Today on Current State: Update on shooting in Lansing; Move to Amend urges action against Citizens United decision; Organ transplant recipients and donor families connect; Ele's Place offers grieving families relief; and Manual Cinema modernizes shadow puppets.
The second Donate Life Capitol Celebration is at the state Capitol today, with hundreds of donor families on hand to promote organ donation. They’ll be joined by transplant recipients and patients still waiting for a suitable donation.There are many examples of donor families bonding with those whose lives were saved by the resulting transplant. In 2003, 20-year-old Chase Coleman died in a car accident. At the same time, then-50-year-old Terry Gould was awaiting a heart transplant. He’s alive today because the Coleman family made the decision to donate Chase’s heart. Terry Gould and Chase Coleman’s brother, Lon Coleman discuss their relationship.
On this weeks Neighbors in Action segment we feature Ele’s Place. The non-profit, which has branches in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Lansing, offers services to families and children who are grieving. Lori Bosch, managing director of Ele’s Place in Lansing, and Tanya Overweg, who has been a part of Ele’s Place, discuss the process of healing.
In January 2010, the Supreme Court released its 5-4 decision in Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission. The opinion struck down a Federal Elections Commission rule prohibiting corporations from engaging in certain political activity, maintaining it violated free-speech rights.