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The quick accommodations made during the pandemic were needed, and when done right, worked effectively. But when disabled people have asked for similar or even lesser accommodations or accessibility, they are often turned away, shrugged off, or even have action taken against them. The pandemic shows us that these options were always possible—even when the ableism embedded in our culture told us it wasn’t.
Though they have been hit the hardest by COVID-19, communities of color have not been first in line for the vaccine. To understand what is happening requires inspecting the United States’ past and present, and the ways racism manifests in healthcare and medicine.
After being sworn in at the turn of the new year Eli Savit got straight to work, bringing forward ten policy directives in the past few weeks. They include a range of issues all focused on more restorative methods of justice, while also addressing the systemic discrimination within criminal justice. Though it is too early to calculate their direct impact, this is a promising start for the new Prosecuting Attorney.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has asked the Michigan Legislature to appropriate $400 million for COVID-19 relief in 2021. With cases in Michigan rising dramatically and current pandemic relief expiring soon, passing new COVID-19 relief is essential to the wellbeing of Michigan residents.
Given the harm that Trump has caused domestically and abroad, his departure will be a weight off the shoulders of many. But the exploitative system that thrived under his presidency existed before him and will continue on after he leaves the Oval Office.
Democrats cannot keep running on platitudes. The American people want policies that will bring fundamental change they need.
With a 52-48 vote, Amy Coney Barrett takes the Supreme Court seat formerly held by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The new justice was confirmed in only a month, but her presence will have a generation’s worth of consequences.
Bipartisan ‘Clean Slate’ legislation is now law after gaining signature from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, which will expand the eligibility for criminal record expungement. Having a criminal record has effects that reverberate throughout a person’s life, including long after the offense happened. This legislation is a needed step in the right direction to transforming Michigan’s criminal justice system.
A portion of the Michigan state fairgrounds is set to be sold to build a new Amazon warehouse. Though its supporters tout the jobs it will bring to Detroit, community members and critics have voiced the lack of involvement the public has had in the decision, among other concerns.
With the presidential election right around the corner, time is dwindling for voters that are on the fence about voting for Joe Biden to make their choice. With valid concerns about the effectiveness of the electoral process, undecided voters might question whether voting in 2020 matters. I’m here to argue the many reasons why a vote for Biden does effect the livelihoods of Americans, and why that is important even if you do not believe his presidency would bring radical change.