“After Ferguson and New York…The City of Detroit Must Take Steps Now”

Please see the press statement below issued by The Coalition for Justice and Fairness to Reform Law Enforcement. There will be a community wide meeting Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:00A.M. at the Detroit Branch NAACP followed by a community wide statement discussing next steps.

“After Ferguson and New York…The City of Detroit Must Take Steps Now”

Detroit Branch NAACP and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to Co-Host a Health Coverage Enrollment Fair

Health Coverage Fair (2)Join the Detroit Branch NAACP and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for a Health Coverage Enrollment Fair Saturday, November 22, 2014 from
10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m..  Attendees will be able to:

  • Speak with Enrollment Specialists
  • Receive answers regarding coverage options
  • Get free health screenings provided by DMC

To pre-register for an appointment please visit insurance.bcbsmseminars.com or call
313-664-2422.

Allies, Issues, and Action: Michigan League of Public Policy

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At the Allies, Issues, and Action meeting on Tuesday, September 23, Renell Weathers with the Michigan League of Public Policy addressed how the State of Michigan’s legislative policies affect cities across the State with a special focus on Wayne County and the City of Detroit. She began with sharing the policy areas that the MLPP focuses on which are Budget, Tax, Healthcare, Poverty Reduction, Jobs and the Economy. She particularly discussed the policies concerning the Family Independence Program (FIP) formally known as Cash Assistance, Education, and Health disparities in the County.

As it relates to the Cash Assistance program she discussed the negative effects of the 48th month rule on families and how the 2011 policy change made nearly 60% of families in Michigan not eligible for Cash Assistance anymore. In regards to education, each student across the State is expected to receive a base of $7251 for the 2014 school year however that number is significantly lower than the 2009 distribution of $7361 and inflation has not been included in the $7251 distribution rate. Lastly, she discussed how 167,000 children in Wayne County are not receiving dental assistance even though the number one illness among children is tooth ache and decay. While there is still much room for improvement, she did comment that the new Healthy Michigan program has assisted nearly 385,000 families with healthcare and that of course is a step in the right direction for our State and families.

As the legislature continues to work on issues, the Michigan League for Public Policy recommends that they continue to focus on restoring the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing programming for children 0-3, reinvest in people and communities, and enact tax reform. More information regarding the work of the MLPP can be found at www.mlpp.org.

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

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.

 

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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!