6/20/2020, 10:54am

Ypsilanti City Council hosts public forum on police reform

Mayor Beth Bashert, Mayor Pro-tem Lois Richardson, members of the Ypsilanti Police Advisory Commission, and about 40 community members gathered for a virtual town hall forum to discuss racism and police reform in Ypsilanti. Community members continued to call for Mayor Bashert’s resignation due to comments she made during a city council meeting.

6/15/2020, 11:44am

TheRide proposes guidelines to protect public health as the state reopens

TheRide has suggested guidelines for businesses, institutions, and community members to help “flatten the rush-hour curve” to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  “Park and Ride” bus service will resume on June 15, and regular bus service, more similar to pre-pandemic services, will return in August. 

6/13/2020, 12:08pm

Sen. Irwin and Rep. Peterson testify on bill addressing police training and excessive force in Michigan

Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Rep. Ronnie Peterson (D-Ypsilanti) testified on Thursday in front of the Michigan House Judiciary Committee about their bill aimed at addressing police training and excessive force in Michigan. The bill requires that all police officers receive training on implicit bias and violence de-escalation techniques, as well as take a mental health screening, as a part of their initial training and certification.

6/11/2020, 9:09am

EMU announces “EMU Single Room Guarantee”

EMU announced its "EMU Single Room Guarantee” where any student that requests a single room will receive one at $1,700 less per academic year than a single room normally costs. Students who wish to have a roommate will continue to have that option.

6/9/2020, 7:57pm

Ypsilanti BLM protests draws several hundred people

On Saturday, June 6, a peaceful, Black Lives Matter demonstration took place in Ypsilanti with approximately several hundred participants to protest police brutality against Black people in the United States. Protesters marched peacefully from the Ypsilanti District Library to the Ypsilanti Police Department.

5/27/2020, 6:28pm

UPDATE: Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office further addresses recent accusation of excessive force

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office put out a media release on May 26 following a shooting incident and excessive force from a deputy in Ypsilanti Township. A neighbor recorded a Facebook Live video of a white deputy repeatedly punching a black woman in the head. Investigations are ongoing for both the initial shooting case and the excessive force used by the deputy. 

5/20/2020, 7:02am

President Trump to speak at Ypsilanti's Ford Rawsonville Plant on Thursday

President Trump is expected to speak at the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant regarding Ford Motor Company's collaboration General Electric Healthcare in an effort to build 50,000 ventilators in 100 days. The visit comes as part of the president's nationwide tour to thank businesses who aided in the effort to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment in the effort against  the COVID-19 pandemic. 

5/17/2020, 10:51am

Local bicycle shops experience a sudden boom of sales during pandemic

Two Michigan-based bicycle shops, Wheels in Motion and Tree Fort Bike, experienced unexpected rapid growth of bicycle sales in wake of the social distancing restrictions in Michigan due to the pandemic. Nationally, cycling has suddenly become super popular as it is a healthy exercise and adheres to social distancing practices.

5/17/2020, 10:44am

EMU collaborates with other Michigan universities to provide fiscal guidance to struggling local governments during the COVID-19 crisis

Local governments will soon be faced with difficult choices because of how their revenue sources are impacted by the coronavirus crisis. In a partnership with the University of Michigan’s CLOSUP, EMU and other Michigan universities are aiming to provide local governments with expert advice on how to navigate through the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis.