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.
Please join the Detroit Branch NAACP on Friday, August 22 from 6-8 PM at Fellowship Chapel for a special forum on the state of relations between communities of color and law enforcement. This forum is presented in light of several deaths of youth and young adults — McKenzie Cochran in Northland Mall, Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, Eric Garner in New York, Renisha McBride in Dearborn, John Crawford in Ohio, and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The special forum will serve as an opportunity to have a conversation on strategies and programs to protect and serve minority youth, particularly African American, Latinos, Arab Americans and Muslim Americans
The Detroit Branch NAACP wants to remind you to Take Your Soles to the Polls and Vote on Tuesday, August 5 in the Primary Election. The polls are open from 7 A.M. till 8 P.M. Please read our ABC’s of Voting to answer any questions you may have about voting in the Primary Election. Our voter help hotline will be available on Tuesday as long as the polls are open. Please call 313-664-2424 if you have any questions or experience any trouble voting.
Join Us on Thursday, July 31 at 6:00 P.M. for our July General Membership Meeting and Candidates Fair. The meeting and Candidates Fair will take place at Northwest Activities Center located at 18100 Meyers in Detroit.
The Candidates Fair will provide an opportunity for voters to meet the candidates for Congress, Wayne County Executive, Michigan State Senate and House of Representatives. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The 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.
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.
Daron Calhoun; Supervisory Investigator and Program Analyst of the Detroit Field Office for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also known as EEOC addressed the Allies, Issues, and Action guests today. He shared startling statistics of 99,000 charges of discrimination being filled with the EEOC in 2012, with race discrimination accounting for 35% of the cases. He also discussed how young people are being the most violated among new workers, as they are most unaware of their rights.
He further discussed which laws the EEOC enforces. Under their preview are Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Any person that believes their rights have been violated based upon these laws have 300 Days to file a charge in the State of Michigan.
Closing remarks from Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony addressed the ruling of the Supreme Court to uphold the ban against Affirmative Action policies in Michigan; a statement will be issued soon. Additionally, Congressman John Conyers joined the guests to announce that Secretary of the Treasury Lew will be in Detroit to discuss how we (Detroit) can move forward financially after the bankruptcy and new legislation regarding the Affordable Care Act.
The next Allies, Issues, and Actions Meeting will take place Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. For additional information please call (313) 871-2087.
Please join the Detroit Branch NAACP for our February General Membership Meeting and Education Forum.
What are the education topics that matter to you?
How do we create solutions that work?
Thursday, February 27, 2014
441 Monroe St,
Detroit, MI 48226
In partnership with:
Black Family Development
Refreshments will be served. Free Parking is available in the garage that is located directly across from the Atheneum Hotel on Brush St between Lafayette and Monroe. The church is able to validate tickets from this garage only.