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Joe Biden
Rick Pluta / MPRN

President Joe Biden traveled to Michigan Tuesday to pitch his Build Back Better and infrastructure plans to swing-state voters in a politically critical region. His destination was a union hall in Howell. Rick Pluta reports. 

Michael Cox
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox says it's part of the world we live in today to prepare for protests, adding "hopefully peaceful protests" in light of everything going on both locally and nationally.

Lisa Barry talks with the police chief, who says it's important to him to remember his purpose as a police professional by finding joy in the job "in making a difference and serving the community."


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton says he, like others, feels no joy in the guilty verdicts of Derek Chauvin but agrees there is some sense of relief and validation.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the sheriff about his reaction to the verdicts and shares his support of public protests and encourages them to be done in a safe manner.


Trische' Duckworth
Trische' Duckworth

As WEMU continues to mark Women's History Month, we continue to talk with some of the women working today to building a new and better future.  The Black Lives Matter movement was initiated by women.  Community activist Trische' Duckworth has been a vocal leader of the movement in Washtenaw County.  WEMU's David Fair discussed the journey to activism with Duckworth and the history she hopes to help write and the legacy she wishes to leave on this  week's "Washtenaw United." 


Debbie Dingell
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The COVID-19 pandemic remains, but this week brought to light another ongoing problem in America.  Incidents of alleged police brutality against African Americans  have resulted in protests throughout the country, most notably, here in Washtenaw County and Minneapolis, Minnesota. 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to offer her perspective on these incidents. 

Michigan Capitol
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There was another rally Thursday at the state Capitol to protest Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s continued use of emergency powers to slow the spread of COVID-19.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Gretchen Whitmer
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy / flickr.com

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she has health and safety concerns about future protests at the state Capitol.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, the next known demonstration is supposed to happen Thursday.


Michigan Capitol
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says protests at the state Capitol where demonstrators displayed Confederate flags and swastikas don’t represent most Michiganders.  She defended the state and her efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 on national television.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County Sheriff / Facebook

Tensions have been running high as the COVID-19 lockdown continues.  Domestic violence calls have increased, while armed protesters once again gathered in Lansing.  Washtenaw  County Sheriff Jerry Clayton addresseed those issues and more in his weekly conversation with WEMU's David Fair.  Additionally, the sheriff previewed another town hall forum he's hosting on Facebook this evening.


State Senator Jeff Irwin

The Michigan state Legislature garnered national attention Thursday with reports that protesters with rifles faced off against security and some lawmakers hoping their voices would be heard opposing an extension of the Governor's emergency order in response to the current health pandemic.

After a long day on the state Senate floor, WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Washtenaw County state Senator Jeff Irwin to get his take on what happened Thursday at the state Capitol.


Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County Sheriff / twitter.com

Shutdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the virus's spread.  However, social isolation and loss of income has led to heightened tensions, an increased number of protests, and a growing number of cases of domestic violence.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton joined WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about these topics and more. 


Michigan Capitol
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Republicans in the state Legislature are trying to limit the powers of statewide offices that – come January – will flip to Democrats.  It's a strategy that's angered Democratic voters, and protestors have been flooding the state Capitol with chants like “We voted for blue, not for you.”. 


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

“The Green Room” series on pipelines continues.  In the previous three segments we discovered the web of underground infrastructure is more complex and extensive than most realize.  And, while pipelines are safer than other forms of energy transport, threats to water are high on the list of concerns.  Where are the pipeline policy decisions being made?  In this segment, we look for “the deciders.”


Courtesy Photo / Zafos Xagoraris

This week, Art and Soul is about the vibrant visual arts scene in the Washtenaw County area.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and the director of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series at the University of Michigan, Chrisstina Hamilton.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Eastern Michigan University students will walk out of class Thursday at 10 a.m. to protest budget cuts on campus. 
 


Taylor Pinson

Eastern Michigan University’s professor’s union held a rally on campus Thursday to protest budget cuts and the school’s plan to privatize its parking services.


Wikimedia Commons

White supremacist Richard Spencer will not be speaking at the University of Michigan or any other college campus for the foreseeable future.


Corey Seeman

A growing number of University of Michigan students are voicing their concerns over the possibility of white supremacist Richard Spencer speaking at their school.


US Flag
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Ten state House Democrats yesterday linked arms during the Pledge of Allegiance in lieu of putting their hands over their hearts.  They say it was to show solidarity with NFL players and to protest a controversial Facebook post by the leader of the Michigan State Police. 


Union Powers Limited After State Board Vote

Sep 21, 2017
Lansing
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A state board voted yesterday to restrict state employee’s collective bargaining power.  Ahead of the meeting, hundreds of union workers gathered to protest.  


Michigan Capitol
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The state Legislature has returned to work and upon arrival discovered they would not be alone.


The City of Ann Arbor

Hundreds of people gathered in Ann Arbor Sunday to show solidarity with the victims and counterprotesters of Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor was among those in attendance and spoke about it to 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry.


Pipeline
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A Rover Pipeline protest will take place tonight.  Opponents of the planned location of the natural gas pipeline that would be built near a children’s camp are crying foul on how the plan fell into place and are demanding changes. 


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

New public meetings began Thursday about the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline


Part-Time EMU Lecturers Host May Day Rally On Campus

May 1, 2017
Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Rallies were held across the country today as part of May Day to show support for different groups and causes.  One took place at Eastern Michigan University as contract negotiations between part-time lecturers and the university continue. 
 

Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Part-Time lecturers at Eastern Michigan University held a sit-in outside the university's president's office to protest possible cuts reported by their union.


Protest
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As the tax filing deadline approaches, hundreds of protests will take place around the country. 


Student Center
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

After racial graffiti was discovered on the EMU campus last fall, some students staged a sit-in demonstration, after hours, at the student center. Some of those involved have since been going through student code of conduct hearings, including Damajae Muray, 


Lisa Barry

Susan Fecteau has lived in Ann Arbor since the mid 70's when she came to town to attend the University of Michigan.  She has lived there ever since and has raised a family of four children and has had several careers from carpenter to real estate broker.

It was just over a year ago she became increasingly upset with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's handling of the Flint water crisis and started leaving him chalk messages outside his Ann Arbor condominium.  I went with her for a recent visit as she left him another message.


Michigan Electors Cast Votes For Trump

Dec 20, 2016
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Protests and a national campaign to convince presidential electors to vote for anyone but President-elect Donald Trump did nothing to change the result in Michigan. 


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