Americans United Applauds ACourt Ruling on Birth Control

A federal court in California issued an order temporarily blocking implementation of the Trump administration’s rules that allow employers and universities to cite religious or moral objections to restrict employees’ and students’ access to birth control. This is the second federal court to block the rules from going into effect. Americans United, which is litigating…

Michigan Department of Civil Rights Weighs In On AG Opinion on Minimum Wage

Lansing, MI – “With the shortage of migrant farmworkers this past growing season, I am very concerned with the Attorney General’s Opinion concluding that Michigan’s minimum wage does not apply to certain small farm operations or their employees, reversing long-standing policy”, said Agustin Arbulu, Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. “We call on…

Congress fails to protect dreamers

Washington, D.C. –  Congress passed a Continuing Resolution funding the government until January of 2018 thus avoiding a government shutdown. Republicans joined by some Democrats passed the last minute resolution without the DREAM Act or legislation that would provide protection to undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. Cesar Vargas, Esq. co-director of the…

‘Victory for Right to Dissent’ as Six J20 Protesters Found Not Guilty on All Charges

  In a decision civil liberties groups applauded as “a tremendous victory for the right to dissent,” a jury returned not guilty verdicts for six Americans on trial for protesting President Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017.   The group of protesters—which includes a nurse, a photojournalist, and a college student—could have faced decades…

Judge rules for Nestle over controversial boost station to hike groundwater pumping

A judge has ruled in favor of Nestle Waters North America about a controversial booster pump station needed to draw more groundwater. Judge Susan Sniegowski issued an opinion on Dec. 20, ordering Osceola Township to issue a zoning permit to construct the booster pump house. Nestle wants to increase its production well in Osceloa Township…