Category: BridgeDetroit

Schoolcraft vs. Dust: Residents raise concerns over air quality, living conditions on Detroit’s west side

A concrete crushing company started operating in Detroit’s Schoolcraft neighborhood a few years ago to the surprise of many people living nearby. Residents have raised concerns over air quality and living conditions from the concrete dust created from the site. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota and contributor Nicole Macdonald talk with residents about their concerns with heavy industry in the area.

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Detroit’s affordable housing shortage intertwines with homelessness, amplifying hardships for residents

“American Black Journal host Stephen Henderson leads a roundtable with BridgeDetroit’s Nushrat Rahman, City of Detroit’s Donald Rencher, and Neighborhood Service Organization’s Linda Little. They talk about the current state of homelessness in the city, housing instability, affordable housing units, federal housing vouchers, and the end to a national moratorium on rental evictions.

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BridgeDetroit’s Bryce Huffman discusses Detroit’s BLM settlement, flood recovery efforts and 3D-printed homes

A lot happened in October in Detroit. One Detroit producer Will Glover sits down with BridgeDetroit reporter Bryce Huffman to talk about the latest news, including a $1 million lawsuit settlement with Detroit Will Breathe, plans for $57.6 million in flood recovery funds and mitigation efforts, and the first 3D printed home being built for Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood.

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Biden Administration Announces Student Loan Debt Forgiveness For Millions. How Will Michigan Borrowers Be Affected?

Some of Michigan’s nearly 1.4 million student loan borrowers are rejoicing after the Biden administration announced a proposed plan to cancel up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt for millions across the nation. One Detroit’s Will Glover talks with BridgeDetroit reporter Isabel Lohman about Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan and how it’ll impact Michigan’s economy and individual borrowers.

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3/01/22: American Black Journal – Reparations: What Is Owed to Black Americans?

Host Stephen Henderson revisits portions from American Black Journal and BridgeDetroit’s reparations town hall with special guests Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson, Lauren Hood, Andre Perry and Keith Williams. The group discuss what reparations are owed to Black Americans and what form they should take. Plus, Hood and Williams share information about a new Detroit task force for reparations.

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2/14/2022: One Detroit – Fiddler on the Roof, Charles H. Wright, Velvet Peanut Butter & Aaron Lewys

The University of Michigan, University Musical School and The Philadelphia Orchestra team up to bring a unique ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ concert performance to the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. Then, explore the life and legacy of Dr. Charles H. Wright, founder of the Museum of African American History. Plus, from “Detroit Remember When: Made in the Motor City,” viewers take a nostalgic trip back to learn about the rise and fall of the Velvet Peanut Butter company. In closing, singer/songwriter Aaron Lewys performs his song “Stop Wasting My Time” for Detroit Performs: Live From Marygrove.

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2/10/22: One Detroit – Critical Race Theory, Michigan Childcare, Workplace DEI, Bill Bonds

One Detroit’s Bill Kubota meets with Detroit artist Jonathan Harris to talk about his viral painting ‘Critical Race Theory’ and the conversations its sparking across the globe. Then, One Detroit’s Will Glover connects with BridgeDetroit reporter Nushrat Rahman to discuss the high childcare costs in Michigan and the financial assistance available to families. Plus, learn how diversity, equity and inclusion have progressed in the workplace since the death of George Floyd and remember the late newsman Bill Bonds, who would have turned 90 years old this month.

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American Black Journal, BridgeDetroit Host Virtual Town Hall on Reparations

American Black Journal and BridgeDetroit are teaming up to host a virtual town hall at 12 p.m. Feb. 16 about reparations for Black Americans. Join us as we take a detailed look at the history of reparations and discuss what Detroit’s new task force means for the idea. The esteemed panelists will share insights on the initial work being done on the ground floor in Detroit and more in a conversation moderated by American Black Journal host Stephen Henderson.

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BridgeDetroit | Detroit Church Hopes to Boost Worker-Owned Businesses in Latino Community

At Grace in Action, the co-op movement started roughly 20 years ago when Mexican Industries, a Southwest Detroit-based auto parts maker, abruptly closed after workers voted to form a union. Nine hundred mostly Latino workers were laid off, and the economic impact on the community was immediate. That led Meghan Sobocienski, executive director of Grace in Action, to actively create new business models for immigrant workers in the community. She’s been thinking about employment and the future of work since then, and to her, it comes down to one simple idea: create worker-led, locally owned businesses.

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The legacy of Dr. Charles H. Wright and his Museum

Take a look inside the life and legacy of the late Dr. Charles H. Wright, founder of the Wright Museum of African American History. BridgeDetroit Engagement Director Orlando Bailey meets with the Wright Museum’s Director of Design and Fabrication Kevin Davidson to talk about Dr. Wright’s influence on himself and other African Americans living in Detroit, as well as the vision for creating and expanding the museum facility, which was once the largest African American historical museum in the world.

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2/01/22: American Black Journal – Racial Disparity in Traffic Stops, Legacy of Dr. Charles H. Wright

This week, host Stephen Henderson investigates an independent study from MSU’s School of Criminal Justice that showed Black drivers were stopped by Michigan State Police at disproportionately high rates in 2020. Stephen examines the steps being taken to address these racial disparities. Plus, BridgeDetroit’s Engagement Director Orlando Bailey takes us inside the life and legacy of the late Dr. Charles H. Wright, founder of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, with the museum’s Director of Design and Fabrication Kevin Davidson.

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BridgeDetroit | Republicans Sue Redistricting Commission Over Congressional Maps

A group of Republicans has sued the Michigan redistricting commission over its recently-approved congressional map, claiming the panel failed to draw districts with equal populations. The lawsuit, filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, also names Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson as a defendant. Bridge Michigan’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán reports.

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BridgeDetroit | 35% of Michigan Kids Under 5 Qualify For Child Care Subsidies. Only 5% Use Them.

Roughly one-third of children in Michigan under age 5 qualified for child care subsidies, but only 5% received those credits. Meanwhile, an estimated 44% of Michiganders live in “child care deserts” — places with a lack of licensed child care providers. The report finds significant gaps in need versus access to programs that provide food help, offset costs for child care and cash assistance among eligible families.

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BridgeDetroit | 173K Applied for Rent Aid in Michigan. About Half Got Help So Far

In the 10 months since a statewide rent aid program launched to help tenants avoid eviction and catch up on payments, thousands of applications have poured in, demonstrating the vast and continuing need for rent assistance as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. Wayne County alone accounts for roughly one-third of the more than 173,000 applications that have come in, as of Friday, to the federally funded COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program, which launched last March. Detroiters make up 22% of those applying for rent help across Michigan.

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BridgeDetroit | Michigan Black Lawmakers to Sue Redistricting Commission Over New Maps

A contingent of 15 Detroit Black lawmakers and leaders announced Monday they will sue the Michigan redistricting commission over recently approved state legislative and congressional maps. In a media event in Detroit, the lawmakers — including six incumbents and two former state representatives — argued the maps dilute the power of Black residents in the city of Detroit and violate the Voting Rights Act, the 1965 law designed to allow minorities to elect candidates of their choosing.

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BridgeDetroit | Critics Say Prisons Give Rural Michigan Towns Unfair Edge in Redistricting

As Michigan’s redistricting panel prepares to approve new legislative boundaries this month, some activists say proposed maps give rural areas outsized clout because of how inmate populations are counted. Even though the roughly 35,000 people serving sentences in Michigan prisons can’t vote, they are counted as residents of prisons where they are held for purposes of representation. Opponents call that “prison gerrymandering” because it inflates the population — and power — of smaller communities.

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Redistricting Commission Facing Lawsuits Over Secret Meeting Notes, Possibly Maps

Secrecy has swept through the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission after a majority of its members voted to keep notes from a closed meeting secret from the public. The commission already faces lawsuits, and could see more. One Detroit Associate Producer Will Glover gets to the bottom of the situation with Bridge Michigan reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán to hear about what’s happened so far and what to expect next.

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BridgeDetroit | Uncovering Sarah Elizabeth Ray, ‘Detroit’s Other Rosa Parks’

Every Black Detroiter who spent summers on the nostalgic Boblo island giggling on the carousel or swinging in the dance hall should thank Sarah Elizabeth Ray. After being denied a seat on one of the segregated Boblo boat in 1945 because she was Black, she fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. Her case paved the way for the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, which ruled segregation in public schools as unconstitutional.

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BridgeDetroit | Why Detroit Gun Owners Choose to Carry

In this country’s origin story, Black Americans were largely restricted from owning guns. Yet, in Detroit today, citizens are increasingly turning to gun ownership for a sense of protection and — sometimes — because of a constitutional right to carry. Residents have become self-reliant and are looking to arm others with gun safety lessons and information about the responsibility of ownership.

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