Allies, Issues, & Action with Greg Bowens and Newly Elected Detroit City Council Members

Greg Bowens Detroit Branch NAACP

Greg Bowens discusses the 2013 Mayoral Elections and the future of the City of Detroit at the Detroit Branch NAACP Allies, Issues, and Action meeting.

On Tuesday, November 12th the Detroit Branch NAACP held another Allies, Issues, and Action meeting. Our topic of discussion was the 2013 Detroit elections! The key note Speaker was Greg Bowens, who opened his speech by discussing the importance of Veterans Day.  Bowens explained “as a Veteran myself I feel it’s our duty to stop and say thank you!” Bowens also discussed the outcome of the Mayoral election and what it means for Detroit moving forward under the current Emergency Manager Law. Bowens asked the question, “Does anyone remember the current school board members?” Most people shook their heads saying no! His reply was, “That’s because the Detroit Public School system has an Emergency Manager. Our elected school board has all but disappeared, with no power over finances or decisions; our Detroit Public School Board is basically obsolete.” Bowens followed the question by asking, “Will the same occur for our newly elected city council?” His intent was to draw correlation between the two entities in hopes to inspire the newly elected City Council members to not become obsolete due to the Emergency Managers powers. In his words, “Under Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevin Orr, the newly elected members of the Detroit City Council will not only have to find the bathroom, but they will also have ask Kevin Orr for the keys to the bath room, because he holds all the power!”

Scott Benson Gabe Leland Detroit City Council

Newly Elected Detroit City Council members Scott Benson and Gabe Leland engage questions from the audience about their plans to protect the City Charter for the City of Detroit.

Joining us from the newly elected members of the Detroit City Members were; Scott Benson of District 3; Gabe Leland from District 7; and Detroit’s first Latina elected to the City Council, Raquel Castaneda Lopez from District 6. All three newly elected council members were given the opportunity to introduce themselves and speak on what they would like to do for their perspective Districts.

Join us for our next Allies Meeting on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013.

Executive Director Donnell White poses with newly elected City Council members Raquel Castenada Lopez and Gabe Leland. Lopez is the first Latina to ever be elected to the Detroit City Council.

 

Detroit Branch NAACP Press Statement — And Justice For All

Please see the attached press statement from Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the announcement by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy that charges will be filed against Theodore Paul Wafer in the shooting death of Renisha McBride.

Press Statement — And Justice For All

 

2nd Annual Detroit Backyard BBQ – Come Volunteer with the NAACP!

Come out to volunteer this weekend for the 2nd Annual Red Carpet Backyard BBQ for the Homeless and Hungry with the Detroit Branch NAACP. Shifts are available Saturday from 5:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M. and Sunday from 7:00 A.M.- 7:00 P.M. Call 313-871-2087 if you are interested in serving the homeless this holiday season!

Whether East Detroit or East Dearborn Heights the Call is for Justice

Please see the press statement from Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issuing a call for justice addressing violence in our community in particular the shooting of Renisha McBride and the shooting at Al’s Barbershop.

Press Statement — Call for Justice

 

Civil and Constitutional Rights Take A Back Seat to Bankruptcy

Please see the following press statement regarding United States Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Rhodes ruling on the Detroit Branch NAACP and Michigan State Conference NAACP lawsuit challenging Public Act 436 (PA 436).

Press Statement — Civil and Constitutional Rights Take A Back Seat to Bankruptcy

Federal Monitors Arrive in Detroit to Safeguard Votes During Detroit’s General Election

The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference on Monday, November 4, 2013 regarding the announcement by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division that they will be sending monitors to Detroit for the General Election.  Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony made a request to United States Attorney General Eric Holder and the DOJ for Federal Monitors to be sent to Detroit to ensure Detroiters of a safe and protected election.

Please click the link to read the press statement given by Rev. Anthony during the press conference.

Press Statement — Federal Monitors Arrive in Detroit to Safeguard Votes During Detroit’s General Election

Detroit Branch NAACP Urges Citizens to Vote!

Detroit Branch NAACP Take Your Soles to the Polls Press Conference with Mayor Dave Bing, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, and a community coalition encouraging citizens to vote Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Please see the attached press statement given by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, in a press conference held today with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. Joining Rev. Anthony and Mayor Dave Bing were: (Listed as pictured)

Chris Michalakis, President, Metro Detroit AFL-CIO
Atty. Nabih Ayad, Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL)
Donnell R. White, Executive Director NAACP
Midlred Madison, League of Women Voters Detroit
Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey
Detroit Director of Elections Wesley Williams
Atty. Nabih Ayad, Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL)
Therese Tran, President, Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote Michigan (APIA Vote Michigan)
Freda Sampson, Michigan Round Table for Diversity and Inclusion

Press Statement– Take Your Soles to the Polls