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

 

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

Detroit Branch NAACP Expresses Strong Concerns Over Proposed Four Day Youth Curfew

Please see the attached press statement and news clip from the Detroit Branch NAACP regarding the proposed four day youth curfew during the River Days festival and City of Detroit Annual Fireworks.

Press Release — Detroit Branch NAACP Expresses Significant Concerns to Proposed Four Day Youth Curfew

Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, interview on WXYZ regarding proposed four day youth curfew

Detroit Branch NAACP’s Political Education Committee to Host “Lunch & Learn” Featuring Former U.S. Senator Carl Levin

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Lunch & Learn
with former U.S. Senator Carl Levin

Cost: $25.00
Friday, April 10, 2015

11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Detroit Branch NAACP
8220 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Reserve Your Spot Today by calling (313) 664-2422