Social Justice


A Michigan publisher will remove mug shots from all of its newspapers, as the images and stories of crime can follow even the innocent throughout their lives. (Photo via Shutterstock)
Combating Bias: Michigan Newspapers to Stop Publishing Mug Shots

Here’s why the publishers of MLive say the practice is outdated and needs to change.

Source Booksellers co-owner Alyson Jones Turner hard at work even during a pandemic. Photos by Adam Fox-Long.
6 Books to Help You Understand the Civil Rights and Unrest of the Times

From understanding the history of racism in America to hope for the future, Detroit’s Source Booksellers co-owner Alyson Jones Turner gave us a few reading assignments that can help us all better understand the world around us.

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After Years of Relocations, Dearborn Finally Removes Segregationist Mayor’s Statue

Dearborn protesters join a nationwide movement dismantling symbols of racism that exist in their communities.

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Colorado Is Reopening Investigation Into Horrifying Police Killing of Elijah McClain. Here’s What We Know.

In the video, Elijah McClain can be seen sobbing as he repeatedly tells officers, “I’m just different.” Samara McClain said her brother was a massage therapist who planned to go to college.

Photo courtesy State Sen. Jeremy Moss
Pride Was Born From Protests By Transwomen of Color. Michigan Isn’t Forgetting That.

In a battle to get Michigan's Republican-controlled Senate to recognize June as Pride Month, the state's only openly gay senator is reminding us who and what drives the movement.

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How Michigander Aimee Stephens Helped Make History for LGBTQ Rights

Aimee Stephens died a month too soon to see the Supreme Court's surprising landmark ruling in her case, which won protections for LGBTQ people in the workplace.

In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, supporters of LGBTQ rights hold placards in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has ruled that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment. It's a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
A Segregationist Tried to Derail Civil Rights. He Got Today’s Supreme Court Decision Instead.

A racist congressman from Virginia tried to stop the Civil Rights Act, but 56 years later his amendment got more legal protections for LGBTQ Americans. In a landmark decision Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law protects LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination. The ruling has been a long time coming in the fight for...