Landscape view of the Michigan State Capitol in downtown Lansing.

Majority wants more protection from a Lansing sanctuary city proposal

The Lansing City Council voted to table a resolution that would reaffirm Lansing’s status as welcoming city to immigrants and refugees on Feb.13. The resolution was scrapped not because the council didn’t want to pass legislation, but largely due to public demand for more protection under the proposition. See below for the full proposal. The meeting drew a crowd so large that a viewing area was set up in the lobby to accommodate more people. “I’ve been on the council for a year and in that time I have never seen a crowd at a council meeting that large,” said Council Member Kathie Dunbar.

Lansing residents stood outside of the city council meeting on Monday, Feb. 27 with a banner to show support for a sanctuary city resolution.

“We are still on hold.” Sanctuary city resolution delayed in Lansing

 

The Lansing City Council continues to delay actions that would declare Lansing a sanctuary city. City Council Member Judi Brown Clarke says the council needs more time to look at the language and get legal opinion on President Donald Trump’s recent executive order. “We are still on hold,” Clarke said. While Lansing continues to hold off with a new resolution on immigration policies, earlier this month East Lansing affirmed a resolution declaring the city a safe haven for refugees. Clarke says that Lansing’s current policies are similar to East Lansing’s recent resolution.

Terry Canty

Local activists weigh in on President Trump

Non-profit organizers in Detroit are anxious about the new president’s policies and how they will affect their activism. Terry Canty, founder of the Triple T Foundation, an organization that helps at-risk youth, said he is worried about the uncertainty around the new administration. “You never know what he’s going to do,” Canty said. “They always cut the programs for the kids in the inner city.”

You can watch the full interview with Canty below. https://youtu.be/DdurxSrMI-c

The foundation has helped many young men like Kareem Johnson, who expressed his love for the boxing training he gets at Triple T. But having someone like Trump in office didn’t leave a positive mindset for Johnson and the future of the organization.

DeWitt Township Police Car.

Relationships changing between police and citizens in DeWitt and Bath Township

Relationships have changed with officers and citizens in Bath and DeWitt township after the nationwide news of police involved shootings and the activist groups that have formed because of these incidents. “Not everyone likes Police, and it’s just something we have to deal with,” Officer Avery Lyon of Bath Township said. Racial relations have been a constant issue between citizens and officers throughout the country. Many citizens feel afraid when having an encounter with an officer. “It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black,” Lyon said.