Juneteenth — a celebration of freedom

By Jaz Brennan In a year disrupted by a global pandemic, race and civil rights issues returning to the surface and violence advancing throughout many parts of the world, there is no doubt that we could all use some moments of reflection and connection with ourselves and our histories.  Juneteenth is a celebration that offers … Continue reading Juneteenth — a celebration of freedom

Behind the whipped cream

By Jaz Brennan and Larzell Washington, Groundcover vendor No. 128 Whipped cream: smooth, sugary, a favorite topping on many varieties of dessert. However, a new version of an old trend is overshadowing this tasty treat. The very thing that makes whipped cream so fluffy is being used to get people a rush greater than just … Continue reading Behind the whipped cream

The pandemic’s hidden toll on women and their work lives

By Jaz Brennan, Groundcover intern Image credit: Rayne Zaayman-Gallant, EMBL Heidelberg On March 24th, United States Representative for Michigan, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, went live on Facebook to talk about how women have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Congresswoman Dingell held a discussion with labor leaders Cindy Estrada of the UAW International Union and … Continue reading The pandemic’s hidden toll on women and their work lives

Climate change, environmental concerns and net-zero carbon emissions: Think globally, act locally

By Will Shakespeare, Groundcover vendor No. 258 “Our purpose is to bring new ideas, new analyses, and new approaches to persistent problems — both national and international — to the attention of all those who care about, and help determine the quality and direction of our life…We hope that “The Limit to Growth” will command … Continue reading Climate change, environmental concerns and net-zero carbon emissions: Think globally, act locally

Washtenaw County Prosecutor candidates views on jail diversion, restorative justice

On August 4, Democratic candidates Eli Savit, Hugo Mack and Arianne Slay are vying for your vote for the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s position. No elected official has more power to end mass incarceration, racial injustice and the astronomical spending that bolsters the carceral system. The County Prosecutor is in charge of all felonies and misdemeanors … Continue reading Washtenaw County Prosecutor candidates views on jail diversion, restorative justice

A2 City Council candidates discuss affordable housing, housing justice, homelessness with Groundcover

Michigan’s primary election is Tuesday, August 4. Primary elections narrow the field of candidates prior to the general election and determine the party nominee of certain offices. Michigan primary elections are “open primaries,” meaning voters choose privately which party to vote under, regardless of registered affiliation. Here at Groundcover, we believe poverty is political and … Continue reading A2 City Council candidates discuss affordable housing, housing justice, homelessness with Groundcover

New Coupons to give to Panhandlers in Washtenaw County

Many people want to help panhandlers on the street but aren’t sure exactly how to do so. Sure, you could give them cash, but that’s not helping them develop skills or move out of their current situation. Here’s something we based on what other street newspapers have done: information coupons.These coupons can be given to … Continue reading New Coupons to give to Panhandlers in Washtenaw County