Press Statement — Keep Your Spit to Yourself!

The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the assault on Ibrahim Mission by Robert Stanzler.  

DETROIT (July 24, 2018) – Today, Robert Stanzler of Ferndale was arraigned in 36th District Court after being charged with assault and battery. On July 17th, Mr. Stanzler, in an act of rage and total disrespect, spit in the face of security guard Ibrahim Mission. This most despicable act is tantamount to reaching down to the lowest level in the degradation of one person to another. It indicates a total disrespect and dehumanization for one’s own humanity. After his arraignment, Mr. Stanzler received a $5,000 conditional bond and is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on August 2nd.

The Detroit Branch NAACP condemns this act of degradation, humiliation, and possible even racial discrimination. Ibrahim Mission is a responsible young man, doing a significant job in the area of security for many community organizations. As a matter of fact, he was on his job when this incident occurred. He has worked on many programs for security including the Annual NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. The event in which he was attacked unfortunately was an occasion where visitors from around the world were in Detroit to attend the “Good Pitch” social justice gathering. It was a major media event. Regardless of the event, spitting in one’s face is unacceptable for any occasion.

Click here to read the press statement in its entirety — Press Statement — Keep Your Spit to Yourself.

Promote the Vote! Petition Pick Up Drive

Let’s make voting a sure thing in Michigan. Every eligible person can vote and every vote will count. By making voting more accessible, secure and fair, our democracy will better serve all Americans and our laws will better reflect the will of the people. Everyone – Republicans, Democrats and Independents – deserves to have their vote secure and counted.

Cone to the Detroit Branch NAACP office on Thursday, May 24 from 8 a.m. — 8 p.m. to sign a petition and pick up one as well.  Join the campaign for a fair voting system in Michigan.

Official Press Statement — Being Black is Not A Crime!

The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the shooting of Brennan Walker.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 DETROIT – 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. diagnosed for the nation its most dangerous and deadly spiritual ulcer. Yet today, there are still too many in our communities who have failed to heed his prescription to see our character because they are too blinded by our color.

America still suffers from an illness rooted in an assumption fueled by a false perception and sustained by our racial condition. The recent shooting at 14-year old Brennan Walker, at a home in Rochester Hills, while simply trying to find his way to school, by a white homeowner, is another case-in-point. According to young Mr. Walker, after he knocked on the door for directions, he stepped back, a lady came to the door and started yelling, “Why are you trying to break into my house?” He indicated he was simply asking for directions. Herein lies the assumption. He is a black youth, at a white door, in a suburban neighborhood, therefore he must be trying to break in. Immediate reaction: grab your gun, shoot first, ask questions later.

Click here to read the statement in it’s entirety —
Press Statement — Being Black Is Not A Crime

National Commission for Voter Justice Listening Session

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Please join us on Saturday, January 27, from 1-5 p.m., as we partner with the National Commission for Voter Justice, for an important listening session on voting in Michigan.  We want to hear from you! Come and share your experiences.

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is encouraged.  Click here NCVJ Detroit Listening Session to register.

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Official Press Statement — City of Detroit Corporation Counsel

The following press statement was issued on behalf of the Detroit Branch NAACP regarding Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell leaving as Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit and the nomination of Atty. Lawrence Garcia as new Corporation Counsel.

DETROIT – The Detroit Branch NAACP announces, with both a sense of pride and regret, its support in the recent announcement of Attorney Melvin Butch Hollowell’s decision to step down as the City of Detroit Corporation Counsel. Attorney Hollowell, who served with distinction as the Detroit Branch NAACP General Counsel, continues to move forward. He will now join the Miller Law Firm as Managing Partner of its new Detroit office. After four years serving as corporation counsel, his record of service to the public and to the ends of equal justice under law have been outstanding. It is particularly significant when one marks his creation of “Project Clean Slate”. Attorney Hollowell recruited 100 lawyers to handle non-violent criminal expungements for free, giving people who desperately needed help a second chance. We congratulate Attorney Hollowell and wish him well in this most significant and influential position.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – CofD Corporation Counsel to read the statement in full.

Michigan Must Continue to Reject the Fake Request Made by President Trump’s Fake Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony has issued the following press statement in regards to the request for detailed state voter data from President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

As the nation observes Independence Day, it is important to remember the words of one of our founders Thomas Jefferson who said,

In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

At this most critical time in our nation’s history, it is important for all of us to stand like a rock, to defend and protect our freedom and democracy. Michigan should join the ten other states along with the District of Columbia in non-compliance with this bogus request regarding voter data information. California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia have all indicated their intentions not to comply. It is also most interesting that Kansas, the home state of the Vice Chair of this commission Kris Kobach, has also rejected and indicated their non- compliance. Even Texas has joined in the chorus of those who refuse to submit to this unconstitutional violation of citizen’s privacy, laws, and election integrity.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – Election Integrity  to read the statement in its 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

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