race equity

New: State budget includes pay hike for some health care workers during pandemic

BY: - September 21, 2021

The nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget will include a temporary $2 hourly pay raise for direct care workers providing Medicaid-funded in-home behavioral health and long-term care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Advance has learned.  The budget also allocates $460 million to give a permanent $2.35 hourly raise to direct care […]

Dems concerned about ‘chilling effect’ for schools with ‘critical race theory’-style ban

BY: - September 21, 2021

Following a nationwide trend of right-wing furor over how racism is taught in schools, lawmakers on the Michigan House Education Committee on Tuesday traded barbs about race and identity while debating a GOP bill. The legislation is similar to bills introduced by Republicans in several other states that ban “critical race theory” from being taught […]

Detroit-based coalition announces effort to increase vaccines in BIPOC communities

BY: - September 17, 2021

A new coalition targeting Michiganders who remain hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has launched, bringing together nonprofit community organizations to increase education about vaccines and residents’ access to them. The new Detroit-based group, MI Voices for Vaccines (or V4V) announced its creation on Friday. Vaccinations against COVID-19 in Michigan are still slowly increasing, but […]

Black business group bikes from Detroit to Mackinaw City, seeking investment

BY: - September 13, 2021

Members of a Detroit-based organization on Sunday launched a 377-mile bike ride from the Motor City to Mackinaw City, making the case that African-American entrepreneurs, businesses and nonprofits are not getting their fair share of opportunities. “The pandemic has shined the light on an issue that has been here,” said Black Leaders Detroit CEO Dwan […]

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David Hecker: Conservative myths about critical race theory hurt students and teachers

BY: - September 1, 2021

As educators, we believe in teaching kids the truth about our history and society, even when the truth is not pleasant. But some people across the country are working to infringe on teachers’ right and responsibility to be honest with their students about the history or racism, past and present, in our nation. In keeping […]

How Michigan became a success story for prisoner college programs

BY: - August 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: Pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and universities […]

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Sarah Anthony: For Michigan, jobs and justice hinge on climate action

BY: - August 24, 2021

Michiganders are in the midst of what might be one of the most dangerous summers on record due to climate change. Prolonged drought is putting us at increased risk for wildfires. The warming of the Great Lakes means more extreme storms in our region. And heat waves in our urban centers like Detroit are predicted to become even deadlier. […]

Report: Black women with children excluded from federal cash assistance program

BY: - August 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — A new research paper reviewed how each state implemented a federal program that has provided cash assistance to low income families over the last 25 years — and found that Black women with children repeatedly were excluded. On a call with reporters Wednesday, policy experts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlined how […]

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David Hecker: We’ve made strides in school funding, but more must be done

BY: - August 4, 2021

A few weeks ago, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bipartisan School Aid budget bill, the largest in history, that takes important steps toward fully funding our pre-K-12 public schools. As I remarked at the governor’s press conference, this is what happens when Democrats and Republicans come together in support of our children. As it stands, […]

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Column: Faith leaders in Michigan are ready for climate action

BY: - July 29, 2021

Even as we turn the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, a feat that President Joe Biden himself came to Michigan over the Fourth of July weekend to celebrate, many in our state still find our faith challenged by the ongoing climate crisis. Severe flooding trapped drivers in Detroit and prompted emergency rescues last month, while other parts […]

Detroit City Council approves reparations measure, but challenges lie ahead

BY: - July 22, 2021

Black Detroiters moved a step closer to receiving long-awaited reparations for systemic racial discrimination, but the historic measure still faces legal and funding uncertainties. The Detroit City Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday that would give residents the opportunity to vote on whether the city should “establish a Reparations Committee to make recommendations for housing […]

State police data: More than 1/5 of traffic stops involve Black motorists

BY: - July 16, 2021

More than one in every five — 21.5% — of Michigan State Police (MSP) traffic stops in 2020 involved Black motorists — a percentage significantly higher than the African-American population in Michigan that stands at about 14%.   State Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), executive vice chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, was disturbed after reviewing […]