LGBT activists ready to “blow up” civil rights bill if it ignores gender identity
Supporters of adding LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law say they have enough votes in the Legislature to pass a bill before the end of the year. But they say that’s only if Republican leaders take up a version of the bill that includes protections for gender identity.
Activists say a bill that leaves out protections for transgender people would cause more harm than good.
Ann Arbor officials have been notified of another tent community for homeless people in the city. Complaints by neighbors may lead to the eviction of the camp on Burton Road near Packard and U-S 23. The handful of tent community residents face a challenge if they need to find a new place to call home.
Judge allows legal challenge to emergency manager law to move ahead
A federal judge in Detroit has refused to toss out a legal challenge to Michigan's emergency manager law. Judge Joseph Caram Steeh will allow a trial on the claim the law violates equal protection rights in the US Constitution.
State lawmakers are down to their last nine days of work before the lame duck session ends December 18th. The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is calling for a plan to fix the roads, and an update to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.
89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on what officials with the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber want the state legislature to focus on for the rest of the year.
In response to the death of 40-year-old Aura Rosser, some Ann Arbor City Council members want a review of police policies including the possibility of having officers wear cameras. A local state lawmaker is working on a plan for all police in Michigan to have body cameras.
89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on legislation being proposed by State Representative Jeff Irwin to have all police officers in Michigan wear cameras while on duty.
Ypsilanti renters having trouble with landlords have a new ally. The Ypsilanti Tenants' Rights Association recently formed to advocate for renters having trouble with issues like harassment, neglect, or landlords who won't perform maintenance requests.
Alex Upham is a member of the Association, which was to introduce itself at Tuesday night's Ypsilanti City Council meeting.
He says they're asking council to do what it can to help.
An exchange program bringing together educators from Ann Arbor and Singapore is letting the districts learn from each other. An 11 day visit by teachers from the Southeast Asian island country wraps up Thursday.
89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a visit to Ann Arbor by teachers from Singapore that is the second half of an exchange program funded by Toyota.
If you live in Ypsilanti's second ward and think you might like to serve in city government, now's your chance. City Council is taking applications from people interested in filling the vacancy created by Susan Moeller's resignation.
The legal team for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse filed its appeal Monday with the US Supreme Court. They want the court to rule that Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage and others like it across the country are unconstitutional.
In March, David Isay, the founder of the oral history project StoryCorps, will give his first TED talk — typically, a big-idea lecture delivered in a large hall while pacing alone on stage with an unseen, wireless microphone.
On October 30th, The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance gave pianist, composer and arranger Bob James their highest award. He received The Distinguished Alumnus Award and was inducted in to the School Of Music, Theater and Dance Hall Of Fame. The celebration will be complete when Bob James makes his debut appearance as a jazz quintet leader in Hill Auditorium presented by The University Musical Society.
Recycle Ann Arbor hopes to raise awareness of what sorts of things can be re-used or recycled at a special "America Recycles Day" event. Saturday's celebration at the ReUse Center will focus on helping people understand what sorts of things can be reused.
Christine Chessler-Stull is Outreach and Zero Waste Coordinator for Recycle Ann Arbor.
She says lots of stuff that ends up in landfills doesn't have to go there. And Saturday is your chance to help give those items a new life.