Here’s some local and Michigan headlines:
- Jackson calls for nationwide moratorium on home foreclosures – Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson called for a nationwide moratorium on home foreclosures yesterday in an interview with The Michigan Messenger. Jackson also said that he “absolutely” supports a single-payer health care system.
- Convicted Detroit reporter Bukowski escapes jail time in sentencing – A Detroit newspaper reporter was sentenced to one year of probation, 200 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $4,000 in fines in a case that her defense attorney said was brought in retaliation for her political reporting on police abuses in Detroit.
- Capitol rally to ‘save the American dream’ draws 1,000 – Yesterday in Lansing featuring national and Michigan leaders drew a crowd of about 1,000. The mostly union crowd listened to speakers call for action on foreclosures, auto industry bailouts, and health care.
- Happy Pride!! – The excellent Michigan LGBT blog Rainbow Mittens reminds readers that June is LGBT Pride month and highlights a number of events happening around the state.
- The Subversion of Art – In his monthly column in Recoil Magazine, Jeff Smith of the Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID) looks at the ArtPrize contest announced last month by Rick DeVos and offers some criticisms.
- Grand Rapids school board approves cutting 95 teachers and nearly $9 million in spending for next year’s budget – The Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) approved some major cuts by an 8-1 margin last night. One board member opposed the planned cuts because he said there wasn’t enough time to study the proposal.
- Shock wave of GM bankruptcy felt across state – The Detroit Free Press looks at how General Motors’ bankruptcy is affecting people across the state. The article pays close attention to the plight of workers in Pontiac.
- Michigan on board in national academic effort – Michigan is one of 46 states that has signed onto a new effort aimed at developing a set of national educational standards to compliment existing state standards.
- PETA protests plan for horse-drawn carriage rides in Holland – PETA is organizing to oppose a plan to offer horse-drawn carriage rides in downtown Holland. According to PETA, the plan should be opposed for safety reasons and the effect that pavement and exhaust fumes will have on the horses.
If we missed anything, let us know in the comments.