Category Archives: Causes

New film argues women need equal protection under the law

MG_2225A new film explores what the director calls the assault on women’s rights in the U.S. and outlines the need for an Equal Rights Amendment explicitly giving women equal protection under the law.

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Accessibility equipment opens northern Michigan beaches to all

Photo by Alex Richards, courtesy of Petoskey News-Review Dayna Valpey of Disability Network of Northern Michigan, stands next to a brock dock boardwalk installed at the Petoskey State Park beach. The boardwalk allows those facing mobility challenges easy access to the beach and the water.

Photo by Alex Richards, courtesy of Petoskey News-Review Dayna Valpey of Disability Network of Northern Michigan, stands next to a brock dock boardwalk installed at the Petoskey State Park beach. The boardwalk allows those facing mobility challenges easy access to the beach and the water.

A disability advocacy organization hopes to raise funds and provide access to Lake Michigan in Wilderness State Park in Mackinaw City.

After building access infrastructure for people with disabilities at nine different public beaches throughout the region, Disability Network of Northern Michigan now has their sights set on Wilderness State Park. Continue reading

Enbridge Energy reaches settlement over Kalamazoo River oil spill

f369230151edf0a4e0101cbd111732a1It was announced this week the company behind the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, Enbridge Energy, will pay 177 million dollars for the spill.

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Foster care bills on Governor’s desk drafted by U of M law students

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Two bills signed into law this week could help keep siblings in foster care together.

We’ve already done some reporting on the bills, but not on the unusual path the bills took to get to Snyder’s desk.

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An event in Midland is hoping to raise awareness on gun violence

Photo courtesy: Wear Orange Day

Photo courtesy: Wear Orange Day

An event in Midland next week, June 2nd, is aimed at raising awareness of gun violence. The event coincides with a larger, national effort.

National Wear Orange Day is a day to honor people killed by gun violence and their families.

It began last year in Chicago in memory of a 15-year old girl who had been killed in gun violence. June 2nd was her birthday.

Kathy Kinkema is with the organization, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She is organizing the Midland event.

“We’re planning on June 2nd we’re planning a picnic in Midland and we’re going to have a short program, and a light picnic. And the whole intentional of the wear orange is to honor any individuals families that have been impacted by gun violence.”

Kinkema said she hopes the event will help raise awareness of the dangers of gun violence.

More information on the Midland event and others can be found at, http://act.everytown.org/event/2016-wear-orange-events/search/