re ‘part of the new resistance’

BY: - November 7, 2020

Hundreds of President Donald Trump supporters gathered outside the state Capitol Saturday while Democrat Joe Biden was declared the president-elect.  Biden supporters in other major cities across the country, like Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia and Brooklyn have taken to the streets in celebration of the election results. The Associated Press and other outlets called the election […]

Peters, James clash on health care, racial justice in high-spending, high-stakes Senate race

BY: - October 25, 2020

As Election Day approaches, Michigan’s U.S. Senate race has become one of the most closely watched in the nation, as it could be the key to which party controls the body in January. The battle between U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and GOP nominee John James also has shattered fundraising records, as total spending […]

Will Black men deliver for Biden in Michigan? 

BY: - October 14, 2020

Eric Brown is a vote that Joe Biden would want, and perhaps desperately needs, if he is to become the 46th president of the United States. But the 56-year-old Canton resident, an African-American labor relations specialist for an automotive supplier, did not cast a vote for the former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee. For […]


Alex Rossman: How baby steps can lead to great strides on racial equity

BY: - October 12, 2020

Last week, the Michigan League for Public Policy held our annual policy forum, going entirely virtual for the first time. This year’s topic was “White Laws, Black Lives and the Need to See Color,” and featured a keynote address from Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and a panel discussion with Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), Angela Waters […]

Study: 97% of Black Lives Matter protests have been peaceful in Michigan

BY: - September 16, 2020

The vast majority of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests have been peaceful, including those in Michigan, according to a new study by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). The ACLED has been collecting data on demonstrations, political violence and other related developments since the newest phase of the BLM movement began in […]


Rick Haglund: Blacks have lost ground in Michigan — and it’s dragging down the economy

BY: - September 12, 2020

In his long career as a University of Michigan labor economist, Don Grimes never focused his research on race-based income inequality. “I’ve always believed in the power of markets,” Grimes told me.  “I figured the markets would sort this out.”  But a new study he, and U of M colleagues Gabriel Ehrlich and Michael McWilliams […]

Detroit lawmakers call for investigation into police violence against protesters

BY: - September 10, 2020

A group of elected officials this week called for an independent investigation into use of force by Detroit police against protesters and journalists over the last several months. In a letter to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit Police Chief James Craig, and the Board of Police Commissioners, the elected officials wrote on Tuesday:   “The right […]