Engaging with…Student Loan Refinancing
By Brad O’Neil Student loans – many of us have them, few of us like to think about them. They got us through our college years and made attaining a degree possible but they also occupy a place of perpetual worry as we struggle to buy homes and start families while making loan payments that […]Continue reading
Savior Complexities: Who Can Hold Billionaires Accountable?
First of a Three Part Series: Selling Bridges By Kim Hunter It’s hard to either escape or fully grasp the effect and influence of certain Metro Detroit billionaires on the city. What seems clear is that the likes of Matty Moroun, Dan Gilbert and Mike Ilitch have rushed in to fill public space with private […]Continue reading
Americans, Take Off That Sombrero
By Marissa Luna ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo, or as it’s called in Mexico, El Día de la Batalla de Puebla! Today, we commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 – a sort of David-beats-Goliath battle. Cinco de Mayo is often confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, […]Continue reading
Cuts Have Consequences
By Denzel McCampbell In February, the Lansing State Journal (LSJ) published a report showing the number of workers cut in each state department since September of 2010. The LSJ report found that leaders in Lansing laid off the most state workers from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which houses the Michigan Unemployment Agency. […]Continue reading
Why Don’t We Track How Many People Are Killed By Police?
It’s because we don’t want to know the answer By Matthew Kovac From North Charleston to Metro Detroit, every day seems to sear fresh images of police brutality into the national consciousness. State violence against people of color has become an issue that even the corporate media can no longer ignore. And yet this […]Continue reading
There is no you and I without our planet
By Marissa Luna Today is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day – happy Earth Day! On this day in 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and public spaces to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive rallies across the country. Earth Day 1970 enlisted support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and […]Continue reading
What About the Children?
By Denzel McCampbell Governor Rick Snyder made significant news a few weeks ago when he said that he would veto the Religious Freedom Restoration Act bill currently making its way through the Michigan Legislature. This was welcoming news from a Governor who rarely takes a stand on hot-button issues before they hit his desk. Yet, […]Continue reading
Engaging with…Your Taxes!
By Brad O’Neil Today is April 15th – Tax Day. A day we’ve been conditioned to dread, but shouldn’t because taxes are what make our communities strong: Public education – 9 in 10 children attend public schools, with 50 million students enrolled nationwide. About 25 percent of state investment goes toward K-12 education. Higher education […]Continue reading
Why is Equal Pay Day Still A Thing?
By Marissa Luna Today is Equal Pay Day, marking how far into 2015 white and Asian American women must work to earn what white men did in 2014. African American women must work until July and Latina women must work until October to earn what white non-Hispanic men earned last year. I don’t know about […]Continue reading
Engaging with…the Reality of Government Assistance
By Brad O’Neil The headlines won’t seem to stop. Drug testing recipients of government assistance, threatening the removal of cash assistance from families with children who miss too much school, establishing limitations on food items that can be purchased with food stamps…it goes on and on. The latest example – even eliciting a lengthy segment […]Continue reading