Stephanie Chang

Dozens of Michigan Dems sign brief to protect Roe v. Wade

BY: - September 24, 2021

Forty-five Michigan Democratic lawmakers signed onto an amicus brief demanding that the U.S. Supreme Court uphold Roe v. Wade. “Abortion is health care. We will not sit quietly while a certain small faction attempts to dismantle a person’s right to their own reproductive freedom,” Sens. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) said in a […]

Bipartisan bills boost crisis response and jail diversion programs for people with mental illness

BY: - September 20, 2021

State Sens. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes) and Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) introduced two bills last week to establish grants funding community crisis and jail intervention programs in localities to address pitfalls in mental health response programs in Michigan.  In 1974, the Community Mental Health code was established in Michigan that created laws and programs to […]

As SE Michigan rebuilds after flooding, how can the state better prepare for future disasters? 

BY: - July 14, 2021

As officials in Michigan are calling for more water infrastructure funding after June flooding ravaged through Southeast Michigan, the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has released a report outlining policy recommendations to improve how states prepare for and handle natural disasters. State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Rep. Abraham Aiyash (D-Hamtramck) held a […]

Bipartisan police reforms win broad support at Senate hearing

BY: - June 3, 2021

A package of bipartisan police reform bills received the backing of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, a retired police detective, a civil rights lawyer and others during a state Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee hearing on Thursday. The bills would create guidelines for investigations into officer-involved deaths, limit no-knock warrants and boost support for de-escalation […]

Bipartisan police reforms introduced in Senate, House Dems look to reintroduce ‘Equal Justice for All’ package

BY: - June 1, 2021

Demeeko Williams, a Detroit activist who participated in dozens of Black Lives Matter rallies in 2020, said the Michigan Senate’s recently unveiled bipartisan police reform effort is needed, but more must be done to address issues such as the use of facial recognition technology and qualified immunity for law enforcement officials. “I think the state […]

Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.

BY: and - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term. Experts in critical race theory say it’s about acknowledging how racial disparities are embedded in U.S history and society, and the concept is being mischaracterized by […]

Hundreds in Detroit push back against anti-Asian hate 

BY: - March 22, 2021

More than 300 people attended the Stop the Hate Against Asians rally on Sunday in downtown Detroit. The effort was sponsored by a new organization founded by Zora Bowens and Ceena Vang, women both in their 20s. After being stunned by the shooting deaths last week of eight people, including six women of Asian descent […]

House, Senate adopt resolutions condemning hate crimes against Asian Americans

BY: - March 18, 2021

After shootings at three spas in the Atlanta area on Tuesday killed eight people, including six Asian-American women, resolutions condemning racism and violence against Asian Americans were adopted in both the state House and Senate Thursday.  Robert Aaron Long was arrested and held without bond. He faces four counts of murder and a charge of […]

Michigan educators, civil rights leaders work to stop anti-Asian violence during pandemic 

BY: - March 17, 2021

Updated, 4:33 p.m., 3/17/21 University of Michigan professor Melissa Borja says that as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year in Michigan, she’s concerned that acts of anti-Asian hate in America are on the rise.  “The pandemic is still here. We still have leaders who are choosing to use stigmatizing rhetoric,” said Borja, a Saginaw […]

Shirkey doubles down on insurrection ‘hoax’ comments amid calls to resign

BY: - February 10, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) remains in hot water Wednesday following a video showing the state’s top Republican lawmaker making sexist comments about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, joking about inviting her to a fistfight and claiming that the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was perpetrated by enemies of former President Donald Trump. Despite […]

GOP leader on having COVID: ‘The Chinese flu army sent in one of their best soldiers’

BY: - January 20, 2021

State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) made a racist comment this week to describe his recent battle with coronavirus.  “The Chinese flu army sent in one of their best soldiers,” Shirkey joked with JTV host Bart Hawley on Tuesday. “His name was Rona. I’m not as young as he used to be, so he […]

Whitmer signs water shutoff extension, more bills into law

BY: - December 23, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed a slew of bills into law — including one to protect access to water service for Michiganders during COVID-19 — one day before the state Legislature officially meets for the last time during Lame Duck. All five Senate bills and two House bills were approved and signed by Whitmer […]