civil rights

Civil Rights Commission votes to fire Arbulu

BY: - August 27, 2019

This was a breaking story. It was updated at 11:13 a.m. 8/28/19 with additional information. By a vote of 5-to-2, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission has voted to fire Augustin Arbulu, the embattled director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR).  Arbulu*, who was appointed to the commission in 2013 by Republican former Gov. […]

Detroit’s former Cobo Center is now TCF Center

BY: - August 27, 2019

The former Cobo Convention Center in Detroit has a new name: TCF Center. The Tuesday downtown news conference included Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing), Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter. “This naming rights agreement has been a goal of the DRCFA since it […]

Grand Rapids police set guidelines for interaction with immigrants

BY: - August 23, 2019

The Grand Rapids Police Department announced Friday its new policy for interacting with non-citizens, which will forbid the department from, among other things, asking about immigration status or threatening deportation. The city says its new “foreign nationals policy” is meant to “ensure equal enforcement of the law and equal service to the public regardless of […]

Embattled Michigan civil rights chief takes indefinite leave

BY: - August 20, 2019

Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) Director Agustin Arbulu has taken an indefinite leave of hiatus after a scandal in which it was revealed that he made sexist comments to a coworker. Arbulu will be replaced by his deputy, Mary Engelman, who will now serve as acting director of the MDCR. A spokesperson for the […]