Racial Justice

The ACLU of Michigan’s Racial Justice Program aims to preserve and extend the constitutional rights of people of color. Despite enormous progress, the promise of fair and equal treatment for people of color remains elusive. The ACLU is committed to combating racism in all its forms. Through our advocacy, which includes litigation, community organizing and training, legislative initiatives, and public education, we strive to educate and empower the public.

Conyers Moves to Stop Driving While Black Violations

Conyers Moves to Stop Driving While Black Violations

It’s called DWB — Driving While Black. And while it is not a crime, too many police officers treat it as if it were.

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, and others say officers stop an unwarranted number of blacks and Hispanics for alleged traffic violations, hoping to find evidence of other criminal activity. The practice is known as racial profiling.

"We must stop the invidious practice of racial profiling. All citizens, regardless of their race, should be free to travel America's highways without undue harassment," Conyers said.

Driving While Black: What it is and Why it’s Important

Driving While Black: What it is and Why it’s Important

Almost every African-American or Latino can tell a story about being pulled over by the police for no apparent reason other than the color of his or her skin, especially if he or she happened to be driving in the "wrong place" at the "wrong time" or even driving the "wrong car." Victims of these racially motivated traffic stops rarely receive a traffic ticket or are found guilty of any violation of the law. It’s a practice called Driving While Black and it is emerging as a seminal civil rights issue.

DWB: What the ACLU is Doing

DWB: What the ACLU is Doing

The ACLU has established a national toll-free hotline to report incidents of racial profiling of motorists. Calling 1-877-6-PROFILE will allow callers to begin a registration process that will help the ACLU compile the statistical data it needs to fight Driving While Black violations. People who have been the victim of DWB violations in Michigan can download a complaint form now and mail it to the ACLU of Michigan.

ACLU Files Friend-of-the-Court in Detroit School Takeover Appeal

ACLU Files Friend-of-the-Court in Detroit School Takeover Appeal

2001-02-12 00:00:00

DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York agree that residents of the City of Detroit were illegally deprived of the right to elect their own school board when the Michigan Legislature authorized the take over of the Detroit Public Schools.

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The ACLU and immigrant-rights activists filed a Freedom of Information Act complaint against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the agency’s failure...
September 14, 2016
After the State of Michigan stripped the residents of Flint of their ability to elect local representatives, state-appointed officials decided to use the Flint...
September 02, 2016
African Americans in Wayne County are suffering from a tax foreclosure crisis more severe than any this region has seen since the Great Depression.  But unlike...
August 24, 2016
After a state trooper complained to the department of civil rights, the Michigan State Police issued a public statement in March 2016 admitting that troopers...
August 23, 2016
Keyon Harrison, an African American 16-year-old, was walking home from school when he saw another youth with a model truck and paused to look at it.  Grand...
August 02, 2016
In 2014 the Detroit Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) commenced the largest residential water shutoff in U.S. history and terminated water service to over 20,...
July 14, 2016
In 2012 the ACLU filed a groundbreaking class action on behalf of African American Detroit homeowners against the Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley for its role...
African Americans in Wayne County are suffering from a tax foreclosure crisis more severe than any this region has seen since the Great Depression. But unlike...
June 14, 2016
Many employers require job applicants to disclose past convictions on their job applications.  Although this information may sometimes be relevant to a job...
THE CASE After the State of Michigan stripped the residents of Flint of their ability to elect local representatives, state-appointed officials decided to use...
April 14, 2016
Marcus Patton is an African American student at Lincoln Park Middle School who refuses to stand for the daily classroom recitation of the pledge of allegiance...
February 04, 2016
YMCA camps in Jackson, Michigan featured an activity for elementary school students called “Underground Railroad.”  The intended purpose of the activity was to...
January 14, 2016
Dr. Glennard Smith is a 50-year-old African American obstetrician-gynecologist who practically grew up on the campus of Michigan State University because his...
September 02, 2015
Clifford Washington, an associate professor and human resources professional, was excited when he and his wife found the perfect home.  But when they tried to...
Kary Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director, issued the following statement today after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced her decision to clear...
August 11, 2015
In response to community concerns, Eastern Michigan University wisely abandoned its offensive use of a Native American “Huron” as a mascot for the school in...
July 24, 2015
In March 2015 students at the University of Oklahoma captured the country’s attention when they were caught on video singing racist songs on a bus. Among those...
June 01, 2015 Racial Justice
The ACLU of Michigan has been working closely with Native American students at Eastern Michigan University to compel the university to permanently dump the...
May 07, 2015
In April 2015, law enforcement officers representing a task force that includes the Detroit Police Department, the Social Security Administration, the Bureau...
April 24, 2015
On September 11, 2011, a woman of Middle Eastern and Jewish descent named Shoshana Hebshi was sitting in the same row as two men of Indian descent on a...
March 27, 2015
Late one evening in November 2014, Ann Arbor police officers were summoned to the home of Aura Rosser, a 40-year-old African American woman.  According to...
March 17, 2015
Public Act 436 gives unelected “emergency managers” sweeping, far-reaching powers to displace or in some cases even dissolve local governments and school...
After receiving multiple complaints from African American motorists who felt that they had been the targets of racial profiling by police officers conducting...
December 09, 2014
In December 2014 an honor student at West Bloomfield High School decided to remain seated during the Pledge of Allegiance to protest the numerous police...
November 20, 2014
In response to concerns expressed by students and parents, the ACLU of Michigan directed a Freedom of Information Act request to the Plymouth-Canton school...
November 14, 2014
High school senior Atiya Haynes was in advanced placement classes, she was active in numerous extra-curricular school activities, she volunteered in the...
October 27, 2014
In a brutal execution-style killing captured on video in July 2012, eight Saginaw police officers took the life of Milton Hall, a 49-year-old, African American...
October 15, 2014
When Frederick Cunningham was convicted of a drug offense, he was also charged $1000 in unspecified court costs. Allegan County used the money it collected...
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today called on the Dearborn Heights Board of Education to exercise discretion allowed under the state...
June 16, 2014
African Americans constitute 13 percent of the U.S. population, but 40 percent of U.S. prisoners. Black males are jailed at a rate of more than 6.5 times that...
April 22, 2014
A coalition of civil rights organizations led by the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in December 2006 to preserve affirmative action in university admissions in...
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reconsider its decision to not prosecute the Saginaw police...
September 04, 2013
In September 2013 the ACLU of Michigan filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice against law enforcement agencies operating in Saginaw. The...
August 21, 2013
According to an FBI operations guide acquired by the ACLU, the FBI has the authority to collect information about, and create maps of, so-called racial and...
July 19, 2013
For years the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) allowed advocacy organizations, churches and political candidates to advertise on the outside panels of...
March 21, 2013
After cross-town rivals Huron High School and Pioneer High School squared off in an Ann Arbor football game in October 2012, the traditional mid-field...
DETROIT – A coalition of civil rights organizations welcomed the Michigan Secretary of State’s decision today to drop an unlawful policy that prevented young...
April 10, 2014
The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to...
We realize that excessive policies and actions of the police are instrumental in deciding who gets stopped, searched, arrested, and funneled into the criminal...
The following is a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan Executive Director Kary L. Moss regarding the Facebook post of Michigan State...
In the wake of recent laws dramatically reworking Michigan’s previously harsh “zero tolerance” student discipline policies, a group of eight organizations is...
The ACLU is hailing a recent decision by the Grand Rapids Police Department to end a policy that permitted police officers to arrest innocent people for...
As part of an ongoing attempt to expose the true intentions behind President Trump’s Muslim ban, the ACLU of Michigan, the Arab American Civil Rights League (...
February 21, 2017 Free Speech, Detroit Police, Facebook
Pushing back against chilling efforts to criminalize free speech on social media, the ACLU of Michigan will appear at a court hearing tomorrow in defense of a...
February 07, 2017 Immigrants, police, Know Your Rights
We rely on the police to keep us safe and treat us all fairly, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin or religion. This card provides tips for...
November 18, 2016 Eastern Michigan University, racism
DETROIT--The ACLU of Michigan today sent a letter to Eastern Michigan University urging administrators to halt expulsion proceedings against four African-...
UPDATE (11/22/16): Royal Oak Schools today issued the following statement denying allegations, as described in the ACLU letter, that a teacher asked an African...
November 11, 2016 Flint Water Crisis, Flint
DETROIT–Federal judge David M. Lawson has ordered Michigan state officials and the City of Flint to deliver bottled water door-to-door to homes in Flint, a...
FLINT – On behalf of 15 named plaintiffs and tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Flint, the ACLU of Michigan and the Education Law Center filed a class-...
DETROIT—With public schools in decline statewide and Michigan tumbling from national leader in public education to faltering also-ran, the ACLU of Michigan...
DETROIT—Concerned about the increased potential for violent confrontations and racial profiling, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in a letter...
DETROIT—The ACLU of Michigan, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and lawyers from Covington & Burling LLP today filed a class-action...
ACLU of Michigan legal director Michael J. Steinberg explains Wayne County's tax foreclosure crisis.
Kary Moss, Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan, issued the following statement today in the wake of the recent killings of Philandro Castile and Alton...
EXCERPTED FROM THE METRO TIMES Sitting on the front porch of the Highland Park duplex she owns, Michelle Belton looked out on what used to be Cortland...
BATON ROUGE — Details surrounding the shooting last night of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, continue to emerge. In reaction, ACLU of Louisiana...
July 01, 2016 Drug Testing, Drug Policy, welfare
ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – June 27, 2016 As 2014 drew to a close, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law an ill-advised piece of legislation that required a one...
DETROIT—The ACLU of Michigan on Wednesday will urge a state appeals court to overturn the conviction of Benton Harbor civil-rights firebrand Rev. Edward...
In 2015, to mark the first anniversary of Flint’s fateful switch to river water, about 100 Flint residents marched through their city’s downtown in protest. “...
CHICAGO – Flint residents, an organization of pastors, and national advocacy groups--including the ACLU--are asking a federal court to order home water...
DETROIT—Responding quickly to a letter from the ACLU of Michigan, the YMCA officiails overseeing the Storer Camps in Jackson, Mich., agreed to halt a troubling...
FLINT – A coalition of local citizens and national groups filed suit today to ask a federal court to step in and secure access to safe drinking water for the...
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. detested violence. Nevertheless, during the month when we commemorate his birth, we must face the fact that black males between the...
DETROIT--As Detroit civil-rights activists prepare to protest the recent fatal shooting of an unarmed Detroit man by a Dearborn police officer, the ACLU of...
The State of Michigan attempted to cover up the fact that its own data revealed a significant spike in lead found in Flint children after the state forced the...
December 02, 2015 pay-or-stay, debtors prisons
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is lauding a state Supreme Court proposal that could end unconstitutional "pay-or-stay" sentencing practices in...
DETROIT – Residents of Flint, together with the ACLU of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council, today announced their intention to sue state and...
The ongoing Flint water crisis generated headlines last week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report warning that road work or...
November 02, 2015 Criminal Justice
The ACLU of Michigan has been working to abolish modern-day debtors’ prisons for the past seven years. As part of this work, I have observed courts and...
DETROIT – Citing potential constitutional violations, the ACLU of Michigan is urging Detroit Public Schools officials to rescind the mass school suspensions...
When Gov. Rick Snyder and a clutch of other officials stood shoulder-to-shoulder in Flint on Thursday to announce that the city would soon be returning to the...
DETROIT – In the wake of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s recommendation that the City of Flint reconnect to the Detroit water system to stem its lead-contamination...
In the past few weeks, the problem of lead in Flint’s drinking water has quickly gone from being a story largely ignored by the mainstream media to a scandal...
September 10, 2015
September 02, 2015 Black Lives Matter
Every day, it seems, some new report of a police officer killing a black man comes to light. And every time one does, a little more despondence darkens my...
I attended the first Law for Black Lives Conference in New York last week. The Conference—filled with attorneys, law students, legal-aid workers and others...
July 16, 2015 Michigan Water Crisis
ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette (pictured), who has been reporting extensively on the mounting water crisis in financially strapped...
June 15, 2015 Racial Justice
For many, there are certain chapters in U.S. history that are much too painful to contemplate. Foremost among them are the enslavement of literally millions of...
June 15, 2015
I walked into the ACLU of Michigan offices eight years ago with a small afro—three-fourths of an inch to be exact—and only a vague, abstract understanding of...
June 01, 2015 Racial Justice
The ACLU of Michigan has been working closely with Native American students at Eastern Michigan University to compel the university to permanently dump the...
May 12, 2015 housing
DETROIT – Fearing “an unprecedented human rights catastrophe,” the ACLU of Michigan along with the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, the Sugar Law Center for Economic...
May 07, 2015
Reflecting deepening concern over the controversial shooting death of 20-year-old Terrance Kellom by a federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent...
April 28, 2015
Kary Moss, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, gave the following statement in reaction to the shooting death of 20-year-old...
April 24, 2015 Racial Profiling
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union announced a settlement in its lawsuit filed on behalf of Shoshana Hebshi, a mother of two who was pulled off an...
April 21, 2015 Student Rights
Special-education students in Michigan are being pushed out of public schools at an alarming rate—with far too many of them being driven directly in the school...
April 15, 2015 Racial Profiling
Kirk McConer was arrested and jailed while talking to a friend outside a convenience store, where he had just purchased a soda. Tyrone Hightower was arrested...
April 10, 2015 Civil Rights Activist
Fifty years ago, Viola Gregg Liuzzo, a 39-year-old mother of five from Detroit, was shot dead by Ku Klux Klansmen on an isolated road outside Selma, Ala.  It...
April 10, 2015 Michigan Water Crisis
As the City of Detroit prepares to again turn off water service to delinquent customers, including many of the city's poorest residents, attorneys from the...
April 09, 2015 Black Lives Matter
By now, many of us have seen the gut-wrenching video that shows white South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager shooting Walter L. Scott, an unarmed...
April 08, 2015 Five Questions
Ever wonder who’s behind the work here at the ACLU of Michigan? In our new blog series Five Questions, ACLU of Michigan staff will talk about the incredible...
March 13, 2015 This Week Online
 The ACLU of Michigan is tracking hundreds of legal cases and pieces of legislation that impact your civil liberties at any given moment, covering all concerns...
March 11, 2015 Forfeiture Law
On May 31, 2008, approximately 130 members of the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit gathered for a monthly event featuring music and dancing. Shortly...
March 05, 2015 #TBT
With a history of civil liberties stretching back almost a century, the ACLU has got plenty of amazing cases for #TBT. Every Thursday, we'll be sharing updates...
March 04, 2015 Democracy Watch
After six years of state control, this much is beyond debate: Emergency management has neither fixed the finances of Detroit Public Schools nor provided even...
March 04, 2015 Five Questions
Ever wonder who’s behind the work here at the ACLU of Michigan? In our new blog series Five Questions, ACLU of Michigan staff will talk about the incredible...
February 27, 2015 This Week Online
The ACLU of Michigan is tracking hundreds of legal cases and pieces of legislation that impact your civil liberties at any given moment, covering all concerns...
February 26, 2015 #TBT
With a history of civil liberties stretching back almost a century, the ACLU has got plenty of amazing cases for #TBT. Every Thursday, we'll be sharing updates...
February 25, 2015 Democracy Watch
The idea of charging some customers less than others for water might seem counter-intuitive at first, but once economist Roger Colton explains why it makes...
February 23, 2015
Barbara Hernandez was only 16 years old when she was tried as an adult and convicted of murder after her abusive boyfriend killed a man. Barbara entered...
February 18, 2015 Five Questions
Ever wonder who’s behind the work here at the ACLU of Michigan? In our new blog series Five Questions, ACLU of Michigan staff will talk about the incredible...
February 05, 2015 #TBT
With a history of civil liberties stretching back almost a century, the ACLU has got plenty of amazing cases for #TBT. Every Thursday, we'll be sharing updates...
February 04, 2015
This report from the ACLU of Michigan explores how draconian "zero tolerance" laws in schools--combined with an ever-increasing police presence in the...
February 03, 2015 Education
In Michigan, our current approach to school discipline is driving far too many public-school students—especially students of color—out of the classroom. In...
January 30, 2015 This Week Online
ACLU of Michigan to sue Detroit's Campus Martius Park for 'assault' on visitors' constitutional rights (MLive) The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan...
January 29, 2015 Education
DETROIT — Subjected to both harsh zero tolerance policies and an increasing police presence on campuses, public school students in Michigan are being suspended...
January 13, 2015 Black Lives Matter
At 33 years old, my biological clock isn’t just ticking any longer—its clamoring at me. Like some incessant internal siren, it wails at me day after day,...
December 29, 2014 2014
While we’re certainly not shy at the ACLU of Michigan about making our voice heard, there are still many instances in which our work doesn’t always get...
December 23, 2014
In recent months, it seems like a classic black American nightmare has been put on a feedback loop. With every acquittal of an accused killer cop, with every...
December 22, 2014 Heros
Every year, the ACLU of Michigan works on hundreds of legal cases and pieces of legislation that touch lives all over the state. Through cases covering...
December 18, 2014 RIGHT TO READ
DETROIT — In an ongoing effort to compel state officials to enforce Michigan children’s right to read under state law and the Constitution, the American Civil...
December 18, 2014 #TBT
With a history of civil liberties stretching back almost a century, the ACLU has got plenty of amazing cases for #TBT. Every Thursday, we'll be sharing updates...
November 25, 2014 Ferguson
The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on charges in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. The...
November 25, 2014 Ferguson
The ire of those who condemn the crowds that are burning Ferguson is misdirected. The accusing finger must instead be pointed directly at a criminal justice...
November 14, 2014
High school senior Atiya Haynes was in advanced placement classes, she was active in numerous extra-curricular school activities, she volunteered in the...
November 14, 2014 Education
You might expect Atiya Haynes to be downhearted. After all, the 17-year-old honor student and community volunteer was suspended for the rest of her senior...
November 11, 2014 Detroit
Civil liberties fans and supporters are spread out all over Michigan. Many parts even have a volunteer-led branch that acts as a watchdog for civil liberties...
October 27, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan testified today before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) about the failure of the U.S....
October 17, 2014 This Week Online
The ACLU of Michigan is tracking hundreds of legal cases and pieces of legislation that impact your civil liberties at any given moment, covering all concerns...
October 16, 2014
DETROIT, MI — In a letter sent today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and the ACLU of Michigan calls on two United Nations Special...
As a civil-rights lawyer, I’ve dedicated my career to battling back the infuriating unfairness that runs rampant through our society. As a black woman, I’ve...
DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in a letter today urged the Ferndale Police Department to hire an independent firm to investigate why...
September 29, 2014
DETROIT, MI— Today, the ACLU of Michigan and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., a separate entity from the NAACP, expressed deep disappointment...
September 11, 2014
DETROIT, MI – Today, civil rights attorneys seeking to prevent further water shut-offs to thousands of Detroit residents released documents showing the Detroit...
August 25, 2014
DETROIT – In an effort to preserve a moratorium on water shut-offs, a group of Detroit residents and civil rights attorneys filed court documents over the...
July 22, 2014
DETROIT – The city of Detroit’s fifteen-day moratorium on water shut-offs, announced yesterday nearly four months after the shut-offs began, is welcomed but...
July 18, 2014
DETROIT – In response to the growing water crisis in Detroit, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc...
April 24, 2014
DETROIT– In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged Governor Rick Snyder to ensure transparency and implement methods for the...
April 22, 2014
WASHINGTON – In a 6-2 decision today, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court and ruled that Michigan’s Proposal 2 is constitutional. Proposal 2 is a 2006...
April 01, 2014 Racial Profiling
DETROIT – An Ohio mother of two who was unlawfully arrested, detained and strip-searched because of her ethnicity on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be able...
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reconsider its decision to not prosecute the Saginaw police...
In an Alice in Wonderland turn of events, the U.S. Department of Justice has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to criminally charge six Saginaw...
January 22, 2014 Criminal Justice
Last week, the federal education and justice departments took a firm stance against overly punitive school discipline policies that push millions of children...
October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, a challenge to Michigan's Proposal 2. Mark...
September 27, 2013 Expelling Michigan’s Future
What happens to a state that expells its children from school, bans free speech in public spaces, and allows illegal police practices to terrorize communities...
September 25, 2013 SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE
Kyle Thompson likes playing football, playing video games, and hanging out with his friends. The Michigan student has also been under house arrest since last...
September 19, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to expand its current investigation of the Saginaw Police Department...
July 25, 2013
NEW YORK – A federal court today ruled that a landmark discrimination lawsuit against Morgan Stanley can move forward. Judge Harold Baer denied in part the...
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan expressed dismay and concern today after attending the Highland Park Renaissance Academy...
June 04, 2013
According to a new report by the ACLU, blacks were arrested for marijuana possession at 3.3 times the rate of whites in Michigan in 2010, despite comparable...
March 29, 2013 Weekly Rights Review
Did all your Facebook friends turn into math fans this week? If you find the = sign all over Facebook profile pics this week, know that it’s a show of support...
March 25, 2013
DETROIT – The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will hear arguments in a case seeking to strike down Michigan’s Proposal 2 as unconstitutional because...
DETROIT – A coalition of civil rights organizations welcomed the Michigan Secretary of State’s decision today to drop an unlawful policy that prevented young...
January 22, 2013 Racial Profiling
DETROIT – An Ohio mother of two who was unlawfully arrested, detained and strip-searched because of her ethnicity filed a lawsuit today against Frontier...
November 15, 2012
DETROIT – In a victory for equality, a 15-judge federal appeals court panel struck down Michigan’s Proposal 2 as unconstitutional because it creates an unequal...
October 15, 2012
NEW YORK – Morgan Stanley discriminated against black homeowners and violated federal civil rights laws by providing strong incentives to a subprime lender to...
October 05, 2012 Immigrant Rights
DETROIT – In a ruling from the bench, a federal judge issued an injunction today against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s controversial “citizenship checkbox...
September 17, 2012 Immigrant Rights
DETROIT – In a lawsuit filed today in federal court, a voting rights coalition is challenging Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s controversial “citizenship...
September 04, 2012 Immigrant Rights
DETROIT – In a letter today, the non-partisan Michigan Election Coalition urged the Secretary of State to immediately halt the use of the “citizenship checkbox...
April 19, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a U.S...
March 21, 2012 Immigrant Rights
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Michigan State Police (MSP) to investigate a racial...
March 07, 2012 Racial Justice
CINCINNATI, OH – Attorneys representing students, faculty, and prospective applicants to the University of Michigan asked a 15-judge federal appeals court...
October 20, 2011 Government Surveillance
NEW YORK – The FBI has been targeting American communities for investigation based on race, ethnicity, national origin and religion according to documents...
August 04, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan said today that they are challenging “pay or stay” sentences imposed on five persons across the...
July 28, 2011 Work Place Rights
DETROIT – The ACLU, NAACP and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) announced today that they oppose the Michigan Attorney General’s request to...
July 21, 2011
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan today sued the FBI and Department of Justice for records related to the FBI's use of race...
July 01, 2011 Student Rights
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today applauded an appeals court decision allowing public universities and public employers in...
June 10, 2011 Weekly Rights Review
On this date in 1964, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law to address gender-based discrimination in the workplace. Now nearly 50 years...
May 27, 2011 Weekly Rights Review
Summer seems to have finally settled in just in time to soak up some sun in downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza. This weekend, be sure to come out and show your...
July 27, 2010
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today asked the FBI to turn over records related to the agency’s collection and use of race and...
November 17, 2009 Women’s Rights
DETROIT – A group of civil rights organizations asked a panel of appeals court judges today to reverse a lower court’s decision and strike down Proposal 2, the...
DETROIT — In a letter today to Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan expressed its...
January 09, 2009 Safe & Free
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit last night charging East Detroit Public School officials with failing to...
March 19, 2008 Affirmative Action
DETROIT – The civil rights coalition challenging Proposal 2, the 2006 ballot initiative banning affirmative action in Michigan, expressed deep disappointed...
February 06, 2008 Affirmative Action
DETROIT – A coalition of civil rights organizations argued before a federal judge today that Proposal 2, the 2006 ballot initiative banning affirmative action...
February 01, 2008 Executive Summary
Cantrell v. Granholm On Wednesday, February 6, 2008, at 2:30pm at the U.S. Courthouse in Detroit, Federal District Judge David Lawson will hear oral argument...
December 10, 2007 Work Place Rights
DETROIT – In honor of International Human Rights Day, the national American Civil Liberties Union released a report today about the pervasive institutionalized...
December 19, 2006 Affirmative Action
DETROIT – Filing a lawsuit today on behalf of 19 students, faculty and applicants to the University of Michigan, a coalition of civil rights groups including...
June 19, 2006 Search & Seizure
DETROIT - The American Civil Liberties Unions of Michigan, Massachusetts and Washington today filed an amended complaint to a lawsuit previously filed by the...
June 15, 2006 Affirmative Action
DETROIT — In an effort to inform community members of the anti-affirmative action ballot, the ACLU of Michigan and One United Michigan will host a workshop...
May 30, 2006 Due Process
DETROIT— Eight years after the “bicycling while black” lawsuit was filed in district court on behalf of black teenagers, it has finally been settled in an out...
February 24, 2006 Affirmative Action
DETROIT — Today the ACLU of Michigan filed a friend of the court brief in support of litigation asking the State Supreme Court to reverse a lower court opinion...
August 29, 2005
DETROIT -- The American Civil Liberties Union today released an FBI document that designates a Michigan-based peace group and an affirmative action advocacy...
August 15, 2005
DETROIT - The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan hailed a federal appeals court decision last Friday, striking a City of Dearborn ordinance that...
May 10, 2005 Racial Profiling
DETROIT— A federal court today ruled that there is enough evidence of racial discrimination and illegal searches by a suburban Detroit police department to...
April 19, 2005
DETROIT – The U.S. Court of Appeals will hear two cases this week that were filed by the ACLU of Michigan. On Tuesday, the ACLU-M will argue on behalf of the...
May 19, 2004 Safe & Free
DETROIT – As the country focuses on the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark case that ended government imposed segregation in public...
August 19, 2003 Patriot Act
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union learned today that Attorney General John Ashcroft will only be addressing law enforcement officials on his new...
July 30, 2003 Patriot Act
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union today filed the first legal challenge to the USA PATRIOT Act, taking aim at a section of the controversial law...
June 10, 2003
DETROIT - The ACLU of Michigan announced today that a federal judge rejected Meijer’s attempt to halt distribution of flyers criticizing a Meijer gas station...
March 31, 2003 Affirmative Action
DETROIT — In a landmark case being argued tomorrow before the Supreme Court, the American Civil Liberties Union will urge the Justices to uphold the admission...
March 20, 2003
DETROIT – The FBI has told the ACLU that they will refuse to follow their previous practice in Michigan of providing assurances of the men's rights,...
January 28, 2003 Education
In response to a discovery request, the state of Michigan on October 16 produced a data file of the Michigan Merit Award Scholarship qualifiers and non-...
January 21, 2003
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Dearborn today challenging the constitutionality of a city ordinance...
January 06, 2003 Privacy & Technology
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is pleased to announce that Noel Saleh, a prominent and longtime immigration attorney in the Detroit...
August 26, 2002 Safe & Free
In a unanimous decision today, a federal appeals court struck down the government's blanket policy of conducting secret deportation hearings inpost-9/11 cases...
April 04, 2002
DETROIT – Freedom of speech and freedom of the press won out when a federal district judge ruled late today that it is unconstitutional to block public access...
March 08, 2002 Racial Profiling
As the nation tries to find the best ways to improve airport security, it is crucial that we resist grabbing onto strategies that only create a sense of false...
December 07, 2001 Affirmative Action
The ACLU of Michigan contends that affirmative action is necessary to both: achieve educational diversity at the university; and level the playing field for...
November 28, 2001
DETROIT — In a move forward for a civil rights lawsuit challenging Michigan's use of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) High School Test to...
November 08, 2001 Racial Justice
The CEO and Executive Vice President of Northwest Airlines have sent a letter to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan to apologize for the treatment...
May 31, 2001 Driving While Black
DETROIT — As the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and as vice-chair of ALPACT, Advocates and Leaders for Police and...
April 10, 2001 Racial Profiling
DETROIT — Acting on behalf of 21 young African-American men who were stopped by the police while riding their bikes, the American Civil Liberties Union of...
February 12, 2001 Student Rights
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York agree that residents of the City of Detroit were...
DETROIT — Saying that diversity in higher education is a "compelling government interest," a federal judge today rejected an attempt to dismantle the...
NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded the Supreme Court's decisions today upholding the principle that public universities may continue...
DETROIT – Citing growing concerns over border patrol’s persistent targeting and ongoing detention of individuals at the border based on their race, ethnicity...
In a televised interview with Diane Sawyer that aired on December 16, 2003 President Bush stated that he would support a United States Constitutional Amendment...
The Michigan ACLU announced today that pamphlets advising people about their rights when stopped or questioned by the FBI, police or INS officials are...