Stateside: New Dems push for change; diversity in craft beer; Nassar survivors’ therapists go unpaid

Dec 10, 2018

Today on Stateside, Representative-elect for Michigan's 8th District Elissa Slotkin tells us why she joined 45 fellow freshman House Democrats and signed a letter pushing for change from party leaders. Plus, the president of a coalition of Great Lakes mayors weighs in on the Great Lakes Compact Council's recent announcement that it will change how it reviews water withdrawals. 

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Representative-elect Slotkin outlines demands new Democratic  members have for party leadership

  • Forty-six of 60 freshman Democrats signed a letter with a list of demands and recommendations for their party leaders moving forward. Representative-elect of Michigan’s 8th District Elissa Slotkin helped write the letter and built support for it. She joined us to talk about why she felt this letter was important, and what concerns her most about the next few years of Democratic control of the House.

Mayors’ proposal to strengthen water withdrawal rules “dissected and then rejected” by Great Lakes Compact Council

  • The Great Lakes Compact Council is changing the way it reviews proposed water withdrawals, and how its decisions can be appealed. The announcement isn’t sitting well with Great Lakes mayors, indigenous tribes, and environmental groups.
  • John Dickert is the president of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. He told us why he thinks the changes don't go far enough, and why tribes and Great Lakes mayors have been frustrated by interactions with the Council on this issue. 

Craft beer has an issue with diversity, but these brewers are changing that

  • Michigan’s craft beer scene is decidedly not known for its diversity. Brian Jones-Chance is Chief Operating Officer of 734 Brewing Company, and Kuma Ofori-Mensa is a brewer at Cultivate Coffee & Tap House. Both breweries are based in Ypsilanti. Ofori-Mensa and Jones-Chance talked to Stateside about why so few craft breweries are run by people of color, what brought them into the industry, and how they uphold diversity in their own workplaces.
  • This interview was originally recorded at our Ann Arbor live show on Thursday, November 1, 2018. 

Falling foreclosure numbers mask chronic problems in Detroit housing market 

  • One in three Detroit properties have gone through tax foreclosure over the past 15 years. Recently, those numbers have appeared to decrease. But as Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reports, that drop masks chronic problems lurking under the surface. 

Lansing-area therapists out thousands of dollars after MSU shutdown of $10 million assistance fund

  • Last week, Michigan State University officials announced that they will not be reopening a $10 million fund that was set up to support survivors of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. That means some therapists are now out thousands of dollars in services they’ve already provided.
  • Tamera Lagalo is CEO of The Support Group, a small business that offers billing services and other support for mental health professionals in the Lansing area. Lagolo responds to MSU’s decision, and talks about what this means for survivors and their therapists.

Believed: The Reckoning

Click above to hear Episode 8 of Believed

  • On this week’s episode of Believed, hosts Lindsey Smith and Kate Wells take listeners inside former sports doctor Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearing, during which 204 women and girls faced Nassar directly and told their stories not just to the courtroom, but to the world.
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