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The following press statement was issued on behalf of the Detroit Branch NAACP regarding Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell leaving as Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit and the nomination of Atty. Lawrence Garcia as new Corporation Counsel.
DETROIT – The Detroit Branch NAACP announces, with both a sense of pride and regret, its support in the recent announcement of Attorney Melvin Butch Hollowell’s decision to step down as the City of Detroit Corporation Counsel. Attorney Hollowell, who served with distinction as the Detroit Branch NAACP General Counsel, continues to move forward. He will now join the Miller Law Firm as Managing Partner of its new Detroit office. After four years serving as corporation counsel, his record of service to the public and to the ends of equal justice under law have been outstanding. It is particularly significant when one marks his creation of “Project Clean Slate”. Attorney Hollowell recruited 100 lawyers to handle non-violent criminal expungements for free, giving people who desperately needed help a second chance. We congratulate Attorney Hollowell and wish him well in this most significant and influential position.
Please click the link Official Press Statement – CofD Corporation Counsel to read the statement in full.
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.
Click here Official Press Statement – MSP Town Hall to read the Press Statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during town hall.
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.
Please click the link Official Press Statement – Michigan State Police to read the statement in its entirety. Click here Letter to Governor Snyder to read the letter sent to Governor Snyder by Rev. Anthony.
Please see the following press statement issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the Facebook post by Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue.
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.”
Click the link Official Press Statement – Michigan State Police — We Expect Better to read the press statement in its entirety.
National NAACP will kick off its seven city listening tour, NAACP Forward, in Detroit on Thursday, August 24 at 6 pm at Greater New Mt. Moriah located at 586 Owen. NAACP Forward is a part of the organization’s strategic plan for the future, enhancing its mission, vision, and fight for civil rights amidst a swirling climate of political hostility, voter suppression, income inequality, mass incarceration, police brutality and anti-immigrant sentiment. The national listening tour is free and open to the public. Greater New Mt. Moriah is the home church for previous Senior Pastor and NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Hooks.
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony has issued the following press statement in regards to the request for detailed state voter data from President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
As the nation observes Independence Day, it is important to remember the words of one of our founders Thomas Jefferson who said,
“In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
At this most critical time in our nation’s history, it is important for all of us to stand like a rock, to defend and protect our freedom and democracy. Michigan should join the ten other states along with the District of Columbia in non-compliance with this bogus request regarding voter data information. California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia have all indicated their intentions not to comply. It is also most interesting that Kansas, the home state of the Vice Chair of this commission Kris Kobach, has also rejected and indicated their non- compliance. Even Texas has joined in the chorus of those who refuse to submit to this unconstitutional violation of citizen’s privacy, laws, and election integrity.
Please click the link Official Press Statement – Election Integrity to read the statement in its entirety.
The following press statement was issued by National NAACP in regards to the the U.S, withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
June 1, 2017 (Baltimore, Maryland) – The NAACP is deeply disappointed by the announcement today by President Donald J. Trump that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Despite this disastrous step backwards for our nation, the NAACP resolves to not only do its part to adhere to the tenets of the Paris Agreement, but also to continue to fight for environmental justice.
“There’s no way around it – this decision by the Trump Administration is not only a rejection of the undeniable science that has proven climate change exists, but also will send our nation and our planet down a path that will only lead to catastrophic destruction. In these dark times, one thing is for certain: the United States may be out of the Paris Agreement, but the NAACP is going to be all in for equity and our environment, now more than ever before,” said Leon W. Russell, chairman of the Board of Directors.
Please click the link U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Agreement to read the statement in its entirety.
The Detroit Branch NAACP invites you to our Energy Justice Training and Roundtable on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Please join us and come learn more about how to become an advocate around Energy and Environmental Justice. During this event there will also be training sessions on Accessing Solar Energy in Urban Communities and representatives offering tips on lowering your utility/energy bills. The Roundtable discussion will be with leaders in the Environmental and Energy justice field, the Michigan Public Service Commission and DTE Energy. This event is being Co-sponsored by Vote Solar and the Environmental Law and Policy Center.
The event is free, but registration is required. Please click the link Detroit Branch NAACP Energy Justice Training and Roundtable to register.