Victories

Michigan United ICE rally in Detroit

Victories

We're working hard to win concrete victories that improve our members’ lives.

Here is a partial list of the things we've helped to win.

Immigration

  • A new stronger national policy preventing ICE from conducting raids at hospitals, schools and places of worship

 

  • Stopped a bill mandating E-Verify for Michigan employers

 

  • Stopped a bill stripping undocumented workers of workers’ compensation

 

  • Helped to win municipal IDs in Detroit

 

  • Led coalition in Wayne County that successfully ended Wayne County Sheriff's practice of honoring ICE “detainer” requests without a judicial warrant

 

  • Created statewide sanctuary coalition to support immigrants fighting deportation

Criminal Justice Reform

  • Restored the oversight powers of the Detroit Police Commission
     

  • Won “Fair Chance Hiring” ordinance in Kalamazoo
     

  • Won removal of “no stopping, standing or parking” signs deployed in African-American neighborhoods in Kalamazoo, which had been used as a pretext for stop-and-frisk policing
     

  • Led and developed coalition to win “Fair Chance Housing” ordinance in Detroit
     

  • Won enforcement of protections against housing discrimination against returning citizens in Kalamazoo
     

  • Helped lead a national grassroots effort to free Cyntoia Brown
     

  • Led the First Step Act Campaign in Michigan and delivered ‘yes’ votes from both of Michigan’s US Senators for the First Step Act
     

  • Won new discipline policies in Kalamazoo Public Schools to reduce the disproportionate discipline and criminalization of students of color

Caring Majority (elder, family and health care)

  • Created Kalamazoo mobile dental clinic

 

  • Passed a long-term care study (formerly HB 4674) in the state budget and won $100,000 in match funding from state legislature to implement the study of the long-term care in Michigan

 

  • Raised $200,000 in match funding for the long-term care study from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund

 

  • Created statewide coalition of leaders from 20+ organizations within the care landscape in Michigan

Housing

  • As part of HOMES coalition, created Kalamazoo Local Housing Assistance Fund to prevent homelessness, then won $5 million millage to fund program
     

  • Saved the foreclosure redemption period from repeal by the legislature, preserving the ability of homeowners to fight their foreclosures or find new housing
     

  • Played major role in winning "Fair Chance Housing" ordinance in Detroit

Workers' Rights

  • Played key role in raising minimum wage in 2014 to $9.25. 
     

  • Played steering committee role in the MI Time to Care campaign to win paid sick days

Environmental Justice

  • Helped win appropriations from state legislature to address Flint water crisis
     

  • Prevented Flint City Council from signing away the ability of residents to sue the water authority over future issues

Justice and  Dignity 

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