Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Ypsi High students mark MLK Day with silent peace march and art exhibit

Both EMU and UM have great events lined up for Martin Luther King Day tomorrow. My family, however, will be spending the morning with Lynne Settles and her Ypsi High art students, who will be silently marching from Ypsilanti’s water tower, starting at 9:00 AM, to the building on Michigan Avenue where, 150 years ago, […]

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Josie Ramon, the 12 year old Royal Oak Middle School student who taped classmates chanting “Build the wall” at her and other Hispanic students, speaks with CNN

Remember how, just a few days after the election, I interviewed a woman by the name of Alicia Ramon about an incident of racial intimidation involving her daughter at Royal Oak Middle School? Well her daughter, who, as you may recall, had taped several white students pounding on cafeteria tables and chanting “Build the wall,” […]

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Dear Mr. Trump: Will You Advance a Moral Agenda?

Tomorrow night, as people around the world gather to celebrate the coming of 2017, Reverend Dr. William Barber II, along with several other leaders of the American faith community, will be congregating at the historic Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC for what they’re calling a National Watch Night service. The purpose of the gathering, […]

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The North Carolina Coup: This is what happens when voter suppression stops working

I don’t know how well it’s being covered by the television news, but, at this very moment, there’s a coup underway in North Carolina, as the Republican legislature, which was ostensibly called back to the capitol for a special legislative session to deal with the aftermath of hurricane Matthew, started passing bill after bill intended […]

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Good work, Michigan. It looks like we might have stopped Republican voter suppression efforts, at least for now.

If we’re to believe Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, it looks as though the Michigan Senate will not be voting on the controversial voter ID law that passed the House last week. According to Meekhof, Senate Republicans just didn’t have the time during the lame duck session, which adjourns for the year this Thursday. […]

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