Stateside: Western UP COVID-19 outbreaks; Sundance film set in Albion; engaging Black voters

Sep 26, 2020
Originally published on September 28, 2020 10:05 am

Today on Stateside, the Upper Peninsula recorded its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases this week, and Houghton County’s public schools will close face-to-face instruction starting Monday for two weeks. We check in with the Western U.P.’s health officer to find out more. Also, a documentary filmmaker’s first feature film, set in Michigan. Plus, a journalist and an organizer on Black voters’ roles in the upcoming presidential election.

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Michigan’s latest COVID-19 hotspot? The Upper Peninsula.

  • Cathryn Beer is the health officer and chief executive for the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department.

Race and class dissected at the crossroads of fast food in Albion-set film The Last Shift

  • Andrew Cohn is a director and screenwriter originally from Ann Arbor. His first feature film, The Last Shift, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and is released in theaters this week.

Can Democrats turn out Black voters in Michigan this November? Some organizers aren’t so sure.

  • Kat Stafford is a national race and ethnicity writer for the Associated Press.
  • Branden Snyder is the executive director of Detroit Action.
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