Press Statement — Keep Your Spit to Yourself!

The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the assault on Ibrahim Mission by Robert Stanzler.  

DETROIT (July 24, 2018) – Today, Robert Stanzler of Ferndale was arraigned in 36th District Court after being charged with assault and battery. On July 17th, Mr. Stanzler, in an act of rage and total disrespect, spit in the face of security guard Ibrahim Mission. This most despicable act is tantamount to reaching down to the lowest level in the degradation of one person to another. It indicates a total disrespect and dehumanization for one’s own humanity. After his arraignment, Mr. Stanzler received a $5,000 conditional bond and is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on August 2nd.

The Detroit Branch NAACP condemns this act of degradation, humiliation, and possible even racial discrimination. Ibrahim Mission is a responsible young man, doing a significant job in the area of security for many community organizations. As a matter of fact, he was on his job when this incident occurred. He has worked on many programs for security including the Annual NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The event in which he was attacked unfortunately was an occasion where visitors from around the world were in Detroit to attend the “Good Pitch” social justice gathering. It was a major media event. Regardless of the event, spitting in one’s face is unacceptable for any occasion.

Click here to read the press statement in its entirety — Press Statement — Keep Your Spit to Yourself.

Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Leadership Change!

DETROIT BRANCH NAACP ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE!

DETROIT (July 11, 2018) – The Detroit Branch NAACP congratulates and applauds the selection of former Executive Director Donnell R. White as the new Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Strategic Partnerships for Chemical Bank. Chemical Bank is a subsidiary of the Chemical Financial Corporation. Continuing on in the legacy of his work at the Detroit Branch NAACP, the nation’s largest branch, Mr. White will both establish and lead strategies to attract, engage, and develop a diversity of talent across the organization. He will have an even greater role in developing new relationships with community organizations, businesses, and individuals committed to the growth of this city and region. Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony said, “We are very proud of Donnell and the service he has provided since he was a child. He started off with this organization when his mother, Ms. Yvonne White, Michigan State Conference NAACP President would bring him and his brother to the branch on Saturdays. They started off cleaning up the office and Donnell emerged to serve as the leader of the office, as the youngest Executive Director in the nation. He has demonstrated both a sense of management and activism in both the street and the suite in the quest for civil and human rights. The Chemical Bank family is blessed to have him as one of their own. It is not our loss, but our community’s gain.”

At the same time, the Detroit Branch is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Kamilia Landrum, a 2016 New Leaders Council Fellow, currently the Program & Member Service Director for the Detroit Branch, as the new Executive Deputy Director. Kamilia Landrum has served with Donnell White and former Executive Director Heaster Wheeler in a variety of capacities. Overseeing programming for strategic priorities in the areas of civic engagement, criminal justice, economic sustainability, education, and health, Ms. Landrum recently coordinated the branches visit to Grand Rapids to demonstrate against the separation of children from their families. Ms. Landrum received her Bachelors of Applied Science in Business Administration from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. She has acquired her Masters in Public Administration in Non-Profit Policy and Management from Wayne State University. Recently named one of the Michigan Chronicles 40 under 40, she serves as a Community Advisory Council member for Health Alliance Plan and the Detroit Sports Zone. She’s a current member of the Southfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a member emeritus of the NAACP National Board of Directors, serving on Audit Finance, Image Awards, and Youth Works committees. According to Rev. Anthony, “Kamilia comes in at a very critical time in our nations history. There are so many issues that we will confront in the days ahead. We are also preparing for our National Convention to be held in Detroit in 2019. I am certain that Kamilia will continue in her new role with both confidence and commitment to the goals and objectives of the NAACP. I have known her since she was President of our Youth Council and a part of our ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) program here at the branch. She is already doing an excellent job.

The Detroit Branch will begin a local search for an Executive Director following the NAACP National Convention that will be held in San Antonio Texas, July 14-18, 2018.

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Let’s Reunite Parents and Children Now

The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.

DETROIT (July 10, 2018) – The Coalition led by the Detroit Branch NAACP which includes Grand Rapids Branch NAACP, Michigan State Conference NAACP, Michigan Conference United Church of Christ, Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL), ACLU of Michigan, Greater Lansing Clergy Forum, LA SED, Progressive National Baptist Convention, UAW Region 1D, and LEAD Michigan supports the recent efforts of the Bethany Christian Center to re-unite children under 5 with their families. This coalition made a trip to Grand Rapids on June 27th to protest the separation of children from their families at the border by the Trump administration. It also included a sit-down discussion with officials at the Bethany Christian Center on the need to re-unite all children. The Federal court has determined that children under 5 must be re-united with their families as of July 10th. The Trump administration is seeking an extension due to the fact that they are unable to identify parent and child. In the words of a mother separated from her child at the border, “Why was it so easy to take my child from me and yet so hard for you to bring my child back to me?” This evil incompetence on the part of the Trump administration reflects the malfunction in the very heart of the American spirit.

Click the link Press Statement — Let’s Reunite Parents and Children Now  to read the statement in its entirety.

Let’s Reunite the Children with Their Families Now!

The following press statement was given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during a rally and press conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. urging for the reunification of immigrant children with their families.

DETROIT (June 27, 2018) – Today we have come to Grand Rapids, not to separate people, highlight political divisions, or exacerbate family values. We are here because as people of God we believe in the teachings as expressed by the Psalmist in 127:3, “Children are a gift from the Lord. They are a reward from him.” Recognizing that God in his infinite wisdom has blessed us with a special gift, when one goes about the business of tearing a child from its parents, you are in fact ripping the gift that has been provided by God.

We are here today because we want to restore the gift. We want not to separate, but to unify. We want as a people not to have conflict, but to have compliment in the ability to recognize the dignity of all people. We cannot as Christians, Muslims, Jews, or whatever our faith orientation may be stand idly by and watch infants, toddlers, and teenagers, who have done nothing other than seek a better life, be torn asunder. For those who believe these actions may not impact you, there was a prominent protestant pastor by the name of Martin Niemoller who during WWII spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in a concentration camp. He is best remembered for these words: “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Click here Press Statement — Let’s Reunite Children Now to read the statement in its entirety.

Get on the Bus With Us! Let My Children Go Rally

Join us on Wednesday, June 27 as we rally in Grand Rapids to protest against the inhumane separation of babies, toddlers and teenagers from their parents.  The rally will begin at 12 p.m. at First Park Congregational Church located at 10 E Park Place NE in Grand Rapids.

The Detroit Branch NAACP will have a bus heading to Grand Rapids.  If you are interested in riding on the bus you must send an RSVP with your full name, phone number and email address to info@detroitnaacp.org.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This is on a first come first served basis. 

On Wednesday, June 27, check in for the bus will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Fellowship Chapel located at 7707 W. Outer Drive.  The bus will depart for Grand Rapids at 8 a.m.  For more information please call 313-871-2087.

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Press Statement — Separating Babies From Parents: Not Biblical But Diabolical

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following press statement regarding comments from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT
SEPARATING BABIES FROM PARENTS: NOT BIBLICAL BUT DIABOLICAL!

DETROIT (June 15, 2018) – One has to ask the question, “America, how low can you go?” In a recent speech, made before law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Beauregard Sessions, said, “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”

In this cherry-picked, pitiful, exegetical reflection of scripture, it takes us back to a time during the enslavement of Africans in America. For it is this passage as well as a few others that were often used to keep the enslaved in check, docile, and controlled. It was also used in Nazi, Germany in order to maintain the order of the state during the time of Hitler. It is an abomination of the message of God to allow morally bankrupt political leaders to co-opt the very essence of the Christian faith. It is a mask to hide their human treachery, which is a stench in the nostril of God.

Click the link Press Statement — Separating Babies From Parents Not Biblical But Diabolical to read the statement in its entirety.

Promote the Vote! Petition Pick Up Drive

Let’s make voting a sure thing in Michigan. Every eligible person can vote and every vote will count. By making voting more accessible, secure and fair, our democracy will better serve all Americans and our laws will better reflect the will of the people. Everyone – Republicans, Democrats and Independents – deserves to have their vote secure and counted.

Cone to the Detroit Branch NAACP office on Thursday, May 24 from 8 a.m. — 8 p.m. to sign a petition and pick up one as well.  Join the campaign for a fair voting system in Michigan.

Stop the Killing! Start the Talking!

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following press statement on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

DETROIT (May 16, 2018) – Mother’s Day is usually a time for families to gather together to honor women, matriarchs, and significant individuals who have spent their lives raising their children. It is not a day that any mother would want or perceive as a moment where she might be forced to bury her child.

The shooting death of Derek Leon Roberts, age 34, on Mother’s Day 2018, apparently at the hands of Rami Ali Jaber, a clerk at the Citgo Gas Station, located on the corner of Southfield and W. McNichols, provides an unfortunate tragic example. From all indications, it appears there was an exchange of words between Rami Jaber and Derek Roberts. Mr. Jaber reportedly came from behind the standard glass enclosure and fired a fatal shot to the chest of Mr. Roberts. This is another tragedy that impacts two families. Many of us thought that glass enclosures were designed to protect and secure the proprietor from possible burglary or other inappropriate activity. Therefore, one would think there is no obvious reason, if your life or other individuals is not at risk, to come from behind such an enclosure. Mr. Jaber was arraigned and charged with first degree murder in this incident. The Detroit Police Department and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office indicates there is both video and audio information which may detail what occurred at the station.

Our hearts go out to the family of Derek Roberts in the loss of his life. This should not have occurred. There is no way one can adequately replace a life that has not yet been fully lived. We are not insensitive to the fact that the family of Mr. Jaber is also damaged as a result of his life that will now change forever.

Please click the link Detroit Branch NAACP Press Statement – Stop the Killing, Start the Talking to read the statement in its entirety. 

Detroiters Can Eliminate Driver’s Responsibility Fees

The Detroit Branch NAACP issued the following press release on
Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

DETROIT (May 8, 2018) – Today’s announcement by Mayor Mike Duggan of a special program to end driver responsibility fees for nearly 76,000 Detroiters is indeed welcome news. Nearly 350,000 Michigan residents have been affected by this terrible law which finally will end in October of this year. SB614 allows for the Workforce Development Training Program, which will enable drivers to get their driver’s license back much sooner. This law, coupled with the horrendous high insurance rates imposed on citizens of Detroit and other communities, diminishes the quality of life, prevents access to jobs and education, and can lead to unnecessary conflicts with law enforcement.

Click the link Press Release — Detroiters Can Eliminate Drivers Responsibility Fees Now to read the statement in its entirety.