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Detroit’s Cass Tech was named for a slave owner. Should this name change too?

Detroit’s Cass Tech was named for a slave owner. Should this name change too?

June 24, 2020 | Bryce Huffman

There is a national movement underway to change the names of and topple markers and statues with a slave-holding past. A Michigan county, village and a beloved Detroit institution bear the name of Lewis Cass, bringing the issue to the forefront here. 

‘Dehumanized’ by police at 16, Garlin Gilchrist seeks Michigan reforms

‘Dehumanized’ by police at 16, Garlin Gilchrist seeks Michigan reforms

June 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gilchrist, the state’s first African-American lieutenant governor, is helping lead the charge for police reforms amid mass protests after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Coronavirus pandemic slams Detroit economy, protesters want change

Coronavirus pandemic slams Detroit economy, protesters want change

June 5, 2020 | Louis Aguilar

Detroiters are experiencing the highest unemployment rates of the century. Millenials and Gen Z, hit hardest by massive unemployment, have looped economic relief into their demands against police brutality as protests in support of George Floyd continue.

How to be an ally in Michigan protests against injustice, police brutality

How to be an ally in Michigan protests against injustice, police brutality

June 4, 2020 | Olivia Lewis

Organizers of Detroit protests and longtime activists give newcomers and well-meaning allies advice. Listen, participate in protests, and advocate for policy change, say local leaders.

Protests continue in Detroit more than a week after George Floyd’s death

Protests continue in Detroit more than a week after George Floyd’s death

June 3, 2020 | Louis Aguilar

The killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white policeman in Minneapolis is the catalyst for nationwide protests in at least 150 cities, suburbs and small towns. Police brutality is only part of what draws Detroit protesters. Gen Z and Millennial organizers are advocating for something new.

Pain, strength and agitation underlie Detroit protests against police brutality

Pain, strength and agitation underlie Detroit protests against police brutality

May 30, 2020 | Louis Aguilar

What happened in Detroit and the streets of at least 35 other cities reflects the raw state of urban America. Months of dealing with a killer virus. Surging economic despair. Then another viral video emerged of a Black man killed while being arrested by a white policeman in Minneapolis.

Detroit population continues to decline, according to Census estimate

Detroit population continues to decline, according to Census estimate

May 21, 2020 | Louis Aguilar

The upcoming count will offer a better understanding of Detroit’s demographic changes but the state's largest city is grappling with a low response rate for Census 2020.

Announcing BridgeDetroit: A new civic information service for Michigan’s largest city

Announcing BridgeDetroit: A new civic information service for Michigan’s largest city

May 19, 2020 | John Bebow, Stephen Henderson

At a time when credible news has never been more important, a new team of journalists aims to respond to Detroiters’ most crucial information needs.

Conservative appeals court to rehear Detroit 'right to read' lawsuit

Conservative appeals court to rehear Detroit 'right to read' lawsuit

May 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The full U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to rehear a Detroit literacy case and reconsider a groundbreaking panel ruling that students have a fundamental right to a basic education.

Michigan settles Detroit schools lawsuit, acknowledges a right to literacy

Michigan settles Detroit schools lawsuit, acknowledges a right to literacy

May 14, 2020 | Ron French

Detroit students had sued the state, saying it had failed to provide a basic level of education that they argued was a basic right. After a federal appeals court agreed with the students, Whitmer and the plaintiffs have reached an agreement.

Authentically Detroit podcast celebrates one-year milestone (BridgeDetroit podcast)

Authentically Detroit podcast celebrates one-year milestone (BridgeDetroit podcast)

May 14, 2020 | Orlando Bailey, Donna Givens

Authentically Detroit celebrates a year of being on the airwaves by asking Kat Stafford and Candice Fortman what it means to be an authentic Detroiter. 

Opinion | Youth organizations serve vital, often overlooked, role during crisis

Opinion | Youth organizations serve vital, often overlooked, role during crisis

May 13, 2020 | Jeannine Gant

There are plenty of youth-serving organizations around our state that assist youth inside the curve. Find one that is doing good work on behalf of disconnected children and give them a little stimulus to continue their missions well after the curve is flattened.

See what Bridge readers selected for our first Michigan book club pick

See what Bridge readers selected for our first Michigan book club pick

May 11, 2020 | Monica Williams, Amber DeLind

We want you to participate in our virtual book club. Here’s how you can take part.

Opinion | Liberate Michigan? Here's where we can start.

Opinion | Liberate Michigan? Here's where we can start.

May 10, 2020 | Justin Schott

"I, too, support many forms of liberation, albeit of a different stripe than most protesters in Lansing have in mind."

Detroit's $9 million field hospital shuts after treating 39 COVID patients

Detroit's $9 million field hospital shuts after treating 39 COVID patients

May 8, 2020 | Will Callan, Michigan Radio

The 1,000-bed temporary hospital at TCF Center in Detroit releases its final patient. A spokesperson for the  federal government stresses the closure isn’t necessarily permanent and will be ready in case there is a second wave of the coronavirus.

Opinion | A healthy economy needs a healthy workforce. Here's our plan.

Opinion | A healthy economy needs a healthy workforce. Here's our plan.

May 8, 2020 | Stephanie Chang, Jeremy Moss, Sylvia Santana

"We have heard from thousands of workers across the state, many of whom are afraid to go to work and who do not feel their workplaces are ready for safe operation. We have heard from workers not being given masks. We know that no-touch thermometers for screening are scarce," these state senators write.

Diego, Frida, and my grandfather in Depression-era Detroit

Diego, Frida, and my grandfather in Depression-era Detroit

May 6, 2020 | Louis Aguilar

The author's grandfather, Antonio Martinez,  met the artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Depression-era Detroit.

Efforts across community begin to turn the coronavirus tide for Detroiters

Efforts across community begin to turn the coronavirus tide for Detroiters

May 5, 2020 | Louis Aguilar

The pandemic hit Detroit harder than most cities, but coordinated efforts have made a difference, and begun to pay off.

Shakur, Senghor, and Burton-Harris wants to change the narrative around prisons to acknowledge the humanity of inmates (BridgeDetroit podcast)

Shakur, Senghor, and Burton-Harris wants to change the narrative around prisons to acknowledge the humanity of inmates (BridgeDetroit podcast)

May 5, 2020 | Orlando Bailey, Donna Givens

In this episode, hosts Orlando Bailey and Donna Givens explore the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan prisons.

Detroit children’s hospital ousts 25 pediatricians in war with Wayne State

Detroit children’s hospital ousts 25 pediatricians in war with Wayne State

May 5, 2020 | Robin Erb

Wayne State University School of Medicine’s new dean calls the action an “egregious” violation of the Detroit Medical Center’s mission. It’s the latest turn in a years’ long legal drama.

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