Blog of Rights

Lansing Watchdog: New Leadership Brings No Change on Roads; EITC Faces Certain Doom

July 13, 2015
Still No Movement on Roads The House and Senate will be in session this week as they seek common ground on a road-funding package after they shirked their responsibility last session and put road...

Corrosive Impact: A Tale of Leaded Water and One Flint Family’s Toxic Nightmare

It took a while for LeeAnne Walters to realize the full impact of the number: 13,200. Walters—a stay-at home mom with four sons and a husband in the Navy—had seen other numbers reflecting the...


Voting Rights

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...