Learn about the new tool “Ballot Power” from the creators of Wave Michigan. Also find resources to get registered, vote from home, and encourage others to do the same.
A foundation of a functioning democracy is an informed, engaged public. Organizations such as the ACLU and Common Cause invite us to support their work to protect freedom of the press. Organizations such as ProtectPressFreedom.org – a coalition of journalists and press advocacy groups, in partnership with a wide range of major media organizations – encourages us to use social media to acknowledge threats, show support of the press and highlight great reporting. Journalists are there as representatives of the public, and if law enforcement is attacking them, they can’t do their job, and that hurts everybody.
The best way to manage the COVID-19 challenge in Michigan’s prison system is to release as many people as possible as soon as possible. It can be done quickly, without compromising public safety, and in the best interest of public health. To save lives, it is imperative that the Governor act immediately to expand who is eligible for parole, expand the use of her commutation powers, expand parole boards, and expedite the review of wrongful conviction cases in front of the conviction integrity unit.
It is urgent that Congress and the White House fully fund the United States Postal Service in the next stimulus bill. Private companies won’t deliver to certain remote areas — and, right now, the Postal Service is delivering lifesaving medications and food, supporting voting by mail-in primary states and helping other services necessary for our nation to continue to operate.
During an eight-hour meeting with tense moments and conflict, Ann Arbor City Council members were divided on details of a COVID-19 financial recovery plan.
The 7-4 vote to approve the plan came after 1 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Researchers at Amfar (Foundation for Aids Research) and Emory University led a study that included several other institutions to track disproportionately black counties, i.e., where black people constituted more than 13% of the population, in four southern states. Among their findings is that underlying health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, are not the primary case of disparities.
Despite Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s issuance of a formal legal opinion stating that the Michigan Capitol Commission has the authority to ban guns in the State Capitol, the Commission decided not to take a position on this issue at a May 11th meeting, and instead opted to create a new committee to examine it further.
‘Working to Save Democracy’: Postal Service Reaffirms Policy of Delivering Mail-In Ballots Even Without Postage
Common Dreams explains that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been hit hard by the decline in mail volume resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, and the agency remains hindered by a congressional mandate requiring it to fund its retirees’ health benefits through the year 2056. Read to learn how you can help save the post office.
The New York Times and Salon have reported that many states, as well as the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL), have expressed concern over the accuracy of census data that results from the use of the new privacy algorithm developed by the Census Bureau to protect individuals privacy.
Census 2020 begins in about a month. And that’s a big deal! Ensuring an accurate count of Michiganders is important because roughly $30 billion in federal funding for public safety, schools, housing, health care, and more, as well as one congressional seat, are at stake for Michigan.