Racial Justice

ACLU of Michigan Urges DPS Officials to End Suspensions of High-School Football Players

ACLU of Michigan Urges DPS Officials to End Suspensions of High-School Football Players

2015-10-21 00:00:00

DETROIT – Citing potential constitutional violations, the ACLU of Michigan is urging Detroit Public Schools officials to rescind the mass school suspensions imposed this week on the football teams for Martin Luther King Jr. and Cody high schools in the wake of a post-game brawl.

Grand Rapids Police Arresting Innocent People for Trespassing

Grand Rapids Police Arresting Innocent People for Trespassing

2018-10-17 00:00:00

For years, the Grand Rapids Police Department has solicited business owners to sign “Letters of Intent to Prosecute Trespassers.”  These letters do not articulate a business owner’s desire to keep a specific person off their property and are not directed at any particular person.  Instead, police officers use these generalized letters to decide for themselves who does not “belong” on premises that are generally open to the public.  In many cases, the police arrest people who have done nothing wrong, including patrons of the business. 

Lawsuit Needed To Get Suspension and Expulsion Data

Lawsuit Needed To Get Suspension and Expulsion Data

2016-05-15 00:00:00

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, data about student suspensions and expulsions, referrals of students to law enforcement, and policies and procedures for disciplinary hearings. 

Campus Controversy: The Fight To Remove EMU’s Racially Offensive Logo

Campus Controversy: The Fight To Remove EMU’s Racially Offensive Logo

2015-06-01 00:00:00

The ACLU of Michigan has been working closely with Native American students at Eastern Michigan University to compel the university to permanently dump the racially offensive "Hurons" logo that the school decided to resurrect two decades after retiring the controversial symbol.

Those Who Feel the Effects of Indian Mascots and Logos Are the Ones Who Know the Pain

Those Who Feel the Effects of Indian Mascots and Logos Are the Ones Who Know the Pain

2015-06-15 00:00:00

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 Africans, and campaigns of genocide and territorial theft directed at America’s First Nations. Some who are descended from the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity, or who suspect they may be descendants may have the most discomfort, and their coping strategy is often a descent into a chronic state of denial.

A Project That Fights for Democracy

A Project That Fights for Democracy

2014-01-22 00:00:00

Another blog. That’s just what the world has been crying out for, right? Yet another blog. Especially one that doesn’t yet have a name, and is still searching for the right voice. A permanent home with a web page of its own also remains in the future. And actual, substantial content … that too is yet to come.

Other than that, though, everything is good to go.

ACLU Launches Let Me Vote Campaign to Inform and Empower Voters

ACLU Launches Let Me Vote Campaign to Inform and Empower Voters

2012-09-12 00:00:00

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 voters with the voting rights knowledge they need to cast their ballot on Election Day. Campaign materials are available at www.aclumich.org/letmevote.

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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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