The following press statement was issued by the Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.
DETROIT (August 7, 2018) – The Detroit Branch NAACP has received several complaints regarding power shortages at various polling locations. This has resulted in machines being unable to function properly and individuals not being able to cast their ballots. Polling locations identified in Detroit are McKenzie Middle School, Zion Chapel, Woodbridge Elementary, Gompers Elementary, and Lasky Recreation Center. We have also received reports from the city of Dearborn regarding Nowlin Elementary and Howard Elementary schools.
This is unacceptable and must not create further apathy among the citizens in their effort to exercise their voting rights. This situation further demonstrates the need not only for updated machinery and technology, but to maintain as an alternative updated and available paper ballots. The assurance of a paper ballot in circumstances like this can help re-affirm to the voter that their vote will be counted. When one considers the challenge in getting people to the polls, there must not be any obstacle, stumbling block, or barrier that will prevent their access to the ballot.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.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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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.
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.
The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the shooting of Brennan Walker.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
DETROIT – 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. diagnosed for the nation its most dangerous and deadly spiritual ulcer. Yet today, there are still too many in our communities who have failed to heed his prescription to see our character because they are too blinded by our color.
America still suffers from an illness rooted in an assumption fueled by a false perception and sustained by our racial condition. The recent shooting at 14-year old Brennan Walker, at a home in Rochester Hills, while simply trying to find his way to school, by a white homeowner, is another case-in-point. According to young Mr. Walker, after he knocked on the door for directions, he stepped back, a lady came to the door and started yelling, “Why are you trying to break into my house?” He indicated he was simply asking for directions. Herein lies the assumption. He is a black youth, at a white door, in a suburban neighborhood, therefore he must be trying to break in. Immediate reaction: grab your gun, shoot first, ask questions later.
Please join us on Saturday, January 27, from 1-5 p.m., as we partner with the National Commission for Voter Justice, for an important listening session on voting in Michigan. We want to hear from you! Come and share your experiences.
Please join us for a Town Hall on Saturday, November 11 from 10 am — 2 pm at Northwest Activities Center to discuss the Current State of the Michigan State Police Department. Public comments will be allowed.
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony along with ACLU Michigan, Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL), Atty. Leonard Mungo, Congressman John Conyers Jr. and the Michigan State Conference NAACP led a press conference on Tuesday, October 10 calling for Governor Rick Snyder (R-Michigan) to meet and address:
Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue’s role as the Director of the Michigan State Police (MSP)
MSP’s current lack of diversity
MSP’s testing practices
On Tuesday, October 3, Rev. Anthony sent an official request to Gov. Snyder for a meeting, details and data on MSP’s number of African Americans, Latinos, other minorities and women as troopers and senior staff since the federal consent decree removed in 1993.
The recent message posted on the Facebook page of Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Director of the Michigan State Police, is beneath the office of this department and is a tragic reminder of a lack of fundamental understanding. This is particularly true in the matter of the right to publicly protest. The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. still ring true today, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Perhaps Col. Etue needs to be reminded of the State Constitution of Michigan, Article 11, Public Offices and Employment, Section 1, Oath of Public Office: “All officers, legislative, executive, and judicial before entering upon the duties of their respective offices shall take and subscribe the following oath and affirmation: I do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the U.S. and this state that I will faithfully discharge the duties of….. according to the best of my ability.”