U-M pushes forward with anti-racism faculty hiring initiative on Ann Arbor campus
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan is seeking to hire at least 20 new tenure-track faculty members on its Ann Arbor campus with scholarly expertise in structural racism and racial inequality as part of a new three-year hiring initiative. Funding for the faculty hires, research and scholarships affiliated with the initiative will be provided by the Provost’s Office. Additionally, the Provost’s Office will partner with the Office of Research and the National Center for Institutional Diversity to organize and support research and education under the initiative. The U-M Biosciences Initiative, in conjunction with the hiring initiative, will be filling four tenure-track positions this year. A selection committee of faculty members will review proposals by deans and groups of faculty submitted in January and will make hires.
What should government leaders focus on after the election?
This election year, the U.S. is facing a myriad of issues that aren’t solely political -- from the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout, to national unrest over racism, blazing wildfires, hurricanes, you name it. No matter who you’re supporting in the General Election this November, it’s clear that the incoming government will have a lot of work to do to help the country return to some normalcy. The question is: After the November election is over, what issues should U.S. government leaders address first? Share your thoughts with us using the form below:The presidential election is on November 3, 2020. Inauguration day is January 20, 2021.
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.
Metro Detroit faith leaders call on state senate to declare racism a public health crisis
LANSING, Mich. – A group of faith and civic leaders came together Wednesday to call on Lansing to do more to fight systemic racism. It comes as a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis has stalled in the State Senate despite broad support. “Racism is a public health crisis that has been exacerbated by the parallel pandemics of social unrest as it relates to police violence as well as the pandemic," Pressley said. “It’s disproportionally impacting Black and Brown communities.”But Pressley said this public health crisis is twofold,. So our desire is to increase the capacity of moral leadership again by calling it a Public Health Crisis," Pressley said.
Unions threaten work stoppages amid calls for racial justice
Ahead of Labor Day, major U.S. labor unions say they are considering work stoppages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)NEW YORK Ahead of Labor Day, unions representing millions across several working-class sectors are threatening to authorize work stoppages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement amid calls for concrete measures that address racial injustice. Are we in conversation with our members and the national labor movement about how we escalate our tactics to stop fascism and win justice? Martin Luther King Jr. and Rep. John Lewis and was organized by A. Philip Randolph, a Black icon of the labor movement. That connection has only intensified because of the importance of workers of color, particularly African Americans, in the labor movement, Sugrue said.
NHL postpones games in response to outcry for racial injustice awareness
The NHL’s Thursday and Friday playoff games have been postponed in response to the outcry for racial injustice awareness after a Black man was shot by police in Wisconsin. The league said this was the decision of the players not to play the games and that the NHL honors that decision. The NHLPA and the NHL are committed to working to foster more inclusive and welcoming environments within our arenas, offices and beyond.”Statement from the National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League. The NHL, meanwhile, went ahead with its Stanley Cup playoff games on Wednesday. NHL players did not boycott, and the league allowed the players to make that decision.
NHL players discuss options for racial injustice protests
NHL players are discussing options to protest racial injustice after the NBA and other professional sports leagues postponed games, according to a person with knowledge of those talks. Players in those leagues were protesting the shooting by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, of Jacob Blake, a Black man. He and Dumba, who gave an anti-racism speech on the opening night of the NHL restart and afterward knelt for the U.S. anthem, called on white players to take action about racial injustice. The NHL Players' Association is having those discussions ahead of two games scheduled for Thursday. Boston captain Zdeno Chara expressed support for NBA players but said it was too close to the 8 p.m. game time for players to have a serious discussion about not taking the ice.
Hear from civil rights activist Martin Luther King III
DETROIT Tuesday night marks 57 years since Martin Luther King Jr. marched the streets of Detroit and spoke about dreams of equality that we are still struggling to achieve. Martin Luther King III is Dr. Kings oldest son and he was only 5 years old when his father was in Detroit for the Walk to Freedom march. Decades later, he and his family continue to carry on their fathers dream. Hear from Martin Luther King III in the video above. Click here for more Spirit of Detroit: Fulfilling the Dream reports
Caravan protests use of facial recognition technology by Detroit police
DETROIT – Protesters are picketing the homes of Detroit City Council members, asking them to vote down the expansion of facial recognition technology in the city. Facial recognition has been has been a hot topic along with the backlash against Detroit’s Project Green Light cameras. READ: Detroit business owner disagrees with protesters’ demand to end Project Green LightThe group, Detroit Will Breathe, is one of the main protest groups who take to the streets of Detroit on a nightly basis. Their demands include to defund the Detroit Police Department, starting with eliminating the use of facial recognition technology. 'Defund the police’: What it means and why activists are calling for itThe technology is approved by the Board of Police Commissioners.
LIST: Racial injustice, anti-police brutality protests planned today in SE Michigan
DETROIT There are several racial injustice, racial equality and anti-police brutality protests planned for Friday, June 12 in southeastern Michigan. Heres what to know about:March and rally in Oxford Hosted by Change Group Oxford 11 a.m. march and 3 p.m. rallySt. Clair Shores Hosted by Black Lives Matter Starts at St. Clair Shores Police Department -- 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.Detroit Academy of the Arts and Sciences -- One Nation Youth March for Racial Equality Starts at the school and will end at Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.Dexter residents protest 2 p.m. in DextKeego Harbor Led by Black Lives Matter 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.Grosse Pointe/Detroit 5 p.m.Related:
Ingham County declares racism a public health crisis amid national unrest, pandemic
LANSING, Mich. – The Ingham County Health Department Tuesday declared racism a public health crisis amid statewide and national unrest over the killing of Black Minneapolis man George Floyd. The Ingham County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to declare the public health crisis and establish an advisory board to offer solutions that address racial injustice, officials said. “Racism is rampant across the country and Ingham County needs to be on the forefront in anti-racist action,” said Bryan Crenshaw, Chair of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners. MORE: Town hall addresses impact of COVID-19 on black community in Michigan“People of color are disproportionately affected by infant mortality, maternal mortality, diabetes, asthma, hypertension and even COVID-19,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. Health disparities are the effect of a lifetime spent enduring racism in all of its forms, which compounds as it spans generations.
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.
Watch live: Protests against racial injustice, police brutality held in Detroit for 8th straight night
DETROIT Protesters marched in Detroit on Friday, marking the eighth straight day of demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality. Watch a live feed of the protests aboveProtests are being held in the name of George Floyd, and others who have lost their lives. That officer, Derek Chauvin, is now facing a second-degree murder charge. The three other officers at the scene Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao were charged for the first time on Wednesday with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. READ: Prosecutors charge 3 more officers in George Floyds deathWatch Jason Colthorps live report below:Watch the report from Local 4 News at 6 below:
Here’s how you can support the fight against racial injustice without leaving your home
Color of Change is the largest online racial injustice organization. It’s a great place to donate to help fight racial injustices. If there is any organization that has been fighting for social justice and change for years and years, it’s the ACLU. Not only does it fight for racial justice, it fights for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and so much more. This is pretty simple: The petition is asking for justice for George Floyd’s death.
Detroit police chief addresses third night of protests over killing of George Floyd
DETROIT Detroit Police Chief James Craig provided a live update on the status of Downtowns third night of protesting the killing of black Minneapolis man George Floyd. Protesters took to the streets of Detroit on Sunday for a third consecutive day of protesting police brutality and racial injustice. MORE: Demonstrators defy Detroit curfew amid third day of Downtown protestsDetroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced the curfew Sunday to help curb violence and arrests seen during Fridays and Saturdays protests Downtown. Craig also addressed allegations regarding excessive police force used during protests in Downtown Detroit on Saturday night, saying an investigation has been opened into at least one incident. WATCH: Demonstrators crowd Detroit for third day of protests
Detroit leaders react to weekend protests, issue citywide curfew
DETROIT – Detroit leaders Mayor Mike Duggan, Police Chief James Craig and several local pastors addressed yet another round of protests Downtown. On Sunday hundreds of demonstrators crowded Downtown Detroit to protest against the recent killing of black Minneapolis man George Floyd. Police Chief Craig says that only 21 people of the 84 arrested Saturday were from Detroit. Both Mayor Duggan and Chief Craig said they respect people’s right to peacefully protest, but won’t tolerate violence here in the city. Justice for the family of George Floyd.”MORE: Leaders call out protesters from suburbs who participated in violent Detroit George Floyd protest