Detroit Branch NAACP Calls for Governor Snyder to Address Michigan State Police Practices and Policies

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Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony along with ACLU Michigan, Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL), Atty. Leonard Mungo, Congressman John Conyers Jr. and the Michigan State Conference NAACP led a press conference on Tuesday, October 10 calling for Governor Rick Snyder (R-Michigan) to meet and address:

  • Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue’s role as the Director of the Michigan State Police (MSP)
  • MSP’s current lack of diversity
  • MSP’s testing practices

On Tuesday, October 3, Rev. Anthony sent an official request to Gov. Snyder for a meeting, details and data on MSP’s number of African Americans, Latinos, other minorities and women as troopers and senior staff since the federal consent decree removed in 1993.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – Michigan State Police to read the statement in its entirety.  Click here Letter to Governor Snyder to read the letter sent to Governor Snyder by Rev. Anthony.

Michigan State Police: We Expect Better

Please see the following press statement issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the Facebook post by Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue.

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The recent message posted on the Facebook page of Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Director of the Michigan State Police, is beneath the office of this department and is a tragic reminder of a lack of fundamental understanding. This is particularly true in the matter of the right to publicly protest. The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. still ring true today, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Perhaps Col. Etue needs to be reminded of the State Constitution of Michigan, Article 11, Public Offices and Employment, Section 1, Oath of Public Office: “All officers, legislative, executive, and judicial before entering upon the duties of their respective offices shall take and subscribe the following oath and affirmation: I do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the U.S. and this state that I will faithfully discharge the duties of….. according to the best of my ability.”

Click the link Official Press Statement – Michigan State Police — We Expect Better to read the press statement in its entirety.

Detroit is First Stop on National NAACP Listening Tour

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National NAACP will kick off its seven city listening tour, NAACP Forward, in Detroit on Thursday, August 24 at 6 pm at Greater New Mt. Moriah located at 586 Owen.  NAACP Forward is a part of the organization’s strategic plan for the future, enhancing its mission, vision, and fight for civil rights amidst a swirling climate of political hostility, voter suppression, income inequality, mass incarceration, police brutality and anti-immigrant sentiment.  The national listening tour is free and open to the public.  Greater New Mt. Moriah is the home church for previous Senior Pastor and NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Hooks.

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.

Statement from the NAACP on U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

The following press statement was issued by National NAACP in regards to the the U.S, withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

June 1, 2017 (Baltimore, Maryland) – The NAACP is deeply disappointed by the announcement today by President Donald J. Trump that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Despite this disastrous step backwards for our nation, the NAACP resolves to not only do its part to adhere to the tenets of the Paris Agreement, but also to continue to fight for environmental justice.

“There’s no way around it – this decision by the Trump Administration is not only a rejection of the undeniable science that has proven climate change exists, but also will send our nation and our planet down a path that will only lead to catastrophic destruction. In these dark times, one thing is for certain: the United States may be out of the Paris Agreement, but the NAACP is going to be all in for equity and our environment, now more than ever before,” said Leon W. Russell, chairman of the Board of Directors.

Please click the link U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Agreement to read the statement in its entirety.

 

Detroit Branch NAACP’s 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, APRIL 23 AT 5 PM AT COBO CONFERENCE CENTER!

To purchase tickets call 313-871-2087 or click here 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to download a ticket response form!

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Join the Detroit Branch NAACP on Thursday, April 20 from 9 am — 3 pm. Click the link Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! to pre-register and learn more details.

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters to Receive James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award at 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA, 43rd District) will receive the Detroit Branch NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  The Dinner will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 5 pm at Cobo Conference and Convention Center in Detroit.  In addition to honoring Congresswoman Waters, Jane C. Garcia, Board Chair, Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LASED) will receive the Ida B. Wells Freedom and Justice Award.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) will serve as this year’s Keynote speaker.  Additional honorees include Sally Yates, former U.S. Attorney General, who will receive the Mary Church Terrell Freedom and Justice Award; and Great Expectations Awardees — Angelique Peterson-Mayberry, Vice President, Detroit Public Schools Community District School Board and the Eastern Michigan University Black Student Union and NAACP Chapter.

There will also be a special tribute to women performed by the Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Youth Entertainment Corp.  All women attendees to the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner are encouraged to wear white.

“We are excited to honor Congresswoman Waters with the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award,” says Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.  “Her career of public service has been dedicated to speaking truth to power and we applaud her for not backing down and continuing to be a much needed voice and advocate for all.  We are also please to uplift LASED Board Chair Jane Garcia.  She remains steadfast and vigilant in working for justice for our Latino brothers and sisters.  The place to be on Sunday April 23 is the 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to hear from this powerful line up speakers and awardees committed to freedom and justice.”

To purchase tickets, tables and sponsorships please call 313-871-2087 or click this link to download ticket forms — 62nd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.