Detroit Branch NAACP Legal Redress Committee to Host “Ask the Lawyer”

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askalawyer_8The Detroit Branch NAACP Legal Redress Committee and community partner buildOn will host “Ask the Lawyer” on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. — 1:00 P.M. at the Matrix Center located at 13560 E.McNichols (at Gratiot).

A free 10-15 minute legal consultation with experienced legal professionals will be available.

For more information please call (313) 871-2087.

Allies, Issues, & Action: Ken Harris MBCC

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At the Allies, Issues, and Action Meeting on Tuesday, May 27, 2014; Ken Harris, President and CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce addressed the crowd on the inclusiveness or exclusiveness of black businesses in the City of Detroit’s economic recovery plan. He shared statistics with us that there are over 79,000 black businesses in the State of Michigan of which 32,000 are in the City of Detroit. While the number indicates that our citizens have an “entrepreneurial mindset,” 92% of these businesses only employ 1-3 people which hinders our ability to move from small businesses to corporations and play a larger role in the economy.

This conversation comes at a very special time in our community as we continue to see programs like Goldman Sach’s 10,000 small businesses and the $100M from J.P. Morgan Chase. The question was posed by audience guests, “Will this really make a difference in our communities?”

Additionally he informed the crowd on the current work of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce. To date, they have over 1700 paid members and represent over $14.6 B in revenue. They have also expanded their reach into the local municipalities of Grand Rapids, Southfield, Pontiac, and most recently Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti among others. To find out more information about the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce you may visit their website at www.michiganblackchamber.com.

 

Bring Back Our Girls Call to Action Rally

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Detroit Branch NAACP Hosts Successful 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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Over 300 youth came together for a special performance at this year’s 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

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(from left to right): U.S. Senator Carl Levin; U.S. Congressman Gary Peters; U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow; Shaun Robinson, Co-Host, Access Hollywood; Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Harvard Law Professor; Mayor Mike Duggan and Rev. Dr. William Barber, North Carolina State Conference NAACP President and Leader of Moral Mondays.

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59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Awardees (from left to right): Chris Gary, representing D-15; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation; U.S. Congressman John Dingell;U.S. Senator Carl Levin; Rev. Dr. William Barber, President, North Carolina State Conference NAACP and Leader of Moral Monday and Ricardo Johnson, representing D-15.

The Detroit Branch NAACP hosted another successful Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner on Sunday , May 4, 2014 at Cobo Conference Center. Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. served as this year’s keynote speaker. United States Senator Carl Levin and United States Congressman John Dingell both received the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other awardees included Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation, was the recipient of the Great Expectations Award; Rev. Dr. William Barber with the Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Award and Detroit 15 (D-15) with the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award. Special Guests to this year’s Dinner were Shaun Robinson, co-host of Access Hollywood and Bryan Smiley, former Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO contestant and currently the Manager of Home Entertainment and New Business Development for New Regency Productions at 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers. Smiley was instrumental in paving the way for 12 Years A Slave.

One of the many highlights of the evening included a special performance by over 300 youth which made everyone Happy!

The Detroit Branch NAACP would like to thank all of the Dinner Chairs, sponsors, top ticket sellers, volunteers, Executive Committee and staff who helped to make the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner a success!

Outrage Over Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls Not Enough … The World Must Act!

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, issued the following press statement regarding the kidnapping of the nearly 300 Nigerian school girls by Nigerian terrorists.  Click the link to read the press statement and the call to action issued by Rev. Anthony to help bring these girls home safely.

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U.S. Supreme Court Moves to Turn Back Diversity and Access to Equal Opportunity for All Americans

Please see the press statement from Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the ban on Affirmative Action in Michigan.

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Allies, Issues, and Action Meeting: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Allies CalhounDaron Calhoun; Supervisory Investigator and Program Analyst of the Detroit Field Office for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also known as EEOC addressed the Allies, Issues, and Action guests today. He shared startling statistics of 99,000 charges of discrimination being filled with the EEOC in 2012, with race discrimination accounting for 35% of the cases. He also discussed how young people are being the most violated among new workers, as they are most unaware of their rights.

He further discussed which laws the EEOC enforces.  Under their preview are Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Any person that believes their rights have been violated based upon these laws have 300 Days to file a charge in the State of Michigan.

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Closing remarks from Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony addressed the ruling of the Supreme Court to uphold the ban against Affirmative Action policies in Michigan; a statement will be issued soon. Additionally, Congressman John Conyers joined the guests to announce that Secretary of the Treasury Lew will be in Detroit to discuss how we (Detroit) can move forward financially after the bankruptcy and new legislation regarding the Affordable Care Act.

The next Allies, Issues, and Actions Meeting will take place Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. For additional information please call (313) 871-2087.

Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. as Keynote Speaker

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The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. as the Keynote Speaker for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Ogletree is a well known lawyer, civil rights educator, author, constitutional expert and people motivator. He is the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.

Another special highlight announced for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner was the Youth Entertainment Corp. The Freedom Fund Dinner Youth Entertainment Corp will receive an opportunity to perform at the Freedom Fund Dinner. It is open to youth ages 15-19. All interested youth should attend the Detroit NAACP Youth Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 P.M. at the Detroit Branch NAACP office.

Additionally, Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation was announced as this year’s recipient of the Great Expectations Award. Special Guests to this year’s Dinner will include Shaun Robinson Co-Host Access Hollywood and Bryan Smiley, former Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO contestant and currently the Manager of Home Entertainment and New Business Development for New Regency Productions at 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers. Smiley was instrumental in paving the way for industry support of 12 Years a Slave.

The 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 5:00 P.M. at Cobo Conference Center. For more information please call (313) 871-2087.

Click the link to read the full text of Detroit Branch NAACP’s President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony’s remarks given during the press conference.
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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.