This article takes up the issue of creating local economies that are not driven by global capital but instead respond to community needs and are democratically controlled by residents. It highlights that local economies as currently constituted consistently marginalize people of color, and gives a blueprint for how the rules of the game need to […]

The ongoing labor movement to win a living wage for fast food workers implicates both race and law. A recent article in Salon speaks to the way in which the minimum wage level allows corporations to pass off the basic well-being of their employees–many of whom are racial and ethnic minorities–to federal and state government welfare […]

Call for Papers “The Highest Tribute”: The Michigan Journal of Race & Law at Twenty September 19, 2014 University of Michigan Law School Ann Arbor, Michigan “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” Writing in 1972 in Furman v. Georgia, Thurgood Marshall set the bar for students and scholars […]

By Kelly O’Donnell[2], Executive Production Editor, Volume 19 In college athletics, the violations that affect teams and player eligibility are analogous to criminal violations. Just as in criminal law,[3] the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s (“NCAA”) lack of due process in investigations and high penalties disproportionately affect the groups that are overrepresented in violations––overwhelmingly Black and Hispanic […]

Over the last couple of weeks, the social justice and voting rights communities have been abuzz with the news that Judge Richard A. Posner, who famously held in 2007 that an Indiana voter ID law did not impose an undue burden on voters, has changed his mind. Laws requiring voters to show a valid photo […]

MJR&L worked with Professor Martha Jones to bring NPR’s Michele Norris’ Race Card Project to Michigan Law. The Race Card Project invites participants to share a six-word description of their view of race, ethnicity, and cultural identity written on index cards or online forms in order to foster additional discussions on those topics. MJR&L members advertised […]