Progress Michigan blog posts.

Michigan’s Active Right-Wing Extremist Groups

An overview of right-wing extremism in Michigan, including hate groups, militias, and anti-government groups that have recently made the news.  The events of recent years, including the January 6, 2021, insurrection at our nation’s Capitol, and the alleged plot to kidnap and potentially execute Governor Gretchen Whitmer, have made it more apparent than ever that…

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The MI Healthy Climate Plan Needs Your Voice!

Fighting the climate crisis is a team effort. Everyone must get involved if we want to see results that matter. For their part, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration released its draft MI Healthy Climate Plan, and they’re looking for feedback from the public – that means it’s a perfect opportunity for us to make sure it’s the…

To fight the pandemic, we must fight against antisemitism and all bigotry

In Michigan throughout the past year, we have seen countless individuals, including right-wing elected officials, invoke the Holocaust when discussing COVID-19. Whether it’s regarding vaccination records, disgusting characterizations of our governor’s public health response, or the House Oversight Committee giving a platform to notorious conspiracy theorists, each of      these gross comparisons to a…

Livingston County Republicans Attempt to Inject Partisanship into Redistricting Process

It’s no secret that the Michigan Republican Party wanted to keep our redistricting process happening behind closed doors where they could work with special interests to gerrymander our maps to their advantage. They fought tooth and nail in 2018 against the creation of Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and a transparent process that would create…

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…