Community Disparities

East Lansing Homeless Shelter Celebrates 40 Years of Service

East Lansing Homeless Shelter Celebrates 40 Years of Service

As part of the anniversary celebration, a ribbon cutting and open house will be held Thursday at the shelter’s new administrative facilities.

People with Disabilities File Most Housing Discrimination Complaints in East Lansing, Analysis Shows

People with Disabilities File Most Housing Discrimination Complaints in East Lansing, Analysis Shows

The required analysis, presented during the Oct. 10 discussion-only City Council meeting, reviewed demographics, affordability and housing complaints.

ELIPOC Workshop Participants Focus on Police Use of Force

ELIPOC Workshop Participants Focus on Police Use of Force

Public participants held a “dialogue” as they sought solutions and suggestions for a plan to guide the ELPD.

FOIA Shows Landlord DTN’s Side of Ongoing Public Dispute
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FOIA Shows Landlord DTN’s Side of Ongoing Public Dispute

DTN’s attorney told the EL city attorney this was never about discrimination – it was always just about the money.

Jaslene – Spunky and Full of Life – Inspires Fundraising Campaign for Accessible Bathroom

Jaslene – Spunky and Full of Life – Inspires Fundraising Campaign for Accessible Bathroom

Retired teacher helps launch GoFundMe for her former student. Girl’s family encourages advocacy and awareness for those with disabilities.

Pride Finds a Home in Halls of ELHS

Pride Finds a Home in Halls of ELHS

The high school is dedicated to providing a supportive environment for all students.

Racial Disparities, Data Struggles Among Findings in First ELIPOC Annual Report
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Racial Disparities, Data Struggles Among Findings in First ELIPOC Annual Report

Commission Chair Erick Williams calls the April 2022 police shooting at Meijer a “learning opportunity” and offers recommendations for the future.

Local Churches Make Commitment to Faith-Based Reparations
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Local Churches Make Commitment to Faith-Based Reparations

All Saints Episcopal Church and Edgewood United Church will donate $100,000 to the Justice League of Lansing.

Complaints Spur Conversation, Recommended Policy Investigations at June ELIPOC Meeting
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Complaints Spur Conversation, Recommended Policy Investigations at June ELIPOC Meeting

Two new commissioners and ELPD Lt. Adam Park made their first appearances at the police oversight commission meeting.

Human Rights Commission Tells Council to Use Subpoena Power to Investigate Landlord DTN
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Human Rights Commission Tells Council to Use Subpoena Power to Investigate Landlord DTN

After a closed session, the commission voted unanimously to ask Council to use its subpoena powers to investigate DTN in a civil rights complaint.

Housing Complaint Against DTN Takes a Strange Turn
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Housing Complaint Against DTN Takes a Strange Turn

The city attorney said the investigation was stalled because he couldn’t reach a key person involved. ELi reached her by phone last night.

Why Did the Fights Really Abate at East Lansing’s High School?

Why Did the Fights Really Abate at East Lansing’s High School?

ELPS administrators and Black parents and mentors paint differing pictures of the easing tensions.

East Lansing’s Paramedics Offered Help as They Recover, Too

East Lansing’s Paramedics Offered Help as They Recover, Too

Tomorrow, a special debriefing will help East Lansing’s first responders try together to make some sense of what happened Monday night.

East Lansing Insider: Two Years of DEI Efforts and Covid at ELPS
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East Lansing Insider: Two Years of DEI Efforts and Covid at ELPS

Emily Joan Elliott and Al Hargrave Jackson discuss Covid 19 and continuing efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in East Lansing Public Schools. Give a listen!

School Board Approves Curriculum Changes, Contract With Teachers

School Board Approves Curriculum Changes, Contract With Teachers

The School Board unanimously approved a new curriculum for teaching about HIV and AIDS, a high school-led trip to Germany, and a new contract with the teachers’ union. Al Hargrave Jackson reports.

Two Years After Pledging to Increase DEI Efforts, Here’s Where ELPS Stands

Two Years After Pledging to Increase DEI Efforts, Here’s Where ELPS Stands

Following the murder of George Floyd, ELPS administrators vowed to undertake new efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Where does the district stand on meeting those goals?

Spark in the Dark Group Encourages People to Help Others

Spark in the Dark Group Encourages People to Help Others

Nonprofit Spark in the Dark is a network that connects people in need to neighbors that can help. Sarah Spohn spoke to Executive Director and Founder Abagail McKiernan to learn more.

East Lansing Insider: What’s All This Discussion About The Northern Tier?
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East Lansing Insider: What’s All This Discussion About The Northern Tier?

In this episode of The Insider, Andrew and Emily go in-depth on the recent discussions at City Council and Planning Commission regarding the Northern Tier. It’s a discussion ranging from land use to town-gown relations, so give it a listen!

School Board Approves Policy Changes About Recess, Suicide Prevention, And More

School Board Approves Policy Changes About Recess, Suicide Prevention, And More

The School Board unanimously voted to adopt five new policies on Monday as it reviews and revises its new policy manual. Al Hargrave reports on the policy changes.

The City’s Workforce Shrunk In the Last 2 Years, With Notable Attrition of Black Employees

The City’s Workforce Shrunk In the Last 2 Years, With Notable Attrition of Black Employees

The City currently has 64 fewer employees than it did on Dec. 31, 2019 — and the departures have been most prevalent among Black employees. What else did ELi find out about changes in the City’s workforce?

What Does the Attorney General’s Opinion On the Open Meetings Act Mean for East Lansing’s Public Bodies? [UPDATED]
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What Does the Attorney General’s Opinion On the Open Meetings Act Mean for East Lansing’s Public Bodies? [UPDATED]

The ELPS School Board weighed the benefits and setbacks of increasing options for public comment at its Feb. 14 meeting.

Free Menstrual Products Coming to Public Restrooms? [UPDATED]

Free Menstrual Products Coming to Public Restrooms? [UPDATED]

City Council passed an ordinance requiring City-owned restrooms provide free menstrual products.

Ask ELi: Covid at East Lansing High School
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Ask ELi: Covid at East Lansing High School

ELi brings answers to a series of questions about how ELHS is handling Covid-19 after reports in early January that hundreds of students were absent.

City Staff Set to Get Covid Bonuses From ARPA Money After Pushback

City Staff Set to Get Covid Bonuses From ARPA Money After Pushback

Full-time employees working for the City of East Lansing on Feb. 6, 2022, will receive a $2,000 bonus, and part-time workers will receive a $1,000 bonus, with a total of about $675,000 in tax dollars to be used. The intent is to reward and retain current employees.

EL School Board Addresses Covid Challenges With New President
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EL School Board Addresses Covid Challenges With New President

The ELPS School Board unanimously voted to make Kate Powers president in 2022, as the district faces high numbers of absenteeism at ELHS and challenges from the more transmissible Omicron variant.

As Pandemic Drags Out, ELPS Grapples with Balancing Student Emotional Wellbeing and Physical Health
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As Pandemic Drags Out, ELPS Grapples with Balancing Student Emotional Wellbeing and Physical Health

With the arrival of Omicron, how will the district balance protecting students from both Omicron and the detrimental effects of social isolation, just as students were adjusting to in-person learning?

East Lansing Stories We Expect to Be Big in 2022
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East Lansing Stories We Expect to Be Big in 2022

ELi’s mission is to bring East Lansing the news. Here’s a look at what we think we’ll be helping you to know about and understand in context in 2022.

The 10 Stories That Meant the Most to ELi Reporters in 2021
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The 10 Stories That Meant the Most to ELi Reporters in 2021

We asked our reporters which stories that they wrote meant the most to them in 2021. They answered, passing along a varied collection of stories for this year in review.

Two EL Churches Trying to Provide Faith-Based Reparations to Greater Lansing Black Community

Two EL Churches Trying to Provide Faith-Based Reparations to Greater Lansing Black Community

Two East Lansing churches are looking at providing faith-based reparations to the Black community in the Greater Lansing area. The idea has recently come for discussion to East Lansing’s Human Rights Commission.

Library Workers Sign Contract, as Building Repair Costs Hit $1.4 Million (and Counting?)

Library Workers Sign Contract, as Building Repair Costs Hit $1.4 Million (and Counting?)

Recently-unionized East Lansing Public Library workers and the administration have signed a contract. Meanwhile, repair costs at the library continue to skyrocket, now reaching twice the originally-accepted bid. What’s going on?

Despite Calls For Covid-Related Bonuses To City Staff, East Lansing’s Draft ARPA Plan Leaves Them Out

Despite Calls For Covid-Related Bonuses To City Staff, East Lansing’s Draft ARPA Plan Leaves Them Out

UPDATE: At last night’s meeting, Council supported a motion by Council member George Brookover asking the City Manager to look into using ARPA funds for extra pay for “all unelected part time and full time City employees.”

School Board Discusses Oxford Shooting, Student Safety, Other Issues

School Board Discusses Oxford Shooting, Student Safety, Other Issues

At its first meeting since the school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, the ELPS School Board discussed student safety and a host of other issues, including finances, a new policy handbook, and curriculum changes. Al Hargrave delivers your School Board round up.

Ask ELi: What’s Behind the Land Acknowledgment of the Indigenous History of East Lansing?
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Ask ELi: What’s Behind the Land Acknowledgment of the Indigenous History of East Lansing?

East Lansing, including Michigan State University, occupies the Lands of the Anishinaabeg, and Indigenous faculty at MSU are drawing attention to that with a Land Acknowledgement statement. The City has sometimes adapted and used the statement, too. What is the history of this Land Acknowledgment? What might it mean moving forward?

Covid Is Surging, Flu Is Spreading, and Alarmed Sparrow Hospital Nurses Are Voting on a Possible Strike (UPDATED)

Covid Is Surging, Flu Is Spreading, and Alarmed Sparrow Hospital Nurses Are Voting on a Possible Strike (UPDATED)

The local healthcare infrastructure is showing signs of extraordinary stress, as Covid numbers here are surging upward, the flu is spreading, and Sparrow Hospital healthcare professionals –exhausted by the pandemic experience – are seeking better working conditions. Emily Joan Elliott reports.

East Lansing Football Team Subjected to Obscenities, Racial Slurs at South Lyon, According to Parents and Players

East Lansing Football Team Subjected to Obscenities, Racial Slurs at South Lyon, According to Parents and Players

ELi’s Andrew Graham spoke with ELHS players, parents, and the district’s athletic director about what happened, what they felt, and where it all goes from here.

School Board Discusses Covid, Student Conduct

School Board Discusses Covid, Student Conduct

ELPS continues to grapple with issues related to returning to school during a pandemic, including vaccinating students, addressing mental health stressors, and messaging good student conduct. Here’s the School Board meeting round up.

Ron Bacon Elected First Black Mayor of East Lansing

Ron Bacon Elected First Black Mayor of East Lansing

Jessy Gregg, who had been serving as Mayor since Aaron Stephens’ resignation, has again been elected Mayor Pro Tem. Dana Watson and George Bookover were also sworn in.

ELPS Board, Administrators Explain and Support Decision on Halloween, Valentine’s Day
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ELPS Board, Administrators Explain and Support Decision on Halloween, Valentine’s Day

After parent pushback and national media attention, Monday night’s School Board meeting focused on the decision to end in-school Halloween and Valentine’s Day celebrations. What did the Board and Superintendent say about the issue?

Tensions Between Workers and Management Visible in East Lansing
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Tensions Between Workers and Management Visible in East Lansing

The controversy surrounding MSU’s request for faculty and staff to volunteer their personal time to work in dining halls is only the tip of the iceberg locally in terms of tensions between employees and management. What else is happening around town?

East Lansing Insider: Council and Policing Round Up
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East Lansing Insider: Council and Policing Round Up

Emily Joan Elliott and Heather Brothers discuss City Council’s debate over a new labor contract for command officers in the East Lansing Police Department. The two then provide a weekly news round up.

Debate Over Command Officers’ Contract Splits Council in 4-1 Vote

Debate Over Command Officers’ Contract Splits Council in 4-1 Vote

Council approved the Settlement Agreement between the City and ELPD’s command officers in a 4-1 vote. Why did a Council member ask for discussion on the contract and ultimately vote against it?

Hair-Based Discrimination, Raises for Council Taken Up at Last Council Meeting Before Election
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Hair-Based Discrimination, Raises for Council Taken Up at Last Council Meeting Before Election

The City of East Lansing now prohibits hair-based discrimination, and the next City Council will see a slight increase in their pay. Lisa Babcock also reminded the community about her flooding town hall on Thursday. Find out about all this, the City’s litigation update, and more!

ELPS Grapples with Student Misconduct, Masking

ELPS Grapples with Student Misconduct, Masking

According to teachers’, administrators’, and families’ anecdotal reports, aggressive behavior among students has been on the rise. What has caused this uptick? How is it being handled?

East Lansing Insider: Superintendent Talks Pandemic, Equity in Schools
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East Lansing Insider: Superintendent Talks Pandemic, Equity in Schools

ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott speaks with East Lansing Public Schools Superintendent Dori Leyko about the pandemic and the school district’s commitment to equity and social justice. Give a listen!

ELPS Elementary Schools No Longer Celebrating Halloween, Valentine’s Day

ELPS Elementary Schools No Longer Celebrating Halloween, Valentine’s Day

The Elementary Principal Team at ELPS sent a letter to families, saying that they had examined the unintended consequences of celebrating the holidays. Here’s what informed the decision.

EL Human Rights Commission Looking to Concerns about Seniors, LGBTQ+ People, Environment, Housing
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EL Human Rights Commission Looking to Concerns about Seniors, LGBTQ+ People, Environment, Housing

The Human Rights Commission had previously reviewed policing and complaints about policing in East Lansing, but now the new Police Oversight Commission will take over that task. How is the HRC reimagining its place in the community with less on its plate?

Council Appoints Police Oversight Commission. Who Are the 11 Members?

Council Appoints Police Oversight Commission. Who Are the 11 Members?

After reviewing 39 applications and conducting 37 interviews, representatives for the City of East Lansing selected 11 commissioners, and Council gave its approval. Who are the new commissioners?

All the East Lansing News We Don’t Know Where to Put
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All the East Lansing News We Don’t Know Where to Put

City Council candidate forums, the possibility of a new City Attorney, an issue of representation at the Arts Commission, and parliamentary procedure. Alice Dreger brings updates on all that and more!

Council Member Pushes for ‘Second Opinion’ On Sewer Construction and Flooding in Glencairn
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Council Member Pushes for ‘Second Opinion’ On Sewer Construction and Flooding in Glencairn

Council member Ron Bacon said he wants an analysis from “someone who isn’t so closely tied to the project.” ELi’s Andrew Graham reports on the tense exchange at last night’s City Council meeting.

Dawn Carson, East Lansing’s First Woman Fire Chief, Is Sworn In
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Dawn Carson, East Lansing’s First Woman Fire Chief, Is Sworn In

Carson told ELi she’s looking forward to being Chief of the “outstanding group of paramedics and firefighters who provide excellent emergency medical services and fire protection to the community.”

Caught Between Local Governments, Flooded Homeowners Struggle for Answers
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Caught Between Local Governments, Flooded Homeowners Struggle for Answers

On the eastern edge of East Lansing, five homeowners have spent weeks trying to figure out why the Aug. 12 rains flooded their basements with sewage. Weeks later, like most residents, they still haven’t gotten satisfying answers. Andrew Graham reports.

Twenty Covid Cases at Glencairn, Outdoor Learning Spaces, Financial Audit All Discussed at School Board

Twenty Covid Cases at Glencairn, Outdoor Learning Spaces, Financial Audit All Discussed at School Board

The relatively high Covid numbers at Glencairn Elementary dominated discussions, but the School Board trustees also discussed how to use remaining bond money, a financial audit, and more. We bring you a round up.

EL Honors Civil Rights Leader Dr. Robert Green with School Renaming, Historical Marker
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EL Honors Civil Rights Leader Dr. Robert Green with School Renaming, Historical Marker

On Friday, Sept. 24, the City of East Lansing and East Lansing Public Schools honored Dr. Robert L. Green, a nationally-recognized civil rights leader and one of the first Black homeowners in East Lansing.

EL Library Workers Rally, Press Trustees to Hear Their Side of Contract Dispute

EL Library Workers Rally, Press Trustees to Hear Their Side of Contract Dispute

Supporters at the library workers’ rally included fellow librarians from MSU, LCC, and CADL, plus several East Lansing citizens, including one candidate for City Council.

East Lansing Insider: Ask ELi to Investigate
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East Lansing Insider: Ask ELi to Investigate

Alice Dreger, Emily Joan Elliott, and Andrew Graham cover some of the most recent Ask ELi’s that they have investigated. Give a listen to learn more about flooding, drains, construction, schools, and more!

As Friday’s Dedications Near, We’re Learning More about East Lansing’s History of Racial Integration
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As Friday’s Dedications Near, We’re Learning More about East Lansing’s History of Racial Integration

Get details on Friday’s celebrations and find out what we’ve learned thanks to ELi readers about the history of racial integration in East Lansing.

East Lansing’s Housing Study to Be Tackled at Special Joint Session
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East Lansing’s Housing Study to Be Tackled at Special Joint Session

Planning staff for the City of East Lansing is looking for input on a “Near Term Housing Action Plan” as well as a longer-term vision. How can you listen and weigh in?

Only East Lansing’s Mayor and Williamstown’s Supervisor Refused to Join Sheriff’s Rebuke of Prosecutor

Only East Lansing’s Mayor and Williamstown’s Supervisor Refused to Join Sheriff’s Rebuke of Prosecutor

Elected Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth declined to tell ELi earlier this week who was with him and who against him on a controversial firearms issue. Now we know. ELi’s Heather Brothers reports.

What Decisions Were Made at Tuesday’s “Discussion-Only” City Council Meeting?
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What Decisions Were Made at Tuesday’s “Discussion-Only” City Council Meeting?

A lawsuit settlement, hair discrimination, food trucks in neighborhoods, controversially-confidential legal opinions, and more at this week’s East Lansing City Council. Catch up with ELi!

Local Events to Help Refugees from Afghanistan and Elsewhere

Local Events to Help Refugees from Afghanistan and Elsewhere

Local faith leaders, artists, and charitable organizations are offering many ways area residents can help refugees from Afghanistan.

City Council Says ‘No’ To Signing Off On Sheriff’s Rebuke of Prosecutor
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City Council Says ‘No’ To Signing Off On Sheriff’s Rebuke of Prosecutor

Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth has been canvassing municipalities in an attempt to get local leaders to sign onto his statement opposing County Prosecutor Carol Siemon’s reforms. Heather Brothers reports on his failure to convince East Lansing City Council to sign.

Big Changes Ahead for Valley Court Park Area
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Big Changes Ahead for Valley Court Park Area

A new apartment building and other big changes coming soon to the Valley Court Park area? Learn the latest from ELi’s Alice Dreger.

Two Inches of Rain Fell Today, Flooding Northlawn Avenue With Misery Again
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Two Inches of Rain Fell Today, Flooding Northlawn Avenue With Misery Again

“We’re wondering what’s going on, and why this is happening,” said one thirty-year resident of Northlawn Avenue today after the street was hit with extraordinary flooding again.

New District 54B Judge Introduces Herself to the Community
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New District 54B Judge Introduces Herself to the Community

Judge Molly Hennessey Greenwalt expressed her excitement about serving her community, particularly in her capacity overseeing District 54B’s sobriety and drug courts.

Now’s Your Chance to Give Input on Affordable Housing for “Creatives” in EL
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Now’s Your Chance to Give Input on Affordable Housing for “Creatives” in EL

The nonprofit consultant hired to articulate the potential for constructing affordable live-work space for artists in East Lansing is coming to town next week, and now is your chance to have your ideas heard.

MSU Broad Exhibits & Events Highlight Incarceration
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MSU Broad Exhibits & Events Highlight Incarceration

The latest fall 2021 exhibitions at the Broad focus on the issue of mass incarceration in the U.S. Sarah Spohn reports on what the exhibits include, associated events, and the meaning behind the installations.

Who applied to be on the Independent Police Oversight Commission?
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Who applied to be on the Independent Police Oversight Commission?

The applications are in, and applicants are varied in background, area of expertise, and reasons for applying. What do we know about the applicant pool?

Debate over Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at School Board on Eve of New School Year

Debate over Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at School Board on Eve of New School Year

While the meeting largely focused on excitement about returning to school on the heels of the district’s unusually intensive summer offerings, a debate emerged during public comment about the district’s work related to equity and social justice. We bring you a round up of the Aug. 23 School Board meeting

ELPS Hires First Director of Equity and Social Justice

ELPS Hires First Director of Equity and Social Justice

Klaudia Burton, who had previously taught science at ELHS, will take on the new position. What inspired her to apply? What does she envision for the district’s future?

East Lansing Insider: ELHS Black Student Union Leaders Share Their Experiences
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East Lansing Insider: ELHS Black Student Union Leaders Share Their Experiences

Anaiis Rios-Kasoga, Laila Lloyd, and Liyu Mesay discuss their work with the Black Student Union at ELHS, how the 2016 presidential election shaped their high school years, and what ELHS could do – and in some cases, has already done – to build a more inclusive environment

Pinecrest School Will Be Renamed After Dr. Robert L. Green

Pinecrest School Will Be Renamed After Dr. Robert L. Green

Before the unanimous vote in favor at Monday’s School Board meeting, Green’s oldest son spoke warmly of his parents and of his own experience in the East Lansing Public Schools.

News Analysis: Are You On or Off East Lansing’s Political Power Grid?

News Analysis: Are You On or Off East Lansing’s Political Power Grid?

At the Council of Neighborhood Presidents’ meetings, your neighborhood could have the ear of locally powerful people. But are you represented there?

East Lansing Public Library Workers Reject Contract, Continue Call for Better Conditions

East Lansing Public Library Workers Reject Contract, Continue Call for Better Conditions

Employees in non-supervisory roles at the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) rejected a contract offered by the City because it did not include stipulations that the workers are fighting for. What are the workers hoping to receive? What happens next?

East Lansing Insider: Alex Hosey Talks Civil Rights
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East Lansing Insider: Alex Hosey Talks Civil Rights

ELi’s Managing Editor talks to Alex Hosey, a local civil rights activist and youth reporter for ELi. Hosey spoke about his decision to sit for the national anthem during a basketball game several years ago, his experience as a Black young man in East Lansing, and his future plans.

City Council and ELPD Reticent on Newly Announced Prosecutorial Changes

City Council and ELPD Reticent on Newly Announced Prosecutorial Changes

Several Ingham County police chiefs objected to Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon’s changes to traffic stop protocol. ELPD has not made clear how the changes will affect East Lansing.

East Lansing Insider: Overseeing Policing in East Lansing

East Lansing Insider: Overseeing Policing in East Lansing

ELi’s Publisher and Executive Director Alice Dreger and reporter Heather Brothers speak with Dr. Cedrick Heraux, who served on the Study Committee on an Independent Police Oversight Commission, about policing in East Lansing. Give a listen!

Yarn Bomb Near Peanut Barrel Honors Pride Month

Yarn Bomb Near Peanut Barrel Honors Pride Month

Outside of Peanut Barrel in downtown East Lansing, a tree can be found wrapped in colorful yarn, emblazoned with the word “LOVE” down the middle. Adan Tomas Quan reports for ELi on why Diane Barnum undertook this project and what it means to her.

What ever happened following that open letter from the ELHS newspaper? And will Pinecrest be renamed?

What ever happened following that open letter from the ELHS newspaper? And will Pinecrest be renamed?

The staff of the ELHS newspaper called for a more inclusive and equitable district, but the town hall they called for didn’t happen. So what did? How might renaming Pinecrest Elementary honor local civil rights history?

Approaching 50th Anniversary of East Lansing’s First-in-the-Nation Gay Rights’ Protection, Here’s What the City’s Records Do and Don’t Tell Us

Approaching 50th Anniversary of East Lansing’s First-in-the-Nation Gay Rights’ Protection, Here’s What the City’s Records Do and Don’t Tell Us

Almost 50 years ago, East Lansing’s City Council became the first elected body in the nation to protect gay men and lesbians from discrimination. But the landmark resolution is missing from City records. What do we know about East Lansing’s history of protections for LGBTQ+ people?

East Lansing Moves to Remove Restrictions on Parking and Fireworks and Give Workers a Paid Holiday for Juneteenth

East Lansing Moves to Remove Restrictions on Parking and Fireworks and Give Workers a Paid Holiday for Juneteenth

After an ELi reader pointed out that ELPD was ticketing cars on Juneteenth when holiday parking rules should have been in effect, Mayor Aaron Stephens explained at last week’s Council meeting how those affected can appeal. How might the City honor Juneteenth in future years?

What Did City Council Get Done During Its Final June Meeting?
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What Did City Council Get Done During Its Final June Meeting?

Seven million to the pensions. Water shut-offs starting soon. City lawsuit information might be disclosed to the public again. What else did we see at City Council this week?

EL School Board Round Up: Reflecting on the Year Past and the Year Ahead
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EL School Board Round Up: Reflecting on the Year Past and the Year Ahead

Will Pinecrest get a new name? Will school be in-person or virtual in the fall? When will food distribution happen? Is the track open to the public? Find the answers to these questions – and more – in the School Board round up.

Pinecrest Neighborhood Association to Hold Juneteenth Celebration
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Pinecrest Neighborhood Association to Hold Juneteenth Celebration

After holding its first Juneteenth celebration in 2020, the Pinecrest Neighborhood Association will do the same this year on Saturday at 2 p.m. What will the event include? What is its significance to the community?

Neighborhood Resource Specialists Assist ELPD in Resolving Civil and Long-Term Issues
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Neighborhood Resource Specialists Assist ELPD in Resolving Civil and Long-Term Issues

Since December 2020, ELPD has had a Community Engagement Team that consists of three neighborhood resource specialists and two social workers. Ann Kammerer speaks to Tonya Williams, the lead Neighborhood Resource Specialist for ELPD, to find out more about the work the specialists are doing in East Lansing.

What Else Did Council Decide This Week?

What Else Did Council Decide This Week?

A lot happened at this week’s four-hour City Council meeting. ELi’s Jack Timothy Harrison brings you up to speed with a 5-minute read!

Slim Council Majority Votes Through New Leasing Regulation – But It’s Contingent on Lansing and Meridian Following Suit
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Slim Council Majority Votes Through New Leasing Regulation – But It’s Contingent on Lansing and Meridian Following Suit

In an unusual and somewhat tense split vote, Aaron Stephens, Jessy Gregg, and Dana Watson voted in favor, while Lisa Babcock and Ron Bacon voted against. Why? ELi’s Andrew Graham reports.

ELi Hears from Readers about Big Medical Bills – and Investigates Help for Those Suffering

ELi Hears from Readers about Big Medical Bills – and Investigates Help for Those Suffering

MSU switched the insurance it provides for its retirees, causing some to face serious billing issues. International students are left to navigate a healthcare system very different from the ones that they are familiar with. What can those in our area do if they are facing large medical bills?

It’s Official: East Lansing City Council Will Create an Independent Police Oversight Commission

It’s Official: East Lansing City Council Will Create an Independent Police Oversight Commission

A press release from the City suggests Council will definitely establish an Independent Police Oversight Commission. But what might that look like? ELi’s Heather Brothers reports.

A New Department for the City, Closing Albert Ave., and More News from Council

A New Department for the City, Closing Albert Ave., and More News from Council

What decisions were made by East Lansing’s City Council this week? Find out in this recap from ELi, your local independent news source.

ELPS School Board Meets, Reviews School Year, Finances, and Plans Ahead

ELPS School Board Meets, Reviews School Year, Finances, and Plans Ahead

Marking the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, what plans does the district have to continue its work on racial equity and social justice? How might changes made during the pandemic improve future years?

“Breach of Research Ethics” in East Lansing Survey on Policing Perspectives
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“Breach of Research Ethics” in East Lansing Survey on Policing Perspectives

A recent study of East Lansing residents’ attitudes on policing said it included 51 African American and/or Black respondents, but Dr. Cedrick Heraux discovered discrepancies after looking at the raw data. What did he find in his deep dive into the numbers?

As Budget Set to Pass, EL Council Members Express Funding Concerns Related to Policing, Marijuana, and More

As Budget Set to Pass, EL Council Members Express Funding Concerns Related to Policing, Marijuana, and More

City Council’s latest budget discussion revealed some key differences of opinion – including between the City Manager and Council members. Which disagreements grew tense? ELi’s Alice Dreger reports.

Expert Looking at How to Attract Developers of Non-Student Housing to East Lansing
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Expert Looking at How to Attract Developers of Non-Student Housing to East Lansing

In meetings with the Housing and Planning Commissions, questions were raised about housing for seniors and about how a more racially diverse population could be attracted to live in East Lansing. What now?

The Senior Ambassador Program Connects East Lansing’s Students and Seniors
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The Senior Ambassador Program Connects East Lansing’s Students and Seniors

The program has paired MSU students and local senior citizens for both one-on-one meetings and larger group classes online. What have students and seniors enjoyed? How might the program evolve in fall 2021?

Local Nonprofit Agencies Likely to Receive $74K, as City Council Approaches Budget Votes

Local Nonprofit Agencies Likely to Receive $74K, as City Council Approaches Budget Votes

At this week’s public hearing, unlike the last, representatives of social service agencies came forward to ask Council to channel federal grant dollars to their work. Jack Timothy Harrison reports for ELi.

East Lansing Public Schools Tackles Mental Health Needs with New Interventions

East Lansing Public Schools Tackles Mental Health Needs with New Interventions

The ELPS Mental Health Advisory Committee partnered with a team at MSU to create a new website that provides mental health information and resources. It is part of a multi-pronged approach to help students.

ELHS Students Urge Town Hall Over Issues of Equity and Social Justice, While Trustee Fink Questions “Silence”

ELHS Students Urge Town Hall Over Issues of Equity and Social Justice, While Trustee Fink Questions “Silence”

The editorial board of Portrait, East Lansing High School’s student newspaper, is calling on the leadership of East Lansing Public Schools to attend to concerns they have identified. Board Trustee Monica Fink read a statement in which she also questioned how the district leadership is managing issues of racism and equity. Here is what happened last evening.

Investigation into Slavery Assignment Completed, Teacher Returns to Classroom

Investigation into Slavery Assignment Completed, Teacher Returns to Classroom

Matthew Christians, the MMS teacher who had been put on non-disciplinary administrative leave, returned to the classroom today. Superintendent Dori Leyko provided families with other updates from the district’s investigation on how slavery had been taught.

External Social Service Agencies Now Being Selected for Grant Funding by City Council

External Social Service Agencies Now Being Selected for Grant Funding by City Council

The City Council is poised to make decisions about whether to use federal grant dollars to fund local social service agencies. So, why didn’t any agencies show up to the first public hearing?

MacDonald Teacher Put on Administrative Leave Following More Controversial Slavery Assignments Coming to Light

MacDonald Teacher Put on Administrative Leave Following More Controversial Slavery Assignments Coming to Light

The superintendent says that in addition to a thorough investigation, the district is reviewing the curriculum and keeping other promises made following the murder of George Floyd. ELi’s Emily Elliott reports.

City Council Stops Water Shut-Offs, As One Thousand East Lansing Customers Are Overdue

City Council Stops Water Shut-Offs, As One Thousand East Lansing Customers Are Overdue

The amount now owed to the water system is about ten times what would be expected in a normal year on July 1. East Lansing’s Finance Director and City Manager told Council that staff are trying to figure out how to help those in financial distress. ELi’s Andrew Graham reports.

ELHS Students Eager to Get Vaccinated, Face Age Restrictions

ELHS Students Eager to Get Vaccinated, Face Age Restrictions

Some students at ELHS have already received a vaccine, and more plan on it. What is preventing some from receiving a vaccine? ELi’s Adan Tomas Quan reports.

Long-Awaited Housing Study Introduced to Council
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Long-Awaited Housing Study Introduced to Council

What have we learned so far about the study that many have hoped will tell us if there’s a student-housing bubble forming here? Andrew Graham reports from City Council.

ELPS Administrators Call Assignment on Slavery a “Collective Failure”
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ELPS Administrators Call Assignment on Slavery a “Collective Failure”

The assignment asked students to imagine themselves as enslaved persons. How did ELPS teachers come to this assignment? What is the district doing to address the issue?

Group Seeks to Honor Civil Rights Icon with Historical Markers, Renaming of Pinecrest Elementary School
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Group Seeks to Honor Civil Rights Icon with Historical Markers, Renaming of Pinecrest Elementary School

In 1964, Dr. Robert L. Green was an East Lansing resident and MSU faculty member who made a complaint to the federal government in a case related to a house he wanted to buy in the Glencairn neighborhood. Green was also a national leader in civil rights. Now, a local group is seeking to honor his legacy of local and national leadership.

East Lansing Council Responds to Survey Showing African American Residents Have Relatively Lower Trust of ELPD
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East Lansing Council Responds to Survey Showing African American Residents Have Relatively Lower Trust of ELPD

Despite paying nearly $20,000 for the survey conducted by a private firm, the City did not receive the raw data collected. Council expressed concern over the way survey results were analyzed and presented. What were the issues? How might the results be used moving forward?

Idea Floated to Move “Licensed Beds” for Conversion of EL Houses from Rentals to Owner-Occupied
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Idea Floated to Move “Licensed Beds” for Conversion of EL Houses from Rentals to Owner-Occupied

Could revolving funds be used to create a win-win situation for landlords and homeowners in near-university neighborhoods like Chesterfield Hills?

Town Hall and Vigil at MSU to Respond to Anti-Asian Acts
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Town Hall and Vigil at MSU to Respond to Anti-Asian Acts