ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Reacts to Snyder Flip-Flop on Refugees
Kary Moss, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, has issued a statement urging Gov. Rick Snyder to reconsider his recent decision to back away from a plan to relocate hundreds of Syrian refugees in Michigan.
Lansing Watchdog: New Bills Threaten Women's Reproductive Rights...Again
ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – November 16, 2015
ACLU, Flint Residents to Sue City, State over Lead in Drinking Water
DETROIT – Residents of Flint, together with the ACLU of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council, today announced their intention to sue state and city officials for ongoing violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act amid the city’s widespread lead-contamination crisis. A lawsuit would force officials to address repeated, systemic failures to follow federal rules designed to protect the public health from dangerous levels of lead exposure.
Revised EPA Memo Raises Troubling Questions Amid Flint Water Crisis
The ongoing Flint water crisis generated headlines last week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report warning that road work or hydrant flushing could shake loose toxic lead particles from rusted pipes and that residents needed to be notified about such work in order to protect themselves.
But what is not included in the EPA report is at least as significant as—and perhaps even more worrisome than—what the report does contain.
Lansing Watchdog: Bipartisanship Drives Criminal-Justice Reform
ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – November 2, 2015
Bipartisanship is flourishing lately. Not so much among our elected officials – unsurprising given that legislative transformation traditionally lags behind public opinion -- but rather among some significant advocacy groups in some very critical areas of public policy, most notably criminal justice reform and citizen privacy in the age of high-tech digital surveillance.
ACLU Lawyers Argue That Michigan Secretary of State ID Policy Is Illegal
DETROIT—Lawyers from the ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan argued Wednesday against a Michigan Secretary of State policy that prevents many transgender men and women from correcting the gender on their driver’s licenses and other forms of identification.
The arguments came after the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in May against the state on behalf of six plaintiffs seeking to overturn the policy as unconstitutional and an unnecessary impediment to the recognition and respect of their gender identities.
NEWS ADVISORY: ACLU of Michigan to Press Macomb Circuit Court to End Illegal Pay-or-Stay Sentencing in Eastpointe
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October 30, 2015
CONTACT: Darrell Dawsey, ACLU of Michigan, 313-578-6831; email@example.com
DETROIT—As part of the ACLU of Michigan’s ongoing effort to end unconstitutional debtors’ prisons in Michigan, attorneys for the organization are slated to appear in Macomb County Circuit Court on Monday morning to urge the court to stop an Eastpointe judge from continuing to jail poor defendants for their inability to pay fines.
ACLU of Michigan Calls on Birmingham Theater to Dump Discriminatory Ban on Youth
DETROIT—Citing concerns about both age discrimination and the stereotyping of teens, the ACLU of Michigan in a letter today urged the owner of the newly renovated Emagine Palladium theater in Birmingham to repeal a policy that prohibits minors unless they are accompanied by an adult or have a $350 “platinum membership” being offered by the theater.
THE TRANSGENDER ADVOCACY PROJECT
The Transgender Advocacy Project (TAP) brings together transgender individuals and allies from across Michigan to engage in deliberate outreach that furthers the public's understanding of what it means to be "transgender." By doing so, we hope to empower voices in Michigan's transgender community to advocate for equality and security.