Tuesday evening, the University of Michigan Diag was packed with hundreds of people protesting the slew of restrictive state abortion laws being passed since the beginning of 2019 and particularly over the past few weeks. The rally, organized primarily by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, was one of over 200 #StopTheBans rallies held across the country Tuesday.
On Wednesday night, the city of Ann Arbor held an open forum event for residents to meet the three final candidates for a new chief of police: Michael Cox of Boston, Bryan Jarrell of Arizona and Ann Arbor’s Jason Forsberg. There were nearly 50 attendees from City Council members to police officers and civilians.
Following Ann Arbor City Council’s unanimous approval of his $17 million development proposal last week, Tom Fitzsimmons of Huron Contracting, LLC plans to begin construction on a five-story condo development at 309 N. Ashley St. in downtown Ann Arbor.
The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County hosted more than 200 donors at Barton Hills Country Club for the ninth annual “Almost Home” fundraiser on Monday. SAWC is celebrating 35 years of advocacy and aid.
SAWC Executive Director Dan Kelly said this year’s benefit reached a record number of attendees and sponsors. According to Kelly, preliminary numbers show SAWC raised close to $195,000 at the event.
On April 29, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced their 32 Andrew Carnegie fellows for 2019. Among the recipients were University of Michigan’s Elizabeth A. Armstrong, professor of sociology, women's studies and organizational studies, and J. Alex Halderman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
On Monday morning, The Detroit News announced University of Michigan clinical assistant law professor Steve Gray will be taking over the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency effective June 3. The agency is designed to detect and prevent unemployment insurance fraud.
Tuesday morning, members of the House Rules Committee convened to hold the first-ever congressional hearing on a new Medicare for All Act, which builds on the push for universal healthcare present in the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
Tuesday afternoon, a group of Michigan lawmakers held a press conference to announce a bipartisan and bicameral bill called the ALERT Act. ALERT stands for the Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title IX Investigations.