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, […]

Equality is spreading

The One Capital Region campaign saw a huge victory this week when Meridian Township passed their fair housing ordinance. However, we weren’t the only ones celebrating this week. One Capital Region is actually part of a much larger team that works around the state to pass and defend non-discrimination ordinances. This week, our entire team […]

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 […]

UPDATE: Meridian Township Begins Discussing Human Rights Ordinance

  Last night, June 4, Trustee Angela Wilson introduced the discussion of a Human Rights Ordinance in Meridian Township. This ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodations, and public services. In her introduction, Trustee Wilson stated, “We recognize the need for a comprehensive […]