Hispanic http://michiganradio.org en A fresh face on Detroit City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/fresh-face-detroit-city-council <p></p><p>Raquel Castaneda-Lopez is the newest member to the Detroit &nbsp;City Council<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;representing District 6 in Southwest Detroit,​ which includes the largest concentration of Hispanic voters in the city.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Lopez gained political experience running state Rep.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rashida</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tlaib’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;campaign in 2008. She has worked with non-profit groups for years with a focus on youth programs in disadvantaged communities.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lopez says she want to keep the focus on the needs of her constituents - safety&nbsp;and access to city services for example.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:36:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15273 at http://michiganradio.org A fresh face on Detroit City Council Why townships in Michigan were subject to the Voting Rights Act http://michiganradio.org/post/why-townships-michigan-were-subject-voting-rights-act <p>As <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-voting-rights-decision-could-impact-areas-michigan" target="_blank">Rick Pluta reported </a>earlier, two Michigan townships could be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Voting Rights Act <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/25/195506795/supreme-court-strikes-down-key-provision-of-voting-rights-law">announced </a>today.</p><p>The Voting Rights Act requires that the federal government approve any changes to voting procedures in areas with a history of discrimination.</p><p>In Michigan, Buena Vista Township and Clyde Township were both required to submit any proposed changes to their voting rules to the U.S. Department of Justice.</p><p>The Voting Rights Act covered areas where more than 5% of the population spoke a language other than English. In these areas, bilingual ballots were required. Both Buena Vista Townships and Clyde Townships had Hispanic populations above 5%.</p><p>An English-only ballot in these places was considered to be a discriminatory 'device', according to the<em> </em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/06/23/us/voting-rights-act-map.html?hp" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times.</em></a></p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/06/voting_rights_act_west_michiga.html" target="_blank">Zane McMillin of MLive reports</a> on some of the requirements Clyde Township had to follow:</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:28:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13243 at http://michiganradio.org Why townships in Michigan were subject to the Voting Rights Act