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AFRICANGLOBE - Several groups returned to federal court Wednesday and pushed for Michigan state and city officials’ compliance with a judge’s order to deliver bottled water to certain households in Flint. A federal judge ordered state and city defendants to deliver water to homes without a “properly installed and maintained” water filter in November, but the defendants have yet to comply with the order.
AFRICANGLOBE - Michigan officials are fighting a federal court order to deliver water to the residents of Flint to ease the damage of lead contamination. The state argues the bottle distribution would be unnecessary to ensure residents have safe drinking water.
AFRICANGLOBE - The proposed cuts will have a devastating impact on families receiving the miserly cash allotment from the state, making it impossible to pay bills such as rent, water and heat. Cutoff from this assistance will impose a particular hardship given the resumption of mass water shutoffs by the city of Detroit, where approximately 27,000 families receive welfare assistance.
AFRICANGLOBE - Garden City Public Schools Superintendent Michelle Cline recently told her staff she did not want the district to become the first predominately white one to end the fiscal year in a financial deficit. She was correct in her assessment that all the Michigan school districts that have been taken over are predominately African-American.
AFRICANGLOBE - Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan is a long-time community organizer who has led resistance in this predominantly African-American community to a government subservient to the Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool corporation. Benton Harbor is among the Michigan cities, including Detroit, where democratic self-governance has been replaced by “emergency financial management”.
AFRICANGLOBE - An all-White jury in St. Joseph, Michigan has found Rev. Edward Pinkney guilty of five felony counts of forgery stemming from a recall campaign against Mayor James Hightower of Benton Harbor earlier this year.
AFRICANGLOBE - Rev. Edward Pinkney, the 66-year-old community activist who has battled for decades on behalf of the mostly Black population of Benton Harbor, Michigan, was this week convicted on five counts of forging the dates of some signatures on a petition to recall the town’s mayor.
AFRICANGLOBE - The legal brief filed by the the group of ministers on Wednesday took issue with comparisons between the battle for LGBT rights and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, in particular comparisons that have been made by judges between the 1967 case of Loving v. Virginia that legalized interracial marriage and the question of gay marriage
AFRICANGLOBE - To state that gay rights is in any way similar to the civil rights movement is intellectually empty, dishonest and manufactured, "When has anyone from the LGBT demographic ever been publicly lynched, specifically excluded from moving into neighborhoods, prohibited from sitting on a jury and denied the right to sue others because of their sexual preferences?"
AFRICANGLOBE - A 6-2 decision by the United States Supreme Court on April 23 upheld a 2006 vote in the state of Michigan which placed a ban on affirmative action. The so-called “Michigan Civil Rights Initiative” was in actuality a reversal of the very legal and political principles which guided the movement for equality from the 1950s through the 1970s.
AFRICANGLOBE - The Black Student Union kicked off a social media campaign last fall at the University of Michigan that highlighted the concerns of Black American students about race relations at the predominantly White institution. The group took the consistently trending discussion to another level this week when it presented a list of demands to the school’s Board of Regents.
AFRICANGLOBE - In the latest skirmish in one of the most contentious issues of our time, a federal appeals court in Michigan ruled that...
African-American businesses are growing at a rate three times the national average. That’s according to Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ken Harris.“These...
Detroit’s population loss may leave Michigan without a Black representative in Congress for the first time since 1955, a shift that would punctuate the...
Professor Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, is where she argues that a once abolished Jim Crow Law still exists by way of its being redesigned and implemented by the Justice System.
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