Lansing transitions to new trash collection policy

LANSING— Recently, Lansing has adopted a new trash collection policy that will benefit residents, workers and the environment. According to Lansing’s website, the change was initiated to increase trash collection efficiency, to reduce driver injury, to prevent animals from entering trash bags and to avoid wear and tear on roads caused by garbage trucks. The proposal states that by the end of 2019, trash bags will no longer be collected. Residents will now have the option to purchase city issued trash carts. There will be three different sized carts to choose from, a 32,65 and 95-gallon.

Lansing residents are looking to end police brutality

LANSING—On July 8, Lansing Residents United (LRU) gathered at city hall to protest against police brutality within the city and to hear the concerns of the community. The protest was organized after a video surfaced weeks ago of a Lansing police officer assaulting a teenage girl for resisting arrest. The incident is still under investigation and the officer will remain off duty for the remainder of the case. “We believe that over-policing and not using proper policies and procedures is problematic in the city of Lansing,” said LRU member eshia Johnson. The significance of the rally was for Lansing Residents United and other community residents to gather and share their unfortunate narratives involving over-policing and what they believe should be done to better service Lansing residents.

Lansing celebrates annual Pride Festival



LANSING—On June 15, thousands of local residents united to celebrate Pride. The day of festivities began at noon with the parade beginning at Adado Riverfront Park and ending at the Capitol Building for a peaceful rally. The rally served a purpose of unity and an outlet of voices to discuss the struggles of the LGBTQ community as well as the success that has been achieved throughout the years. Guest speakers such as Michigan Pride board members, two transgender teens, the Attorney General of Michigan, Dana Nessel and many more were able to express their gratitude for the community. “Pride is important here in Lansing for the visibility factor,” said Michigan Pride board member Ricci Stollsteimer.