Please see the following press statement issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the status of Detroit Public Schools.
“Sixty-two years ago, there were those who asserted that the system of racial separation, masquerading as providing separate but equal treatment of both white and black Americans, instead was one that perpetuated inferior accommodations, services, financing, and treatment for black Americans. The infamous case of Brown vs. The Board of Education found that separate but equal was indeed separate and unequal. It determined that separating public schools for black and white students, along racial lines, to be unconstitutional. Have we not learned anything in the last sixty-two years here in the state of Michigan? Is Michigan the new home of Topeka, Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, or Washington DC?”
Please click the link to read the statement in its entirety Official Press Statement Brown vs. Board of Education.
The NAACP will hold a press conference with President and CEO Cornell William Brooks to rollout our 20-point plan and timelines to address the issues in Flint. The press conference will be held on Monday, February 15 at 1:00 PM, Christ Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 317 East Hamilton Avenue, Flint 48505. Please see the full press release below to learn more about the request to the U.S. Department of Justice.
BALTIMORE, MD – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has formally requested that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launch civil and criminal investigations into the disastrous water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks requested that all applicable components of the DOJ investigate potential environmental and civil rights violations to prevent future harms to Flint residents, to ensure that all possible measures are taken to remedy past harms to Flint residents, and to hold accountable those responsible for the crisis.
“The poisoning of Flint’s water—and the delayed response to that poisoning—is a classic example of the disproportionate burden of environmental harm being borne by low-income persons and communities of color,” said Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO. “A focused, swift, and detailed investigation by the Department of Justice will be a significant step in rectifying this situation and determining whom to hold responsible for inflicting a lifetime of harm upon a vulnerable community.”
The crisis began after Flint’s state-appointed emergency manager decided to switch the city’s water source from Lake Huron via Detroit’s Water System to the Flint River, causing the pipes to corrode and leach lead into the water. The NAACP’s Flint Branch and Michigan State Conference have diligently worked over the last two years to inform the public about the poisoned water and its potential effects.
The NAACP has engaged the law firm of WilmerHale LLP to assist its Legal Department in working with the DOJ to protect the rights of the people of Flint. The team at WilmerHale is led by Ronald C. Machen Jr., a former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Debo Adegbile, former President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
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NAACP National President Cornell William Brooks presented a 15-Point Priorities list of community concerns during a Public Mass Meeting held at the University of Michigan — Flint on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. To read the full list of priorities please click the link Flint 15 Point Community Concerns Priorities.
NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks will join leaders from the Michigan State Conference and the Flint and Detroit, Michigan branches of the NAACP at a public mass meeting to call for a resolution to the Flint water crisis. NAACP Flint Branch Leadership will share the NAACP’s 15-point priority plan for addressing the Flint water crisis, a comprehensive plan developed with the input of members of the Flint community in cooperation with the Flint branch of the NAACP.
President Brooks, along with local NAACP leaders, is inviting members of the community to attend the meeting and provide feedback and comment on the priorities. Following the community commentary/testimonies, a panel moderated by NAACP Detroit Branch President, Reverend Wendell Anthony, and consisting of experts from the health, legal, and educational fields, will answer questions and provide guidance.
On Wednesday, September 16 the Detroit Branch NAACP participated in the America’s Journey for Justice Legislative Advocacy Day in our Nation’s Capitol. The day began with a rally at Upper Senate Park to culminate the 1,000 mile march that the NAACP began on August 1 in Selma, Alabama. Upon conclusion of the rally the Detroit Branch NAACP delegation met with U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters; U.S. House of Representatives members Brenda Lawrence and John Conyers Jr.; National NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock, NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks and NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary O. Shelton. Congresswoman Lawrence provided lunch for the Detroit Branch NAACP delegation.
Additionally, during the Legislative Advocacy Day several issue briefs were presented. NAACP members across the country are asked to seek support for these pieces of legislation from their respective members in Congress. The proposed pieces of legislation are:
- End Racial Profiling Act
End Racial Profiling Act
- Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015
Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015
- Raise the Wage Act
Raise the Wage Act
- Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Detroit Branch NAACP would like to thank UAW Ford for serving as a sponsor for our Journey for Justice.
Join the Detroit Branch NAACP as we support America’s Journey for Justice!
From August 1 to September 16, America’s Journey for Justice – an historic 860 mile march from Selma, Alabama to Washington D.C. – will mobilize activists and advance a focused national advocacy agenda that protects the rights of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education.
This trip is FREE although space is limited and registration is required! For more information or to RSVP please call (313) 871-2087.
Click the link below to learn about America’s Journey for Justice
The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference today, Thursday,
August 6, 2015, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP was joined by Congressman John Conyers, Jr; Duron Marshall, Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence; Samia Hamid, Field Director, Arab American Civil Rights League; Mary Carmen Munoz, Operations Manager, La SED; Stephanie Lopez Gilmore, Consortium of Hispanic Agencies; Michael Steinberg, Legal Director, ACLU Michigan and Yvonne White, President, Michigan State Conference NAACP to champion the VRA.
Click the links below to read the joint press statement and the remarks given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Anthony during the commemoration.