Michigan Civil Rights Commission http://michiganradio.org en Protecting people's civil rights in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/protecting-peoples-civil-rights-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1963, Michigan voters approved a new state constitution which set up the first Civil Rights Commission in U.S. history.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Commission works to ensure each citizen receives equal protection without discrimination</span></p><p>Today, fifty years after the creation of the Commission, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-department-civil-rights-names-first-native-american-executive-board-director">Matt Wesaw</a> runs the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. A former state trooper, Wesaw is the first Native American to lead the Civil Rights Department.</p><p>Wesaw met with us in the studio to discuss the future of civil rights in Michigan.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:45:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 15346 at http://michiganradio.org Protecting people's civil rights in Michigan New head of Michigan civil rights agency starts job http://michiganradio.org/post/new-head-michigan-civil-rights-agency-starts-job <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The new executive director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights is starting his job this week in Lansing.<br /><br />Matt Wesaw will begin Monday. He was chosen for the position by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission earlier in October.<br /><br />Wesaw fills the vacancy left by the retirement Daniel Krichbaum in July.<br /> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 16:48:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14912 at http://michiganradio.org New head of Michigan civil rights agency starts job Michigan Department of Civil Rights names first Native American executive board director http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-department-civil-rights-names-first-native-american-executive-board-director <p><a href="https://www.michigan.gov/mdcr/0,4613,7-138--314910--,00.html">The Michigan Civil Rights Commission</a> has announced that Matt Wesaw will be the new Executive Board Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.</p><p>Wesaw will be the first Native American to lead MDCR. He has chosen to retire as Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and President and CEO of the Pokagon Gaming Authority to take this position. In the past, he was a Michigan state police trooper, and a director for the Michigan State Police Troopers Association. He also served on the Commission of Indian Affairs and won the Native American Financial Officers Association's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/pokagon-matt-wesaw-chosen-tribal-leader-of-the-year.html">Tribal Leader of the Year</a> award in 2012.</p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:17:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14904 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Department of Civil Rights names first Native American executive board director Feds dismiss state complaint regarding American Indian mascots http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-dismiss-state-complaint-regarding-american-indian-mascots <div align="left"><p>The U.S. Department of Education has dismissed a complaint from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights over schools’ use of American Indian mascots.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The civil rights department had argued that the images hurt Native American students’ academic performance, and create an unequal learning environment.</p><p></p><p></p><p>But federal education officials say opponents of Indian mascots and logos need to prove that they create a hostile environment for Native American students.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 01:08:27 +0000 Sarah Hulett & The Associated Press 12861 at http://michiganradio.org Discrimination against LGBT bad for Michigan economy http://michiganradio.org/post/discrimination-against-lgbt-bad-michigan-economy <p>A <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan-new/media/docs/MDCRReportDRAFT.pdf">new draft report</a> finds allowing discrimination against gays and lesbians hurts Michigan’s economy. The state’s Civil Rights Commission is reviewing the report and might take action.</p><p>In Michigan it’s legal to discriminate against people who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender. Housing and job discrimination are a couple of the examples that are allowed by law.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 03:23:11 +0000 Lester Graham 10978 at http://michiganradio.org What’s your experience with bullies? http://michiganradio.org/post/what%E2%80%99s-your-experience-bullies <p>The <a href="http://michigan.gov/mdcr/0,1607,7-138-47782---,00.html">Michigan Civil Rights Commission</a> wants public input about bullying. The commission works to prevent and investigate discrimination complaints under state civil rights laws. It&rsquo;s<a href="http://michigan.gov/mdcr/"> holding a series of forums </a>across the state to collect the information in hopes of tackling what they say is a growing problem.</p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 17:18:37 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1477 at http://michiganradio.org What’s your experience with bullies?