Blog of Rights

Lansing Watchdog: The GOP War on Women Continues

October 26, 2015
In the past, when we talked about “reproductive rights” being under attack, one could reasonably infer that abortion rights were being undermined. These days, that inference has to be broadened to...

Michigan's Transgender Community Should Take the Lead in Equality

There is a famous story about President Franklin D. Roosevelt where in a policy meeting he purportedly said: "Alright Gentlemen, I agree with you, now make me do it." No one knows for certain if FDR...

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State Police Using Cellphone Spy Gear to Catch Criminals

State police in Michigan have been secretly using hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of cell site simulator equipment to locate and track cell phones since at least 2006, according to records...

Death in a Debtors' Prison

David Stojcevski died, gasping for breath, naked on the cement floor of his cell at the Macomb County Jail, while his jailors watched the life ebb out of him.  24-hour camera surveillance captured Mr...

ACLU to Supreme Court: Fulfill the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Twenty-five years ago, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights law designed to guarantee Americans with disabilities broad rights and freedoms...

Lansing Watchdog: Parole Reform Carries the Day in the Michigan House

October 07, 2015
Something genuinely exciting happened this past week in the Michigan House of Representatives: The first real substantive piece of legislation to address mass incarceration passed the House on a 67-...

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