The following press statement was given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during a press conference held on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
DETROIT (December 6, 2018) – The Detroit Branch NAACP is pleased to announce plans for 2019 as we host the 110th National Convention of the NAACP, July 20-24, 2019, here in the city of Detroit. Next month, we will also be announcing plans for the 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, scheduled for May 5, 2019. Today we welcome to our city NAACP President, Attorney Derrick Johnson, and other members of our Executive Board. As Detroit hosts the annual convention, it will send a signal to the rest of the nation that ALL ROADS REALLY DO LEAD TO DETROIT.
We are very excited about our special Blue-Ribbon Host Committee, chaired by Mr. Gerard Anderson, CEO of DTE Energy, led by Mr. Jerry Norcia, President of DTE Energy. DTE has been a leading partner with the NAACP locally and is expanding its reach to include an even more prominent national partnership as well. Ms. Nancy Moody, DTE Energy Vice President of Public Affairs, has been an energizing partner in plans for our 110th annual convention.
DETROIT (December 6, 2018) – One has to wonder whether or not we actually had midterm elections in 2018. The recent actions by Republican led state legislatures in Michigan and Wisconsin, and election controversy in North Carolina raise serious questions about maintaining the integrity of our electoral process. The actions now taken to undercut the election in the state of Michigan by the Republican dominated state legislature is more crooked than the great train robberies committed by Jesse and Frank James in the Missouri territories. The only thing the legislature in Michigan lacks is a face mask and a six shooter.
One of the framers of our democracy Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” During this “shame duck session,” some members of the Michigan House don’t seem to care nor are they acting as if the people are looking. They are robbing the citizens who voted overwhelmingly for Proposal 2 (Voters Not Politicians), 67-33%, designed to end the practice of gerrymandering. They are attempting to rob the people of their affirmative decision in Proposal 3 (Promote the Vote), 61-39%, designed to provide greater voter access. This is no more than a political heist of the highest order. The plan is to undercut the power of incoming Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State-Elect Jocelyn Benson, and Attorney General-Elect Dana Nessel. In other words, they are attempting to steal the power of Michiganders who voted to change the political direction in Michigan.
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In the summer of 2007 the Detroit Branch NAACP moved into our current home on Second Ave. This move helped us to stay centrally located and to serve the Detroit community even better. Previously, we had to rent space for any community event we hosted, but this building allows us to operate our programming in house. Our building is used to host free youth programs for leadership development and employment, community meetings for seniors and small organizations without a home, provide an open door for people who need help filing discrimination complaints, and respond quickly to social justice crises that arise in our communities. This building is crucial to helping us continue to be the leading NAACP Branch in the country.
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The Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following press statement during a press conference held on Tuesday, October 23.
DETROIT (October 23, 2018) – Good Morning. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made it plain when he said over 50 years ago, “I have come to see more and more that one of the more decisive steps that the Negro can take is that little walk to the voting booth. That is an important step. We got to gain the ballot and through that gain political power.” It is for this reason that we have come together to openly declare and encourage every Detroiter, every citizen in Wayne County or Michigan, regardless of political persuasion, to come back to the voting booth. We encourage everyone to Take Your Soles to the Polls.
The Detroit Branch NAACP is pleased to be working with the AARP, faith-based organizations, community groups, the city of Detroit, and Wayne County in the effort to increase and motivate the voter turnout for the general elections on November 6. All of us have the responsibility to vote. Each individual must consider these three questions.
What good is a voice if you don’t use it?
What good is a vote if you don’t exercise it?
What good is your freedom if you don’t protect it?
From now through election day we will be engaged in a program specifically to help mobilize our community to exercise their voter franchise. This election is too critical for the future of our children as well as those adults and seniors who desire to improve the quality of their lives. Some persons may have already voted in the early or absentee voting process. We encourage everyone to vote early, stay in line, and do not let the weather determine whether or not you will vote.
Join the Detroit NAACP Youth Council for their 2nd Annual Haunted Open House. Come out for food, fun and to learn more about the Youth Council. This event is for youth ages 12-18. Join us for a scary good time!
Join our weekly JobClub meetings to gain greater confidence in your job search techniques. From resume writing to mock interviews, after these sessions you will have all the skills needed to land the job of your dreams!!!
8 weeks of meetings with a staffing professional and like-minded individuals in the community who are also seeking a rewarding career.
Receive access to resources, such as an online portal that provides templates, job openings and tools.
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Receive support with crafting a resume that communicates your strengths and experience.
Join the Detroit Branch NAACP on Wednesday, September 12at 7 p.m. for our special night at the Universoul Circus! Click here —Ticketmaster — to order your tickets and use the code (NAACP) to receive a special Detroit Branch NAACP ticket.
And don’t forget to order your Detroit Branch NAACP tshirt for you and your family. Download the order form here — T Shirt Order Form . All t-shirt orders must be placed by Friday, September 7, 2018.