UPDATE: MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP IS ON THE BRINK OF BECOMING A “COOL CITY”

Place making is a very popular term – it refers to the philosophy and practice of capitalizing on a local community’s assets, inspiration and potential, ultimately creating spaces that promote peoples’ health, happiness, and well being. During the October 1 meeting, Clerk Brett Dreyfus spoke extensively about making Meridian Township a cool place to live. […]

Meridian Township Meeting Etiquette

As most of you already know, the Meridian Township Board of Trustees recently split over whether to adopt an ordinance which would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Reasons cited included concerns about authority, cost, and necessity. Trustee Milton Scales went so far as to call it “feel good legislation.” In […]

Letter from the ACLU to Meridian Township

The Lansing Branch of the Michigan ACLU recently drafted a letter to the Meridian Township Board. The letter, which was written by Branch President Lynne Martinez, expressed the ACLU’s “profound disappointment and concern with the Board’s possible reversal on the issue of adopting an ordinance that would fully protect Meridian Township residents and visitors from […]

Meridian Township Board Split Over Non-Discrimination Ordinance

During the Tuesday, September 17 Meridian Board of Trustees meeting, the Board revisited the issue of the Human Relations Ordinance. In July, the Board amended the Township’s Fair Housing Ordinance to prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. The Board is now entertaining an ordinance that would prohibit not only housing discrimination, […]

VICTORY: Here’s what happened in Meridian Township

Last night, the Meridian Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance that prohibits housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Here’s a plain English breakdown of the actions the Meridian Township Board has taken so far: Resolution The Meridian Township Board unanimously passed a resolution that stated the Board’s support for […]

SUCCESS in Meridian Township!

Tonight, the Meridian Township Board of Trustees took a huge step forward for equality and fairness. The Board unanimously voted to amend their internal policy manuals to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. They then went a step further by unanimously resolving to amend their human relations ordinance to prohibit housing and […]