Rogue State Legislators and the Theft of Democracy

DETROIT (December 6, 2018) – One has to wonder whether or not we actually had midterm elections in 2018. The recent actions by Republican led state legislatures in Michigan and Wisconsin, and election controversy in North Carolina raise serious questions about maintaining the integrity of our electoral process. The actions now taken to undercut the election in the state of Michigan by the Republican dominated state legislature is more crooked than the great train robberies committed by Jesse and Frank James in the Missouri territories. The only thing the legislature in Michigan lacks is a face mask and a six shooter.

One of the framers of our democracy Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” During this “shame duck session,” some members of the Michigan House don’t seem to care nor are they acting as if the people are looking. They are robbing the citizens who voted overwhelmingly for Proposal 2 (Voters Not Politicians), 67-33%, designed to end the practice of gerrymandering. They are attempting to rob the people of their affirmative decision in Proposal 3 (Promote the Vote), 61-39%, designed to provide greater voter access. This is no more than a political heist of the highest order. The plan is to undercut the power of incoming Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State-Elect Jocelyn Benson, and Attorney General-Elect Dana Nessel. In other words, they are attempting to steal the power of Michiganders who voted to change the political direction in Michigan.

Click here — Press Statement — Rogue State Legislators and the Theft of Democracy to read the statement in it’s entirety.

Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Blue Ribbon Host Committee for 2019 National NAACP Convetion

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The following press statement was given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during a press conference held on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

DETROIT (December 6, 2018) – The Detroit Branch NAACP is pleased to announce plans for 2019 as we host the 110th National Convention of the NAACP, July 20-24, 2019, here in the city of Detroit. Next month, we will also be announcing plans for the 64th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, scheduled for May 5, 2019. Today we welcome to our city NAACP President, Attorney Derrick Johnson, and other members of our Executive Board. As Detroit hosts the annual convention, it will send a signal to the rest of the nation that ALL ROADS REALLY DO LEAD TO DETROIT.

We are very excited about our special Blue-Ribbon Host Committee, chaired by Mr. Gerard Anderson, CEO of DTE Energy, led by Mr. Jerry Norcia, President of DTE Energy. DTE has been a leading partner with the NAACP locally and is expanding its reach to include an even more prominent national partnership as well. Ms. Nancy Moody, DTE Energy Vice President of Public Affairs, has been an energizing partner in plans for our 110th annual convention.

Click here — Press Statement — Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Blue Ribbon Host Committee for 2019 National NAACP Convention to read the press statement in its entirety.

#HeatUpTheMovement and Support the Detroit Branch NAACP on #GivingTuesday

On this #GivingTuesday we are asking for your help to #HeatUpTheMovement. We need to repair one of our heating and cooling units. The cost to repair the unit is $20,000. Please consider making a donation to #TakeTheChillOffTheBill!

In the summer of 2007 the Detroit Branch NAACP moved into our current home on Second Ave. This move helped us to stay centrally located and to serve the Detroit community even better. Previously, we had to rent space for any community event we hosted, but this building allows us to operate our programming in house. Our building is used to host free youth programs for leadership development and employment, community meetings for seniors and small organizations without a home, provide an open door for people who need help filing discrimination complaints, and respond quickly to social justice crises that arise in our communities. This building is crucial to helping us continue to be the leading NAACP Branch in the country.

Your donation today will help us repair one of the three units needed to heat our building! Please consider donating $10, $25, $50 or even more on this #GivingTuesday to #TakeTheChillOffTheBill and #HeatUpTheMovement.

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Take Your Soles to the Polls Campaign Announcement

The Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following press statement during a press conference held on Tuesday, October 23.

DETROIT (October 23, 2018) – Good Morning. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made it plain when he said over 50 years ago, “I have come to see more and more that one of the more decisive steps that the Negro can take is that little walk to the voting booth. That is an important step. We got to gain the ballot and through that gain political power.” It is for this reason that we have come together to openly declare and encourage every Detroiter, every citizen in Wayne County or Michigan, regardless of political persuasion, to come back to the voting booth. We encourage everyone to Take Your Soles to the Polls.

 The Detroit Branch NAACP is pleased to be working with the AARP, faith-based organizations, community groups, the city of Detroit, and Wayne County in the effort to increase and motivate the voter turnout for the general elections on November 6.  All of us have the responsibility to vote. Each individual must consider these three questions.

  1. What good is a voice if you don’t use it?
  2. What good is a vote if you don’t exercise it?
  3. What good is your freedom if you don’t protect it?

From now through election day we will be engaged in a program specifically to help mobilize our community to exercise their voter franchise. This election is too critical for the future of our children as well as those adults and seniors who desire to improve the quality of their lives. Some persons may have already voted in the early or absentee voting process. We encourage everyone to vote early, stay in line, and do not let the weather determine whether or not you will vote.

Click here to read the statement Press Statement — Detroit Branch NAACP Gears Up for November 2018 General Election in it’s entirety.

 

2018 Voter Education Forum

Detroit Branch NAACP Presents JobClub

Join our weekly JobClub meetings to gain greater confidence in your job search techniques.  From resume writing to mock interviews, after these sessions you will have all the skills needed to land the job of your dreams!!!

Additional Information:

  • 8 weeks of meetings with a staffing professional and like-minded individuals in the community who are also seeking a rewarding career.
  • Receive access to resources, such as an online portal that provides templates, job openings and tools.
  • Learn Linked in Tips
  • Receive support with crafting a resume that communicates your strengths and experience.

Click here to register for our weekly JobClub meetings Detroit Branch NAACP JobClub.

Detroit Branch NAACP Night at Universoul Circus!

Join the Detroit Branch NAACP on Wednesday, September 12 at 7 p.m. for our special night at the Universoul Circus! Click here — Ticketmaster — to order your tickets and use the code (NAACP) to receive a special Detroit Branch NAACP ticket.

And don’t forget to order your Detroit Branch NAACP tshirt for you and your family.  Download the order form here — T Shirt Order FormAll t-shirt orders must be placed by Friday, September 7, 2018. 

Remembering Aretha

The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the passing of the
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

DETROIT (August 16, 2018) – Every now and then God sends us a beautiful melody. Melodies created within a song that which lingers on. Aretha Franklin was a melody. Her song may have ended but the melody of her life will linger on. It lingers on because of her spirit, her service, and her commitment to the people of God. She was more than an entertainer. She was an edu-tainer. She educated, and she entertained. She uplifted as she inspired. She magnified as she focused. As she has now made her transition, may we in the community of life continue to travel down the Freeway of Love, offering to each other more Respect. Let us continue to work together. We must never forget to Think and Say a Little Prayer for each other. As we do so, let us also say a big prayer for freedom, justice, and equality. In the words of Aretha Franklin let us simply Jump To It. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

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Our Region Needs Cooperation Not Denigration!

The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the comments made by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

DETROIT (August 9, 2018) – The recent comments of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson concerning the effort of CEO’s in Detroit and the region to come together to advance the cause of Southeast Michigan were unwarranted, unnecessary, and most racist. The City of Detroit, along with Southeast Michigan is in a great period of outreach and expansion for business and community. This should inspire all of us. CEO’s who have never joined together in the quest to bring economic development to this region are now working together for the benefit of our communities. The comments of L. Brooks Patterson indicating, “Oh hell no. I’d rather join the Klan” come at a very critical time. The racial divide within our nation is stark and deep. If we are to progress as people who believe in diversity and sharing the resources for all people, this racial wall must be torn down.

Mr. Brooks did issue an apology indicating, “Sometimes when I’m passionate about a topic, I choose sharp words and purposely engage in hyperbole to get my point across.” Someone should inform Mr. Patterson that sticks and stones may break your bones, but words that reek of racism can break your spirit and your will. An apology is appropriate, but more than just an apology is having the will and a plan to do better. We do not need walls of division between suburb and city. We need bridges between every city and area in our region. These are the kind of words that remind me of George Wallace standing in the doorway at the University of Alabama in 1963 in which he said to black students trying to enter, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

Click here Press Statement – Our Region Needs Cooperation Not Denigration to read the statement in its entirety.