As America recoils in horror at video images of the killing of George Floyd earlier this month, a Black Minnesota man, it is important to remember that this is a very old story.
Across Michigan, people have been released from county jails in record numbers to help protect them from contracting the deadly coronavirus. Read from the viewpoint of the Chippewa County Chief Public Defender.
When we launched the ACLU People Power Tour late last year, the idea was to join forces with supporters and coalition partners to hold townhalls in communities across the state. We would talk about our work but, just as importantly, we’d also listen as residents spoke out about the civil rights
As the coronavirus sweeps through many of Michigan’s prisons, Muskegon Correctional Facility has reportedly been spared – so far. But the people who are housed there say they fear the worst when they're not given the basics to protect themselves.
If lives are to be saved, Michigan courts must immediately protect against the spread of COVID-19 by dramatically reducing jail incarceration levels.
As each of us wrestle with our own anxieties and fears about the health and well-being of family and friends in this unsettling time, we are reminded of how closely connected we are to one another through our immediate communities and across the globe.