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

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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

Detroit Branch NAACP’s Legal Redress Committee to Host March “Ask the Lawyer” Program with the Congress of Communities

The Detroit Branch NAACP’s Legal Redress Committee presents:

Ask the Lawyer

FREE and Open to the Public for 10-15 minute legal consultations

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
10:30 a.m — 3:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Congress of Communities
8638 W. Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

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Condolences to the Families of the Slain New York City Police Officers

The Coalition for Justice and Fairness to Reform Law Enforcement issued the following press statement regarding the two slain New York City Police Officers.

DETROIT — The recent shooting deaths of two New York City police officers, Wenjain Liu and Rafael Ramos, leave us both with a sense of deep sorrow and sincere condolences to their families and friends. The killings of these police officers reportedly by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, in no way reflects the thinking or the purpose of any of us who are concerned about the ongoing relations between law enforcement and the communities in which they serve. We neither condone, support, excuse, nor encourage such actions. We do not believe that all police officers are bad nor do we subscribe to all protesters being good. While we condemn the actions of any who take the lives of innocent people, it is precisely why we must come together as people of goodwill to try and develop programs and strategies that bring us together as a community…

Click the link to read the entire statement — Coalition Press Statement 12_22_14

 

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

Are You Tired of Being Mad? Take Your Soles to the Polls and Vote Tuesday, November 4

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Are you mad about Michael Brown being shot down in Ferguson?  Are you mad about Eric Gardner being choked to death in New York? Do you know that community policing can be determined by you casting a ballot on election day? Listen as Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, encourages you to channel your anger and frustration into positive action and Take Your Soles to the Polls and vote, Tuesday, November 4.

 

 

 

Detroit Branch NAACP Press Statement — Release of Federal Oversight of the Detroit Police Department

Please see the press statement issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, regarding the release of federal oversight of the Detroit Police Department.

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Detroit Branch NAACP Presents A Special Forum on the State of Relations Between Communities of Color and Law Enforcement

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Please join the Detroit Branch NAACP on Friday, August 22 from 6-8 PM at Fellowship Chapel for a special forum on the state of relations between communities of color and law enforcement.  This forum is presented in light of several deaths of youth and young adults — McKenzie Cochran in Northland Mall, Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, Eric Garner in New York, Renisha McBride in Dearborn, John Crawford in Ohio, and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  The special forum will serve as an opportunity to have a conversation on strategies and programs to protect and serve minority youth, particularly African American, Latinos, Arab Americans and Muslim Americans