Black Lives Matter

Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Civil rights groups in Michigan are calling on Governor Rick Snyder to issue a stronger denunciation of comments by a local elected official calling for death to Muslims.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

200 people participated in a Martin Luther King, Jr. march hosted by Ypsilanti Community High School students.  The event took place after students expressed racial and immigration concerns when Donald Trump was elected president last November. 


Ypsilanti District Library
Ypsilanti District Library / ypsilibrary.org

As students continue to protest at Eastern Michigan University, their movement could soon become a permanent part of our history.  The Ypsilanti District Library launched an African-American Oral History Archive last summer that has expanded since then.


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

2016 has brought its share of challenges, not the least of which has been racial and ethnic tensions from the police shooting deaths of unarmed black men around the country, to the campaign rhetoric of the President-elect, to the white supremacist messages spray-painted on campus buildings at Eastern Michigan University.  The Washtenaw County Sheriff is hoping, by taking it head-on, this area will be a model for how to address these issues.


Kinara
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

African-Americans around the country, including right here in Washtenaw County, started celebrating Kwanzaa today.  This special time has many traditions and can impact the Black Lives Matter movement.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Thousands of students gathered at the University of Michigan's Diag for a rally and march to protest white supremacy.
 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

After another racist graffiti message was found on a wall at Eastern Michigan University, a new approach will be used to address the issue. 
 


Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

More than 500 people attended Thursday night's town hall forum on policing and community relations at Eastern Michigan University.  It was moderated by WEMU.  Panelists included a representative from Black Lives Matter, the ACLU of Michigan, and the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's office. It also featured the organizers of the event, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton and 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. 


WEMU held a Town Hall panel discussion on policing in our community, Thursday evening at the EMU Student Center. Led by 12th District US Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, WEMU will moderate a community forum to discuss the important issues facing our residents and first responders. If you did not get the opportunity for you to add your voice to the conversation, ask questions, and raise concerns, and to focus on how we can all work together to stop the violence at studio@wemu.org 

Dedicated To Make A Change

The recent police-related shootings across the country have sparked conversations about race and policing in Washtenaw County.

The City of Ypsilanti recently held a public forum on the issue to determine what they need to do about it.

I spoke with Gail Wolkoff, the founder of Dedicated To Make A Change, a youth empowerment group in Ypsilanti.  She was at the forum and gives her take of the situation.

Hundreds of Ypsilanti residents filled the city’s high school auditorium Monday night for a community forum on policing and violence.

 

 

Ann Arbor Wiki / localwiki.org

The Ypsilanti Police-Community Relations Black Lives Matter Task Force is meeting in hopes of hearing from the community and dive more deeply into local policy change in light of recent police shootings around the country.

I spoke with Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds about the meeting.  She says growing interest in the task force has prompted them to move it to a bigger venue to accommodate more people and let concerned citizens have a voice.


Black Lives Matter
xddorox / flickr.com

The public is invited to a "Police-Community Relations/Black Lives Matter Task Force meeting" tonight in Ypsilanti, which had a recent change in venue. 


Jason Koxvold/ Wikipedia

 University of Michigan researchers say low income and minority communities are targeted as sites for hazardous waste facilities.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations at Eastern Michigan University, a seminar on Black Lives Matter protests was held. 


Ypsilanti Police To Discuss Community Relations Monday

Jan 11, 2016
Ypsilanti Police
City of Ypsilanti / cityofypsilanti.com

The Ypsilanti Police Department and the Black Lives Matter Joint Task Force meets tonight and officials want the public to attend.


Ypsilanti Police Ask For Feedback From Residents

Jan 7, 2016
Ypsilanti Police
City of Ypsilanti / cityofypsilanti.com

  Ypsilanti residents can now weigh in on how the city's police department can improve by taking an online survey.

WEMU

A dialogue on institutional racism was held Thursday at Eastern Michigan University. Around two hundred students filled the auditorium at McKenny Hall to take part in the discussion. All Things Considered host Lisa Barry spoke with WEMU reporter Amanda LeClaire about what happened at the event.

A.LeClaire

  A few hundred protesters marched through downtown Ann Arbor on the one year anniversary of the shooting of Aura Rosser.

Charges Against Ypsi Activist Anthony Morgan Dropped

Sep 10, 2015

Ypsilanti has dropped charges against a community activist.

Prosecutors had charged Ypsilanti resident Anthony Morgan with interfering with police and disturbing the peace after he was arrested during a vigil for the victims of the Charleston church shooting in June. Morgan, who is black, was the only person arrested by police out of the dozens who attended.