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.
Please see the official press statement given at a press conference held on Friday, January 22, 2016, in support of Detroit Public School teachers. Several members of Detroit’s faith based community along with national, state and local elected officials stood together to call for the Governor, State Legislature and Emergency Manager Darnell Earley to not take punitive actions against Detroit Public School teachers but to take the necessary steps to provide Detroit’s school children with a quality education.
Click the link Detroit Teachers Deserve Our Support to read the press statement in its entirety.
The Detroit Branch NAACP’s Shop Detroit campaign encourages support of Detroit based businesses during the holiday season. The campaign will kick-off on
Saturday, November 28 at 1917 American Bistro located at 19476 Livernois Avenue in the City’s historic Avenue of Fashions. On Saturday, December 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., shoppers will be encouraged to visit vendors participating in the 22nd Annual Holiday Christmas Bazaar that will be held at Fellowship Chapel located at 7707 W. Outer Drive. Additionally, during the Shop Detroit campaign, the Detroit Branch NAACP will feature local businesses and special promotions on their social media pages and website. The Detroit Branch NAACP’s Shop Detroit campaign is done in partnership with the City of Detroit and their recent release of “Dream It. Do. It. Detroit,” a neighborhood small business directory.
The Detroit Branch NAACP first began its efforts to increase in-store traffic for Black-owned and Detroit based business in 1988. “The Buy Black, Buy Detroit” Campaign provided a retail shop and services guide to assist holiday shoppers. Now known as “Shop Detroit” the campaign is very much alive covering the entire City of Detroit.
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.