by Leslie Kamil, OTR/L, MS, JD How petitions work in Michigan Michigan citizens can file a petition with the state government to establish a new law, repeal a newly-enacted law through a referendum or amend the state’s constitution. Groups that want new legislation or a constitutional amendment must submit a copy of their petition to…Details
The first anniversary of the victory of democracy over autocracy (or worse) on January 6th will take place on Thursday of this week. If you have not already made plans to commemorate January 6th, check out Defend Democracy’s website, which lists hundreds of in-person and virtual events. Speaker Pelosi has arranged for a series of events in Washington D.C., including a moment of silence in the House, remarks by President Biden and Vice-President Harris.
CNN will host a two-hour special at 8 pm EST that will include live interviews with members of the House and the Capitol Police about their experiences on January 6.Details
According to The Gander Newsroom, the historic bipartisan “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” that President Biden signed this week, will bring projects to our state that Governor Whitmer stated “will make a huge difference in people’s lives.”Details
According to a post from Demcastusa.com, the planning of the January insurrection stretched to the highest and widest reaches of Trump’s circle. These include Michael Flynn, Stephen Bannon, Rudolph Giuliani and John Eastman to name only the best known of them.Details
Question – What country has these protections for women? Request for abortion – yes Abortion to save a woman’s life – yes To preserve a woman’s health – yes In case of fetal impairment – yes Answer – China To be fair, not all states have these restrictive laws. The questions are: How will the Supreme…Details
Bridge Michigan reminds us that the data, delayed for months, in part due to challenges associated with COVID-19, will help Michigan’s new independent redistricting commission redraw political boundaries for 2022 as the state loses a congressional seat because of stagnant population. Michigan will have 13 districts next year.Details
Many Americans believe racism is the product of intentionally bad and biased individuals, but critical race theory alleges that racism is systemic and is inherent in much of the American way of life from health care to housing, economics to education, clean water to the criminal justice system and more. It is argued that those systems have been “constructed and protected over generations in ways that give white people advantages – sometimes in ways that are not obvious or deliberately insidious but nonetheless result in compounding disadvantages for Black people and other racial and ethnic minorities.”Details
Starting in 2015, the first Friday of June and the following weekend has become an annual opportunity to honor the victims and survivors of gun violence, a public health crisis that kills nearly 40,000 individuals yearly and injures many more. Orange is the symbol of this somber occasion as it was the favorite color of Hadiya Pendleton, an accomplished Chicago teen who was shot to death in 2013 just days after she performed at President Barack Obama’s second inaugural celebration.Details
June is Pride Month. In part due to this national declaration, awareness and information on acceptance and equality has increased. However, Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in America continue to face discrimination in their daily lives. Check this June blog regularly to see what all of us can do to support this community beyond buying pretty rainbow decor.Details
May 31, 2021, marks the 100 year anniversary of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Greenwood massacre. Listen to survivors of the Tulsa race massacre share their memories of Greenwood before a White mob attacked the affluent community 100 years ago in “Tulsa 1921: An American Tragedy.” The special airs Monday, May 31, at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
Tulsa is currently taking action to find and identify victims who were buried in mass graves. MSN describes some of this activity. Both the New York Times and Atlantic articles provide an outstanding overview of this tragic event.