Every Citizen is Entitled to Due Process, Including Congressman John Conyers, Jr.!

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The following press statement was given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during a press conference and rally held for Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
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DETROIT — One of the distinct differences between our nation, the United States of America, and many others is a system called Due Process. We are a nation of laws, with a constitution that has been modeled by many across the globe. It is with that understanding that we are here to call for Due Process for every citizen of America, which also includes Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

What is Due ProcessDue Process is the legal requirement that the state must respect all legal rights that is owed to a person. Due Process balances the power of law of the land and protects the individual person from it. When a government harms a person without following the exact course of the law, this constitutes a Due Process violation, which offends the rule of law. The 5th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution, each contains a Due Process clause. Due Process deals with the administration of justice, and thus the Due Process clause acts as a safe guard against arbitrary denial of life, liberty, or property by the government, outside the sanction of law.

The phrase Due Process, in case you are not aware, first appeared in the statutory rendition of the Magna Carta in 1354. With that historic background, and the knowledge of a belief that everyone is entitled to Due Process, why are we subverting one of the very pillars upon which this nation is founded, on the back of a man who has served this nation for 53 ½ years? We are not here because we do not respect, love, and appreciate women or men. We have daughters’, wives’, sisters’, and mothers’. Yet, we do call for fairness.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – Every Citizen is Entitled to Due Process, Including Congressman Conyers to read the statement in its entirety.

Official Press Statement — City of Detroit Corporation Counsel

The following press statement was issued on behalf of the Detroit Branch NAACP regarding Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell leaving as Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit and the nomination of Atty. Lawrence Garcia as new Corporation Counsel.

DETROIT – The Detroit Branch NAACP announces, with both a sense of pride and regret, its support in the recent announcement of Attorney Melvin Butch Hollowell’s decision to step down as the City of Detroit Corporation Counsel. Attorney Hollowell, who served with distinction as the Detroit Branch NAACP General Counsel, continues to move forward. He will now join the Miller Law Firm as Managing Partner of its new Detroit office. After four years serving as corporation counsel, his record of service to the public and to the ends of equal justice under law have been outstanding. It is particularly significant when one marks his creation of “Project Clean Slate”. Attorney Hollowell recruited 100 lawyers to handle non-violent criminal expungements for free, giving people who desperately needed help a second chance. We congratulate Attorney Hollowell and wish him well in this most significant and influential position.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – CofD Corporation Counsel to read the statement in full.

The Current State of the Michigan State Police

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Please join us for a Town Hall on Saturday, November 11 from 10 am — 2 pm at Northwest Activities Center to discuss the Current State of the Michigan State Police Department.  Public comments will be allowed.

Click here Official Press Statement – MSP Town Hall to read the Press Statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during town hall.

Detroit Branch NAACP Calls for Governor Snyder to Address Michigan State Police Practices and Policies

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony along with ACLU Michigan, Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL), Atty. Leonard Mungo, Congressman John Conyers Jr. and the Michigan State Conference NAACP led a press conference on Tuesday, October 10 calling for Governor Rick Snyder (R-Michigan) to meet and address:

  • Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue’s role as the Director of the Michigan State Police (MSP)
  • MSP’s current lack of diversity
  • MSP’s testing practices

On Tuesday, October 3, Rev. Anthony sent an official request to Gov. Snyder for a meeting, details and data on MSP’s number of African Americans, Latinos, other minorities and women as troopers and senior staff since the federal consent decree removed in 1993.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – Michigan State Police to read the statement in its entirety.  Click here Letter to Governor Snyder to read the letter sent to Governor Snyder by Rev. Anthony.

Michigan State Police: We Expect Better

Please see the following press statement issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the Facebook post by Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue.

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The recent message posted on the Facebook page of Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Director of the Michigan State Police, is beneath the office of this department and is a tragic reminder of a lack of fundamental understanding. This is particularly true in the matter of the right to publicly protest. The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. still ring true today, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Perhaps Col. Etue needs to be reminded of the State Constitution of Michigan, Article 11, Public Offices and Employment, Section 1, Oath of Public Office: “All officers, legislative, executive, and judicial before entering upon the duties of their respective offices shall take and subscribe the following oath and affirmation: I do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the U.S. and this state that I will faithfully discharge the duties of….. according to the best of my ability.”

Click the link Official Press Statement – Michigan State Police — We Expect Better to read the press statement in its entirety.

Detroit is First Stop on National NAACP Listening Tour

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National NAACP will kick off its seven city listening tour, NAACP Forward, in Detroit on Thursday, August 24 at 6 pm at Greater New Mt. Moriah located at 586 Owen.  NAACP Forward is a part of the organization’s strategic plan for the future, enhancing its mission, vision, and fight for civil rights amidst a swirling climate of political hostility, voter suppression, income inequality, mass incarceration, police brutality and anti-immigrant sentiment.  The national listening tour is free and open to the public.  Greater New Mt. Moriah is the home church for previous Senior Pastor and NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Hooks.

Michigan Must Continue to Reject the Fake Request Made by President Trump’s Fake Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony has issued the following press statement in regards to the request for detailed state voter data from President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

As the nation observes Independence Day, it is important to remember the words of one of our founders Thomas Jefferson who said,

In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

At this most critical time in our nation’s history, it is important for all of us to stand like a rock, to defend and protect our freedom and democracy. Michigan should join the ten other states along with the District of Columbia in non-compliance with this bogus request regarding voter data information. California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia have all indicated their intentions not to comply. It is also most interesting that Kansas, the home state of the Vice Chair of this commission Kris Kobach, has also rejected and indicated their non- compliance. Even Texas has joined in the chorus of those who refuse to submit to this unconstitutional violation of citizen’s privacy, laws, and election integrity.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – Election Integrity  to read the statement in its entirety.