Detroit Branch NAACP Legal Redress Committee to Host “Ask the Lawyer”

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askalawyer_8The 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.

For more information please call (313) 871-2087.

Allies, Issues, & Action: Ken Harris MBCC

Ken Harris

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.

 

Bring Back Our Girls Call to Action Rally

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Allies, Issues, and Action Meeting: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Allies CalhounDaron 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.

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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.

Detroit Branch NAACP February General Membership Meeting and Education Forum

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
6:00 P.M.
Second Baptist
441 Monroe St,
Detroit, MI 48226
In partnership with:

  • AFT Michigan
  • ACLU Michigan
  • AAUP AFT
  • Black Family Development
  • MOSES
  • Youth Voice

    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.

    For more information please call (313) 871-2087

 

 

Detroit Branch NAACP General Membership Meeting and Affordable Care Act Panel Discussion

Join the Detroit Branch NAACP on Thursday, December 19 at 6:00 P.M. at Northwest Activities Center (located at 18100 Meyers in Detroit) for the final General Membership meeting of 2013 and a panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act. Panelists will include representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield and National NAACP’s Health Advocate. This is your chance to ask questions and be informed on how the Affordable Care Act can work for you.

Allies, Issues, & Actions: Janee’ Ayers and Brandon Jessup

The Struggle continues! The Detroit NAACP continues on the path of working for justice and in the process insuring that we leave no one behind. Our Allies, Issues, and meeting was extremely informative. Our guest Speakers included Janee’ Ayers, recording Secretary for Unite Here Local 24, a strong union for Hospitality workers in the Metro Detroit Area. Our second guest speaker was Brandon Jessup, President and CEO of Michigan Forward. We also had a special guest from the National NAACP office, Jennifer Arice White, Program Specialist.

Ms. Janee’ Ayers spoke passionately about Unite Here and there tremendous efforts to “Erase the Working Poor!” She spoke about hotel workers in Detroit and the importance of increasing the minimum wage as well as insuring a living wage for hospitality workers. “Our union works on the one basic principal – SOLIDARITY! Every worker is vital.  Janee’ also pointed out many disparities in the hotel work environment. Saying “$8 an hour is not enough!” Some Hotel workers go from cleaning rooms to cooking lunch all in one work day. “As a Union we have been there protesting and shining a spotlight on those hotel companies who are glorifying the working poor. “They can do better”

Brandon Jessup, Founder and Chairman of Michigan Forward also graced us with his presence and discussed Detroit: “Bankruptcy; Recovery and Reinvestment”.
Mr. Jessup was extremely detailed and very technical in his approach. He was able to breakdown the Bankruptcy proceedings and the Emergency Manager Law and the negative impact it has on Detroit. He also eloquently spoke of other options that could have prevented the bankruptcy, and alternatives to solving the City of Detroit’s financial woes. 

Celebration of the Life of “Madiba” Nelson Mandela

The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Shahida Mausi-Johnson from The Right Productions to unveil the plans for the special tribute to honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.  The tribute will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.  at the Music Hall Center for Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public, but does require tickets.  For more information please read the following press statement. (Photos courtesy of Kwabena Shabu CCSD/Detroit)

Press Statement — Celebration of Nelson Mandela

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Allies, Issues, & Action with Greg Bowens and Newly Elected Detroit City Council Members

Greg Bowens Detroit Branch NAACP

Greg Bowens discusses the 2013 Mayoral Elections and the future of the City of Detroit at the Detroit Branch NAACP Allies, Issues, and Action meeting.

On Tuesday, November 12th the Detroit Branch NAACP held another Allies, Issues, and Action meeting. Our topic of discussion was the 2013 Detroit elections! The key note Speaker was Greg Bowens, who opened his speech by discussing the importance of Veterans Day.  Bowens explained “as a Veteran myself I feel it’s our duty to stop and say thank you!” Bowens also discussed the outcome of the Mayoral election and what it means for Detroit moving forward under the current Emergency Manager Law. Bowens asked the question, “Does anyone remember the current school board members?” Most people shook their heads saying no! His reply was, “That’s because the Detroit Public School system has an Emergency Manager. Our elected school board has all but disappeared, with no power over finances or decisions; our Detroit Public School Board is basically obsolete.” Bowens followed the question by asking, “Will the same occur for our newly elected city council?” His intent was to draw correlation between the two entities in hopes to inspire the newly elected City Council members to not become obsolete due to the Emergency Managers powers. In his words, “Under Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevin Orr, the newly elected members of the Detroit City Council will not only have to find the bathroom, but they will also have ask Kevin Orr for the keys to the bath room, because he holds all the power!”

Scott Benson Gabe Leland Detroit City Council

Newly Elected Detroit City Council members Scott Benson and Gabe Leland engage questions from the audience about their plans to protect the City Charter for the City of Detroit.

Joining us from the newly elected members of the Detroit City Members were; Scott Benson of District 3; Gabe Leland from District 7; and Detroit’s first Latina elected to the City Council, Raquel Castaneda Lopez from District 6. All three newly elected council members were given the opportunity to introduce themselves and speak on what they would like to do for their perspective Districts.

Join us for our next Allies Meeting on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013.

Executive Director Donnell White poses with newly elected City Council members Raquel Castenada Lopez and Gabe Leland. Lopez is the first Latina to ever be elected to the Detroit City Council.

 

Federal Monitors Arrive in Detroit to Safeguard Votes During Detroit’s General Election

The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference on Monday, November 4, 2013 regarding the announcement by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division that they will be sending monitors to Detroit for the General Election.  Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony made a request to United States Attorney General Eric Holder and the DOJ for Federal Monitors to be sent to Detroit to ensure Detroiters of a safe and protected election.

Please click the link to read the press statement given by Rev. Anthony during the press conference.

Press Statement — Federal Monitors Arrive in Detroit to Safeguard Votes During Detroit’s General Election