human rights http://michiganradio.org en Detroit water department defends shutoff campaign after UN criticism http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-water-department-defends-shutoff-campaign-after-un-criticism <p>The people who run Detroit’s water system faced fierce criticism Wednesday, after the <a href="http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=14777&amp;LangID=E">United Nations issued a statement</a> calling the city’s mass water shutoffs a possible human rights violation.</p><p>Critics lined up to blast officials at a Board of Water Commissioners meeting for ongoing efforts to cut off customers with unpaid bills.</p><p>Many cited the UN’s assertion that “when there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections.”</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18158 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit water department defends shutoff campaign after UN criticism The week in Michigan politics: Roads funding, lottery and welfare, human rights in Royal Oak http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-roads-funding-lottery-and-welfare-human-rights-royal-oak <p></p><p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss funding proposals to fix Michigan’s roads, the number of<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/hundreds-michigan-lottery-winners-lose-their-welfare-benefits"> lottery winners on welfare</a>, and how a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/royal-oak-voters-decide-human-rights-ordinance">human rights ordinance</a> is moving forward in Royal Oak.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:58:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 12171 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics: Roads funding, lottery and welfare, human rights in Royal Oak Michigan lawmaker proposes expanding LGBT protections http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmaker-proposes-expanding-lgbt-protections <p>At the state Capitol, a Democratic lawmaker has called for expending Michigan&rsquo;s civil rights law to protect people who are gay, lesbian or transgender from many&nbsp;types of discrimination.</p><p>State Senator Rebekah Warren says expanding the civil rights law would send a message that Michigan is trying to attract creative workers and entrepreneurs.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:55:40 +0000 Rick Pluta 6747 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmaker proposes expanding LGBT protections