NEWS


6/24/2020, 10:44am

Questions answered about Sen. Jeff Irwin and Rep. Ronnie Peterson's police reform bill

As Ronnie Peterson’s bill, identical to Sen. Jeff Irwin’s Senate Bill 945, awaits a full house vote, the Echo gathered more information and comments about the bill and their opinions on possible next steps for criminal justice reform in Michigan and Washtenaw County. The Echo spoke with Irwin, some of Michigan’s law enforcement organizations, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, and Desmine Robinson; a local Black Lives Matter activist and EMU student leader.


6/23/2020, 7:46am

How EMU's campus may function in the fall

As EMU hopes and plans to resume on-campus operations in the fall, the University is continuously developing strategies and protocols to do so. The Echo compiled what we know so far about on-campus operations in the fall.


6/22/2020, 11:41am

Ypsilanti community members hold a Black Lives Matter protest Saturday, June 20; city council members in attendance ask mayor to resign

Ypsilanti community members heald a Black Lives Matter protest Saturday, June 20. Close to 500 people, including Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and members of the Ypsilanti City Council gathered in downtown Ypsilanti to address police brutality and systemic racism. Two members of the Ypsilanti City Council, Nicole Brown and Annie Sommerville addressed recent racist remarks given by Ypsilanti mayor Beth Bashert during a Ypsilanti City Council meeting and called on her to resign. 


6/20/2020, 8:04pm

Ypsilanti Mayor Beth Bashert facing criticism from community and leaders after racist comment at city council meeting

The mayor’s comment at Tuesday’s city council meeting was followed by intense criticism from other council members. Mayor Bashert has since apologized for the comment, saying her actions were racist and that she felt ashamed.   Most recently, two council members called for Bashert’s resignation at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Downtown Ypsilanti on Saturday, June 20. 


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.