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With reproductive health care in peril, Michigan advocates and clinics fight for abortion rights

A renewed fight for abortion care is underway in Michigan, where more than 2.2 million people are in danger of losing their fundamental reproductive rights following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24. People in the state are still able to obtain legal and safe abortions due to a preliminary injunction preventing the state's 1931 abortion ban from taking effect. Since the Supreme Court's ruling, clinics across

'We need to start normalizing standing up for each other': Women of color at MSU share experiences of racism

As national protests calling for the end of police brutality following the death of George Floyd continue, women of color from Michigan State shared examples of racism they experienced. A recent MSU graduate, Zaria Phillips said she used to straighten her hair all the time. She would make sure to stay out of the sun so she could preserve some lightness in her skin and didn't indulge in Black culture. It wasn't until she was older that she realized she will always be Black and people are never g

‘A Life-Sustaining Access’: Over 2 Million Michigan Women Will Lose Reproductive Rights With Roe V. Wade Overturned

Labor, delivery, and abortion-care nurse Ashia George is worried for women who will face dangerous pregnancies and deliveries if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court, resulting in millions of Michiganders losing access to safe abortions. Need to Know • Almost 2.2 million women in Michigan could lose abortion rights if the Supreme Court overturns Roe V. Wade as the draft opinion obtained by Politico suggests. • MDHHS reported nearly one in seven women in Michigan had an induced abortio

Financial stress among students at a high during pandemic

"It’s definitely stressed me out," Bloomfield said. "My plan for this and next month (was) to make that money, save and not have to worry about next semester. And now, it’s got to the point where I’m wondering if I can move back to school in the fall and live off-campus again ... I’m just stressing about next semester already.” Before the COVID-19 outbreak, advertising management sophomore Hannah Bloomfield was working up to 29 hours a week at two on-campus jobs in order to pay for her food, re

If Roe v. Wade falls, contraceptive bans could be next on Republicans' agenda

As uncertainty grips the nation following the possibility of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade this summer, some Republican politicians are already moving to restrict access to birth control next. Abortion is still legal, though the medical procedure is difficult to access in many states. With the constitutional right to abortion currently under threat, abortion opponents are building on the momentum with the false argument that certain forms of birth control, especially emergency contr

State Board of Canvassers certifies Nov. 3 election results

Democrat Julie Matuzak proposed the motion and it later passed with a vote of 3-0 since Republican Norman Shinkle abstained from voting.  Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted to certify the Nov. 3 general election results after listening to numerous public comments during the Monday meeting, confirming President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump by more than 150,000 votes. “More than 5.5 million Michiganders cast ballots in Nov. elections, a record in our state,” Elections

Explainer: Gov. Whitmer Kidnapping Trial Updates

A historic trial on domestic terrorism ended with a shocking verdict from the jury about a month ago. Here’s everything you need to know about this case (so far). MICHIGAN–A month has passed since one of the country’s highest-profile domestic terrorism cases ended with no conviction by the jury. Four defendants were tried over an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow the state government using violence. On April 8, the jury found two men not guilty and deadlocked on two ot

Michigan activist: Abortions happen 'whether they're legal or not'

A leaked draft opinion obtained by Politico last week suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court intends to vote to reverse the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling has inspired outrage across the country, as many fear a future without access to safe abortions. The ruling in Roe v. Wade in 1973 affirmed a federal right to abortion. Over 2.2 million women in Michigan could lose access to abortion services if the landmark ruling falls, according to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Michigan is one of

A second 'gridlock' protest planned. Who's behind it? It's complicated.

Operation Gridlock is planned to return to Lansing on Wednesday in protest once more against the governor’s extended executive order. Both Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine and Michigan Conservative Coalition took to Facebook and denied having any role in organizing the second protest. Last week, Michigan’s Capitol was surrounded by cars as residents protested in response to the extension of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' order. "I think that to some degree (the order)

Dating apps and hookup culture: MSU professors weigh in

Yet, there are certain stereotypes surrounding dating apps and hookup culture that seem confusing to many. Professors at Michigan State University give their opinions on hookup culture and whether dating apps have truly killed romance, or altered it. Celebrating February as the month of love, we also recognize the power of one’s sexuality and how differently it is perceived. We’ve come a long way with addressing the idea of love and sex, be it two separate notions for some or a single unity for

Colorado House races illustrate gun safety chasm between Democrats and Republicans

Two House races in Colorado could determine control of Congress in the November midterms. They are shaping up to be close contests between Democratic state legislators who played key roles in passing the state's red flag gun laws and Republicans who oppose virtually any legislation to curb gun violence. In Colorado's 7th Congressional District, which includes areas west and southwest of Denver, Democratic state Sen. Brittany Pettersen is facing Republican Erik Aadland for the open seat of retir

Foraging Tips to Help Michiganders Find True Morel Mushrooms

Low-to-the-ground kids are great foragers, but don’t let them sample their finds until getting the all-clear from you. Need to Know • May is morel mushroom month in Michigan, but the actual fruiting period begins in late April and runs until mid-June, depending on the location and species. • Michigan has 2,500 species of wild mushrooms. Morels are the easiest to find and safest to harvest. • Know the difference! Imposter morel species can be poisonous. MICHIGAN—Foraging for wild-grown mushroom

Report: House Republican used campaign funds to illegally pay for country club membership

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) spent more than $2,300 in campaign funds at a private businessmen's club, Roll Call reported on Monday. The Texas Republican spent the campaign funds on membership fees or dues at the Amarillo Club, according to Federal Election Commission filings. It is illegal to use campaign funds for personal purposes. Jackson has denied that the money he spent at the private club was for personal use. "These costs are strictly associated with campaign and fundraising events," Ca

Geopolitical tensions, inflation dim CFOs' economic outlook: Deloitte

• None CFOs signaled diminished expectations for economic conditions in North America and Europe as well as their own business prospects in the face of looming geopolitical tensions and rising inflation, Deloitte found in a quarterly survey of Fortune 500 CFOs completed the day after Russia invaded Ukraine. • None Just over one-third (36%) of CFOs expect the North American economy to have improved a year from now, down from 45% in the fourth quarter survey, while fewer CFOs (38%) believe their

Meet the Woman Tasked With Helping to Bring Economic Development to Rural Michigan

The Office of Rural Development—created by Gov. Whitmer earlier this year in an effort to better support rural communities—has appointed a leader. Need to Know • Sarah Lucas will start her term as Deputy for Rural Development on April 18. • She has a 20-plus-year career in economic development for rural Michigan. • The ORD will work to create jobs, facilitate affordable housing development, expand access to high-speed internet, and more in rural communities. MICHIGAN— Sarah Lucas has two decad

Voting for the second-choice candidate: Mid-Michigan residents weigh in

English senior Johnny Mocny was initially supporting Andrew Yang for the democratic nomination because he thought Yang had a lot of great new ideas. Now, he will be voting for Sen. Bernie Sanders, his second-favorite candidate. As Michigan gets ready for the primary elections on Tuesday, Democratic voters across Mid-Michigan are quick to move on and vote for their second choice after their favorite candidates dropped out of the race. “As (a Yang) supporter, I support (Sanders) now because I th

State officials raise health alarm over herb kratom

LANSING — State health authorities report that four Michigan residents recently were struck by food poisoning when they consumed an herb that federal authorities are seeking to ban. The herb, called kratom, is grown in Southeast Asia. Proponents say it offers relief from pain, depression and anxiety. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued several warning letters that no product containing it is safe and that there are no reliable scientific studies supporting medical claims. The

Michigan State announces remote learning for fall 2020

The decision came due to spike in COVID-19 cases across the country after reopening of colleges and universities and other areas of education such as K-12. Michigan State President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. released a statement Tuesday evening that classes will be transitioning from their previous hybrid model to a fully virtual format for fall 2020. "It has become evident to me that, despite our best efforts and strong planning, it is unlikely we can prevent widespread transmission of COVID-19 be

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Currently, Kaishi is a Political Reporter for The American Independent. Her reporting beats involve Reproductive Rights, Federal Elections, Congress and Accountability. Previously, she has written for the 'Gander Newsroom, Industry Dive, The State News, Spartan Newsroom and C&R Marketing. 

About Me

Based in Lansing, Kaishi is a multimedia journalist specializing in political and civic reporting. Born in India, she came to the U.S. for Journalism and Media studies. She is especially interested in amplifying the voices of marginalized communities such as women's rights and LGBTQ+ rights.

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As an aspiring photojournalist, Kaishi often takes her camera to the field with her. She is also experienced in SEO, designing newsletters and podcasts. During her time at Michigan State, she participated in a special creative research project to highlight the experience of undocumented and international students.