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Michigan receives “restricted” rating from AP for access to police misconduct records

In recent years, America’s police have come under well-deserved scrutiny for practices that protect their own at the expense of public safety. One of these methods is extremely simple: keeping misconduct records a secret. If the public doesn’t know when police officers have done wrong, there is no way for us to ensure accountability.  This…

These are the Top 30 Corporate Donors to Senate Republicans

As Michigan Senate Republicans continue to pass anti-voter legislation, local business leaders have spoken out to criticize these efforts to silence the voice of Michigan voters. But many of them and their corporations have financially supported and are likely to continue to financially support the very Republicans who are working to restrict our access to the polls.  According to the…

Stop Rubbernecking Racism

I will always remember when I saw a Confederate flag and swastika decal on a car zipping past me on the freeway. I was working as a field organizer in rural Michigan during the 2018 election, and I stopped right in my tracks. To see a clear message of racism and oppression fly right by…

No More Zebras in Lansing

Recently, I’ve watched in awe as woman after woman in Lansing, including one staff member here at Progress Michigan, has stepped forward to tell her story, to talk about her experiences and to expose harmful behavior at the hands of men in power and those with political influence.  As a young staffer in the Michigan…

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. Questions about Nepotism Last year, Kelly was hired by the St. Clair County Circuit Court to serve as guardian…

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…