Racial Justice

ACLU Commends Grand Rapids Police Decision to End Trespass Policy That Led to Disproportionate Arrest of African-Americans

ACLU Commends Grand Rapids Police Decision to End Trespass Policy That Led to Disproportionate Arrest of African-Americans

2017-06-29 00:00:00

The ACLU is hailing a recent decision by the Grand Rapids Police Department to end a policy that permitted police officers to arrest innocent people for trespassing at local businesses during operating hours—even when business owners didn’t ask them to leave.

Chained No More, Told Too Late: The Story of Juneteenth

Chained No More, Told Too Late: The Story of Juneteenth

2017-06-19 00:00:00

Regardless of your ethnicity, you have ancestors who were living somewhere in the world on the historic day of June 19, 1865.  For the black residents of Galveston, Texas, however, the day was like no other. On that day, a Union general arrived to Galveston, making the belated announcement that slavery had ended in the former Confederate states, including Texas—two and a half years prior. 

Billboards In Arabic, English, and Spanish Intended to Remind the Public That ‘We The People’ Means Everyone

Billboards In Arabic, English, and Spanish Intended to Remind the Public That ‘We The People’ Means Everyone

2017-06-05 00:00:00

In an effort to remind the public about its First Amendment rights and to reassure immigrants that constitutional protections extend to them as well, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan on Monday launched a public-education campaign that features the First Amendment printed in Arabic, Spanish and English.

The “We the People” campaign rolled out with the unveiling of an electronic billboard featuring the First Amendment in all three languages posted on Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. The ad will appear on the billboard throughout June.

Supporting Black Labor: Ending Criminal Record Exclusions in the Workforce

Supporting Black Labor: Ending Criminal Record Exclusions in the Workforce

2017-01-19 00:00:00

As we honor Martin Luther King, Jr and his legacy this week, it’s important to examine the intersection of two issues that he devoted energy and attention to: race relations and economic equality. Though his fight for economic equality of the United States’ black citizens occurred decades ago, countless examples let us know the disparities still persist. One such example is in Michigan.

Mass Mobilization and Tools of Change

Mass Mobilization and Tools of Change

2017-01-20 00:00:00

Because enslaved Africans were known to attack their masters, burn plantation crops, destroy farm equipment and organize insurrections, laws governing their conduct called “slave codes” placed severe limits on when they were allowed to congregate. The very idea of Africans meeting in groups of three or more for purposes other than religious worship terrified the slave-owning class.

Fight to End Harmful Tax Practices in Detroit Underscores the Need to Continue to Challenge Institutional Racism

Fight to End Harmful Tax Practices in Detroit Underscores the Need to Continue to Challenge Institutional Racism

2017-01-16 00:00:00

By Kimberly Buddin-Crawford

Hundreds of African-American homeowners in Detroit will lose their properties this fall, joining the thousands before them who are part of one of the largest tax foreclosure crises since the Great Depression. For many, the narrative is similar: residents are given tax bills that do not reflect the value of their homes and which they are unable to pay. Left with few options, the residents often wind up having their homes taken in foreclosure.

Time For A More Intersectional Trans Allyship

Time For A More Intersectional Trans Allyship

2016-12-09 00:00:00

The results of last month’s election sent shockwaves through many communities, not the least of which were transgender communities. For many trans and gender non-conforming people (TGNC) – already at heightened risk from increasingly dangerous policy proposals– the feeling turned from intense anxiety to one of palpable fear.

A look back: Takeaways from ACLU of Michigan Law Enforcement Hearing

A look back: Takeaways from ACLU of Michigan Law Enforcement Hearing

2016-12-09 00:00:00

A little more than a year ago, the ACLU of Michigan’s Racial Justice Project convened an important hearing on law enforcement best practices. At the time, the public’s alarm about police violence was at fever pitch, and to the extent the need for clarity about how to address this problem was not already apparent, the popular demand for answers drove the point home.

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The ACLU and immigrant-rights activists filed a Freedom of Information Act complaint against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the agency’s failure...
May 15, 2016 Racial Justice
As part of our school-to-prison pipeline work, the ACLU of Michigan filed a public records request with the Detroit Public Schools seeking, among other things...
June 01, 2015 Racial Justice
The ACLU of Michigan has been working closely with Native American students at Eastern Michigan University to compel the university to permanently dump the...
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The following is a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan Executive Director Kary L. Moss regarding the Facebook post of Michigan State...
The ACLU is hailing a recent decision by the Grand Rapids Police Department to end a policy that permitted police officers to arrest innocent people for...
In an effort to remind the public about its First Amendment rights and to reassure immigrants that constitutional protections extend to them as well, the...
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...
DETROIT—The ACLU of Michigan on Wednesday will urge a state appeals court to overturn the conviction of Benton Harbor civil-rights firebrand Rev. Edward...
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...
The ACLU of Michigan documentary “Here’s To Flint” is a searing examination of the origins of the Flint water crisis and the determined efforts of Flint...
DETROIT—More than 60 children's rights, public health, and immigrant advocacy organizations today sent a joint letter urging the Department of Homeland...
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. detested violence. Nevertheless, during the month when we commemorate his birth, we must face the fact that black males between the...
DETROIT – Citing potential constitutional violations, the ACLU of Michigan is urging Detroit Public Schools officials to rescind the mass school suspensions...
June 15, 2015 Racial Justice
For many, there are certain chapters in U.S. history that are much too painful to contemplate. Foremost among them are the enslavement of literally millions of...
June 01, 2015 Racial Justice
The ACLU of Michigan has been working closely with Native American students at Eastern Michigan University to compel the university to permanently dump the...
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...
May 15, 2012 Racial Justice
Today, advocates, clergy and family members of individuals sentenced to juvenile life without parole for crimes they committed as children joined Second...
March 07, 2012 Racial Justice
CINCINNATI, OH – Attorneys representing students, faculty, and prospective applicants to the University of Michigan asked a 15-judge federal appeals court...
August 01, 2011 Racial Justice
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center sent letters to all Michigan jails today clarifying the...
November 08, 2001 Racial Justice
The CEO and Executive Vice President of Northwest Airlines have sent a letter to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan to apologize for the treatment...
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