Official Press Statement — Detroit Public Schools Community District Search For General Superintendent

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Please see the attached press statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board Superintendent search.

DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools Community District continues to face challenges as well  as opportunities to both stabilize and move our school district to higher academic heights. It is a school district that has been plagued by financial, academic, and personnel obstacles. The newly elected Board of Education is to be commended for its efforts to bring to solvency, as well as to re-establish the school district of Detroit into a first class, academically proficient, and student- learning center for the people in this community.

Click the link Official Press Statement – DPSCD Search for Superintendent  to read the statement in it’s entirety.

 

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

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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Let the People Vote

Please see the attached press statement from Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the recent ruling by federal court Judge Gershwin Drain to block Michigan’s ban on straight party voting.

The recent ruling by federal court Judge Gershwin Drain to block Michigan’s ban on straight party voting is a victory by all who believe in democracy. This ruling, which pushes back the ban on straight party voting, gives those citizens who live in our urban communities in particular, a fair chance without the imposition of long lines, insufficient equipment, short staff, and sometimes inadequate information at polling places concerning their proper location. This is often due to a lack of financial resources from the state as well as laws which impose photo ID requirements, and proof of American citizenship beyond normal identification. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said:

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves. And the only way they can do this is by not voting.”

Please click the link to read the entire statement.  Official Press Statement Straight Ticket Voting

Don’t Blame DPS for the State’s Continuous Failures

In his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson said “we are all Federalists, we are all Republicans.” It is important for some who make the laws under the banner of party affiliation, to remember your specific origination. According to Jefferson:

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action, according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

For those who believe that the current legislation coming forth from the Michigan House of Representatives, now awaiting the Governor’s signature, is the answer to the problems facing the Detroit Public Schools, guess what? You’re wrong!

Click the link to read  DPS and Michigan’s Continuous Failures in its entirety.

Michigan — Will It Become Another Case of Brown vs. Board of Education?

Please see the following press statement issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the status of Detroit Public Schools.

“Sixty-two years ago, there were those who asserted that the system of racial separation, masquerading as providing separate but equal treatment of both white and black Americans, instead was one that perpetuated inferior accommodations, services, financing, and treatment for black Americans. The infamous case of Brown vs. The Board of Education found that separate but equal was indeed separate and unequal. It determined that separating public schools for black and white students, along racial lines, to be unconstitutional. Have we not learned anything in the last sixty-two years here in the state of Michigan? Is Michigan the new home of Topeka, Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, or Washington DC?”

Please click the link to read the statement in its entirety Official Press Statement Brown vs. Board of Education.

The Michigan House Must Act to Support the Detroit Public School System Now!

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued a press statement urging immediate action by the Michigan House of Representatives to support Detroit Public Schools.

“It is indeed unfortunate that we find ourselves once again at the threshold of deciding whether or not we will work to sustain the future of our children. The question before us is one of preserving the posterity of our state and nation, or whether or not we will allow them to continue to twist in the winds of uncertainty and insecurity.”

Please click the link Press Statement — The Michigan House Must Act Now to Support the Detroit Public School System Now to read the press statement in its entirety.

NAACP “Day of Action” at the Michigan State Capitol

Please join us in Lansing on Wednesday, March 23 for a “Day of Action,” in support of the residents of Flint as we demand new pipes and clean water NOW!

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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