Anyone in Michigan who doesn’t feel as though the standard “male” or “female” driver’s license designations is the best description for them can change it. People who identify as nonbinary have the option to be listed as “X” under the sex designation on state driver’s licenses. The move was announced last week and went into effect Wednesday. Speaking to those..
Detroit officials rolled out a plan this week to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the little arms of the city's 60,000 kids aged 5 to 11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the final signoff to Pfizer's kid-size COVID-19 shot on Tuesday, expanding the vaccination campaign to children as young as 5. The 5 to..
As the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission continues to draw new legislative and congressional district maps, tensions are still high over what to do with Detroit. Ahead of a redistricting meeting in Detroit, there was a call by the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus to draw lines that made majority-minority districts in the city. And two weeks later, according to State Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit), it’s the..
Big investment in workforce training and clean fuel technology is the way to spur growth in Michigan, according to a coalition of more than 25 organizations and businesses. Hundreds of millions of dollars left over from the American Rescue Plan has still not been allocated by the GOP-led Legislature. The groups are calling on lawmakers to put $600 million toward electric..
Municipal elections are taking place across Michigan today. Last year, a contentious presidential election led to many supporters of former President Donald Trump refusing to accept those results. As Michigan residents head to the polls Tuesday to vote in municipal elections across the state, turnout is expected to be down from last year’s contentious presidential election. But the hangover from 2020 continues. “Despite the enormous scrutiny..
Residents and activists want Stellantis to clean up the air around the automaker’s east-side Detroit Jeep factory. Last month, following complaints by residents, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy issued a violation to Stellantis for a strong paint smell coming from the plant. The most recent violation is for failing to remove volatile organic compounds and hazardous compounds from the plant’s..
The Michigan Senate passed on Tuesday a series of bills that would ban vaccine and mask mandates to stop the spread of COVID-19 in schools. The votes were along party lines with the Republican majority pushing them through. Republican senators say they want parents to have the final decision on whether their children are vaccinated or wear masks in school. ..
As required by the U.S. Constitution, all 50 states are working to draw lines for state and federal legislative districts. While the process is handled by an independent commission in Michigan, that is not the case in every state. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is now the chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. He says..
After the state’s redistricting commission introduced maps that only offered one majority-minority district in the City of Detroit, activists and politicians raised the alarm. More than 100 people spoke at the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission meeting Wednesday in Detroit -- many expressing the same anxieties. Detroit politicians and activists have criticized the commission’s proposed maps for Metro Detroit. The country’s..
The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a meeting in Detroit Wednesday to allow for the residents of the country’s largest Black-majority city to give feedback on proposed new state and congressional districts. Black politicians and activists are expressing concern about the process. “We cannot afford to lose our democracy. We cannot afford to the pain, the blood,..