Sarah Anthony

Ohio woman charged for leaving threatening, racist voicemails for Michigan legislators

BY: - March 16, 2022

An Ohio woman who allegedly made threats to Michigan state legislators in racist voicemails could face prison time, Attorney General Dana Nessel said Tuesday. Sandra Bachman, 58, of Batavia, Ohio, allegedly left voicemails in 2021 for state Reps. Cynthia A. Johnson (D-Detroit) and Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing). “Hey um, need to cancel that bill against the […]

‘You see nurses at the end of their shifts parking their cars and just crying’

BY: - November 4, 2021

Carrying signs emblazoned with “patients over profits,” hundreds of nurses and other health care providers marched outside Sparrow Hospital Wednesday evening to call for fairer wages and benefits needed to retain and attract the workers that union representatives said the hospital has been “hemorrhaging” during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Now is our time to stand up […]

‘An alarming time for women in our country’: Hundreds rally in Lansing for reproductive rights

BY: - October 2, 2021

Cheryl Bukoff, 76, remembers when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. Now, nearly 50 years later, the Detroit woman is fighting to uphold that constitutional right to abortion.  “When I was a young person in Michigan, we didn’t have these rights and women had to go to Chicago or somewhere else to have an […]

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 […]

After threats and armed protests, BIPOC lawmakers still struggle to get GOP leaders to address racial justice

BY: and - February 4, 2021

State Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) grew up during the 1980s and 1990s and remembers watching in astonishment the awarding-winning PBS documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement.” The African American lawmaker was raised in a Capital City community where whites and people of color interacted, for the most part, without incident. “What […]

GOP leader backing Capitol open carry ban is ‘absolutely helpful,’ commission vice chair says

BY: - January 8, 2021

Updated, 5:26 p.m., 1/8/21 Michigan Democrats and gun control groups are once again calling on the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) to ban firearms at the Capitol, and now even state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) is backing one restriction.  Shirkey spokesperson Amber McCann said the Republican leader is supportive of a ban on […]

Black lawmakers warned of extremism and white supremacism for months. Leaders didn’t take action.

BY: and - October 20, 2020

The news that members of the Boogaloo Bois and a self-described militia group had plans to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her COVID-19 emergency actions shook Michiganders in the last weeks.  But for months, several lawmakers, particularly African Americans, have been sounding the alarm and calling on Republicans who run the Legislature to […]


Alex Rossman: How baby steps can lead to great strides on racial equity

BY: - October 12, 2020

Last week, the Michigan League for Public Policy held our annual policy forum, going entirely virtual for the first time. This year’s topic was “White Laws, Black Lives and the Need to See Color,” and featured a keynote address from Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and a panel discussion with Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), Angela Waters […]

House Dems seek to abolish Capitol Commission, citing inaction on gun ban

BY: - September 18, 2020

A group of House Democrats announced late Thursday that they are moving to dissolve a small historic maintenance panel tasked with coming up with a firearms policy for Michigan’s state Capitol. The five-bill package to abolish the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) comes in response to what the lawmakers are calling “deliberate and continued delay […]

Black House Dems unveil ‘Equal Justice for All’ policing package

BY: - July 8, 2020

For Tyrone Carter, a retired Wayne County sheriff deputy who toiled for 25 years on the force, the recent deaths of African Americans at hands of police has been difficult to endure.  “We have an opportunity to restore the trust that doesn’t exist right now,” said Carter, an African American state House member from Detroit.  […]

Resolution backing minor league teams is a hit with House panel

BY: - February 21, 2020

America’s pastime could be getting a haircut with Major League Baseball (MLB) proposing to cut 42 teams from the minor leagues.  While Michigan’s three minor league teams are safe, there’s enough concern for the future of the game that lawmakers have a House resolution calling on the MLB to avoid cuts. House Resolution 216 sponsor […]

Brenda Lawrence

Michigan lawmakers aim to stamp out hair-based discrimination

BY: - January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — When a Black New Jersey teen was forced to cut his dreadlocks in order to participate in a high school wrestling match in late 2018, U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) was taken aback. The wrestler, Andrew Johnson, received a hurried haircut after he was told by a referee that his hair violated wrestling […]