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

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Front Row (from left to right)
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

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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

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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