Category Archives: Civil Rights

Protesters gather in Flint Wednesday against executive actions on DAPL

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A protest in Flint Wednesday evening was against President Trump’s executive order green-lighting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Protesters are speaking out against President Trump’s executive order greenlighting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Flint based organization The People’s Army organized the protest. Continue reading

Michigan racism expert weighs in on national election

Dr David Pilgrim. Photo courtesy Ferris State University

Dr David Pilgrim.
Photo courtesy Ferris State University

 

Since the election of Donald Trump, advocacy groups say there has been an increase in intimidation and aggression against minorities and women. 

Dr David Pilgrim is the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University.   It’s a collection of five-thousand racist artifacts, Some from years ago. Some from yesterday.   Dr Pilgrim says he’s processing Trump’s win. Continue reading

Central Michigan University speaker recalls a long path to storytelling

gayle-rossRenown storyteller Gayle Ross will speak on the campus of CMU about historic efforts of Native Americans to receive fair treatment, from George Washington to George W.

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As the number of women reporting domestic abuse rises, so does the need for emergency housing

file00046714188Officials say the number of women looking for shelter from domestic abuse relationships is growing nationally.

Dawn Jevicks is the shelter manager at Women’s Aid Service in Mt. Pleasant. She said she thinks women now are just more likely to report cases of abuse than they were in the past. Continue reading

Will there ever be an end to poverty?

file0002103408351 (1)As a part of our ongoing series of reports on homelessness, Ben Thorp went to a Saginaw soup kitchen to talk about the services they offer. He wound up speaking to a CMU professor about poverty, its persistence, and what we can do to eradicate it.

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CMU forum to discuss “Racism, Police, Communities”

1528_10208709380595338_8662011936619192713_nCentral Michigan University’s Speak Up Speak Out discussion series returns to campus this week. The topic is one sure to elicit strong emotions: “Racism, Police, Communities.”

Mike Horace sat down with the forum’s organizer, Dr. Liz Bradshaw of CMU’s sociology department, and student panelist Donovan Watts, to learn more. Continue reading

The Muslim Student Association reacts to Donald Trump’s comments and the overall climate for Muslims in America

 

file000779805174For many Muslims in the United States, these are rather uncertain times… especially given the heated rhetoric coming out of the presidential race.

Ben Thorp recently sat down with three members of Central Michigan University’s Muslim Student Association to get their reaction to some of the comments made by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump… and in particular, his comments on ‘banning Muslims’ from entering the United States.

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Conspiracy of silence: New website shines light on elderly abuse in Michigan


Sad Old PersonThe rate of elderly abuse in Michigan is roughly 3 times more than the national average. In an attempt to raise awareness of the issue the Stern Law Group has sponsored a website that lists nursing homes and their violations nationwide. Continue reading

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is taking on hate against Arab and Muslim Americans

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Prejudice and hate towards Arab and Muslim Americans has prompted The Michigan Civil Rights Commission to renew support for its campaign — Take On Hate.

Take On Hate is working to promote acceptance toward families in Michigan with Middle Eastern heritage. Continue reading