Group pushes Shelby Township police to release, drop charges against protesters arrested Saturday
Several protesters were arrested in Shelby Township over the weekend. It all stemmed from protesters initially demonstrating in Shelby Township on Saturday, which is when the turmoil started. Hours later, a second protest was held in front of the Shelby Township Police Department to dispute those taken into custody earlier in the day. However, body camera footage released by Shelby Township police showed something different. “As long as Shelby Township is a problem, we’ll be here,” said Lewis.
Harper Woods leaders pass resolution to address racism, injustice
HARPER WOODS, Mich. – Following the police killing of Black Minneapolis man George Floyd in May, the city of Harper Woods has been working to address racial injustice in the community. Over the summer, separate controversies led to the resignation of the Harper Woods mayor, and the firing of the city’s deputy police chief. Harper Woods city leaders recently said that they have approved a resolution in hopes of taking positive steps in the right direction. Harper Woods has faced its share of racial and social issues -- particularly the recent death of a woman who died while in police custody in June. “It was right after Mr. Floyd’s death, which affected all of us tremendously," said Valerie Kindle, Harper Woods Mayor.
Focus: HOPE to host Eleanor’s Virtual March 4 HOPE – Presented by WDIV-Local 4
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New exhibit at Charles H. Wright Museum showcases the fight, history behind voting rights
The exhibit showcases a timeline of the right and the fight to vote, spanning centuries. RELATED: Housing discrimination in Detroit: An example of systemic racism“It is an inter generational activity,” said museum educator Yolanda Jack. The exhibit ends with the fight over the electoral college, gerrymandering and voter suppression still happening today. “I do think that there are people who are trying to make sure there are some people in the world who can’t vote,” Jack said. Voting Matters runs through the spring.
New Detroit organization declares war on racism
DETROIT Standing in the midday heat, 30 of Detroits most prominent business, political and philanthropical leaders declared they would be pushing for systemic racial change in their organizations, in education and in policing. We are now engaged in an intentional, deliberate and lasting war on racism, New Detroit chair and president of Gardner White Furniture Rachel Tronstein Stewart said. New Detroit announced a renewed focus on ending systemic racism. READ: Protesters put Detroit leaders on public tribunal amid George Floyd marchesFor every dollar a white family earns in income, a black family earns 57 cents. For every dollar a white family has in wealth a black family has 7 cents, President and CEO of New Detroit Michael Rafferty said.
How city of Detroit is celebrating Juneteenth this week
From right in the middle of Woodward Avenue, Dean explained how the city is celebrating Juneteenth all week long. READ: Detroit is holding weeklong Juneteenth celebrationJuneteenth is a celebration of when the last enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, found out that they were actually free," Dean said. Once they heard the news, it started a Juneteenth jubilee.A stretch of Woodward Avenue is where that jubilee will be held this week, leading up to Juneteenth on June 19. Then were going to end the week with a celebration here in Spirit Plaza -- a Juneteenth rally, Dean said. We had some folks that reached out really wanting to paint a message of strength and resilience on Woodward Avenue, Dean said.
Protests against racial injustice, police brutality held in Detroit for 8th straight night
Protests against racial injustice, police brutality held in Detroit for 8th straight nightPublished: June 5, 2020, 11:13 pmProtesters marched in Detroit on Friday, marking the eighth straight day of demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality.
Detroit CEOs speak out against racisim, vow to make changes, right social wrongs
DETROIT Business leaders from some of the nations largest companies gathered Wednesday morning at Detroit City Hall. ORIGINAL STORY: Detroit business leaders speak out against racism, institute plans to combat systemic problemsThe event was coordinated by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to speak out against racism and injustice. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of Detroit Chapter of the NAACPMike Duggan, Mayor of DetroitDetroits NAACP leader Rev. Every one of us has a stake in the harsh reality that is life for minorities in America," Torgow said. Henry Ford Health System CEO Wright Lassiter grew up with civil rights leaders in his home -- his parents marched in Selma in 1965.
LIVE STREAM: 9 Detroit CEOs, including Mary Barra, Bill Ford, Chris Ilitch, speak on racism, injustice
DETROIT Nine CEOs from Detroits biggest companies are coming together to speak out against racism and injustice during a press event on Wednesday morning. The event is planned for 9:30 a.m. -- you can watch it live in the video player above. Who is participating:
Detroit business leaders speak out against racism, institute plans to combat systemic problems
DETROIT The CEOs of nine Detroit businesses were joined with Mayor Mike Duggan and Rev. Wendell Anthony to speak out against racism Wednesday morning. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of Detroit Chapter of the NAACPMike Duggan, Mayor of DetroitThe group said they believe it is the responsibility of every American to speak out against the racism," and that they stand with the black community in calling for change across the nation.The business leaders said they are committing themselves and their companies to reject and eliminate all forms of bias, racism, sexism and violence. To back up their words, the group said their companies will be investing in programs and policies to help transform disparities that exist, locally and nationally. The group urged government officials to hold accountable all individuals involved with the deaths that have occurred.