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ACLU of Michigan Reporter Curt Guyette Named Michigan Journalist of the Year

ACLU of Michigan Reporter Curt Guyette Named Michigan Journalist of the Year

2016-01-29 00:00:00

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette has been named Michigan Journalist of the Year by the Michigan Press Association for his groundbreaking coverage of toxic contamination of the Flint water supply, a public-health disaster that exposed the city of 100,000 people to lead poisoning for almost two years even as government officials insisted the water was safe.

Appeals Court Rules for ACLU of Michigan in FOIA Case Against Detroit Public Schools

Appeals Court Rules for ACLU of Michigan in FOIA Case Against Detroit Public Schools

2016-01-07 00:00:00

In a key victory for government transparency, a state appeals court this week ruled that Detroit Public Schools must disclose the number of student discipline cases that have been referred to the Detroit police or the district’s internal police department.

The decision in Rodd Monts vs. Detroit Public Schools reverses an earlier district court ruling that upheld the district's claim that it did not have the information, a request for which was filed the ACLU of Michigan under the state Freedom of Information Act. A copy of the ruling can be read below:

Ending Police Violence Against African-Americans Means Embracing Black Humanity

Ending Police Violence Against African-Americans Means Embracing Black Humanity

2016-01-07 00:00:00

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. detested violence. Nevertheless, during the month when we commemorate his birth, we must face the fact that black males between the ages of 15 and 34 were the victims of more than 15 percent of all deaths at the hands of police officers in 2015—even though they constitute only two percent of the total U.S. population.

It is a police-related death rate that is five times higher than that of young white males.

ACLU of Michigan Urges 'Transparency and Professionalism' in Investigation of Fatal Shooting by Police Officer

ACLU of Michigan Urges 'Transparency and Professionalism' in Investigation of Fatal Shooting by Police Officer

2016-01-04 00:00:00

DETROIT--As Detroit civil-rights activists prepare to protest the recent fatal shooting of an unarmed Detroit man by a Dearborn police officer, the ACLU of Michigan today called for "transparency and professionalism" in the Detroit Police Department's investigation into the slaying.

Researcher: State Tried to Cover Up Child Lead Poisoning in Flint Following Switch to River Water

Researcher: State Tried to Cover Up Child Lead Poisoning in Flint Following Switch to River Water

2015-12-21 00:00:00

The State of Michigan attempted to cover up the fact that its own data revealed a significant spike in lead found in Flint children after the state forced the city to draw water from the Flint River, a researcher who studied the Flint crisis has alleged.

In a posting Monday on the website FlintWaterStudy.org, Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards accused the state of neglecting the lead-poisoning issue even though Michigan officials knew as early as summer 2014 that there was a problem.

Democracy Watch: Politics Compel EMU Board To Keep EAA Alive

Democracy Watch: Politics Compel EMU Board To Keep EAA Alive

2015-12-10 00:00:00

In a move characterized by critics as both overtly political and terribly damaging, the Board of Regents for Eastern Michigan University on Tuesday decided to keep the controversial Education Achievement Authority breathing when the board ducked a vote that could have pulled the plug on this abject failure.

The test subjects of this misguided educational experiment have been the children attending the 15 low-performing Detroit schools that Gov. Rick Snyder placed in the EAA when he created it four years ago.

Democracy Watch: EAA Earns Failing Marks on Openness

Democracy Watch: EAA Earns Failing Marks on Openness

2015-12-02 00:00:00

Last December, regents for Eastern Michigan University put the Education Achievement Authority on notice, saying that a number of severe problems had to be addressed in the coming year for the controversial school district to remain in existence.

Conceived by the Snyder administration as an experimental approach to educating students in the state's lowest-performing schools, the EAA has been a profound failure since it first began operating 12 Detroit schools as well as overseeing three charters in the fall of 2012.

ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Responds to Attempts to Scapegoat Group for Questioning Ballot Strategy

ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Responds to Attempts to Scapegoat Group for Questioning Ballot Strategy

2015-12-01 00:00:00

ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss today issued the following statement in response to reports that the ACLU of Michigan is not supporting a ballot initiative to update the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

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June 01, 2015 Racial Justice
The ACLU of Michigan has been working closely with Native American students at Eastern Michigan University to compel the university to permanently dump the...
March 23, 2015
The United States is the only country in the world that sentences juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This inhumane practice is...
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reconsider its decision to not prosecute the Saginaw police...
March 07, 2013
During the 2012 election year the ACLU began to receive complaints that the Michigan Liquor Control Commission was enforcing an old administrative regulation...
Michigan lawmakers will return to the Capitol this week seeking to make the second and final year of this 98th legislature one in which both they and their...
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