Iowans caucused around the country — from DC to Arizona — for the 1st time ever. Here’s what they said.

BY: - February 4, 2020

More Iowans caucused on Monday than ever before — without setting foot in Iowa. The Iowa Caucuses are often criticized for not being inclusive enough for people who can’t attend a traditional precinct caucus because of work, mobility or family issues. The Iowa Democratic Party’s answer to that concern this year was creating 87 “satellite” […]

Immigration activists decry Supreme Court’s public charge ruling

BY: and - February 2, 2020

Activists are warning of the consequences from the U.S. Supreme Court allowing the President Trump administration to deny resident status for immigrants who rely on public assistance like Medicaid or housing subsidies. According to the new interpretation of the public charge rule, immigrants applying for green cards are prohibited from using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]

Will Michigan Blacks and Browns show up without a presidential candidate who looks like them?

BY: - January 26, 2020

Three high-profile presidential candidates of color have dropped out of the race in the last two months: U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California), U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.  Now people of color in Michigan are debating whether their absence could depress turnout during both the […]


James E. Garcia: ‘Diversity’ isn’t code for ‘white genocide’

BY: - December 17, 2019

It’s been a little more than four months since a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart left 22 people dead and two dozen more wounded. I think a lot about the El Paso shooting victims, who ranged in age from 15 to 90. Like me, almost all of those murdered that day had Latino […]


Column: Michigan gets called out for having the most Black children living in concentrated poverty

BY: - October 11, 2019

We want every child to thrive in Michigan. A new snapshot from the Annie E. Casey Foundation calls out our state on this goal … but not for praise. Due to a legacy of racial discrimination and oppression that we have yet to address, Michigan was ranked as the worst state in the nation for […]