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55 Years, and There’s Still Work to Be Done

Fifty-five-years-ago today President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into effect. As we consider the state of the world today a lot has changed, and a lot hasn’t. The Voting Rights Act was possibly the greatest piece of civil rights legislation to have passed through Congress at the time, and it was overwhelmingly approved by…

Can the people of Michigan trust Mary Kelly?

The Michigan Supreme Court is a critical arm of Michigan’s government. Justices should act based on the law, not their own personal agendas.  Mary Kelly is a Michigan Supreme Court Candidate and we have some questions. Last year, Kelly was hired by the St. Clair County Circuit Court to serve as guardian ad litem, a…

Yes, the Confederate Flag is Racist

If you’ve ever stood outside our state Capitol, it’s hard to miss the statue that stands out front looking east down Michigan Avenue. For those that don’t know, the statue is of former Michigan Governor Austin Blair. Blair spent his life working to end capital punishment, fighting for women and black peoples’ ability to vote,…

A Sexual Assault Awareness Month Reminder to Be Better.

For many of us, Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a tough time of year. Having experienced sexual violence and all the pain that comes with it, I honestly can’t think of many things I want to do less than talk or even think about it—but as uncomfortable as the topic is for survivors and for…

Remembering Cesar Chavez

Working people face a lot of hardships. From growing inequality to stagnant wages to a lack of benefits like paid sick leave and overtime pay, many workers struggle to get by as their bosses get richer—and though we still have strides to make to ensure things like a livable wage and paid sick days for…

A Tale of Two Budgets

In the past two weeks, we’ve seen new budget proposals from both Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and President Donald Trump. Coming shortly after Governor Whitmer delivered a Democratic response to Trump’s State of the Union address, these budgets provide further insight into the wildly different priorities being pushed by our two major parties. A budget…

Gary Peters Gets Things Done

For the last six years, Gary Peters has consistently been doing the work Michiganders want to see in Washington, while keeping a relatively low profile. He’s not flashy, but it’s clear from his time in the U.S. Senate he’s been focused on getting results, not seeking the spotlight.  Here’s what you need to know about…

We’re Sick and Tired of the Old Boys Club

If I had a dollar for every time a man in power said something sexist to a woman because he believed he’d get away with it, I’d probably have enough money to pay off my crippling student loan debt. If I had another dollar every time they tried to gaslight their way out of it,…

Time to Hold Corporate Polluters Accountable

We’ve got some bad news about the environment in Michigan and across the country, actually, a lot of bad news. In fact, it seems like almost every news story that comes out about our air, our water, and the large and growing threat of climate change, is bad. Enbridge, the oil company responsible for Line…

Transgender-friendly licenses are a necessity

This week, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that a new policy will allow people who are transgender and non-binary to update their drivers licenses with their correct gender. This is one step the state of Michigan has taken in the right direction in a long time for people in the LGBTQ+ community.  Time and…