Police training bill introduced in Congress following killing of Patrick Lyoya
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence has introduced legislation, following the death of Patrick Lyoya, that would provide funding for law enforcement to review, for training purposes, footage from body cameras worn by police. His death has shaken Grand Rapids, prompting protests, national media coverage and calls for police reform. During the incident, Schurr told Lyoya to stop, then said “stop resisting” as the two struggled, videos show. Besides Lawrence, the only other Michigan lawmaker to sponsor the bill was U.S. Rep Haley Stevens, D-Waterford Township. Lawrence, who was first elected in 2014, spoke during Lyoya’s funeral on April 22 at Renaissance Church of God in Christ in Grand Rapids.mlive.com
Michigan Matters: Biden, Trump & the Political Road Across Michigan
Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain discusses politics with Lavora Barnes, chair, Michigan Democratic Party, Rocky Raczkowski, chair, Oakland County Republican Party, David Dulio, Director of Oakland University Center for Civic Engagement, and...detroit.cbslocal.com
Former House Speaker accused of sexual abuse, Black lawmakers sue over districts: The week in Michigan politics
LANSING, MI — The first week of the new year brought a flood of political action related to the adoption of the state’s new political maps as several new candidates and incumbents announced where they will run for election. Some elected officials, such as U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit or Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, said they plan to move due to the shakeup of their current districts, which in certain instances, create matchups between incumbents vying for the same seat. U.S. Rep Brenda Lawrence, D-Detroit, announced this week that she will retire instead of running for what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary race for the newly-drawn 13th Congressional District.mlive.com
Michigan is losing its only Black voice in Congress. Detroiters want Black voters represented in 2022.
“It’s just very, very, very uncomfortable and in a strange place that we find ourselves in that we could potentially have no Black voice in Congress from Michigan,” Kinloch said. Do they have the ability to raise money quickly?”Democrats who spoke with MLive suggested a wide variety of possible candidates for the 13th District primary. She ran for Detroit mayor in 2017 and 2021, Michigan’s 10th Congressional District in 2018 and Detroit clerk in 2021. She ran for the 13th District in 2020 as a U.S. Taxpayers Party candidate and collected 0.7% of the vote. The city of Detroit, which contains 36% of Michigan’s Black population, is largely included in the new 13th District.mlive.com
Rashida Tlaib to run for newly-drawn 12th District, including Dearborn and Dearborn Heights; Brenda Lawrence to retire from Congress
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) will be running for the newly drawn 12th Congressional District covering Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Southfield and otharabamericannews.com
Detroit post office renamed in honor of Aretha Franklin
DETROIT -- The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was posthumously honored Monday as a post office in the city of Detroit has been renamed the “Aretha Franklin Post Office Building,” according to the Associated Press. But we have added to that list of her legacy: A post office with her name on it,” Lawrence said. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters was in attendance and said Franklin’s legacy was something that everyone in Washington could agree on. “Congress can come together when it comes to standing up and recognizing this amazing person.”The post office is located about five miles east from downtown Detroit and is located near an amphitheater which is also named for Franklin, according to the AP. Franklin died in 2018 at her home in Detroit.mlive.com
Historic Negro League Ballpark In Hamtramck To Undergo $2.6 Million Renovation
The Wayne County Commission recently approved an $850,000 grant proposal from Executive Warren C. Evans to fund a $2.6 million renovation of Historic Hamtramck Stadium, once the home of the Negro National League's Detroit Stars.detroit.cbslocal.com
Congressional leaders urge FCC to perform equity audit
Congressional leaders and a media advocacy group are urging the Federal Communications Commission to examine how policy decisions and programs have disparately harmed Black Americans and other communities of color, according to a letter sent Tuesday to the acting FCC chair. In the letter, first shared with The Associated Press, Democratic Reps. Jamaal Bowman of New York, Yvette Clarke of New York, and Brenda Lawrence of Michigan along with Media 2070 said the FCC should conduct an assessment to “address and redress” the harm the agency’s policies and programs have caused Black and brown communities and identify the “affirmative steps the agency commits to taking to break down barriers to just media and telecommunication practices.” The FCC is an independent governmental agency that is responsible for regulating the nation’s communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.news.yahoo.com
Political Consultants Weigh In on What a James Craig Gubernatorial Campaign Would Look Like
Detroit Police Chief James Craig has been hinting at running for governor of Michigan since the announcement of his retirement. “Any Republican that starts off their talking points by saying James Craig changes the nature of the voting universe, you’ve got to question that, because there’s no evidence of that.” —John Sellek, Harbor Strategic Public AffairsListen: What would a James Craig gubernatorial candidacy look like? He says if James Craig is planning to run for governor in 2022, his campaign is off to a bad start. “If James Craig is gonna be the GOP nominee, he’s gonna have to run a Republican campaign in the current Republican environment.”Adrian Hemond is co-founder and CEO of Grassroots Midwest. ”I think if it ends up being James Craig, the governor gets re-elected.”wdet.org
Rep. Brenda Lawrence Disappointed with Sen. Tim Scott’s Comments On Racism
Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) recent claim that “America is not a racist country” has elicited strong reactions, including from fellow African American members of Congress. So, we can stop that crap of ‘there is no racism.’” — Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Michigan’s sole African American member of Congress, says she’s disappointed in Scott’s comments. Listen: Michigan Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence reacts to Sen. Scott’s comments. GuestRep. Brenda Lawrence is a Democrat representing Michigan’s 14th Congressional District. “Tim Scott is an African American who has achieved the level of being elected to the office of Senator.wdet.org
Rep. Brenda Lawrence Spearheads ‘Mass Vaccination Week’ with Congressional Black Caucus
The 14th Michigan Congressional District is holding Mass Vaccination Week, which started Saturday, May 1 and runs until Saturday, May 8. We have an opportunity to make a difference to keep our community strong.” —Representative Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)Lawrence is especially focused on encouraging Black Michiganders to get vaccinated, establishing several accessible vaccination sites throughout Detroit. Listen: Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence on Mass Vaccination Week and the importance of getting more shots in arms. GuestRep. Brenda Lawrence is a Democrat representing Michigan’s 14th District. She is leading the Congressional Black Caucus’ Mass Vaccination Week, encouraging Michiganders to get the COVID-19 vaccine.wdet.org
How Michigan’s women lawmakers are breaking barriers
DETROIT – A group of Michigan women hold powerful positions in Washington, D.C., representing all of us in the House of Representatives and Senate. Rep. Rashida Tlaib is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. When it comes to Michigan’s voices in the halls of power, many of those voices are women. “I believe in listening to people, hearing what they really have to say,” Dingell said. “She said, ‘Make sure you always know that you’re representing women everywhere.’”And women everywhere now look to Michigan for their advice.
Government leaders tour Ford Field COVID-19 vaccination site in Detroit
DETROIT – When it opens on Wednesday the Ford Field vaccination clinic will aim to administer 6,000 doses each day. We are on that door step with Ford Field becoming the platform where thousands of doses will be distributed each day. Garlin Gilchrist led area Democratic representatives and Sen. Gary Peters through Ford Field to get their first hand look at the nearly 70 vaccination pods ringing the playing field. “So he said Brenda, sick or dead, sick or dead? The Ford Field vaccine program is scheduled to run for the next eight weeks.
Ford Field in Detroit to become mass vaccination site for Metro Detroit
“I’m pleased to announce the addition of a new FEMA-supported site in Detroit,” said White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients. “This site, located at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, has the ability to administer 6,000 shots per day.”UPDATE March 15: You can now register to get vaccinated against COVID at Ford FieldREAD: FEMA to convert Ford Field into regional mass vaccination siteIt was initially reported in February that officials from FEMA were touring Ford Field and were planning to turn the home of the Detroit Lions into a massive vaccination site. “Protect lives and move Michigan and Detroit forward.”The way forward, she said, is the the vaccination site at Ford Field. I am thrilled that the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act will deliver resources -- that I secured -- directly to the federal vaccination program at Ford Field. Having this new mass vaccination site operated by FEMA will be a significant step forward for our city and our region toward that goal.
US House passes police reform bill named for George Floyd
It’s coming in the form of a bill that was just passed by the U.S. House -- and it’s named after George Floyd. After months of protests over the last summer, Americans across the country said that the killing of George Floyd -- a Black Minnesota man -- was a wake up call for the nation. Lawrence says that members of Congress couldn’t ignore what happened to George Floyd and the cultural aftermath. “The George Floyd (Justice in Policing Act) is not a ‘Black bill,’ it’s not just for African Americans,” Lawrence said. We wanted body worn cameras,” Craig said.
Michigan reps. split on support of For The People Act
The United States House passed the For the People Act, which could become the biggest expansion to federal voting rights since the 1960s. The For the People Act is a bill that aims to change who can participate in elections, campaign finance and ethics laws in addition to protecting and expanding voting rights. “HR-1 is extremely important because it’s about returning the power back to the American people,” U.S. House Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) said of the bill. READ: House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP oppositionREAD: Supreme Court could put new limits on voting rights lawsuitsAdThe U.S. House voted in favor to pass the bill with bipartisan support. However, Rep. Bill Huizenga, of Michigan’s 2nd congressional district, disagrees and voted against the bill.
BBC journalist’s film exploring Flint water contamination premieres Saturday
The new documentary directed by BBC journalist Leana Hosea premieres with a free showing Saturday, March 6, on Bloomberg Quicktake. The film is partly set in Flint and draws on experts from the University of Michigan. U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, is co-sponsoring the WATER Act to address access to clean, safe and affordable drinking water, proposing dedicating $35 billion for water infrastructure improvements across the U.S.Access to clean and safe drinking water should be a basic human right, Lawrence said in a statement. “We have a water crisis in the United States that affects every corner of our country,” she said. MORE FROM MLIVE:Flint mayor’s health advisor calls water settlement bone lead testing ‘a human rights violation’Flint water crisis criminal hearings delayed until June as grand jury records reviewedThose accused of Flint water crisis crimes ask for quick release of grand jury recordsBone testing for lead expands in Flint but appointments fill up almost immediatelyFour takeaways from the Flint Water Advisory Task Force preliminary reportmlive.com
Flashpoint 2/28/21: Democrat Brenda Lawrence and Republican Lisa McClain debate pandemic relief bill
DETROIT – Everyone agrees that Americans need relief from the pandemic, but what kind of relief is right or might be too much? We talked about it Sunday on Flashpoint with Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan’s 14th congressional district and Republican Rep. Lisa McClain of Michigan’s 10th congressional district. The House passed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package early Saturday, 219-212, that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses. Both Lawrence and McClain talked about that and more. Segment OneDemocratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan’s 14th congressional district and Republican Rep. Lisa McClain of Michigan’s 10th congressional district.
Local congressional staffer making an impact in Washington
I didn’t really know exactly what I wanted to do,” said Curtis Doster Jr., chief of staff for Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan’s 15th Congressional District. Lawrence added that is uncommon to have a Black man in that position. “Some of the members of the Black Caucus, they don’t have Black chiefs of staff and so it’s the statement that a Black man can do this job, a Black man is doing this job,” she said. READ MORE:‘Black Art Library’ exhibit at MOCAD celebrates work of artists through booksCity of Detroit showcases artists as kickoff to Black History MonthTell us: What does Black History Month mean to you? Unmasking the invisible men of the comic book worldAd‘We just want equity and equality and appreciation’: The history behind Black History Month
Michigan leaders condemn ‘double standard’ of treatment of mostly white rioters at US Capitol
Congresswoman Lawrence says, though it may be difficult for people to hear or even realize, the truth is that Capitol police would have responded differently Wednesday if the rioters Black instead of white. More: Race double standard clear in rioters’ Capitol insurrectionLawrence was among the many lawmakers inside the U.S. Capitol when the pro-Trump extremists stormed the building on Wednesday. Many are wondering why police had such a heavy presence amid largely peaceful BLM protests, but were hardly present amid such a violent riot Jan. 6. He also agrees there are major differences in the treatment of white and Black demonstrators by law enforcement. Congresswoman Lawrence says hearings will take place regarding what happened in Washington on Jan. 6 and the lack of security at the Capitol.
Michigan lawmakers call on Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office
Read: Experts: Capitol riot product of years of hateful rhetoricIn response, lawmakers are calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Learn more: What is the 25th Amendment and how does it work? The Vice President and Cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment, or Congress should impeach and remove the President. — Brenda Lawrence (@RepLawrence) January 7, 2021Rep. Haley Stevens, Michigan’s 11th DistrictI encourage those with the authority to invoke the 25th Amendment to exercise that power. pic.twitter.com/5VK8DLTLn4 — David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) January 7, 2021Speaker of the U.S. House Rep. Nancy Pelosi, from California, previously introduced legislation in October requesting Congress to intervene under the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
House Democrats prepared to defend Michigan election results in Congress
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s house Democrats said they plan to defend Michigan’s election results if there is an objection Wednesday in Congress. President-Elect Joe Biden, who won the Electoral College 306-232, is set to be inaugurated Jan. 20. WATCH: Congress holds Electoral College confirmation vote for BidenThe process is ceremonial and is typically a smooth and easy process. Some members of congress who may object were on the ballot in the same election,” said Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee. “As they continue to sow doubt in Michigan’s election results when it comes to the presidential election, they have no issue taking their own oath of office a few days ago.
Detroit immigrant family about to be deported can stay
DETROIT – A Detroit immigrant family with a disabled girl that was days away from being deported will be allowed to remain in the United States for one more year, federal officials said. The announcement by the Michigan office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday came after a Catholic group protested outside the Detroit office, a request to let the family stay by U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, and a meeting between ICE officials and an attorney representing the family. “This is very good news,” said Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center attorney Kevin Piecuch of the decision to let the family stay another year. “The family is as happy as can be.” The Detroit Free Press reported that an ICE spokeswoman did not return emails asking for comment. Piecuch had requested a stay of deportation based on the medical needs of Bartolon's 15-year-old daughter, who has begun treatment at Shriner's Hospital in Chicago.
Michigan Legislative Black Caucus members say they’ve been the target of threats
LANSING, Mich. – Black lawmakers in Lansing said they’ve been the target of threats. Members of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus are highlighting physical and death threats made toward members of the caucus. READ: Michigan AG launches investigation into threats against canvassers“It’s bigger than just here in Michigan, it’s around the country. “I want my colleagues, the Black Caucus, the Democratic Caucus, Republican Caucus -- I want all of them, to be able to do their work in a safe way, without fearing for their lives,” said Lawrence. READ: Complete Michigan political coverage
Brenda Lawrence re-elected in Michigan’s 14th Congressional District
U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, has earned a fourth term in congress after votes in her district showed her up 74.26% to 23.19% over Republican challenger Robert Patrick with 80.77% of precincts in, according to a race call from The Associated Press. Lawrence served as the mayor of Southfield before winning the 14th Congressional District seat in 2014. She holds leadership positions in both the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues and Congressional Black Caucus. The 14th District includes portions of Wayne and Oakland counties and leans strongly in favor of Democrats. No Republican has represented the district in the last 70 years.mlive.com
General Election results for Michigan U.S. House District 14 on Nov. 3, 2020
The 2020 General Election will be held on November 3. You can find results for Michigan U.S. House District 14 here. r10890 U.S. House District 14 - Michigan Candidate Votes % *Incumbent 0% of Precincts Reporting (0 / 0)Find more election results and news on the Decision 2020 page. 🌟 Become an Insider 🌟Introducing WDIV Insider: A new way for loyal Local 4 fans to gain access and customize your ClickOnDetroit news experience. Learn more about WDIV Insider - and sign up here!
Kamala Harris visiting Flint, Detroit on Tuesday
Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris will make campaign stops in Flint and Detroit on Tuesday, according to a Joe Biden campaign release. Other than naming the cities for the Sep. 22 visit, no other details were shared by the Biden campaign. This is Harris' first visit to Michigan since Biden picked her as his running mate in August. Harris met virtually with Black women in Michigan on Aug. 26 to discuss the importance of participating in the 2020 election. Doors open at 4 p.m.Vice President Mike Pence last held a Michigan rally in Traverse City on Aug. 28.mlive.com
LIVE STREAM: Michigan reps. call out Trump, sabotage of Nov. election amid USPS controversy
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. A number of Michigan representatives are holding a news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday to address issues with the United States Postal Service (USPS) related to mail-in voting amid national controversy. Representative Brenda Lawrence, of the states 14th congressional district, will lead a discussion to bring awareness to the Trump administrations efforts to attack the United States Postal Service, sabotage the upcoming election, and undermine our democracy, an announcement reads. That means they cant have universal mail-in voting; they just cant have it.Mail-in voting, or voting absentee, has become a popular voting method throughout the U.S. amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Earlier Sunday, Democratic lawmakers demanded that leaders of the Postal Service testify at an emergency oversight hearing Aug. 24 on mail delays. More: Q&A: Whats happening at the US Postal Service, and why?
Police: No One In Custody After Grandmother, Grandson Found Shot In Home On Detroits West Side
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Updated: U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence abruptly reverses position on impeaching Trump
click to enlarge Courtesy of House of RepresentativesU.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence is walking back statements she made about impeaching President Trump in an interview with Charlie LeDuff.In a written statement to, Lawrence said she still supports impeaching Trump but censure may be a more viable option because of Republicans opposition to impeachment.I was an early supporter for impeachment in 2017, Lawrence says. The House Intelligence Committee followed a very thorough process in holding hearings these past two weeks. Rep. Brenda Lawrence has changed her mind on impeaching President Trump.Appearing on Charlie LeDuffspodcast on Sunday, the Southfield Democrat said she now favors censure over impeachment. "I want to censure, Lawrence said.metrotimes.com
Democrat Clarifies Support For Impeachment After Saying I Dont See The Value In Removing Trump From Office
Michigan Democrat Rep. Brenda Lawrence said Tuesday she remains supportive of the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry following comments over the weekend in which she said she preferred censuring Trump to impeaching and removing him from office. On Tuesday, Lawrences office put out a statement affirming her support for impeachment. I was an early supporter for impeachment in 2017, she said in the statement. The House Intelligence Committee followed a very thorough process in holding hearings these past two weeks. The information they revealed confirmed that this President has abused the power of his office, therefore I continue to support impeachment.detroit.cbslocal.com
Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Dearborn and Detroit, calls Trumps comments racist, speaks to Arab American activists
Photo via Detroit News/screen captureDEARBORN Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited both Dearborn and Detroit this past week, addressing civic, Arab American and NAACP leaders on key issues during what has become a tense time for minorities everywhere. This has been a challenging time for our country, Pelosi (D-CA) said to gathered press at the NAACPs 110th annual convention Monday. She spoke following Tlaib, who received a rousing applause when calling once again for Trump to be impeached. Pelosi joins Dingell, Arab American leaders in DearbornOn Sunday, July 21, Pelosi spoke at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center at the invitation of U.S Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn). Shes the third most powerful woman in America, so I think it was very, very important for her to visit Dearborn.arabamericannews.com
Bill introduced to name Detroit post office after Queen of Soul
click to enlarge ShutterstockMichigan congresswoman Brenda Lawrence presented a bill on Friday to rename a Detroit post office after the late Aretha Franklin. The post office is located at 12711 E. Jefferson Ave., and it's official name would become the Aretha Franklin Post Office Building.It's my pleasure to honor this mega talent and my good friend Aretha Franklin in this manner, Lawrence said in a press release. After renaming Chene Park to the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater, I felt additional accolades were necessary on the federal level to extend her legacy. She began singing in the church choir at Detroits New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father the Reverend C.L. Once again thank you to the beautiful 'Queen of Soul,'" Lawrence said, according to the press release.metrotimes.com
Tlaib pushes to repeal Muslim ban, introduces anti-poverty legislation
click to enlarge ShutterstockRashida Tlaib. Far too many people are living in poverty and many more are an emergency away from finding themselves struggling to put food on the table, said Tlaib, according to a press release. Nearly half of Americans do not have enough cash to cover a $400 emergency expense. In my home state of Michigan, thats a cracked rim from the many potholes residents encounter. The BOOST Act is about fairness.metrotimes.com