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Lansing Watchdog: Snyder Signs Hurtful Adoption Bill; House Not Realistic about Roads

June 17, 2015
Adopting Hate It has been my experience that whenever the legislature is about to go on an extended break, we have to be ready for the unexpected—and, often, the unexpectedly bad when it comes to...

Those Who Feel the Effects of Indian Mascots and Logos Are the Ones Who Know the Pain

June 15, 2015
For many, there are certain chapters in U.S. history that are much too painful to contemplate. Foremost among them are the enslavement of literally millions of Africans, and campaigns of genocide and...

From ACLU Client To ACLU Intern: Rodell Jefferson’s Journey Toward Justice

June 15, 2015
I walked into the ACLU of Michigan offices eight years ago with a small afro—three-fourths of an inch to be exact—and only a vague, abstract understanding of words such as freedom and justice. The...

Girls Wear Pants, Too

I prefer pants. That’s exactly what I tried to explain to the principal of my high school, Oakridge High, when I went to him with my concerns about the dress code for our graduation last month. Yes...

Why Did the Government Send Immigration Agents to Arrest (And Kill) A U.S. Citizen?

Against a backdrop of a now-familiar litany of acts of violence by the police against African Americans nationwide, the ACLU of Michigan is compelled to raise questions about the killing of 20-year-...

My Day (and Night) at the Supreme Court

April 29, 2015
As I lay in my sleeping bag on the sidewalk outside the Supreme Court on Monday in line for Tuesday’s marriage equality argument, my mind was racing. Primarily, I marveled about how far we’ve come as...


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