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Fixes to Flint Still Too Slow a Year After Tests Disproved State Claims About Water Safety

Fixes to Flint Still Too Slow a Year After Tests Disproved State Claims About Water Safety

2016-09-15 00:00:00

One year ago, on Sept. 15, 2015, a press conference was held on the lawn in front of Flint City Hall. Gathered before a small throng of reporters were members of Flint’s Coalition for Clean Water, scientists Marc Edwards and Siddhartha Roy of Virginia Tech and the ACLU of Michigan.

Edwards and Roy were there to announce the results of a citizen-led study that had found lead levels in Flint’s water that were nearly double what the city and the state estimated.

Democracy Watch: Flint Water Crisis Persists Despite Drop in Lead Levels

Democracy Watch: Flint Water Crisis Persists Despite Drop in Lead Levels

2016-08-18 00:00:00

The good news is that lead levels in Flint’s water continue to drop.

Unfortunately, the bad news keeps piling up.

Foremost, there is the fact that, 30 months after the disastrous switch to the Flint River and 10 months since the return to the regional water system, the water coursing through the aging pipes is still not safe to drink without first being run through a filter.

ACLU of Michigan Kicks Off 2016 “Let Me Vote” Campaign to Educate, Empower the Electorate

ACLU of Michigan Kicks Off 2016 “Let Me Vote” Campaign to Educate, Empower the Electorate

2016-08-08 00:00:00

DETROIT—Hoping to eliminate confusion at the ballot box in November, the ACLU of Michigan on Monday kicked off its "Let Me Vote 2016" campaign to provide voting-rights information to communities, organizations and individuals across the state. Campaign materials are available at www.aclumich.org/letmevote.

Democracy Watch: Appeals Court to Hear Lawsuits Over Detroit Water, State EM Law

Democracy Watch: Appeals Court to Hear Lawsuits Over Detroit Water, State EM Law

2016-07-29 00:00:00

Two important cases involving the ACLU of Michigan--one involving  water shutoffs in Detroit and the other a challenge to Michigan’s emergency manager law--will be heard by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati next week.

The water shutoff case, Maurikia Lyda, et. al. vs. the City of Detroit, is fairly straightforward.

Democracy Watch: Lawsuit Underscores Racial, Political Concerns Raised by State Plan for DPS

Democracy Watch: Lawsuit Underscores Racial, Political Concerns Raised by State Plan for DPS

2016-07-15 00:00:00

Although it has received scant media attention, a lawsuit filed in late June by members of Detroit’s school board, activists and parents could undo the controversial education system Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature have created for the city.

Democracy Watch: The Sad Disappearance of the Highland Park School District

Democracy Watch: The Sad Disappearance of the Highland Park School District

2016-07-06 00:00:00

EXCERPTED FROM THE METRO TIMES

Sitting on the front porch of the Highland Park duplex she owns, Michelle Belton looked out on what used to be Cortland Elementary school.

A single mom who works the late shift in the office of a trucking company, Belton once enjoyed the convenience and safety for her children that the school provided.

But no more.

Democracy Watch: The 'New' Detroit Public Schools is Separate, Unequal

Democracy Watch: The 'New' Detroit Public Schools is Separate, Unequal

2016-06-17 00:00:00

If, as expected, the Detroit Public Schools legislation recently passed by the Michigan House and Senate is signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder, the hijacking of democracy that has been underway since the district was taken over by the state in 2009 will continue with no foreseeable end in sight.

Some might claim that can't be true, pointing to the fact that the new law allows Detroiters to vote for a new school board.

Michigan Emergency Manager Law Remains An Affront to the 13th Amendment

Michigan Emergency Manager Law Remains An Affront to the 13th Amendment

2016-06-14 00:00:00

A while back, the ACLU of Michigan joined with other organizations and law firms to challenge the constitutionality of the discredited emergency manager law. The emergency manager law, also known as Public Act 436, is at the root of the poisoning of Flint’s water supply as well as a variety of other evils across the state. The ACLU of Michigan’s participation in this case is only natural given its commitment to the eradication of all forms of discrimination and the political disenfranchisement of communities.

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November 20, 2015
Rev. Edward Pinkney is a longtime community activist in Benton Harbor who has waged crusades against gentrification and what he regards as abuses of power by...
November 12, 2015
Public Act 436 gives unelected “emergency managers” sweeping, far-reaching powers to displace or in some cases even dissolve local governments and school...
March 17, 2015
Public Act 436 gives unelected “emergency managers” sweeping, far-reaching powers to displace or in some cases even dissolve local governments and school...
February 06, 2015 Right to Work, Open Meetings Act
Senior Judge and Detroit legend Damon Keith once wrote, “Democracy dies behind closed doors.” In an event that is believed to be unprecedented in Michigan...
September 17, 2014
Residents of Benton Harbor who claimed the city’s mayor was unresponsive to their needs circulated a petition to have him recalled from office. The county...
July 01, 2014
Inexplicably, when the Michigan legislature repealed the residency requirement for collecting petition signatures for voter initiatives and referenda, it left...
March 31, 2014
To place an initiative or referendum on the ballot in Michigan, advocacy groups must collect thousands of signatures using volunteers or paid professionals who...
May 29, 2013
In 2012 the Michigan legislature passed a bill that would have required voters to check a box affirming their United States citizenship before they can receive...
April 10, 2014
The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to...
The ACLU of Michigan has spent decades working to challenge regressive voting policies, protect the rights of college students and stand up to intimidating...
August 09, 2016
The ACLU of Michigan has kicked off its "Let Me Vote 2016" campaign, designed to educate and empower Michigan voters to avoid confusion at the ballot box on...
DETROIT—Hoping to eliminate confusion at the ballot box in November, the ACLU of Michigan on Monday kicked off its "Let Me Vote 2016" campaign to provide...
DETROIT –A federal judge today signaled that the first federal safe drinking water case on the Flint water crisis could proceed over protests from the City of...
EXCERPTED FROM THE METRO TIMES Sitting on the front porch of the Highland Park duplex she owns, Michelle Belton looked out on what used to be Cortland...
Kary Moss, Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan, issued the following statement today about the kick-off of the Mackinac Policy Conference this week: As...
WASHINGTON—There was much partisan heat generated, but very little light shed, when Gov. Rick Snyder and U.S. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy appeared recently...
What we have come to learn about the Flint water crisis over the past several months—including the fact that a city of 100,000 people was left exposed to...
DETROIT—As part of its ongoing look into the Flint water crisis, the ACLU of Michigan today released “Here’s To Flint,” a searing documentary that examines the...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette has been named Michigan Journalist of the Year by the Michigan Press Association for...
UPDATE: DPS Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has announced that he will step down on Feb. 29. DETROIT—Reacting to news reports that the Environmental...
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...
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...
Last December, regents for Eastern Michigan University put the Education Achievement Authority on notice, saying that a number of severe problems had to be...
The City of Flint took center stage Wednesday during a meeting of water experts considering proposed changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “...
DETROIT – Residents of Flint, together with the ACLU of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council, today announced their intention to sue state and...
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...
September 24, 2015
Below are some of the thousands of Educational Achievement Authority emails (edited for length and clarity) obtained through a Freedom of Information Act...
September 13, 2015 Election
DETROIT – In an effort to inform young voters about their rights, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the NAACP have created an “how to” flier...
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...
In a place that bills itself the Great Lakes State, you'd think people would understand and appreciate the universally critical importance of water. But the...
April 10, 2015 Civil Rights Activist
Fifty years ago, Viola Gregg Liuzzo, a 39-year-old mother of five from Detroit, was shot dead by Ku Klux Klansmen on an isolated road outside Selma, Ala.  It...
October 30, 2014
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and a coalition of labor unions filed a motion late yesterday asking a court to rule that state...
May 23, 2014 Election
Update: The State of Michigan has backed off of an unconstitutional policy preventing sitting U.S. Representative John Conyers from being on the August ballot...
May 13, 2014 Election
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit late yesterday arguing that Congressman John Conyers should not be tossed from...
December 06, 2012
Lansing, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan expressed outrage today over the unconstitutional lockout at the Michigan State Capitol....
October 05, 2012 Immigrant Rights
DETROIT – In a ruling from the bench, a federal judge issued an injunction today against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s controversial “citizenship checkbox...
September 17, 2012 Immigrant Rights
DETROIT – In a lawsuit filed today in federal court, a voting rights coalition is challenging Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s controversial “citizenship...
September 12, 2012 Racial Justice
DETROIT – In an effort to combat voter confusion, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan launched its Let Me Vote Campaign today designed to supply...
September 04, 2012 Immigrant Rights
DETROIT – In a letter today, the non-partisan Michigan Election Coalition urged the Secretary of State to immediately halt the use of the “citizenship checkbox...
October 08, 2010 Student Rights
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan should uphold the free speech rights of students by allowing students to canvass for partisan issues in all...
June 25, 2010 Voting Rights
DETROIT – The state of Michigan has agreed to stop two voter-purge programs that unlawfully disfranchised thousands of Michigan voters in violation of federal...
October 14, 2009
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced a settlement today in its lawsuit against Salem Township on behalf of two residents who were...
October 14, 2009
It never occurred to me to look up. London was an amazing city, but the weather was always a bit dreary. It was windy and it rained a lot, so I was usually...
January 29, 2009 Voting Rights
DETROIT – Today, Advancement Project, the American Civil Liberties Union and Pepper Hamilton LLP filed a motion on behalf of Lisa A. Blehm – a Michigan...
October 30, 2008 Voting Rights
CINCINNATI — The U.S. Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit late Wednesday rejected Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land’s request to stay a lower court...
October 13, 2008 Voting Rights
DETROIT — In a major victory for voting rights, a judge today ruled that Michigan’s voter removal program violates federal law and ordered the state to stop...
October 07, 2008
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan praised Bath Charter Township officials today for protecting their residents' constitutional right to...
September 30, 2008 Election
"Can I wear campaign gear into the polls?" "What if I don't have any photo ID?" "Are the rumors about foreclosure true?" Today marks five weeks before Election...
September 18, 2008 Voting Rights
DETROIT – Advancement Project, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Michigan and the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP filed a federal lawsuit late...
July 31, 2008 Voting Rights
DETROIT – In an effort to educate all Michigan residents about recent changes in election law, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sent a letter to...
March 26, 2008 Election
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded a federal judge’s ruling today barring the Michigan Secretary of State from providing the...
March 24, 2008 Free Speech
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of two Salem Township residents who were removed from a Board...
February 27, 2008 Election
DETROIT – A federal judge today granted the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan’s petition for a preliminary injunction prohibiting the Secretary of...
January 11, 2008 Election
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today a federal lawsuit challenging the new primary law that requires the Michigan Secretary...
November 06, 2007 LGBT Rights
LANSING — At a Michigan Supreme Court hearing today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked the court to reject the Michigan Court of Appeals...
February 24, 2006 Affirmative Action
DETROIT — Today the ACLU of Michigan filed a friend of the court brief in support of litigation asking the State Supreme Court to reverse a lower court opinion...
February 12, 2001 Student Rights
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York agree that residents of the City of Detroit were...
February 24, 2000 Voting Rights
LANSING — Today, representatives from six university student assemblies announced the filing of a lawsuit to challenge Public Act 118 which requires that a...
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