Women leaders speak up about harassment, misogyny in Michigan politics
It’s been a tumultuous year and a half in Lansing. Aside from the Michigan Capitol being the epicenter of armed protests, threats to officials over COVID-19 orders and the 2020 election, and even being part of an alleged right-wing plot to blow up the building, many leaders and staff have said the culture within the […]
Michigan ‘witches’ take to the Capitol to protest sexism in politics
A few dozen people, garbed in cloaks and witches hats while carrying brooms, gathered in front of the state Capitol steps Wednesday evening to “fight the patriarchy.” The “Michigan Witches Against the Patriarchy” protest, hosted by Fems for Dems and Metro-Detroit Political Action Network, was a tongue-in-cheek response to the sexist comments Michigan Republican Party […]
Column: The next housing crisis is preventable — and we must act
The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought financial havoc on many. It has magnified the systemic sexism and racism in housing and has the potential to leave millions of people — especially women and their families — homeless come February, unless we take quick action. The unfortunate reality is that we have had a housing crisis for […]
Susan J. Demas: RBG is gone. This is why we fight.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, best known as a steely champion of women’s equality, gave voice to the voiceless. And as a legendary Supreme Court justice, she was committed to ensuring their rightful place in America until the day she died. We have lost so much as a country during these last four years of Donald Trump’s […]
Susan J. Demas: Trump was elected to hurt the ‘right people.’ Now he’s hurting his base.
When Donald Trump emerged disheveled and broken from Air Force One Saturday after what was supposed to be his triumphant comeback on the campaign trail in Tulsa (coronavirus — what’s that?), it was clear that the sheen of his electoral invincibility had finally started to tarnish. National journalists (even one who reported live from a […]
Susan J. Demas: Women keep having to fight the same battles in Lansing
More than eight years ago, a backbencher state senator called the female head of the most powerful public relations firm in Lansing a “hooker.” Kelly Rossman-McKinney, then CEO of Truscott Rossman, had been asked by MIRS to play pundit and name the biggest political losers of the year. One of her choices was then-state Sen. […]
Column: Bullies in charge: The ‘reopen’ crowd loves beating up on women
Wisconsin has been re-opened for business. Forcibly reopened, it turns out, by Republican legislative leaders and four state Supreme Court justices. In a messy decision filled with incendiary language and spurious claims, the court overturned Gov. Tony Evers stay-home by “torturing the plain language” of a state statute, as Justice Rebecca Dallet put it in […]
Winnie Brinks: No room for racism, sexism in fight against COVID-19
Hundreds of people gathered on the Capitol lawn this past Thursday in opposition to the restrictions put in place by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to mitigate the devastating effects of COVID-19 as it sweeps across the state. I certainly understand the frustration. We’ve been directed to wear masks, stay in our homes, and separate from our […]
Susan J. Demas: Protestors threatened Whitmer’s murder. GOP leaders haven’t condemned them.
It’s an extraordinarily low bar for Michigan Republican leaders to condemn heavily armed protestors calling for the governor’s murder, and yet they’ve managed to fail to clear it. You can stop holding your breath waiting, too. There were “men with rifles yelling” at senators from the chamber gallery during a Thursday session, as state Sen. […]
‘Tyrants Get The Rope’: Small anti-Whitmer protest rocks Capitol, reporter hit by gun
Updated, 6:38 p.m. with comments from Chatfield’s spokesman A couple hundred right-wing protestors chanting “Lock her up” and “Heil Whitmer” spilled into the Michigan state Capitol Thursday after holding a rally on the Capitol steps, even though the building is currently closed for tours and events to stop the spread of COVID-19. While jammed outside […]
Susan J. Demas: Trump told us to drink bleach. Whitmer has tried to keep us safe. What side are you on?
Last week, President Donald Trump told people that drinking disinfectants could fight off COVID-19. There wasn’t a peep from Michigan Republican leaders that this was a dangerous idea, even though, quite predictably, there’s been a national spike in people using bleach and other products improperly. This week, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) went […]
Susan J. Demas: Don’t whitewash the GOP’s extremism on full display during Whitmer protest
We were promised it wasn’t a Republican protest. We were promised people were just upset they couldn’t golf or buy seeds (in stores) during a pandemic that’s already killed 2,000 of their neighbors. But the folks trekking to Michigan’s Capitol Wednesday weren’t carrying rakes or watering cans or cute pun-filled signs about the right to […]