Please see the attached press statement from Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the recent ruling by federal court Judge Gershwin Drain to block Michigan’s ban on straight party voting.
The recent ruling by federal court Judge Gershwin Drain to block Michigan’s ban on straight party voting is a victory by all who believe in democracy. This ruling, which pushes back the ban on straight party voting, gives those citizens who live in our urban communities in particular, a fair chance without the imposition of long lines, insufficient equipment, short staff, and sometimes inadequate information at polling places concerning their proper location. This is often due to a lack of financial resources from the state as well as laws which impose photo ID requirements, and proof of American citizenship beyond normal identification. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said:
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves. And the only way they can do this is by not voting.”
Join us on Wednesday, July 6 at 6 p.m. as our Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Delegation prepare to go to Cincinnati for the National NAACP ACT-SO Competition. Witness our young people present their performance pieces and presentations as they prepare to Go for the Gold!
In his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson said “we are all Federalists, we are all Republicans.” It is important for some who make the laws under the banner of party affiliation, to remember your specific origination. According to Jefferson:
“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action, according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
For those who believe that the current legislation coming forth from the Michigan House of Representatives, now awaiting the Governor’s signature, is the answer to the problems facing the Detroit Public Schools, guess what? You’re wrong!
The Detroit Branch NAACP will hold its General Membership Meeting on Thursday, June 23 at 6 pm at the Detroit Branch NAACP office located at 8220 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202. During that meeting delegates for the 107th NAACP National Convention will be nominated and selected. All Detroit Branch NAACP members in good standing as of May 23, 2016 are eligible to be nominated and voted upon to serve as a delegate. The NAACP’s 107th National Convention will take place July 16-20, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information please call 313-871-2087.
Please see the following press statement issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the status of Detroit Public Schools.
“Sixty-two years ago, there were those who asserted that the system of racial separation, masquerading as providing separate but equal treatment of both white and black Americans, instead was one that perpetuated inferior accommodations, services, financing, and treatment for black Americans. The infamous case of Brown vs. The Board of Education found that separate but equal was indeed separate and unequal. It determined that separating public schools for black and white students, along racial lines, to be unconstitutional. Have we not learned anything in the last sixty-two years here in the state of Michigan? Is Michigan the new home of Topeka, Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, or Washington DC?”
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued a press statement urging immediate action by the Michigan House of Representatives to support Detroit Public Schools.
“It is indeed unfortunate that we find ourselves once again at the threshold of deciding whether or not we will work to sustain the future of our children. The question before us is one of preserving the posterity of our state and nation, or whether or not we will allow them to continue to twist in the winds of uncertainty and insecurity.”
The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference on Monday, April 11 to announce the Keynote Speaker and Awardees for the 61st Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was announced as the Keynote Speaker. In addition to announcing Secretary Clinton the following awardees were also announced:
2016 James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Awardee Honorable James Clyburn
Congressman, United States House of Representatives (D-SC)
2016 Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Awardee Ivy Bailey
President, Detroit Federation of Teachers
2016 Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Awardee Honorable Goeff Hansen
Michigan State Senator (34th District)
2016 Great Expectations Awardees
Author, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison
Honorable Mary Sheffield
Councilwoman, City of Detroit