MCHR Board Member and long-time Detroit civil rights activist Member Dorothy Dewberry Aldridge and her husband Dan Aldridge (also a well known Detroit civil rights activist) were recently interviewed as part of a documentary entitled “Spirit of Detroit: Fulfilling the Dream.” The documentary, which was produced by Detroit’s NBC affiliate WDIV, examined the history of the civil rights movement in the U.S. with a Detroit perspective.
Since the public murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, 2020 there have been large public demonstrations protesting police brutality against African Americans in 2000 cities and towns in the U.S. and around the world.
The protests have led to numerous legislative proposals at federal, state and municipal levels intended to combat police misconduct, sytemic racism and police brutality in the United States.
Click here to see interview with Dorothy and Dan Aldridge from Spirit of Detroit: Fulfilling the Dream” documentary.
Click here to view “Spirit of Detroit: Fulfilling the Dream” documentary in its entirety.
Julie Hurwitz, a long-time MCHR board member and noted civil rights attorney, was quoted by the Detroit Free Press in an extended feature story on the conduct of the police and demonstrators during a recent week-long series of protests against police brutality and systemic racism.
As vice president of the local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Julie was part of a group of legal observers who monitored the protests which occured in the days following the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
The Detroit Free Press recently published a feature story examining the demonstrations protesting the murder of George Floyd in the context of 50 years of social activism in Detroit. MCHR board members Abayomi Azikiwi and Frank Joyce were both quoted in the coverage.
Efforts continue to restore water service for thousands of Detroit residents now facing additional health dangers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Be informed and show your support:
1. Letter from Rep. Rasida Tlaib to Gov. Whitmer in support of a Detroit Water Restoration Task Force
Click here to view Rep. Tlab’s letter to Gov. Whitmer.
2. ACLU letter to Gov. Whitmer urging her to expedite the restoration of water services for Detroit residents.
Click here to view ACLU’s letter to Gov. Whitmer.
3. Proposal for creation of a Detroit Water Restoration Task Force
Click here to view proposal for creation of Detroit Water Restoration Task Force.
4. Write to Gov. Whitmer supporting Clean Water and Sanitation Access for All Michiganders.
Click here to view a sample letter to Gov. Whitmer.
In a recent interview published by legal industry trade journal Legal News, MCHR Chair Cary McGehee discussed a range of topics relating to the COVID-19 outbreak.