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Johnson, Bridging Communities Announce New Initiative to Enhance Cleanup Efforts in Detroit

New grant enables the grassroots organization to provide stipends to those committed to improving their community DETROIT, Jan. 3, 2022 – State Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson (D-Detroit) and Phyllis Edwards, executive director of Bridging Communities, will detail a new initiative that will provide Detroiters with the tools they need for cleanup projects in the city […]

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Michigan Department of Civil Rights: MICRC Maps Violate the Voting Rights Act, Must be Redrawn

LANSING, MI—Dr. Jerome Reide, Legislative Liaison for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, has released Department analysis showing the five proposed electoral maps offered by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) violate the federal Voting Rights Act. Dr. Reide’s analysis was filed with MICRC on December 9, 2021, in advance of the end of […]

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45th Annual National Black Caucus of State Legislators Conference

We proudly represented Michigan at the 45th Annual National Black Caucus of State Legislators Conference last week. In attendance was Detroit Caucus Chair Rep. Tenisha Yancey, Rep. Kyra Bolden, Rep. Helena Scott and Rep. Tyrone Carter. And our Chair Sen. Marshall Bullock was recognized as National Black Caucus Regional (Midwest) Legislator of the Year!

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Michigan Civil Rights Commission Calls for Fair Maps, Opposes Minority Vote Dilution in Redistricting Process

LANSING, MI–At their meeting on Monday, Nov. 22, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) passed a resolution calling on the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) to ensure that the electoral maps they approve are fair and will not result in the dilution of the minority vote, citing specific provisions in the 15th Amendment to […]

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MDCR Director John E. Johnson to MICRC: proposed electoral maps “fail the test” of preserving the voice of Michigan minorities

Proposed maps violate the Voting Rights Act and strip the rights of minority voters to elect representatives who reflect their community Lansing, MI- On Wednesday evening, Oct. 20, Michigan Department of Civil Rights Executive Director John E. Johnson, Jr. will speak before the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and address violations of the Voting Rights Act of […]

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Senator Geiss, Michigan Legislative Black Caucus Condemn Bill Banning Critical Race Theory

LANSING, Mich. (Oct.  26, 2021) — Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), executive vice chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, today denounced the passage of legislation by the Senate Committee on Education and Career Readiness to restrict the way racism is taught in schools. Senate Bill 460, sponsored by Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton Township), is an attempt to […]

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2022 State Budget

The 2022 state budget invests in: ️ Sickle cell treatment Mental health resources Education Ending public health disparities This budget helps build a more inclusive Michigan that supports all residents, and these funds will help ensure every community can thrive.

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Michigan Legislative Black Caucus Applauds the Verdicts in the George Floyd Prosecution

 LANSING – The Michigan Legislative Black Caucus (MLBC) applauds yesterday’s jury verdicts that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. As a result, Mr. Chauvin, who pressed his knee into Mr. Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds […]

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Michigan Legislative Black Caucus Applauds the Governor’s 2022 Budget Recommendations

 LANSING – We at the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus (MLBC) applaud Governor Gretchen Whitmer for putting forth a thoughtful budget that addresses the needs of every community with an intentional view through a socially equitable lens by allocating $6.7 million in funds to the Sickle Cell Disease Initiative, which we have championed for decades.  We […]

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Michigan Legislative Black Caucus Applauds Governor Whitmer

LANSING – “Governor Gretchen Whitmer last night proved in her State of the State address why she is the type of leader we need to shepherd our state through one of the most difficult periods in Michigan’s history,” said Senator Marshall Bullock, chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus (MLBC). “Last year was challenging for […]