racial justice

Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, the call for more police accountability has intensified.  Federal legislation has been introduced to rectify this problem, and 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is one of its top supporters and discusses the bill's merits and its chances of passing.  Additionally, she explores COVID-19 pandemic trends in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair. 


Gretchen Whitmer
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

It's been nearly three months since Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued her first executive order to "stay home" to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan.  Even though the number of cases are declining, the pandemic has had a negative economic impact on many areas of the state budget and residents of the state.  WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with the governor, who talked about the many different issues she is trying to deal with as a result of the current global health crisis.


Riverside Arts Center
Riverside Arts Center / riversidearts.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local visual arts scene.  WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, executive director of CultureSource and Chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  They talk with Elisa Guyton, executive director of the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, who has been working hard to keep the center connected to the community during a pandemic which began just a few months after she took over the job.


University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance / smtd.umich.edu

In November of 2015, Eugene Rogers commissioned and debuted a powerful musical performance piece called "The Seven Last Words of Unarmed Men," which was performed by the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club.  Five years later, the musical performance conducted by Rogers, now the Director of Choral Activities and Conductor of the U of M chamber choir, is gaining even more attention following the recent death of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Rogers about the performance piece and shares some of the music.


Bev Willis

Bev Willis grew up in Washington, D.C., literally in the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement because of her parents and grandparents.  Deb Polich and David Fair talk with Bev about how those experiences led to her becoming a graphic designer, active in her community, and encouraging everyone to use their talents to document defining historical moments.  Hear the conversation on this edition of "creative:impact."  Listen here.


Reach Church / reachchurcha2y.org

A matter of race and faith.  Pastor Jason Robinson of Reach Church in Ypsilanti is ministering to an outraged and heartbroken congregation in the wake of yet another police killing of a black man.  Is this time different?  Will there be enough unity to make signifcant changes in systemic racism and bring an end to police brutality?  Perspective from a faith leader in this week's "Washtenaw United." 


Debbie Dingell
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy / flickr.com

Listen, learn, and act.  As protests continue in Washtenaw County, the State of Michigan, and the nation, that is the avenue U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell says she is taking.  In a conversation with WEMU's David Fair, the 12th District Dearborn Democrat explains the work underway, legislation to be proposed, and the ongoing effort to create unity in eliminating prejudice and brutality. 


Sarah Anthony
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

Protests continue across the nation following the death of George Floyd during an encounter with Minneapolis police officers.  Once again, police brutality and racism are at the fore of the national conversation.  Police brutality is only a part of equation.  Among other things, inequities exist in education, health, and the environment.  On the June edition of "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak talk with 68th District State Representative Sarah Anthony about what is necessary to make lasting change. 


The Arts Alliance / creativewashtenaw.org

Having waited weeks for an all-clear, even it is cautionary, the rules governing the reopening for arts and creative businesses are not exactly clear.  It might not even be their most important concern as national attention is directed toward equity and justice amid protests of the police brutality and the law enforcement killings of black people.  The music industry declared June 2 “Blackout Tuesday” to urge artists and venues to shut down all programming and content.  Hear Deb Polich and David Fair discuss these topics on this edition of "creative:impact."  Listen here.


Garlin Gilchrist
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

As chair of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force On Racial Disparities, Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist says they've already met once and plan to meet again this week to come up with quick solutions for the problem of more African Americans dying from COVID-19.

 

WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with the lieutenant governor about the problem that local health officials say has been detected in Washtenaw County as well.


Tony Reames
University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability / seas.umich.edu

A number of Americans have difficulty paying their energy bills, which can be very dangerous to a person's health during the winter months.  Dr. Tony Reames, an assistant professor at the U-M's School for Environment and Sustainability, is now researching ways to better understand the correlation between environmental health and income.  Dr. Reames discusses his work with WEMU's David Fair for this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Lawmakers Step In On School Mascot Issue

Nov 13, 2017
Michigan Capitol
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Democrats in Lansing want to make schools get rid of mascots that may be considered racially insensitive. 


Classroom
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Michigan needs to create more opportunities for kids of color.  That’s according to advocates after a new report was released Tuesday.  The report shows that African-American kids in Michigan fare worse in areas like education than in any other state.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

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


Michigan League For Public Policy Logo
Courtesy Photo / mlpp.org

Looking to have what they call an “honest discussion” about racial inequality in Michigan, the Michigan League for Public Policy held its annual forum Monday. 


Interfaith Council
Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice / facebook.com/icpja2/

Local faith leaders held a forum on creating better relationships between police and Washtenaw County residents.


Ann Arbor District Library
Courtesy Photo / aadl.org

The city of Ann Arbor will host its last Sustainable Forum of the season this evening, and they will discuss what our county may look like in the year 2040.  


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