January 6, 2021 marked one of the darkest days in American history. A group of misled Americans inspired and incentivized by virulent toxic and deceptive rhetoric, waged war against their own country, specifically by occupying and vandalizing the National Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
Civil dissent gave way to sedition, as the mob stormed the Capitol Building and proceeded to violently destroy a symbol of our nation’s fabric, under their banners of distorted patriotism, avowing to replace the rule of law and true democracy with an alternately imposed system guaranteeing exclusive rights to a privileged white supremacy segment of our citizenry.
The mob was encouraged and enticed by some of the very same people entrusted to represent and protect our American values and way of life. It is neither a coincidence nor a surprise that our public discourse has become combative, even conspiratorial. If our so-called “leaders” and guardians of democracy hold our values of discourse in contempt, we cannot be shocked when people respond voluntarily and violently.
Click here to read the full MCHR statement.
A community statement addressing the shooting of Hakim Littleton by the Detroit Police was endorsed by the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights and 15 other area civil and human rights groups.
The statement calls for an independent investigation into the shooting death of Hakim Littleton and an immediate end to the use of excessive force by the DPD.
Click here to view the community statement in its entirety.
MCHR Statement Black Lives Matter The recent murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of the police and Ahmaud Arbrey by white supremacists are appalling examples of the continuing pandemic of racial injustice in the United States. We (Michigan Coalition for Human Rights) stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of […]
February 23, 2020, an unarmed black man, Ahmaud Arbery, while jogging in his Georgia neighborhood, was fatally shot by a white former police officer and his son.
Reportedly, there were burglaries in the area, and the white former police officer and his son thought Arbery looked like the thief, and so they pursued him with a truck and guns.
Did it matter that Arbery usually jogged five miles a day in this neighborhood — his neighborhood?
Did it matter that as these white “vigilantes” (as some have called them) started to corral Arbery with their truck that he was running down the middle of the road?
It’s not common for criminals to try to escape the scene of the crime by jogging down the middle of the road in plain view.
According to Arbery’s family, the police came to their door implying that he was fatally shot during a burglary. The implication was that Arbery was not a victim, but was the suspect.
Kim Redigan (an MCHR board member) recently addressed the difficulties for school-aged children who are sheltering in place due to COVID-19 in a home that does not have running water.
She talked about the problems for these kids and their families — and the critical need for water service to be re-connected immediately.
Click here to read Kim’s statement.