This summer from June 19-29, 25 area high school students will be travelling via bus though the Deep South. As part of the 2016 Freedom Tour, these students will experience and learn the history of the U.S. civil rights movement through visits to its landmarks and institutions and multiple interactions with many who led, participated in or now study the centuries-long struggle. The 2016 Freedom Tour and is sponsored by the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR). MCHR is a non-profit group dedicated to universal human rights through education, advocacy, community organization and action. PMP&R is providing financial support for 2016 Freedom Tour by covering the cost of the trip for several students. The firm has also been a supporter of previous Freedom Tours. “The Freedom Tour provides an extraordinary opportunity for area high school students to walk in the footsteps of famous civil rights activists and leaders, see the landmarks of the movement, talk with contemporary civil rights activists and learn about the philosophy of non-violence,” said firm co-founder Cary McGehee, who is the long-time chair of the MCHR Board of Directors. The 2016 Freedom Tour itinerary includes: *Atlanta – Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change and Ebenezer Church. *Montgomery, Ala. – Freedom Riders Museum, Rosa Parks Center and Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. *Meridian and Jackson, Miss. – Medgar Evers House, Choctaw Native American Reservation, Tougaloo College and the Arab Museum. *Selma and Lowndes County, Ala. – Edmund Pettus Bridge, Viola Liuzzo Memorial, the Slavery Museum and National Voting Rights Museum and Institute. *Memphis, Tenn. – Lorraine Hotel Museum and Beale Street music scene. “We provide these students a powerful, firsthand experience of the rich narrative of the civil rights movement. And we demonstrate through the example of civil rights heroes that they, as young people, have power and can make a difference,” said McGehee. “For months prior to the tour, we also mentor and develop these teens so they can return to their own communities, schools and churches as informed and inspired young social activists,” said McGehee. Fundraising efforts continue toward the $75,000 goal – the full cost of the tour. Sponsorship of a single student is $1500, but donations of any size are appreciated and welcomed. Donations may be made directly to MCHR at 9200 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, Mich. 48213 or the 2016 Freedom Tour CrowdRise Fundraiser at http://bit.ly/21lvRJW. For more information on the 2016 Freedom Tour visit MCHR.org.
Bridge Michigan published an op-ed authored by Michael Pitt which urges Gov. Whitmer to appoint an independent task force to investigate the failure of the Edenville Dam: Read full article here.
TIME -- "States Automated Systems are Trapping Citizens in Bureaucratic Nightmares with Lives on the Line"
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WEYI/NBC/Mid-Michigan -- "Federal Court Rules Former Gov. Rick Snyder Remains as a Defendant in Flint Residents' Lawsuit"
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Michael Pitt was cited in a Detroit News report on a state-conducted investigation into the Edenville Dam failure announced by Gov. Whitmer: Read full article here.
The Midland Daily News referenced the lawsuit filed by firm attorneys in the Michigan Court of Claims, including citation of passages from the complaint: Read full article here.
Michigan Radio/NPR -- "Midland County Residents File Lawsuit Against State, Alleging Negligent Dam Management"
Michael Pitt was quoted in a Michigan Radio/NPR report on the Court of Claims suit filed by the firm regarding failure of the Edenville Dam: Read full article here.
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WDIV/NBC reported on the Edenville Dam-related Court of Claims filing: Read full article here.
Michael Pitt was quoted in a report from Newsradio WSGW/Midland on the Court of Claims complaint filed regarding the failure of the Edenville Dam: Read the full article here.
Michael Pitt was quoted in WILX/CBS coverage of the Edenville Dam-related Court of Claims filing: Read the full article here.
WDIV/NBC reported on the Edenville Dam-related Court of Claims filing: Read the full article here.
M. Pitt was quoted in a WNEM/CBS report on the Edenville Dam-related Court of Claims case: Read full article here.
FOX 2 News -- "Mid-Michigan Homeowners Sue State Over Edenville Dam Break, Allege Neglect, Mismanagement"
Michael Pitt was quoted in a FOX 2 News report on the Edenville Dam-related Court of Claims case: Read the full article here.
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Bloomberg Law cited Pitt McGehee Palmer Bonanni & Rivers as attorneys of record in it posted report on the preliminary injunction granted in the Oakland County Jail class action: Read full article here.
Afro.com -- "First Federal Court Win Ordering Release of Medically-Vulnerable People In Our County Jails"
Cary McGehee was quoted by Afro.com in a posted report on the preliminary injunction granted in the Oakland County Jail COVID-19 class action: Read full article here.
Cary McGehee was quoted in Oakland Press coverage of a favorable ruling for the plaintiffs handed-down in the Oakland County Jail class action: Read full article here.
Detroit News -- "Judge Orders Oakland County Jail to Submit List of Inmates for Release Consideration"
Cary McGehee was quoted in a report published by Detroit News regarding a ruling issued by U.S. District Judge Linda Parker in the Oakland County Jail class action: Read full article here.
The Appeal -- "Lawsuit Seeks the Release of 'Medically Vulnerable' People at Oakland County Jail in Michigan"
Kevin Carlson and Cary McGehee were cited in a report posted in The Appeal (vertical news outlet focusing primarily on the criminal justice system) regarding the problematic conditions at Oakland County Jail due to COVID-19 and the related class...
Cary McGehee was quoted in a Detroit News report on actions taken by Oakland County Jail in response to a federal lawsuit filed by prisoners alleging the facility has not adequately protected them from the transmission of the coronavirus: Read...