This Week on One Detroit:

Michigan lawmakers pass bills on gun control, LGBTQ+ rights, abortion and right to work

Lansing has been a hotbed for legislative action in recent weeks as Michigan lawmakers tackled gun control, LGBTQ+ rights, abortion and the right to work in a slate of new bills passed and repealed in several legislative sessions across the House and Senate.  

Additional gun safety laws — safe storage laws, universal background checks and red flag laws have been passed by lawmakers and LGBTQ+ protections will be added to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Lawmakers also repealed the 2012 right to work law signed into action by former Gov. Rick Snyder and the 1931 abortion ban. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the bill to expand LGBTQ+ protections Thursday, March 16, the same day the Michigan Senate approved a trio of proposals related to gun safety. 

One Detroit senior producer Bill Kubota sits down with Michigan Radio Political Director Zoe Clark to get a rundown on what lawmakers passed and where they stood on the issues. They talk about the impact the recent mass shooting at Michigan State University had on gun control conversations, the legislature’s bipartisan support of the Elliott-Larsen amendment, and the controversy around the right to work. 

Gen Xers are taking the lead. How will they shape the future of work?  

Hidden from the spotlight until now, Gen Xers have quietly become the next generation of workforce leaders, rising to C-suite level positions, as they take on new roles and talk about hiring for positions that don’t exist yet. At the same time Gen Xers are juggling the heightened responsibilities at work, they’re navigating more responsibilities at home as they take care of kids and aging parents. 

As Gen Xers take the helm where baby boomers have retired, how will their leadership styles and strengths continue to shape the future of work?  

One Detroit producer and Future of Work host Will Glover spoke to Michigan Works Association! CEO Ryan Hundt about what the future looks like with Generation X in charge. They talk about the cohort’s most notable workforce trends, the value of Gen Xers in the office, and how often they’ve been promoted on average compared to other generations. 

This conversation comes from One Detroit’s Future of Work town hall “Gen X: Picking up the Slack in an Evolving Workforce.” Watch our next Future of Work town hall on millennials Wednesday, March 22 at noon. 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater leaves influential impact on community with Detroit School of Arts visit   

The world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has made its way to Detroit, a stop along the theater’s 22-city North American tour. While in the city, the Ailey II division, the theater’s company of younger dancers and emerging choreographers, made a pit stop at the Detroit School of Arts to host a dance workshop for the students. 

One Detroit contributor Daijah Moss takes viewers to the Ailey II workshop at the Detroit School of Arts for a look at the influential footprints the dancers left behind. Moss talks with Ailey II Artistic Director Francesca Harper and second-year dancer Meagan King about the importance of connecting with aspiring African American dancers and the opportunities the workshops provide to students.  

Plus, Moss talks with Detroit School of Arts student Lauryn Simmons about her experiences with the Ailey II dancers. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs in Detroit March 17-19 at the Detroit Opera. 

One Detroit Weekend: March 17, 2023

It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, which means there’s plenty of fun arts, culture, music and family-friendly activities to experience in Southeast Michigan this weekend.  

Get your calendars ready— One Detroit contributors Peter Whorf and Dave Wagner of 90.9 WRCJ share some St. Patrick’s Day events and other events happening around metro Detroit during the March 17 weekend and into next week on “One Detroit Weekend.” 

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