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Civil rights leader, Congressman John Lewis is speaking in Ann Arbor tonight as part of the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series.  Ypsilanti High School art teacher Lynne Settles is taking a group of 20 students to Hill Auditorium, including junior Deahja Tigner, who was pre-selected to ask the Georgia congressman a question at the event.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke to the art teacher and one of the students who will be addressing the civil rights leader.


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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people.  That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting. 


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Governor Rick Snyder is asking Congress to act to protect people from deportation who were brought to the country illegally as children.  The governor was responding to President Trump’s announcement that the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will end in six months. 


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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.


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LGBT activists say the state’s civil rights law is too vague when it comes to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 


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Eastern Michigan University hosted a special celebration in honor of Latino civil rights leader Cesar Chavez


Eastern Michigan University will welcome the prominent civil rights attorney Barbara Arnwine to campus Monday.

 

 

 


 

 

Michigan may have to pay up to $2 million in legal fees related to the case that struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

The six attorneys who successfully challenged the ban want the state to reimburse them for their legal costs. They say they worked thousands of hours on the case – which was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  Crowds gathered as the US Supreme Court prepared to arguments on whether same-sex marriage bans like Michigan’s violate the Constitution.

A line of people camped out for several days hoping to get into the historic arguments before the Supreme Court.

For April DeBoer, it’s been a bit longer.

There has been plenty of reaction to Michigan governor Rick Snyder's 2015 'State of the State' address.   

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Governor Rick Snyder last night delivered his 5th State of the State Address on Tuesday evening. The Republican touched on a number of topics and even took a swipe at Washington. Still, he had to spend time discussing what was left undone last year that he wants accomplished in 2015. 


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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.


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ACLU of Michigan director denies major roadblocks for LGBT rights in Legislature

Groups that support adding LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law say they’re confident state lawmakers will act this year. That’s despite some recent setbacks.

State House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, says he wants to make sure the measure doesn’t infringe on religious liberties. And people working closely on the issue say some Republican lawmakers don’t want to include transgender people in the legislation.

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Vote on LGBT rights not likely before November election

Legislation that would add LGBT protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law will probably have to wait until after the November election.

Some supporters of the measure hoped lawmakers would take it up before voters go to the polls in November. But the bill has not even been introduced yet.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, says he wants to take up the issue. Be he does not expect to hold a vote until the Legislature’s “lame duck” session.

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  Ann Arbor's Jim Toy Community Center is applauding Michigan business leaders for pushing for changes to state law to protect against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Center President Sandi Smith says under current state law, a person can be fired because they're gay or transgendered. 

The Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition has been pushing state legislators to make changes in the law to prevent that kind of workplace bias. 

EMU Professor Reflects on 1963 Civil Rights March

Aug 26, 2013
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WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Dr. Ronald Woods, an Eastern Michigan University professor and the first head of the school's Department of African-American Studies.  They talked about the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, D.C. and more.

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As marchers descend on Washington, D.C. this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march, Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson is among them.

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

The Lynn Rivers Show

Jan 17, 2012

Award-winning author Amy Nathan is this week's guest on the Lynn Rivers Show as the nation celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.