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As I’m writing this, in five days the $2-an-hour pandemic-inspired pay bump the governor gave direct-care workers who help those with special needs expires. more
The murder of George Floyd last year once again ripped the bandage off a never-healed wound of racial inequality in this country. more
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
Black history stories of yesterday and today inspire people to become catalysts for change. We learn from the stories and become empowered. Some of us choose to dedicate our careers to help liberate marginalized communities, by fighting to address inequities, racism and sexism. 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
What a tangled web they weave. 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
When I was first asked to pen an opinion piece on racism in Greater Lansing, it was going to be optimistic. more
Three years into Mayor Andy Schor’s tenure and we’re still waiting for bold leadership, a compelling vision for Lansing’s future and real progress for the city and its residents. more
On this historic day, we mark a new beginning, a fresh start that signals to the nation and the world that America is back on the right side of history, at least insofar as our leadership is concerned. 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
The new year is off to a rough start for Lansing City Councilman Brian Jackson, who represents the city’s Fourth Ward. 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
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