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

Flint Community 15-Point Priorities

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NAACP National President Cornell William Brooks presented a 15-Point Priorities list of community concerns during a Public Mass Meeting held at the University of Michigan — Flint on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.  To read the full list of priorities please click the link  Flint 15 Point Community Concerns Priorities.

White Privilege: An American Reality

Please see an excerpt from an article written by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.  Click the link below to read the article in its entirety.

“Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man; willnot conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.”   Alexander Hamilton

The term privilege is defined as a special right, advantage or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people. The takeover of a government building in Burns, Oregon on January 2, 2016, led by Ammon Dunn is another stark indication of white privilege personified. The failure of our justice system to view all Americans through the same lens of justice, continues to rip at the very core of our nation’s spirit. I felt compelled to write this article based on the countless private conversations I have had within our community on this very critical issue. It generally begins like this: Wendell, can you imagine if these were black people in Oregon, how quickly the law would have come down on them? Can you imagine if there were a group of brothers or Muslims or Mexicans even threatening to take over a federal building, how the government and its agencies would respond? Can you imagine if there were a group of armed black folks talking about they were going to go downtown and takeover the Federal building, how quickly the Man, would have come in and attempted to bust the whole situation wide open? These are the questions which I am certain that many of those who read this article have had and are having with others.

Click the link White Privilege An American Reality to read the
full article.

 

The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren Releases Report and Recommendations to Improve Detroit Schools

The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren released its report and recommendations for improving all Detroit schools on Monday, March 30, during a press event held at Fellowship Chapel.  Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, serves as one of the co-chairs for the coalition. The coalition met for approximately 100 days to create a comprehensive plan that will imake quality schools for all Detroit children.

To read the full report click on the link below.

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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

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

The Question is to Vote or Not to Vote

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Detroit Branch NAACP Young Adult Member Kaylen Ivory, has a special message encouraging youth and young adults, who are registered to vote, on why it is important to Take Your Soles to the Polls.

 

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.

 

 

 

Take Your Soles to the Polls and Vote Tuesday, November 4

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Don’t let politicians continue to give you a bag of tricks while they keep all the treats.Listen to Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, and learn why it’s important to Take Your Soles to the Polls and vote on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Detroit Branch NAACP to Host A Take Your Soles to the Polls Community Wide Rally With Special Guest, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

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

Take Your Soles to the Polls