Michigan state Senate Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, is being criticized and called to resign after a recent video surfaced of him calling the Jan. 6 insurrection and violence at the U.S. Capitol, which left 5 people dead, a “hoax.”
Thirteen is an age of change, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a tumultuous election year, it can also be a time of frustration due to being too young to vote — at least according to eighth-grade students at Forsythe Middle School in Ann Arbor and their teachers.
Zahra Seyam, who teaches eighth-grade U.S. history at Forsythe, fielded questions about the election from her students, many of whom she said are passionate about topics such as gun control and climate change.
The University of Michigan Central Student Government met Tuesday evening to discuss a resolution calling for U-M Regent Ron Weiser (R) to resign from his position. Members also met to hear the annual State of the Students speech and improve CSG election processes.
Ann Arbor’s City Council convened virtually Monday evening to discuss various land acquisition and development proposals, including the purchase of land on Cardinal Avenue, a new development proposal at 2111 Packard and a resolution for equitable community engagement.
To begin this month’s Black History Month celebrations, LaTosha Brown, co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund and a 2020-2021 American Democracy Fellow at Harvard University, discussed civic engagement, voter suppression and political power in the 21st century at a virtual event Monday evening.
With toddlers swaddled warmly in strollers, babies on parents’ shoulders and homemade signs in hand, over 100 parents, community members and Ann Arbor Public School students gathered downtown Saturday afternoon chanting “lead with facts, not with fear” in protest against AAPS’ decision to offer remote-only instruction indefinitely during the pandemic.
Over the past few months, Michigan prisons have seen an exponential increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. However, inmates under 65 years old are classified under Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine distribution along with the rest of the general population, fueling criticism that the state is not prioritizing incarcerated individuals who are vulnerable to infection.
As Ann Arbor Public Schools reach nearly five months into a mostly-remote school year, Michigan Medicine hosted a panel of medical doctors from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital to answer questions regarding safety concerns with students potentially returning to face-to-face learning.
About 240 Ann Arbor community members attended the Facebook Q&A webinar Thursday afternoon, which was moderated by Jenny Radesky, a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Michigan Medicine.
As University of Michigan students continue with online and hybrid learning in the 2021 winter semester, the Center for Campus Involvement is facilitating the first virtual Winterfest to help students find organizations that match their interests.
As the nation begins to adjust to the new President Joe Biden administration, student political groups at the University of Michigan are hoping to continue the momentum gained during the fall semester, when many political organizations saw a surge in civic involvement during a fraught election season.