The Black United Fund of Michigan (BUF) has a new initiative BUF Connect!, that is designed to attract young professionals between the ages of 20 and 45 years to introduce them to BUF of Michigan’s mission and goals for the specific purpose of reinvesting in the communities where they live, and support organizations that can make a difference. On Friday, September 20, 2013 from 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. at Avis Ford Automobile Dealership (29200 Telegraph Southfield, MI 48034), Mr. White and other young professionals will be highlighted. We encourage all young professionals in this demographic to support this event and the leadership of the nations premier Branch of the NAACP.
Congressman John Conyers will host The Trayvon Martin Tradegy: The Intersection of Criminal Justice Reform and Racial Profiling on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. during the Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference. This panel will feature experts from the judiciary, law enforcement, child welfare, and the advocacy community to provide an overview of the continuing challenges in juvenile justice, and drug and sentencing policy reform efforts.
The panel will be moderated by Tanya Clay House, Public Policy Director for the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and feature Mr. Donnell R. White, Executive Director of the Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit Police Commissioner. Other panelists include Atty. Benjamin Crump who serves as Counsel to Trayvon Martin Family,Chief John Dixon, Professor Charles Olgetree, Laura Murphy, Patricia Rosier, Ron Scott, Imani Walker and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
From 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. the conversation will transition to The Return of Detroit: From Bankruptcy to Rebirth. This Braintrust will be a focused discussion on the development of policies to rebuild the city and protect the interests of its residents, drawing on lessons learned from other urban areas facing similar changes.
The panel will be moderated by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson a native Detroit-er and renowned author, educator and activist, and feature Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit Branch NAACP. Other panelists include Krystal Crittendon, Al Garret, Harvey Hollins III, Sen. Bert Johnson, James Spiotto, Prof. John A.E. Pottow and Hon. Jo Ann Watson.
We encourage all Detroit Branch NAACP members and Detroit Citizens that will be in the area to support the above workshops that will put Detroit on a national platform for discussion, consideration, and activism. For more information about the CBC conference please visit http://www.cbcfinc.org/.
The Allies, Issues, and Action meeting held on Tuesday, September 17th, was empowering, inspiring, and politically intriguing. As the Detroit Branch NAACP continues the important work of voter education, voter registration, and voter mobilization, it was vital to have a well-informed speaker who has had the responsibility of paying attention to not only the upcoming election, but also to the politics behind it!
Our guest Speaker was Bankole Thompson, Editor and Chief of the Michigan Chronicle. Mr. Thompson opened the conversation discussing the 2013 Mayoral Elections in Detroit. He spoke about both mayoral campaigns and the election process. Well versed on politics in Michigan, Mr. Thompson also spoke in detail about the upcoming 2014 elections. Mr. Thompson expressed his discomfort for both the Democratic and Republican parties. He spoke about the lack of inclusion on process of choosing candidates on the Democratic side. On the Republican side, Mr. Thompson expressed his discomfort with the lack of recruitment and inclusion of the African American community. Mr. Thompson’s speech was extremely informative and enlightening.
As we get ready for our next Allies, Issues, and Action meeting on Tuesday, September 24th at 10 am, we look forward to meeting new allies, having a great discussion and committing to the call to action! Join us next week as we continue the great work to educate, register, and mobilize voters for election!
The Detroit Branch NAACP released the following press statement regarding the recent economics developments in the City of Detroit. President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony stood with Mr. Ken Harris, President and CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce and Executive Committee member of the Detroit Branch