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McGehee and MCHR Prepare for Freedom Tour

From the Detroit Free Press Two dozen students wielded rakes, brooms and garbage bags Saturday as they cleaned up Viola Liuzzo Park in northwest Detroit. The group plans to travel in June to the Deep South, then spend a week touring sites of civil rights history including one that memorializes Liuzzo's tragic death in 1965. Liuzzo, a Detroit wife, mother of five and member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church, was moved to act after seeing civil rights protests on television, then was assassinated in 1965 by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama. Sponsoring the trip, dubbed the Freedom Tour, is the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. The nonprofit group sponsored a trip in 2013 and now hopes to repeat its success with a fresh batch of 26 civic-minded students chosen from across metro Detroit, said the group's board chair Cary McGehee, a lawyer in Royal Oak. "We've got a good mix of students --- black, white, Arab, Latino, biracial (and) from different socioeconomic backgrounds. They'll find out that, no matter how different they are, they have a lot in common," McGehee said. Read the Entire Story Here

M. Pitt Cited in MLive Report on Midland Area Couple's Claim Filed Against the Federal Energy Resource Commission in Edenville Dam Collapse

Michael Pitt was quoted in MLive coverage of the claim filed against the Federal Energy Commission by a Midland Couple for property and personal damages caused by flooding after the collapse of the Edenville Dam in May 2020. The firm is representing Dan and Cathy Miller and filed a $1.25 million claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Read entire article here.

Midland Daily News -- "Lawsuit Blames State Agencies for Dam Failures"

Mike Pitt, Ted Leopold and Paul Stephen were referenced as plaintiffs' attorneys in a Midland Daily News report on the lawsuit filed June 25 in the Michigan Court of Claims. The coverage notes that the suit's 15 plaintiffs owned property and homes which were damaged or destroyed in the May 19 Midland area flooding caused by the collapse of the Edenville Dam. Read full article here.