Michigan United’s Capitol Day gives activists a platform

Passion was running high in the Lansing Center when activists from around the state met to speak with representatives about issues in their communities. Michigan United provided buses for groups from Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo to ensure constituents were able to make it to the annual Capitol Day. Issues included treatment of immigrants, living wages, prison reform, environmental issues, healthcare and racial inequality.

Andy Schor

Lansing budget would power all city buildings with 100% renewable energy by July

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor proposed a plan March 25 to use 100 percent renewable energy for all city government buildings. This would make Lansing the first city in Michigan to do so. Part of his budget proposal included a plan to buy renewable energy credits from the Lansing Board of Water and Light. “We decided that the city of Lansing should be a leader and should purchase renewable power,” said Schor. “We looked at our budget, and we made this a priority.”

Councilmember Peter Spadafore commended Schor.

Potter Park Zoo welcomes special needs families

On March 24, Potter Park Zoo held its monthly Falconers day for people with special needs to get a free day at the zoo with their families. There were tables with arts and crafts, educational spaces where guests could learn about various creatures, volunteers with ‘ambassador animals’ including a ferret and rabbit for visitors to touch and even a rhinoceros encounter where guests could go to pet one of the zoo’s rhinos, Doppsee.

Activists gather in Lansing for Presidents Day protest

On Presidents Day, a number of social action groups gathered at the First Presbyterian Church in Lansing to speak out against President Donald Trump. The press conference focused on the Trump administration’s decision to declare crossings at the southern border a national emergency to secure funding to build a wall.