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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.

Sorority alumni strip their letters to demand action from national organization

In EMU’s Delta Alpha chapter of Sigma Delta Tau (SDT), alumni have stripped their letters in response to dissatisfaction with SDT’s response to violence against Black people in the US and the Black Lives Matter movement.  A document listing specific demands addressed to the SDT National Board of Directors was also created.

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.

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.

EMU’s Family Empowerment Program continues to support YHC community

EMU's Family Empowerment Program has continued to support residents of the Ypsilanti Housing Commission's complexes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The YHC community is apart of the 48197 and 48198 zip codes where over half the COVID-19 cases in Washtenaw County can be found.  

Two pop-up COVID-19 testing sites coming to Ypsilanti

 On Saturday, May 9, pop-up testing will occur at the Ypsilanti Township Community Center and then on Saturday, May 16 at the Community Family Life Center (CFLC). Ongoing testing will be conducted at Perry Early Learning Center. Curbside testing is also available daily at the north entrance of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital