Urgent Action Alert — Don’t Stop Calling! Tell Your Senators to Vote No on DeVos

Call, email or fax your senator today and tell them to vote NO! on Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. 

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Click the link to read the full Action Alert — DeVos Action Alert

Urgent Action Alert — Oppose The Confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions

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The NAACP is opposed to the nomination of Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions for United States Attorney General.  Click the link below to learn how you can contact both your Senators and urge them to oppose the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General for the United States.

Urgent Action Alert — NAACP Opposes Senator Jeff Sessions

The People Get A Victory — House Bill 6066 Pushed Back!

Victory! Thank you to everyone who called, emailed, and contacted your local elected officials and Governor Rick Snyder to stop House Bill 6066.  Please see the press statement below given by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

Official Press Statement — House Bill 6066 Pushed Back

 

Michigan — Creating the Path to Voter Participation or Leading the Way to Voter Suppression

naacp-day-of-action-12-13-16Please see the attached press statement given by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP during a press conference held today, Thursday, December 8, regarding Michigan Voter ID bills 6066, 6067 and 6068.  Voters are encouraged to contact Michigan State Senator Arlan Meekhof’s office at (517) 373-6920 to say NO to Bill 6066. Stay tuned for upcoming information about our Day of Action on the steps of the Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday, December 13, 2016!

Click the link to read the full press statement Official Press Statement — Path to Voter Participation.

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NAACP Requests Full-Scale Review of Flint Water Crisis by U.S. Department of Justice

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.

IMG_4409BALTIMORE, 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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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue

Flint Community 15-Point Priorities

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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.

Detroit Branch NAACP Leads the Way During the NAACP’s America’s Journey for Justice Advocacy Day

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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:

Detroit Branch NAACP would like to thank UAW Ford for serving as a sponsor for our Journey for Justice.

The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren Releases Report and Recommendations to Improve Detroit Schools

The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren released its report and recommendations for improving all Detroit schools on Monday, March 30, during a press event held at Fellowship Chapel.  Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, serves as one of the co-chairs for the coalition. The coalition met for approximately 100 days to create a comprehensive plan that will imake quality schools for all Detroit children.

To read the full report click on the link below.

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The Coalition for Justice and Fairness to Reform Law Enforcement Issues Call for Action

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Please see the attached press statement given by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP on behalf of the Coalition for Justice and Fairness to Reform Law Enforcement during a press conference held on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Press Statment — Coalition for Justice and Fairness to Reform Law Enforcement Issues Call for Action