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Michigan officials have dwindling faith in an accurate census count

Michigan officials have dwindling faith in an accurate census count

September 18, 2020 | Bisma Parvez

Amid a pandemic and several major changes, Michigan officials say the Census 2020 count can’t be right.

Opinion | Tear down the walls between Detroit and the suburbs

Opinion | Tear down the walls between Detroit and the suburbs

September 16, 2020 | Bianca Garcia, Graig Donnelly, Frank Joyce

Three generations of Grosse Pointe Park residents say they want their school system, city councils, mayors and police to unlearn old ways and remove boundaries, both physical and racial.

Seniors from metro Detroit are aging prematurely as young become caregivers

Seniors from metro Detroit are aging prematurely as young become caregivers

August 31, 2020 | Olivia Lewis

The third edition of a longstanding report shows Detroiters are more likely to die from chronic health conditions than other Michiganders. While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared racism as a public health issue in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, experts say it will take a collective effort from every sector to see change.

Detroit’s August election woes have many worried about November

Detroit’s August election woes have many worried about November

August 31, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Vote counts at hundreds of precincts were out of balance in the city’s primary election in August, prompting concerns that a recount could disenfranchise many Detroit voters in the fall presidential election. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is facing pressure to step in.

Amid racial reckoning, activists press Whitmer for environmental justice

Amid racial reckoning, activists press Whitmer for environmental justice

August 31, 2020 | Kelly House, Olivia Lewis

A deepening debate in the nation on systemic racial inequities has inspired Michigan activities to seize this societal moment to achieve reforms for communities of color that too often bare the burden of pollution in their communities.

Deal to avoid Detroit teachers ‘safety’ strike would offer COVID-19 testing, hazard pay

Deal to avoid Detroit teachers ‘safety’ strike would offer COVID-19 testing, hazard pay

August 28, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

The Detroit district and the union had been at odds over safe working conditions for teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal comes about a week after union members voted to allow leadership to launch a safety strike if certain demands weren’t met.

Miss Bridge Michigan's 'Arc of Justice' book club chat? Here's the video

Miss Bridge Michigan's 'Arc of Justice' book club chat? Here's the video

August 27, 2020 | Amber DeLind, Kathryn Dugal

Bridge was joined by author Kevin Boyle and by Daniel Baxter for an engaging discussion of 2004’s National Book Award winner for nonfiction.

Celebrating 100 days and looking to the future

Celebrating 100 days and looking to the future

August 26, 2020 | Stephen Henderson

BridgeDetroit is 100 days old. Can you help us power our nonprofit newsroom for the weeks and years to come?

Pandemic takes toll on Michigan children with autism and their families

Pandemic takes toll on Michigan children with autism and their families

August 26, 2020 | Anna Clark

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, affirming that all people have the right to participate in civil society. During the pandemic, however, families who have children with autism face the complexity of everything from mask-wearing, and virtual therapy, to getting the vital services they need and feeling overwhelmed.

Some Detroit schools are going all-remote if not enough teachers want to return to classrooms

Some Detroit schools are going all-remote if not enough teachers want to return to classrooms

August 24, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

School principals began asking teachers last week if they prefer to teach in person or remotely. Classes resume Sept. 8 for the district’s 51,000 students.

'Arc of Justice' author to join Bridge's next Michigan Book Club discussion

'Arc of Justice' author to join Bridge's next Michigan Book Club discussion

August 19, 2020 | Amber DeLind, Monica Williams

Kevin Boyle and Daniel Baxter, who owns the former Sweet home, will join the book club’s live discussion on Aug. 26.

Detroit teachers vote to allow union leadership to call 'safety' strike over COVID concerns

Detroit teachers vote to allow union leadership to call 'safety' strike over COVID concerns

August 19, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

The “yes” vote means union members could now walk if the district doesn’t abandon its plan to provide in-person learning to some students whose parents chose that option.

Detroiters who left for the burbs during pandemic are hardest for Census to count

Detroiters who left for the burbs during pandemic are hardest for Census to count

August 5, 2020 | Bisma Parvez

Downtown, Midtown and Corktown neighborhoods — filled with residents who have homes, parents or friends in the suburbs — have the lowest Census responses in Detroit.

Detroit museum renowned for investing in Black art. Staff says it’s all show.

Detroit museum renowned for investing in Black art. Staff says it’s all show.

August 3, 2020 | Louis Aguilar

The Detroit Institute of Arts has made major strides in showcasing African-American art and in its outreach to Black Detroiters. Is that progress enough to withstand charges of institutional racism and a ‘toxic’ workplace?

Detroit schools will reopen in the fall even if the Legislature takes action

Detroit schools will reopen in the fall even if the Legislature takes action

July 22, 2020 | Olivia Lewis

Detroit Public Schools Community District’s school board and superintendent doubled down on a reopening plan amid complaints from teachers, students and community members who said it’s too early to return to in-classroom instruction. Now it’s up to the Legislature to make administrative changes that would support public school districts in online learning.

Judge: Detroit summer school students must get coronavirus test by Friday

Judge: Detroit summer school students must get coronavirus test by Friday

July 21, 2020 | Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat Detroit

 In what could be a precursor to battles this fall over school attendance during the pandemic, a parent group won a court battle to require coronavirus testing of summer school students in Detroit.

In solidarity: Indigenous communities join Detroit’s Black Lives Matter movement

In solidarity: Indigenous communities join Detroit’s Black Lives Matter movement

July 16, 2020 | Louis Aguilar

In one powerful image, a Detroit photographer captures the moment of sweeping cultural change that is underway.

Detroit unemployment rate ‘alarmingly’ high amid coronavirus

Detroit unemployment rate ‘alarmingly’ high amid coronavirus

July 13, 2020 | Louis Aguilar

Federal monthly data and three economic surveys show that many Detroit workers aren’t returning to work at a rate higher than most of the state and nation. It’s too soon to gauge permanent job loss, a U-M survey contends.

Some Detroit students return to classes amid protests over coronavirus safety

Some Detroit students return to classes amid protests over coronavirus safety

July 13, 2020 | Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat Detroit, Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

Protestors blocked buses from picking up children in Detroit Monday, in a tense scene that captured the struggle between education and safety amidst a pandemic.

Bridge’s Michigan Book Club pick for August is ‘Arc of Justice’

Bridge’s Michigan Book Club pick for August is ‘Arc of Justice’

July 12, 2020 | Amber DeLind, Kathryn Dugal

Author Kevin Boyle will join Bridge readers for our discussion on Aug. 26.

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