Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, government entities, community leaders, and schools in Washtenaw County worked together to slow the spread of the virus and distribute the vaccine. More than 60% of Washtenaw County residents over 16 years of age have now received at least one dose of the vaccine. This public health achievement is in no small part due to the efforts of these groups to expand access and locate pop-up clinics in schools, churches, and community centers. Cross-sector collaboration allowed the county to overcome traditional barriers in serving the hardest-to-reach communities.
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.
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.
Today, in 1871, Ulysses S. Grant requested that Congress pass legislation to address the KKK activities on racially motivated conspiracies intended to deprive people of equal protection under the laws — providing a civil remedy to the victims of private acts of violence motivated by discrimination and racial bias. This federal legislation was necessary as local and state courts were ineffective in prosecuting Klan violence due to either sympathies for or fear of repercussions of the Klan.
The GOP-led state legislature proposed a package of bills (SB273-311) to restrict Michigan citizens’ right to vote. Their 39 bills would make it difficult to cast a ballot. In contrast, Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson is advancing legislation to increase access to voting.
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Tuesday, March 16 at 7 pm. Say Their Names: Carrying on the Legacy of History-Making Women with Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins Women leaders of the 21st century stand tall because they stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before. Honor these history-making women during Women’s History Month by remembering their names and carrying on…
Congratulations are in order! Reposted from @womensmarch Yesterday, @DebHaalandNM became Interior Secretary, making history as the first Native Cabinet member. Thousands of Women’s Marchers joined tribal leaders and progressive groups to urge her nomination. We know Haaland will always put people first at Interior. Congratulations! #politics #government #cabinet #United #nativeamerican #interiorsecretary #unitedstates #history See our…
Saturday, March 13 at 3 pm. People Power Action Event Monthly Meeting Join host Scott Reilly of People Power, an extension of the ACLU Michigan. He will be guiding the monthly organizational meeting by narrowing down the specific projects and goals the group intends to pursue over the next year or two. There will be…
Michigan Resistance began in the dark days following Trump’s victory, energized by the disappointment of Progressives. During that lame-duck session from November to December in 2016, when Republicans in the State Houses felt empowered by Trump’s victory to pass conservative, even right-wing bills, a band of Progressives met with Democrats in the State Houses who kept them informed of the legislative goings-on which needed protest. Armed with a list of 20,000 Democratic voters from Hillary Clinton’s campaign, these Progressives called them to ask them to call their state senators and representatives, remembers Margaret Schankler.