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…
Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony has been re-elected as president of the Detroit Branch NAACP. The Detroit Branch NAACP held elections for its Branch Officers and Executive Committee Members to for the 2015-2016 term in late November. The results of the election were announced during the December 18, 2014 General Membership Meeting. Rev. Anthony will begin his 12th term as Detroit Branch NAACP President with an installation service scheduled for January 22, 2015. Rev. Anthony is the longest serving President in Detroit Branch NAACP history.
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.
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.
Take Your Soles to the Polls and Vote
The Detroit Branch NAACP presents A Vote Raiser – “It’s About the Turnout!” Saturday, October 11, 2014 10:00 A.M.
Fellowship Chapel Dome and Banquet Center
7707 W. Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48235 Special Guest — Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, MSNBC analyst, renowned professor, author and lecturer
Each One Bring Two!
Free Food and Refreshments will be provided
For more information please call the Detroit Branch NAACP at (313) 871-2087 or Fellowship Chapel at (313) 347-2820
At the Allies, Issues, and Action meeting on Tuesday, September 23, Renell Weathers with the Michigan League of Public Policy addressed how the State of Michigan’s legislative policies affect cities across the State with a special focus on Wayne County and the City of Detroit. She began with sharing the policy areas that the MLPP focuses on which are Budget, Tax, Healthcare, Poverty Reduction, Jobs and the Economy. She particularly discussed the policies concerning the Family Independence Program (FIP) formally known as Cash Assistance, Education, and Health disparities in the County.
As it relates to the Cash Assistance program she discussed the negative effects of the 48th month rule on families and how the 2011 policy change made nearly 60% of families in Michigan not eligible for Cash Assistance anymore. In regards to education, each student across the State is expected to receive a base of $7251 for the 2014 school year however that number is significantly lower than the 2009 distribution of $7361 and inflation has not been included in the $7251 distribution rate. Lastly, she discussed how 167,000 children in Wayne County are not receiving dental assistance even though the number one illness among children is tooth ache and decay. While there is still much room for improvement, she did comment that the new Healthy Michigan program has assisted nearly 385,000 families with healthcare and that of course is a step in the right direction for our State and families.
As the legislature continues to work on issues, the Michigan League for Public Policy recommends that they continue to focus on restoring the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing programming for children 0-3, reinvest in people and communities, and enact tax reform. More information regarding the work of the MLPP can be found at www.mlpp.org.