Racial Justice

Guyette: Continued Probes Crucial In the Wake of Flint Water Testimony

Guyette: Continued Probes Crucial In the Wake of Flint Water Testimony

2016-03-21 00:00:00

WASHINGTON—There was much partisan heat generated, but very little light shed, when Gov. Rick Snyder and U.S. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy appeared recently before a congressional committee to answer questions about their roles in the Flint water crisis.

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee vigorously hammered Snyder and Republicans skewered McCarthy last week as both heard calls for their resignations because a city of 100,000 people had its water supply contaminated with lead while under their watch.

Four Questions Gov. Snyder Must Answer During Congressional Testimony

Four Questions Gov. Snyder Must Answer During Congressional Testimony

2016-03-14 00:00:00

What we have come to learn about the Flint water crisis over the past several months—including the fact that a city of 100,000 people was left exposed to alarming levels of lead in its drinking water for nearly two years—has left our state reeling and our nation angry in disbelief.

But even more so, we—here at the ACLU of Michigan's Democracy Watch blog—aren’t just outraged by what we’ve uncovered through our investigations. We’re outraged by what we don’t yet know.

ACLU of Michigan Releases Documentary 'Here’sTo Flint' on Flint Water Crisis

ACLU of Michigan Releases Documentary 'Here’sTo Flint' on Flint Water Crisis

2016-03-08 00:00:00

DETROIT—As part of its ongoing look into the Flint water crisis, the ACLU of Michigan today released “Here’s To Flint,” a searing documentary that examines the origins of the disaster and the determined efforts of Flint residents, activists and researchers to learn the truth about the city’s lead-contaminated drinking water.

Authentic Progress in Michigan Means Embracing an Unaccepted--But Vital--Racial Justice Challenge

Authentic Progress in Michigan Means Embracing an Unaccepted--But Vital--Racial Justice Challenge

2016-03-04 00:00:00

Individuals who contribute to racial inequities and discrimination are not always motivated by purposeful racial hostility.

The ACLU of Michigan routinely urges police and school administrators to increase their awareness of implicit bias as one approach to reducing racial profiling and racially disproportionate school discipline. Implicit bias causes discriminatory acts when the actor has no conscious intent to discriminate.

Amid Flint Water Crisis, ACLU, Activists Call for Deportation Relief for Immigrants

Amid Flint Water Crisis, ACLU, Activists Call for Deportation Relief for Immigrants

2016-02-29 00:00:00

DETROIT—More than 60 children's rights, public health, and immigrant advocacy organizations today sent a joint letter urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to offer relief from deportation and to immediately and publicly suspend all immigration-enforcement activity to protect families exposed to lead poisoning as a result of the continuing water crisis in Flint, Mich.

Flint Water Crisis Shows Modern Colonialism in Black Cities

Flint Water Crisis Shows Modern Colonialism in Black Cities

2016-02-08 00:00:00

Michigan state government’s arrogant, callous indifference to both the plight of the people of Flint and the weight of outraged public opinion is explained quite simply by the fact that some officials regard black Michigan as their own little Africa. With the mentality of colonizers, they created and wielded the mighty weapon of Michigan’s emergency manager law, and they set out to dominate and exploit predominantly black cities with breathtaking indifference to the rights and the welfare of those who live there.

Ending Police Violence Against African-Americans Means Embracing Black Humanity

Ending Police Violence Against African-Americans Means Embracing Black Humanity

2016-01-07 00:00:00

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 ages of 15 and 34 were the victims of more than 15 percent of all deaths at the hands of police officers in 2015—even though they constitute only two percent of the total U.S. population.

It is a police-related death rate that is five times higher than that of young white males.

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October 17, 2018 Search & Seizure, Racial Justice
For years, the Grand Rapids Police Department has solicited business owners to sign “Letters of Intent to Prosecute Trespassers.”  These letters do not...
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...
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...
Public Act 436 gives unelected “emergency managers” sweeping, far-reaching powers to displace or in some cases even dissolve local governments and school...
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...
May 15, 2016 Racial Justice
As part of our school-to-prison pipeline work, the ACLU of Michigan filed a public records request with the Detroit Public Schools seeking, among other things...
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...
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The ACLU of Michigan today released “Blueprint for Smart Justice: Michigan,” a new report that outlines how the state can cut its prison population by more...
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...
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...
In an effort to remind the public about its First Amendment rights and to reassure immigrants that constitutional protections extend to them as well, the...
DETROIT –A federal judge today signaled that the first federal safe drinking water case on the Flint water crisis could proceed over protests from the City of...
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...
WASHINGTON—There was much partisan heat generated, but very little light shed, when Gov. Rick Snyder and U.S. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy appeared recently...
What we have come to learn about the Flint water crisis over the past several months—including the fact that a city of 100,000 people was left exposed to...
DETROIT—As part of its ongoing look into the Flint water crisis, the ACLU of Michigan today released “Here’s To Flint,” a searing documentary that examines the...
The ACLU of Michigan documentary “Here’s To Flint” is a searing examination of the origins of the Flint water crisis and the determined efforts of Flint...
DETROIT—More than 60 children's rights, public health, and immigrant advocacy organizations today sent a joint letter urging the Department of Homeland...
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 – Citing potential constitutional violations, the ACLU of Michigan is urging Detroit Public Schools officials to rescind the mass school suspensions...
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 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...
September 12, 2012 Racial Justice
DETROIT – In an effort to combat voter confusion, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan launched its Let Me Vote Campaign today designed to supply...
May 15, 2012 Racial Justice
Today, advocates, clergy and family members of individuals sentenced to juvenile life without parole for crimes they committed as children joined Second...
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...
August 01, 2011 Racial Justice
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center sent letters to all Michigan jails today clarifying the...
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...
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