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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.

On Easter weekend, Detroit churches mourn the COVID-19 dead from afar

On Easter weekend, Detroit churches mourn the COVID-19 dead from afar

April 11, 2020 | Martina Guzmán

In a city devastated by the coronavirus, there will be no eucharist and no fellowship this Easter. But churches say they are persevering  and adjusting how they tend to mourning congregations.

‘We need help’: Coronavirus ‘devastating’ black cities in outstate Michigan

‘We need help’: Coronavirus ‘devastating’ black cities in outstate Michigan

April 9, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson, Louis Aguilar

Racial disparities that struck southeast Michigan are repeating in Flint, Saginaw, Lansing and Ypsilanti, highlighting inequities in health care.  And even as Detroit cases ebb, the mourning is just beginning: ‘I just feel numb,’ one says.

Coronavirus forces Michigan soup kitchens to feed hungry from a distance

Coronavirus forces Michigan soup kitchens to feed hungry from a distance

March 31, 2020 | Martina Guzmán

The same government orders that closed restaurants also forced soup kitchens to take their missions outside. In Detroit, volunteers pack paper bag lunches and feed the needy from parking lots.

As coronavirus bears down, Detroit enters a grim new phase

As coronavirus bears down, Detroit enters a grim new phase

March 30, 2020 | Kelly House, Robin Erb, Riley Beggin, Louis Aguilar, Mike Wilkinson

In metro Detroit, the epicenter of Michigan’s outbreak, the pandemic is spreading rapidly as hospitals, government leaders and residents deal with medical shortages and some painful goodbyes.

In battle-tested Detroit, neighbors help each other as coronavirus spreads

In battle-tested Detroit, neighbors help each other as coronavirus spreads

March 29, 2020 | Sarah Alvarez, Anna Clark

Detroit and the rest of Wayne County comprise nearly half of Michigan’s coronavirus cases, forcing residents to summon resilience forged through decades of crisis.

In life, he hosted Detroit’s grand funerals. COVID-19 makes his own uncertain

In life, he hosted Detroit’s grand funerals. COVID-19 makes his own uncertain

March 28, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

O’Neil Swanson was the man to call for decades for stately funerals in Detroit. But his own death shows how grieving has changed in the age of the coronavirus.

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