Detroit to dismiss some tickets issued during Floyd protests
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)Detroit will dismiss most misdemeanor citations issued last spring during several days of protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a city official said Tuesday. Most of the tickets written from May 31 through June 2 were for curfew violations as hundreds of people demonstrated in downtown Detroit. The city expects to dismiss 238 of the 245 tickets issued on those three days, Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia said. Dozens of demonstrators received appearance citations for violating the city’s 8 p.m. curfew, Garcia said in a statement. Prosecutors in Los Angeles also decided not to charge thousands of protesters arrested for violating curfew and other police orders.
Rev. Wendell Anthony reflects on this past year for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
“I’m inspired when I see the number of young Blacks and Whites who are part of the Black Lives Matter movement,” Rev. DeLashea Strawder, director of Detroit’s Mosaic Youth Theater, believes there has been progress. “There’s nothing wrong with that -- nothing wrong with good, strong, healthy debate.”“Of course, we’re not going to always agree, and that’s OK,” Strawder said. “My dream would be for everybody to be just equal,” said Makiah Quinn, a Mosaic Youth Theater member. “I don’t think that’s too much to ask.”Anthony had much more to say.
Detroit Tigers game postponed as players join social justice protest
There have also been several sports teams sitting out, in solidarity, to protest the shooting. The Detroit Tigers joined that movement on Thursday night. READ: Detroit Tigers game canceled Thursday after Twins vote not to play due to social injusticeBoth teams, the Tigers and the Minnesota Twins, had meetings on Thursday and each decided not to play. Gardenhire, who managed in Minneapolis for years, said he knows the importance of social justice in Detroit. The Detroit Tigers issued the following statement:The Detroit Tigers fully respect the decision of our players and coaches to not take the field for tonights game.
Detroit Tigers game canceled Thursday after Twins vote not to play due to social injustice
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers game agains the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night has been canceled after Twins players voted not to play due to social injustice. On Twitter, the team announced the game will be made up Friday as part of a traditional doubleheader. The first game will start at 1:10 p.m. and both games will be seven innings long, the Tigers announced. The Milwaukee Bucks were the first team to boycott a game, starting a domino effect that led to all NBA playoff games being postponed Wednesday and Thursday. The Tigers played their series finale against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night before Thursdays game was canceled.
NBA: Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday is using remaining salary to start a social justice fund
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday and his wife Lauren recently launched the Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Justice Impact Fund, which is funded by the rest of Holidays checks from the NBA. With Holiday expected to receive up to $5 million during the remainder of the NBA season, he has dedicated the funds to black-owned businesses, black and brown organizations and historically black colleges and universities. Up to $1.5 million in Los Angeles and Compton which is where Jrue and the Holiday family is from. $500,000 to colleges and universities which includes historically Black colleges and universities. The Holidays garnered inspiration from the recent Black Lives Matter protests and racial injustices that occurred to provide this resource for Black and Brown communities.
Flint musician Tunde Olaniran to virtually perform with NextGen Michigan
The Michigan branch of NextGen America is hosting a virtual performance Saturday with Flint-based musician Tunde Olaniran as part of their Pride Week of Action.The musician is expected to offer a new performance created specifically for the event. The Nigerian-born, Flint-based musician is known for their unique and eclectic sound, fusing fast dance, electronic and hip-hop styles with socially-conscious lyrics. Olanirans first album, Transgressor, debuted in 2015 and their latest album, Stranger, was released in 2018. The musician has been featured on NPRs All Songs Considered and in New Yorker and PitchFork magazines, among others. Protestors are marching to demand change and decry racism and police brutality in the U.S.RELATED: Lawmakers use protest momentum to push state racial reforms
Live stream: JusticeCon: A Path Towards Freedom social justice conference
JusticeCon, a virtual social justice conference on Juneteenth, aims to connect activists, faith leaders and politicians with more than 2,000 attendees to explore social change through community, conversation, and courageous action. Speakers include former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kamala Harris. Watch live here beginning at 9 a.m. Friday:
Detroit leaders announces launch of community health corps, hopeful city council adopts housing assistance proposal
DETROIT City leaders addressed a range of topics at a press briefing Monday from protests, the establishment of a community health corps to $31 million in federal funding for housing security. Duggan announced the establishment of what he referred to as a community health corps. I envision a community health corps, said Duggan. Both Duggan and director of Housing and Revitalization, Donald Rencher, are hopeful that the Detroit City Council adopts the proposal quickly. In regards to the coronavirus Duggan encouraged Detroit residents to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing despite recent progress.
A conversation with Black mothers on race as social justice movement gains momentum
DETROIT Black mothers recently spoke openly about race and have a message to share about what parents need to know. She believes white people need to have conversations with their children about what it means to have a black friend. The whole idea of White privilege has come to the surface as the movement toward racial equality and social justice gains momentum. We are black mothers are at much greater risk of dying during childbirth than white counterparts. So heres the message I like to relay is that I dont want to hear that white people are uncomfortable anymore.
Social justice music project debuted at U-M back in national spotlight amid protests
ANN ARBOR In 2015, the Mens Glee Club at the University of Michigan debuted a powerful multimovement work titled Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Atlanta-based composer Joel Thompson. Although the project is five years old, many are revisiting and discovering the work following the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. People have been sharing it again and reaching out -- it has been really overwhelming.Rogers is currently the director of choral activities at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Along with premiering Seven Last Words, Rogers produced an award-winning film Love, Life & Loss with Michigan Media and has spent several years creating educational resources with scholars from other disciplines that can be found at sevenlastwords.org. Trayvon Martin, 16Mom, Im going to college. Amadou Diallo, 23I dont have a gun.
Reaction to "Mothers of the Movement" and social justice at DNC
The "Mothers of the Movement" made a call for unity and emotional appeal on stage at the DNC Tuesday night. Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League, joined CBSN's panel to discuss their words and Clinton's stance on social justice.cbsnews.com