Voting Rights

Flint Water Crisis Shows Modern Colonialism in Black Cities

Flint Water Crisis Shows Modern Colonialism in Black Cities

2016-02-08 00:00:00

Michigan state government’s arrogant, callous indifference to both the plight of the people of Flint and the weight of outraged public opinion is explained quite simply by the fact that some officials regard black Michigan as their own little Africa. With the mentality of colonizers, they created and wielded the mighty weapon of Michigan’s emergency manager law, and they set out to dominate and exploit predominantly black cities with breathtaking indifference to the rights and the welfare of those who live there.

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.

Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Secure Safe Drinking Water in Flint

Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Secure Safe Drinking Water in Flint

2016-01-27 00:00:00

FLINT – A coalition of local citizens and national groups filed suit today to ask a federal court to step in and secure access to safe drinking water for the people of Flint, Michigan.

Alleging violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by the ACLU of Michigan, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Concerned Pastors for Social Action and Flint resident Melissa Mays.  

ACLU Michigan Executive Director: Snyder Should Waive FOIA Exemption for 'Real Accountability' in Flint Water Crisis

ACLU Michigan Executive Director: Snyder Should Waive FOIA Exemption for 'Real Accountability' in Flint Water Crisis

2016-01-22 00:00:00

UPDATE: DPS Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has announced that he will step down on Feb. 29.

DETROIT—Reacting to news reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has issued an emergency order for Flint under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and that the EPA’s Region 5 director has resigned in the wake of the Flint water crisis, ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss issued the following statement this morning:

Democracy Watch: Gov. Snyder Tainted by Flint Water Crisis

Democracy Watch: Gov. Snyder Tainted by Flint Water Crisis

2016-01-11 00:00:00

The Flint water saga has taken some wild twists in the past few weeks.

Here’s a quick recap: On Dec. 29, 2015 – a day cynics would say was chosen to generate the least amount of coverage possible during the holiday lull – the Flint Water Advisory Task Force appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder issued a scathing critique of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ).  In part, task force members reported that:

An ACLU Lawyer’s Appeal for a Renewed Commitment to Social Justice

An ACLU Lawyer’s Appeal for a Renewed Commitment to Social Justice

2016-01-05 00:00:00

Throughout 2015, black students across the country were forced to face down racial hostility and violence on college campuses that seemed drawn straight from the Jim Crow era.  In addition, a leading presidential candidate spent much of the year promising to build a wall to keep out Mexican immigrants.

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: Prosecution of Detroit Water Shutoff Activist Called 'Disaster'

Democracy Watch: Prosecution of Detroit Water Shutoff Activist Called 'Disaster'

2015-12-19 00:00:00

In the summer of 2014, as the City of Detroit was shutting off water to thousands of homes a week, a small group of activists resorted to civil disobedience in an attempt to draw attention to the crisis.

They gathered before sunrise on East Grand Boulevard, outside a facility operated by Homrich, the demolition/environmental contractor paid more than $5 million to conduct the shutoffs.

The protestors’ goal was to prevent shutoff crews from being dispatched that day. About 20 people marched, chanted, sang songs, and blocked the gate to the company’s parking lot. 

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.

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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...
January 01, 2015
To place an initiative or referendum on the ballot in Michigan, advocacy groups must collect thousands of signatures using volunteers or paid professionals who...
January 01, 2015
Inexplicably, when the Michigan legislature repealed the residency requirement for collecting petition signatures for voter initiatives and referenda (see...
January 01, 2015
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...
January 01, 2015
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...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette has been named Michigan Journalist of the Year by the Michigan Press Association for...
FLINT – A coalition of local citizens and national groups filed suit today to ask a federal court to step in and secure access to safe drinking water for the...
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...
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...
March 05, 2014 Democracy Watch
Anyone at all familiar with Michigan’s emergency manager law knows that the people handed control of municipalities and school districts facing financial...
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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