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The painful truth: A wife with questions gets answers from a nurse who saw her husband die

The painful truth: A wife with questions gets answers from a nurse who saw her husband die

June 28, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

The pain of not knowing what happened to her husband after she dropped him off at a Detroit Hospital, torments Denise Chandler. A former nurse helps.

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. 

Reaching out to black people to discuss race? There’s a good and bad way.

Reaching out to black people to discuss race? There’s a good and bad way.

June 11, 2020 | Louis Aguilar

Black Americans are noticing a new trend: Their white peers are starting to reach out as allies against racism. Checking in on a friend will probably be appreciated, but asking black people for resources to learn about systemic racism demands an emotional toll from someone who likely still is processing trauma.

What police have learned, or not, about how to defuse mass protests

What police have learned, or not, about how to defuse mass protests

June 5, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Heated demonstrations against police violence, and police reaction to them, have created tense moments and fatal encounters between police and protesters. Here are some proven tactics for police to turn down the temperature.

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.

Grand Rapids, this is us: A dispatch from unrest in a segregated city

Grand Rapids, this is us: A dispatch from unrest in a segregated city

June 2, 2020 | Dustin Dwyer, Michigan Radio

A Michigan Radio reporter surveys the destruction of Grand Rapids during protests on Saturday. Despite what city leaders insist, he says outsiders didn’t cause all the damage. It came from within.

White cops in black communities underscore tension in Michigan protests

White cops in black communities underscore tension in Michigan protests

June 1, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Ted Roelofs, Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

Police departments in several Michigan cities have a lower share of African-American officers than the communities they serve, leading to some scars that have yet to heal. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Hit hard by coronavirus, Detroit gets creative to boost census counts

Hit hard by coronavirus, Detroit gets creative to boost census counts

April 29, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

Detroit had marshaled huge resources to boost census participation. Then came COVID-19. Now, as cases decline, the city is trying to play catchup because millions of dollars are at stake from an accurate count.

Faith and hope as antidotes to coronavirus tragedy in Detroit (BridgeDetroit podcast)

Faith and hope as antidotes to coronavirus tragedy in Detroit (BridgeDetroit podcast)

April 24, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Authentically Detroit is a BridgeDetroit partner podcast that tells the stories of Detroiters’ lives through exposition and interview. 

In Detroit, a funeral moves outside as coronavirus deaths mount

In Detroit, a funeral moves outside as coronavirus deaths mount

April 18, 2020 | Joel Kurth

An open-casket funeral outside is a small step toward closure and rethinking funerals at a time traditional spaces are forbidden, says the pastor of Plymouth United Church of Christ in Detroit.

Detroit food banks overrun by coronavirus demand

Detroit food banks overrun by coronavirus demand

April 15, 2020 | Louis Aguilar

Despite adding capacity, food banks throughout Michigan are running out of food, crushed by the hunger created by the pandemic’s economic strain.

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