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ACLU of Michigan

Kary Moss
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There are three statewide ballot proposals to be decided on November 6th.  Two of them have to do with voting.  Proposal 2 is being called “Voters Not Politicians” and aims to end gerrymandering.  If approved, it would create an independent commission to redraw legislative and congressional district lines after each census.  Proposal 3 is being called “Promote the Vote.”  It would create greater access to voter registration and aims to increase voter participation.  Both could have impacts on the overall health of Michigan’s environment.  

In this month’s “1st Friday” conversation, “Promote the Vote” leader and former Michigan ACLU executive director Kary Moss discusses the implications with WEMU’s David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director, Lisa Wozniak.


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Michigan is a step closer to letting eligible voters register online.  The state House passed legislation Wednesday. 


Michigan Supreme Court
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A state law that allows tax dollars to go to private and parochial schools is making its way through the courts.  The Michigan Court of Appeals heard arguments in the lawsuit against the state on Tuesday.


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The Michigan Supreme Court won’t decide if a controversial practice by the Grand Rapids Police Department is constitutional.  It did make a decision that advocates say could improve police relations in the future.


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A ballot measure aimed at improving access to voting was turned over to the Secretary of State Monday.  Monday was the last day for citizen-initiated proposals to amend the state constitution to turn in their signatures for review by the Bureau of Elections.


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The ACLU was in court Monday trying to get a federal judge to issue an order that immigration officers cannot threaten or coerce detained Iraqis into signing a document that could help deport them.


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A federal judge in Detroit will hear arguments today about alleged strong-arm tactics against Iraqi detainees. 


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The ACLU of Michigan wants a Detroit judge to order immigration authorities to stop coercive tactics against Iraqi immigrants in its custody.  The immigrants face deportation orders for crimes – usually committed years ago.


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area
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In this week's bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with Sue Smith, a member of the Ann Arbor area league and a board member of the League of Women Voters of Michigan.


Prisons
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Inmates sent to prison as children can sue the state over sexual abuse and other alleged misconduct, under a ruling from the Michigan Court of Appeals.


Michigan State Senate
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Bills to lift time limits to file sex assault lawsuits have cleared a state Senate committee.  It’s part of the state’s response to the Larry Nassar scandal and the issue of sexual misconduct on college campuses.


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A new campaign wants to put a voters’ bill of rights into the state constitution.  Backers plan to launch a petition drive to place the question on the November ballot.


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A federal judge in Detroit has ordered hearings for hundreds of Iraqi detainees.  They are being held by the Department of Homeland Security while they fight deportation.  The judge says holding them indefinitely is unconstitutional.


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Families of detained Iraqis facing deportation are waiting on word from a federal judge in Detroit.  They’re hoping the detainees will be released while they wait for their immigration cases to be re-opened.


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A federal judge in Detroit has ordered the government to provide immigration files to Iraqis being detained while they fight deportation.  The detainees have been held for months in facilities all across the country while they wait on records needed to go to immigration court. 


Same Sex Couple
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Michigan is facing a new lawsuit over same-sex couple adoptions.  The ACLU says the state can’t let adoption agencies that take public money turn away same-sex couples.


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Lawyers for Iraqi immigrants facing deportation say the detainees are being subjected to abuse and intimidation.  The case played out Thursday in a Detroit courtroom. 


Homeland Security
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The Trump administration will lift a ban on the military giving some surplus equipment to police departments, and some members of Michigan law enforcement are welcoming the change.


LGBT
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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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The Michigan Secretary of State is willing to turn over some voter information to a federal commission.


Police Car
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A controversial Grand Rapids police procedure can continue, for now.  A Michigan Court of Appeals chose to not decide if the so-called P and P procedure is constitutional. 


US Supreme Court
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A girl and her dog Wonder are one step closer to victory in their lawsuit against her former school. 


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. 


David Leyton
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The Genesee County prosecutor is asking judges to make sure two dozen felons sentenced as juveniles to life without parole don’t have a chance at freedom.  That’s despite two US Supreme Court decisions that struck down juvenile lifer laws like Michigan’s.

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 

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