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Hundreds gather at MI Capitol for Michigan Right to Life's 'March for Life' protest

Walking along the outskirts of the Michigan Capitol building, hundreds of anti-abortion supporters and activists joined together in a “March for Life" rally, hosted and organized by Michigan Right to Life, at noon today. The rally was arranged to be held a year after the 2022 Ballot Proposal 3, or the Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative, which placed the right to abortion care into Michigan constitutional law, was passed. Earlier Wednesday morning, Right to Life filed a lawsuit against Proposal 3, arguing that the abortion access violates federal constitutional rights. 

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How hip-hop music affects social justice issues

Let’s take a deeper look at the history of hip-hop and how N.W.A., Tupac and Lamar were able to bring light many of the problems the Black community face. What social justice issues did these artists rap about in their songs? Did they influence each other in any way? 

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Social justice classes at MSU: What do they focus on?

With hundreds of classes offered at Michigan State University, it can be hard to choose exactly which ones to take, especially regarding electives, throughout your time here. Below is a compilation of various classes that are not exactly titled “social justice,” but still cover social issues that are important for students to know about. If you have extra classes to take in your time remaining at MSU, keep reading to see which ones interest you.

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'Hands off Palestine': Protestors gather at Lansing Capitol in support of Palestinians

On Thursday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m., Students United for Palestinian Rights, or SUPR, organized a protest called “Hands Off Palestine” to garner support for those in Palestine and tell Michigan’s state government there should be no American support for Israeli war crimes. The protest, which amassed over one hundred people, included Michigan State University students, members of SUPR, people of Palestinian descent and other supporters.

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MSU law professor creates project uncovering cases with legal citations of slavery

MSU Law Professor Justin Simard started the "Citing Slavery Project" in 2020 after researching sources for a project and stumbling upon citations of slave cases by modern judges. “The goal of the project is to document all cases involving enslaved people, either as litigants or as the property and dispute, and (we cite) all the cases... on our website,” Simard said. “It is essentially to get scholars and lawyers to recognize the important influence that slavery has played on the development of American law.”

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Whitmer plans for paid family and medical leave in 'What’s Next' address

During her “What’s Next” address on Aug. 30, 2023, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer explained that a majority of Michiganders support paid family and medical leave so workers can spend time with their newborns, care for a sick parent or recover after a severe medical procedure. Whitmer plans to enact paid leave in a way that would ensure “people have breathing room” between the time of their leave and coming back to work. 

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“Walk a Mile in My Shoes” rally promotes mental health, wellness

On Sept. 13 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., around 2,000 Michigan citizens surrounded the Michigan Capitol for the “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” rally to bring more attention to mental and public health and wellness. The main organization that held this rally was the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan, or CMHA, with different associated organizations representing each county in Michigan.