Downtown nightlife violence not a myth in Lansing

By Meg Dedyne
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter

Nyasha Makoni and a group of her friends were eating at a restaurant downtown Lansing a few months ago when they decided to check out a few of the bars around that area. As they approached the entrance to one of the bars, she said they quickly thought otherwise when a man ran out of the bar and shot a gun four times in the air. “It was honestly the scariest moment of my life. I saw a bunch of people run out of the bar and then a man ran out and all I saw was a black object that he was holding in the air,” Makoni said. “We started running with the rest of the crowd and then heard the shots fired in the air.”

Makoni, who is a senior at Michigan State University, said that it was an experience that made her decide never to go back to the bars in Lansing again.

Bills would help domestic violence survivors

Capital News Service
LANSING — Survivors of domestic violence would be given increased protections in the workplace and greater support when they try to leave abusers under bills being considered by the state House and Senate. The employment bills are part of a package aimed at protecting domestic violence and sexual assault victims in several realms, including increasing confidentiality requirements and promoting updated sexual assault policies and training on college campuses. “No one should ever have to decide between going to the police or keeping a job,” said Rep. Winnie Brinks, a Grand Rapids Democrat, during a press conference. “No one should have to choose between bringing their children to a domestic violence shelter or losing a day of pay.”

One bill would require employers that offer sick time to allow employees to use that time to deal with issues resulting from abuse, such as getting a medical exam, speaking with police officers and prosecutors, moving to a shelter or keeping therapy appointments. The other bill would ensure individuals aren’t disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits as a consequence of being a victim of domestic violence, rape or stalking.