ACLU of Michigan

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether to take a case to determine whether it’s ever appropriate for state money to go to private and parochial schools.

Michigan public school groups and the ACLU are challenging budget bills that were approved by Republican legislatures and then-Governor Rick Snyder. They allow a small amount of money to reimburse private schools for some expenses.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Public school advocates and the ACLU of Michigan want the Michigan Supreme Court to take their case. They want the court to reverse a decision that lets the state give public money to private schools in certain instances.

In 2017, a coalition of public education leaders and parent groups filed a lawsuit. They wanted to prevent the state from giving five million dollars to non-public schools, over two years. The money is for state-mandated things, like safety drills and health requirements.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   The American Civil Liberties Union is focused on voter suppression two weeks before the November Election, and Michigan is among the states the ACLU is looking at. 

The ACLU is the biggest financial backer of Proposal 3 on Michigan’s November ballot. The “Promote the Vote” proposal would put straight party voting, automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting in Michigan’s state constitution. 

Dale Ho is the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project Director.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s public schools lost in court Tuesday. Multiple public school organizations and the ACLU sued the state over a multi-million dollar budget item.

The lawsuit is over public money going to non-public schools for state mandates. Things like safety drills and health requirements. In its opinion, the Michigan Court of Appeals said,

PAW PAW, MI (MPRN)--   The ACLU of Michigan wants a Michigan Walmart store to stop selling merchandise using the word “Redskins.” 

The organization sent a letter on Wednesday to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. It says the store in Paw Paw, Michigan stocks items using the local high school’s mascot – the Redskins -- and requests that the store pull those items from shelves.

Michigan groups renew fight against travel ban

Sep 17, 2018

EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A handful of Michigan groups are renewing their fight against the travel ban which restricts people from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. 

In June, the United States Supreme Court said the travel ban that limits people from seven countries can continue while its constitutionality is decided in court.

Katy Batdorff / The Grand Rapids Press

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The ACLU of Michigan says ICE has misled a federal court about whether Iraqi detainees can go back to Iraq. 

In June of 2017, ICE conducted raids across Michigan and arrested more than 100 Iraqis for crimes – many committed years ago. A lot of the Iraqis are Christians who face religious persecution or other retribution if they return. The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of the detainees.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court won’t decide if a controversial practice by the Grand Rapids Police Department is constitutional, but it did make a decision that advocates say could improve police relations in the future. 

Judge hears arguments in same sex adoption case

Jul 13, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The ACLU says a state policy regarding state contracts with faith-based adoption agencies is unconstitutional. 

A judge will decide whether a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the state will go forward.

The state allows organizations that provide child placement services to deny same-sex couples who want to adopt on religious grounds. Those are agencies that receive money from the state.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A ballot measure aimed at improving access to voting was turned over to the Secretary of State Monday.

It was the last day for citizen-initiated proposals to amend the state constitution to turn in their signatures for review by the Bureau of Elections. A group called Promote the Vote turned in more than 400,000 signatures to get their measure on the November ballot.