Detroit

Articles

Inside Detroit’s election: Black women’s stories of the count and the mayhem

Inside Detroit’s election: Black women’s stories of the count and the mayhem

November 12, 2020 | Olivia Lewis

Hear firsthand accounts from the battlefield as told by five Detroit election workers who sought to protect the city’s vote and clapped back at pro-Trump activists who cried fraud and tried to derail the count.

With COVID rising, Detroit closes classrooms; other districts may follow

With COVID rising, Detroit closes classrooms; other districts may follow

November 12, 2020 | Ron French

Detroit had fought to keep its school buildings open, but the pandemic has caught up with the state’s largest district and its 51,000 students.

Post-election, Detroit braces for legal challenges to its results

Post-election, Detroit braces for legal challenges to its results

November 4, 2020 | Louis Aguilar, Olivia Lewis, Bryce Huffman, Bisma Parvez

As President Donald Trump questions the integrity of Michigan’s elections, the focus of the race swings to Detroit, which has had its share of vote challenges. Controversies already are arising with the city’s count.

What happened when conservatives tried to halt Detroit’s election count

What happened when conservatives tried to halt Detroit’s election count

November 4, 2020 | Bisma Parvez, Louis Aguilar

Republicans contend that not enough conservative challengers are monitoring Detroit’s vote count. That’s not true, officials say.

After years of state oversight, commission gives financial control back to Detroit district

After years of state oversight, commission gives financial control back to Detroit district

October 26, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

The Detroit Financial Review Commission voted Monday to release the Detroit Public Schools Community District from state financial oversight until the end of 2021, a crucial step in the district’s efforts to control its budget and finances.

Detroit’s younger, older activists divided on current protest movement

Detroit’s younger, older activists divided on current protest movement

October 24, 2020 | Bryce Huffman

Three Detroiters who marched and protested in the 1960s and '70s give their thoughts on Detroit Will Breathe and the Black Lives Matter activists fighting for social change.

Voter turnout may surge in Detroit, spelling trouble for Trump in Michigan

Voter turnout may surge in Detroit, spelling trouble for Trump in Michigan

October 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Experts say a decrease in votes among Detroit voters helped Donald Trump win Michigan in 2016. Four years later, some Detroiters who sat out 2016 say they’re eager to vote this time around.

Once a state hotspot, Detroit has one of the lowest rates of coronavirus in Michigan

Once a state hotspot, Detroit has one of the lowest rates of coronavirus in Michigan

October 6, 2020 | Olivia Lewis, Mike Wilkinson

Once a COVID hotspot, Detroit lost 1,300 people to the virus. The city and its residents fought back and say limited interactions, face masks and frequent hand-washing make the difference. Detroit now has one of the lowest rates in the state.

Two conservative operatives charged with trying to suppress votes in Detroit

Two conservative operatives charged with trying to suppress votes in Detroit

October 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel alleges two conservative operators used robocalls in Detroit and other cities with large African-American populations. The calls claimed that voting could ‘track people for mandatory vaccines.’

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.

Pages