Brenda Lawrence

Michigan Democratic Black Caucus starts Detroit petition drive for reparations

BY: - June 2, 2021

The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Black Caucus has launched a petition drive for reparations for African Americans — an issue debated for more than a century in America — to become a reality. The caucus has started a Detroit initiative called “Yes on Fairness” to get the word out and has placed more than 500 […]

Lawrence: Minimum wage for tipped workers is ‘an insult’

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — As the nation’s largest trade group for restaurant owners on Tuesday held a virtual version of its annual gathering to lobby Congress, advocates for a $15-per-hour minimum wage took aim at the powerful restaurant chains that they say are blocking legislation on a higher wage for tipped workers. During their own virtual event, lawmakers […]

Lawmaker renews fight to ban discrimination based on hair

BY: - February 25, 2021

Updated, 7:58 a.m., 2/25/21 Cameo King knows the potential downside of wearing natural hair.  As a young African-American journalist, she was advised by someone in management that her career would be limited if she did not dump her curly blowout style.  “Cameo, you are going to have to change your hair,” King, then a television […]

Biden takes the oath of office with troops on guard and towering challenges ahead

BY: , and - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden is now the 46th president of the United States. At noon, he took the oath of office while standing on the same platform where insurrectionists swarmed just two weeks ago as they sought to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory. That violent mob of rioters damaged the U.S. Capitol, attacked police […]

‘I will be on that platform’: Michigan House Dems who survived the Capitol attack look to Inauguration Day 

BY: - January 17, 2021

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) was on the House floor Jan. 6 when insurrectionists stormed the Capitol building, armed with President Trump flags, clubs, pipes, guns, bear mace, zip ties and Confederate flags. A makeshift wooden gallows stood outside. Nonetheless, she told the Advance she will attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. “These terrorists […]

Census protesters

6 Mich. Congress members demand answers on the state’s Census count

BY: - November 24, 2020

A number of Michigan’s Democratic members of Congress penned a letter Monday to U.S. Census Bureau Director Steve Dillingham asking for details about the accuracy of the 2020 Census count in Michigan.  U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Gary […]

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 […]

U.S. House OKs measure condemning anti-Asian bigotry on largely party lines

BY: - September 18, 2020

The U.S. House passed a measure Thursday condemning COVID-19-related anti-Asian bigotry and discrimination, with the Michigan delegation voting mostly on party lines. The non-binding resolution passed on a 243-164 vote. The Democratic caucus was joined by 14 Republicans in supporting the measure. “Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans have been forced to […]

Watchdog: Detroit-anchored congressional districts ‘shortchanged’ in PPP loans

BY: - September 9, 2020

Stephanie Byrd feels like she’s hanging on by a shoestring. The second-generation small business owner has been rocked by COVID-19. And her parents, Alida and Michael, are coronavirus survivors.  “It’s been an emotional roller coaster for me and my family,” she said. “It’s been a daily struggle. How do we make ends meet?”  Byrd is […]

Lawrence pummels postmaster over sharp declines in on-time mail delivery

BY: - August 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy came under heavy fire Monday for withholding key information about delays in the delivery of mail since he took over the Postal Service just two months ago. In a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), pressed DeJoy over an internal […]

House passes bill upping post office funding by $25B, blocking service changes

BY: and - August 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House convened a rare weekend session Saturday in an attempt to stop the U.S. Postal Service from allegedly disrupting mail service to sabotage the November elections. The Democratic-led chamber passed a bill 257-150 that would infuse $25 billion into the agency as it prepares for a surge in mail-in ballots and bar it from […]

Nessel slams stereotype that ‘female leaders can’t work together’ during DNC Zoom watch party

BY: - August 20, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel and other female Michigan officials (virtually) let loose Wednesday ahead of the National Democratic Convention, in a Zoom event celebrating the 2018 “pink wave” while aiming to spur enthusiasm for the 2020 Democratic ticket. Nessel kicked off the call by cracking open a can of Michigan beer and playing “Get the […]