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The economy works best for all when all can participate. As LEAP continues to lead local economic development efforts, the importance of a truly equitable approach is essential. more
Patricia Edwards, a new appointee to the Michigan Department of Education PreK-12 Literacy Commission, has written eight books about parents and schools. Her most recent book, “Partnering with Families for Student Success,” describes 24 scenarios where students are best served when teachers and parents work together. more
A new report from the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office reveals a disconcerting pattern of police bias against people of color, who are many times more likely to be accused of crimes than white people in every jurisdiction reviewed, including Lansing, East Lansing and outlying communities within Ingham County. more
Do you ever look around rooms and become acutely aware of what the makeup says about our systems? When there is a lack of representation, does systemic racism make it OK to maintain business as usual? If people that look like me are not at the table, who decides? more
How do you lead when a select group has decided that our common rules, laws and norms do not apply to them? This feels like the point of inflection in history that we must meet with great intentionality and an eye on the future. more
So much has happened in the first few weeks of this year: I started the year by taking my oath of office on the House floor for the second time, to again represent the people of Michigan’s 8th District, the greatest privilege of my life. more
Just like Barack Obama 12 years ago, Joe Biden takes office at a time when the United States economy is a mess. more
What we need now is a peaceful political evolution. more
We’re still seething, and we’re in no mood for whataboutism, gaslighting and deflection. more
President Donald Trump’s lame-duck pardons have drawn righteous wrath — corrupt politicians, war criminals, nefarious political operatives and personal friends whose convictions were erased or prison sentences eased because of their close ties with the outgoing president. more
How many times have we replayed those major points in life and wondered, what if I had …  more
These are all pieces, elements of my life in the year 2020, the year we collectively experienced what at times seemed to be a complete unraveling of the senses of health, world, country and security that those who were lucky enough to experience previously had. more
It was the worst of times, a perfectly miserable year by any measure. Between a murderous pandemic, a corrupt and conniving president, a sharply divided and angry populace, and a sickening wave of deadly police brutality, mainly against people of color, what more could possibly go wrong? more
Last July, Lansing code compliance officers conducted an inspection of the Porter Apartments, a 98-unit, low-income apartment building for senior citizens located on Townsend Street in downtown Lansing. more
One trillion four hundred billion dollars. That’s how much students owe the federal government for college student loans. It’s a curse. more
As if the death, despair and financial ruin wrought by COVID-19 isn’t enough to make 2020 the worst year in modern history, a sharp increase in homicides in the city of Lansing is adding to the community’s misery. more
The global campaign to vaccinate as many humans as possible against the ravages of the coronavirus is officially underway more
Summer is a long way off, but we can almost hear the joyous sounds of children frolicking in a newly refurbished Moores Park Pool. The distance between here and there is measured not in months, but in dollars, and lots of them. more
The next step for President-elect Joe Biden is to adopt the U.S. Postal Service slogan: Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night will stop me from richly rewarding African American voters, for they flipped Michigan for Biden/Harris. more
Jan.20 can’t come soon enough, but there is still plenty of time for thousands more Michiganders to die from COVID-19 before President-elect Biden takes the reins and implements a national pandemic containment strategy. more
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