civil rights


Susan J. Demas: Republicans get creative to make sure Democrats don’t win any more elections

BY: - April 22, 2021

There’s an unfortunate stereotype that conservatives just aren’t very creative, probably because they’re always yammering that the National Endowment for the Arts is a boondoggle and museums would make lovely parking lots. But you don’t have to gaze at the dogs-playing-poker-style paintings of that dude that portrays Donald Trump as a Greek god saving ungrateful […]

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 […]

GOP shifts strategy from election lawsuits to voting laws

BY: - March 31, 2021

As Republican-led legislatures continue a systematic push to pass laws they say are aimed at ratcheting up election security, voting rights advocates in Tennessee worry the entire nation could soon look a lot like the Volunteer State where voter turnout and voter registration figures are among the lowest in the country. The policy debate over […]

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. […]

Michigan Poor People’s Campaign pushes back against GOP voter restrictions 

BY: - March 15, 2021

In a throwback moment reminiscent of the heyday of the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and ‘60s, a group of Lansing demonstrators on Monday sang the anthem, “We Shall Not Be Moved,” at the Michigan Capitol and pushed back against GOP-led efforts to enact “anti-voter, anti-democracy restrictions.” It was part of a national Poor […]

Federal judge rejects city case against Detroit Will Breathe

BY: - March 11, 2021

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the city of Detroit’s legal claims against a Detroit Will Breathe (DWB), an anti-police brutality protest group, ruling that it failed to prove that demonstrators conspired with one another to cause civil unrest and harm police officers last summer. “In sum, the city fails to establish the essential elements […]


Ken Coleman: Frank J. Kelley’s fight for civil rights won’t be forgotten

BY: - March 11, 2021

Michiganders are fortunate that Frank J. Kelley came our way. The state’s longest-serving state attorney general died at age 96 on Saturday. He served in the post from 1961 to 1999 and his philosophy was centered on helping everyday people like me.  I’m reminded that Kelley grew up in a solid brick home at 8957 […]

State judge rejects motion by right-wing robocallers to toss case

BY: - February 24, 2021

Judge Margaret Van Houten of the state’s Third Circuit Court has rejected a motion by far-right conspiracy theorists and political operatives Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl to quash information and dismiss the robocall intimidation case against the pair.    “We are pleased with the court’s ruling, and look forward to the case continuing on to the […]

A GOP West Mich. official who was reportedly at the Jan. 6 insurrection is now running for governor

BY: - February 23, 2021

Amid media attention for allegedly being at the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Allendale Township Planning Commissioner Ryan Kelley has filed to run for Michigan governor Michigan in 2022.  Kelley filed a statement of organization with the Michigan Secretary of State for the “Michigan for Ryan D. Kelley” committee to run for governor […]

Bills you may have missed, from limiting Whitmer’s powers to stopping school lunch shaming

BY: - February 22, 2021

State lawmakers have introduced bills on topics ranging from providing relief from the COVID-19 pandemic to changing how candidates for the State Board of Education are selected so far in February.  Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature, in the House with a six-seat margin and the Senate with a four-seat margin. Two additional Senate […]

Biden backs reparations study, as House Dems push for commission

BY: - February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration by […]

Tlaib: Failing to take the Jan. 6 insurrection seriously will ‘lead to more death’

BY: - February 5, 2021

In an emotional speech on the House floor Thursday night, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) urged her Republican colleagues to take the insurrection of Jan. 6 seriously and remember how real the stakes are for many. Some GOP members have been insisting that everyone “move on” from the violent actions of former President Donald Trump […]