Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. as Keynote Speaker

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The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce Professor  Charles J. Ogletree Jr. as the Keynote Speaker for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  Ogletree is a well known lawyer, civil rights educator, author, constitutional expert and people motivator.  He is the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.

Another special highlight announced for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner was the Youth Entertainment Corp.  The Freedom Fund Dinner Youth Entertainment Corp will receive an opportunity to perform at the Freedom Fund Dinner.  It is open to youth ages 15-19.  All interested youth should attend the Detroit NAACP Youth Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 P.M. at the Detroit Branch NAACP office.

Additionally, Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation was announced as this year’s recipient of the Great Expectations Award.  Special Guests to this year’s Dinner will include Shaun Robinson Co-Host Access Hollywood and Bryan Smiley, former Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO contestant and currently the Manager of Home Entertainment and New Business Development for New Regency Productions at 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers. Smiley was instrumental in paving the way for industry support of 12 Years a Slave.

The 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 5:00 P.M. at Cobo Conference Center.  For more information please call (313) 871-2087.

Click the link to read the full text of Detroit Branch NAACP’s President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony’s remarks given during the press conference.
Keynote Speaker Press Statement

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U.S. Supreme Court Moves to Turn Back Diversity and Access to Equal Opportunity for All Americans

Please see the press statement from Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the ban on Affirmative Action in Michigan.

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Allies, Issues, and Action Meeting: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Allies CalhounDaron Calhoun; Supervisory Investigator and Program Analyst of the Detroit Field Office for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also known as EEOC addressed the Allies, Issues, and Action guests today. He shared startling statistics of 99,000 charges of discrimination being filled with the EEOC in 2012, with race discrimination accounting for 35% of the cases. He also discussed how young people are being the most violated among new workers, as they are most unaware of their rights.

He further discussed which laws the EEOC enforces.  Under their preview are Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Any person that believes their rights have been violated based upon these laws have 300 Days to file a charge in the State of Michigan.

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Closing remarks from Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony addressed the ruling of the Supreme Court to uphold the ban against Affirmative Action policies in Michigan; a statement will be issued soon. Additionally, Congressman John Conyers joined the guests to announce that Secretary of the Treasury Lew will be in Detroit to discuss how we (Detroit) can move forward financially after the bankruptcy and new legislation regarding the Affordable Care Act.

The next Allies, Issues, and Actions Meeting will take place Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. For additional information please call (313) 871-2087.

Allies, Issues, and Action: Paul Abbate, Special Agent in Charge for the FBI

Mr. Paul Abbate, Special Agent in Charge for the State of MI discusses the commitment of the FBI to help reduce crime in the City of Detroit.

Mr. Paul Abbate, Special Agent in Charge for the State of MI discusses the commitment of the FBI to help reduce crime in the City of Detroit.

Today at the Allies, Issues, and Action meeting Special Agent in Charge Paul Abbate discussed his new role at the FBI and the commitment they have to helping reduce crime in the City of Detroit. Mr. Abbate joins the Detroit community after working in counter terrorism at the National FBI headquarters in Washington, DC before receiving this opportunity. Currently, he oversees 11 offices across the State of Michigan with nearly 600 employees. He has been employed by the FBI for 18 years.

He expressed the investigative priorities of the agency which are counter terrorism, counter intelligence and crime reduction. He shared that counter terrorism is number one priority of the FBI especially after the tragic events of September 11.  In the past, the FBI has been very reactive to situations, however now they are working to be proactive in order to prevent incidents from occurring.

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He also discussed the new Detroit One partnership that involves the FBI, U.S. Attorney General Office and other state agencies. The goal of the program is to reduce violent crime in the City of Detroit. Last week they commemorated one year anniversary of the program.

In closing Mr. Abbate also spoke of hiring opportunities with the Agency. Some opportunities are available for local hire. More information can be found at http://www.fbi.gov/.

The next Alies, Issues, and Action meeting will be held on April 8, 2014 at 10:00A.M.

Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Honorees for 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement and Freedom and Justice Awardees for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  For the first time the Detroit Branch NAACP will have two James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement recipients.  The James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement awardees are United States Congressman John Dingell (D-Michigan, 12th District) and United States Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan). North Carolina State Conference NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber, leader of the Moral Mondays protest in North Carolina will receive the Ida B. Wells Barnett Freedom and Justice Award.   Detroit 15 (D-15), advocates for fair wages for fast food and retail workers, will receive the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award.

During the press conference Talmer Bancorp, Inc was also announced as the Senior Corporate Chair and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan purchased the ceremonial first ticket.

To read Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony’s press statement please click the link below.  Tickets, tables and sponsorships are available now! For more information please call (313) 871-2087.

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Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Donna Stallings, Community Activist and Entrepreneur and Linda Forte, Senior Vice President, Comerica Bank representing 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Chair Michael T. Ritchie, President, Michigan Market, Comerica Bank.
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David Provost, President and CEO, Talmer Bancorp Inc.; Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Senior Corporate Chair Gary Torgow, Chairman, Talmer Bancorp Inc.; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Detroit Branch NAACP 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Co-Chair Hiram Jackson, CEO, Real Times Media and Publisher, The Michigan Chronicle and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP presents Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan with the ceremonial first ticket for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Allies, Issues, & Action Meeting: Michigan Department of Civil Rights

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The Detroit Branch NAACP Allies, Issues, and Action meeting took place on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The speaker for the day was Attorney Sylvia Elliot, Director of Legal Affairs for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Atty. Elliot used the opportunity to educate the guest on how the Michigan Department of Civil Rights can protect citizens against discrimination and to announce that 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Human Rights Commission in Michigan. Atty. Elliot shared the areas of which Michigan Law prohibits discrimination, which are employment, education, housing, public accommodation, law enforcement, or public service based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, genetic information, and familial status.

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Atty. Elliot discussed the rising concern of sexual harassment complaints that are being reported by young adults in workplaces, especially amongst young women. In an era where jobs are hard to come by, young people are being taken advantage and afraid to share their stories due to fear of losing their employment. The rising amount complaints are being aggressively handled by the Department. She also spoke of the Department’s work for members of the death and hard of hearing community. She expressed that currently there are no rules for who can be an interpreter for these individuals and it can lead to not having the best representation for legal or medical matters.

To contact the Michigan Department of Civil Rights you can visit their website at www.mdcr.org

 

Detroit Branch NAACP Art/Essay and ACT-SO Deadlines are Fast Approaching

ART & ESSAY ENTRIES ARE DUE
FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

The Art & Essay contest gives students in elementary, middle and high school the opportunity to explain, “What the Civil Rights Struggle Means to Me.”  Students may submit either an art entry, essay entry or both.  The contest is done in partnership with Coca-Cola and Detroit Public Schools.  Students are competing for an opportunity to win cash prizes, and for their winning entries to be displayed during the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The deadline for the contest is Friday, March 21, 2014.

24th Annual Art & Essay Packet

art and essay (4)DETROIT NAACP YOUTH COUNCIL ACT-SO CONTEST IS UNDERWAY

Did you miss the Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO Competition?  If so, don’t worry.  The Detroit NAACP Youth Council is hosting an ACT-SO Competition as well.  The application deadline for the Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Competition is Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Detroit NAACP Youth Council 2014 ACT-SO Brochure
Detroit NAACP Youth Council 2014 ACT-SO Application

Once you complete the application then click this link to learn about the criteria for each category — http://detroitnaacp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2013-ACT-SO-Category-Criteria.pdf

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Detroit Branch NAACP February General Membership Meeting and Education Forum

Please join the Detroit Branch NAACP for our February General Membership Meeting and Education Forum.

What are the education topics that matter to you?
How do we create solutions that work?

Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:00 P.M.
Second Baptist
441 Monroe St,
Detroit, MI 48226
In partnership with:

  • AFT Michigan
  • ACLU Michigan
  • AAUP AFT
  • Black Family Development
  • MOSES
  • Youth Voice

    Refreshments will be served. Free Parking is available in the garage that is located directly across from the Atheneum Hotel on Brush St between Lafayette and Monroe. The church is able to validate tickets from this garage only.

    For more information please call (313) 871-2087

 

 

Detroit Branch NAACP to Host an Affordable Care Act Enrollment and Education Fair

 

Affortdable Care Act COPYThe Detroit Branch NAACP will host an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Education and Enrollment Fair on Tuesday. February 18, 2014 from 6:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Fellowship Chapel located at 7707 W. Outer Drive in Detroit.  The fair will begin with a live broadcast by Radio One Detroit’s Mildred Gaddis.  During the fair there will be an opportunity to speak to enrollment specialists, ask questions regarding current health care issues.  Health care consultants will be available to sign up individuals for the Affordable Health Care program.   Additionally there will be a health fair providing free health screenings, a panel discussion and workshops to provide the community with information on the ACA, Medicaid expansion in Michigan and  a financial literacy workshop to answer questions on the tax implications of the ACA.

“The Detroit Branch NAACP is committed to providing access and opportunities to make sure all are able to get questions answered and sign up for the Affordable Care Act,” said Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.  “We know that access to quality, affordable health care will be a benefit to all in our community.”

The Affordable Care Act Education and Enrollment Fair is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and done in partnership with ACCESS, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Detroit Medical Center, James E. Wadsworth Jr. Community Center, LA SED, Michigan Chronicle, OFA, Radio One, and United Way of Southeastern Michigan.

This event is free and open to the public.  Those who plan to attend should call (313) 664-2422 to RSVP.