Northwest Michigan Expungement Events Announced

In April 2021, Michigan enacted Clean Slate legislation to help those with criminal records seek expungement through the legal system. As these laws take effect, Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS) is hosting a series of events to assist northwest Michiganders in the expungement process. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: bit.ly/MILSExpungement. Do you live …

Protest Conditions at Women’s Huron Valley

Conditions at Michigan’s only prison for women have been problematic for years, before COVID. Overcrowding, lack of access to mental health and adequate medical services, lack of programming, major staffing shortages which lead to fatigue and outright abuse, antiquated buildings, sewage & heating and cooling systems, and more have plagued …

Pro-Voter Bills Introduced in Michigan House

Progress Michigan Applauds Introduction of Pro-Voter Bills  MICHIGAN – November 3, 2021, Michigan House Democrats introduced a pro-voter bill package that would protect voters’ voices and modernize our elections. Voting rights advocates are applauding these bills as a step in the right direction to expand access to the ballot. Lonnie Scott, executive director …

Help Us Make #goodtrouble at MICRC on Friday 10/29/21

Over the past few months many VAAC members have attended MICRC meetings in person and remotely, and submitted many, many written comments. Thank you for the #good trouble you made!  During this final week of public testimony, a dozen+ VAAC members spoke out on behalf of VAAC and coalition partners about …

VAAC in the NEWS

An October 27th article on Mlive,com about a candidate forum taking place inside the Flint county jail highlights the report on jail voting by Nation Outside and VAAC. Read the report here! Jail inmates will hear from Genesee County candidates at Friday forum Updated: Oct. 27, 2021, 8:13 a.m. | …

Prison Gerrymandering Experts Provide Testimony to the MICRC

On October 24, 2021, Rory Kramer, PhD and Brianna Remster, PhD of Villanova University submitted written testimony to the Michigan Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission (MICRC) advocating against prison gerrymandering in Michigan. VAAC is very grateful to these scientists for their efforts on behalf of fair maps in Michigan. As social …