Make Juneteenth Count

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Join the Detroit Branch NAACP on Friday, June 19, 2020 for our Juneteenth Flashmob. Volunteers will be paired in teams to distribute Census + Get Out To Vote fliers in neighborhoods with low Census counts. This family friendly actively is an excellent opportunity to serve the community through impactful and informative action.

The 2020 Census and upcoming elections are critical for the future of Detroit residents. We are completing the Census and voting for equitable representation in the U.S. Congress and funding for our schools, hospitals, fire departments and so much more.

For more information on the Census visit www.2020Census.gov. For more information on the upcoming 2020 elections in Michigan visit www.michiganvoting.org.

Register to Volunteer Here. Text a picture of you, your organization, or family and friends that are volunteering to 313-351-1106. You will receive a custom Juneteenth photo frame sponsored by SnapStation USA.

Press Statement — Warren Police Demonstrate The Need For More Training

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The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the Warren Police Department.

The recent physical take down of Mr. Jaylen Bond, an Amazon delivery service provider, by a member of the Warren Police Department, indicates the necessity for enhanced training.

Click here — Warren Police Demonstrate The Need For More Training — to read the statement in its entirety.

Press Statement — Let Us Seize The Moment

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Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following press statements regarding Detroit business and corporate leaders calling for an end to racism, injustice and white supremacy.

The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity. There is now another opportunity to do what is right. We have been here before. We have seen the visible and deliberate acts of inhumanity often forced upon the backs and necks of African Americans.

Please click the links
Press Statement — Let Us Seize The Moment
Press Statement — Business & Corporate Leaders for Justice
to read the statements in their entirety.

Press Statement — A Cold Blooded Murder

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Statement by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP

DETROIT – In the words of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey “Being black in America should not be a death sentence.” We agree whole heartedly. Tragically, it is the reality of too many black men across this nation. There are far too many cases of encounters of black men and white police officers that leave us dead. These deaths occur on sidewalks, street corners, grocery stores, sitting in a car, sitting on a couch in your own home, playing in the park, or walking with your child. We die running, walking, talking, not talking, sitting, standing, handcuffed, no cuffs, from the back, or from the front. We die young. We die old. We die in between. The terror of Minneapolis reminds us all of what cold blooded murder looks like. Cold blooded meaning “without emotion, or pity, deliberately cruel, or callous.” Officer Derek Chauvin pins his knee on the neck of George Floyd, with indifference expressed on his face, as Floyd begs for his life “please, please, please, I can’t breathe, please man.” It is clear for any who choose to see that this was a murder. It was without emotion or pity, deliberately cruel and callous. Chauvin pinned him down on the ground like he was a trophy, won on an animal hunt somewhere in the wild. He and the other three officers all violated the sworn oath of the Minneapolis Police Department. The department credo is “To protect with courage. To serve with compassion.”

Click the link — Press Statement — A Cold-Blooded Murder to read the full statement in it’s entirety.

Press Statement — TO THE SUPERINTENDENT OF ALMONT SCHOOL DISTRICT: BRINGING CHARGES AGAINST THREE BLACK PLAYERS IS NOT THE ANSWER. FIXING THE PROBLEM IS A BETTER SOLUTION!

Statement by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP

DETROIT – The recent response to the Denby and Almont High School District 5 finals by the Superintendent of the Almont School District is most disappointing. It appears the Superintendent is placing the entire responsibility on the backs of the Denby players. This shows a lack of understanding, sensitivity and creative balance to resolve not only this dispute but to use this incident as a teaching moment. The experience of black youth at this football game in which they were spat upon, called the n-word, pushed and excoriated by adults supporting the Almont team must weigh heavily on any decision made. This is particularly important as it relates to discipline or accountability for any individual involved. Where is the evidence of the Sheriff’s Department, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office, or the Almont School District that this incident was stimulated, motivated and perpetuated by only three black players from Denby High School?

Now is the time for grown folks to act like grown folks. There should be a coming together of both districts to address this unfortunate incident in a manner that precludes any further outrage. The Michigan High School Athletics Association must ensure greater diversity, training and accountability on the field, during the game, and at the conclusion. There has been no coming together of the individuals involved in this incident. It is natural, although it may not be desirable, for young people to respond in this way to defend themselves or to stand up for their rights as demonstrated and reflected at the recent game. We do not support violence or verbal abuse by any individual or groups. However, we call upon the Superintendent of Almont, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Prosecutor’s office, the Detroit Public School Community District and any others involved to sit down around a common table to resolve this issue. Charging students who clearly were standing up for themselves and protecting their rights should not be condemned but should be understood. This is clearly a case where some have reacted on all sides in the midst of such hostility which involves not only black players but white players and white fans.

Click here — Bringing Charges Against Three Black Players Is Not The Answer — to read the statement in its entirety.