• Emergency Mismanagement

    A few days ago, the Coalition for the Future of Detroit’s School Children made waves in the years-long struggle for Detroit Public Schools (DPS) by recommending that DPS dump the Emergency Manager and return the elected Detroit School Board to power. The Coalition’s recommendations come pretty much on the heels of Governor Snyder appointing Darnell […]

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  • Complacency with Second-Class Citizenry

    By Denzel McCampbell In the last few weeks, there has been a national uproar in response to the “religious freedom” bill that was signed into law in Indiana. Answering to the controversy over the legislation that many said would be a license to discriminate against the LGBTQ community, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that he […]

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  • Engaging with…the Benefits of Earned Sick Leave

    By Brad O’Neil Last week, a package of bills was introduced in the state House to help survivors of domestic abuse protect themselves. The bills would create a confidentiality program for survivors, extend unemployment benefits to them, ban discrimination in renting, and allow for the use of paid sick days to make things like medical […]

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  • Engage Michigan Job Announcement: Development Coordinator

    Engage Michigan JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Development Coordinator Application Deadline:  April 17, 2015 or until the ideal candidate is identified. Engage Michigan is organizing for progressive change. We are hiring a Development Director to help make that happen. This position may be housed in either our Detroit or Lansing office. Position Overview: The Development Coordinator plays a […]

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  • It’s Time to Talk About Sexual Assault

    By Marissa Luna April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. It’s encouraging that more and more people are recognizing that we all need to take responsibility for preventing sexual assault and domestic violence, and ending victim blaming. As Sexual Assault Awareness month begins and we consider the ways in which we can work together to end […]

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  • Tragedy in Detroit: Pile On or Rise Above?

    It’s hard for me to link to such an ill-conceived and cynical work as was produced by Nolan Finley in the Detroit News. It purports to come to grips with the recent tragedy of intense child abuse where two children were found dead in a freezer. I say purports to come to grips with the […]

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  • Engaging with…the State Budget

    By Brad O’Neil Federal budgets, state budgets, city budgets – they’re always in the news and they’re always being fought over. They’re dense, boring, and often so partisan we tune them out and read the next article. Who cares anyway? Well, we should all care because Michigan’s budget is perhaps the truest reflection of the […]

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  • Detroit’s New Reality Requires New Thinking

    By Kim Hunter My coworker, Denzel, recently said something that really struck me as we stood outside of Wayne County Treasurer-Elect Raymond J. Wojtowicz’s office with a man handing out anti-foreclosure flyers. We were waiting for people to come out of a meeting with the Treasurer where they were delivering petition signatures from almost 10,000 […]

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  • Engaging with…The Freedom of Information Act

    By Brad O’Neil As we near the end of Sunshine Week, a week that celebrates the importance of open government nationwide, there is no better time to reflect on the state of government transparency in Michigan than now. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), signed in 1966, was drafted with the intent of establishing a […]

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  • Don’t Shut Them Down

    By Kim Hunter You may recall the massive protests and international news coverage garnered when the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) began cutting off the water of tens of thousands of Detroit families. Any household that owed $150 or more was subject to shut off even though documents attained through the Freedom of Information […]

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