A new Senate bill was introduced to the Michigan Legislature in mid-October with the goal to officially include gender identity and sexual orientation as protected classes under Michigan’s hate crime laws.
State Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Wayland, introduced a bill last week that would allow the sale of 20mg or less of flavored nicotine in the state, undercutting the ban Gov. Gretchen Whitmer placed on flavored e-cigarettes in early September.
Best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer spoke to a crowd of several hundred people at Rackham Auditorium for a book talk Thursday evening. The School for Environment and Sustainability collaborated with the Literati Bookstore to host the event.
At Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, Ann Arbor residents gathered to hear a presentation on business corporations' influence on democracy. The even was titled “We the People vs. Corporate Rule: It’s Up to Us” and was hosted by the Ann Arbor Friends Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Move to Amend and the Huron Valley Democratic Socialists of America. The venue featured Move to Amend’s Outreach Director Greg Coleridge, as well as three community activists.
University of Michigan Rackham student Andrea Belgrade hosted the opening event for the Strength of Refugees and their Community in the Hatcher Graduate Library Wednesday night. A group of about 50 students and Ann Arbor residents attended the event.
Belgrade does research with psychology professor Fiona Lee focused on Muslim-Americans, self-identified multicultural people, immigrants and refugees. The gallery at the event was an extension of her work.
On Monday night, a crowd of 20 people, mostly women, gathered in the Ypsilanti District Library to partake in a panel put on by Mothering Justice, a non-profit organization that advocates for women to become active in policy-making. The panel discussed how Black women are viewed in the legal system.
Washtenaw Dairy, a longtime staple in the Ann Arbor community, is celebrating its 85th anniversary on July 4 with a celebration featuring donuts, ice cream, live entertainment and street artist David Zinn. Washtenaw Dairy owner Mary Raab is excited for the upcoming celebration and believes these 85 years in business wouldn’t have been possible without the customers.
Friday night, nearly 100 health professionals, researchers, policymakers and community members gathered with the University of Michigan and Harvard University at the Ypsilanti Marriott Resort at Eagle Crest to discuss research done on the United States’s opioid epidemic. The seven-hour summit, titled “Opioids: Policy to Practice,” featured Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. as the keynote speaker.