Allies, Issues & Action: Ron Scott

Unnamed(1)On Tuesday, January 14 the Detroit Branch NAACP held it’s latest Allies, Issues and Action Meeting. Our special invited guest was community activist Ron Scott. Scott spoke on the recent lawsuit filed in Federal Court against 12 auto insurance and rental car companies. The plaintiffs are compromised of African American, Arab American, and Latino collision shop owners and customers. One of the claims in the lawsuit is that the 12 auto insurance and rental car companies practice redlining. Attorney Charles Busse, who is representing one of the plaintiffs, spoke at the meeting as well.  Busse states that  when minority customers have to file an insurance claim if they use minority owned collision shop owners they are sent to a special investigative unit because of a presumption of fraud.  The lawsuit was in filed in the United States District Court — Eastern District of Michigan.

The next Allies, Issues & Action Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.

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Detroit Branch NAACP Urges Citizens to Vote!

Detroit Branch NAACP Take Your Soles to the Polls Press Conference with Mayor Dave Bing, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, and a community coalition encouraging citizens to vote Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Please see the attached press statement given by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, in a press conference held today with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. Joining Rev. Anthony and Mayor Dave Bing were: (Listed as pictured)

Chris Michalakis, President, Metro Detroit AFL-CIO
Atty. Nabih Ayad, Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL)
Donnell R. White, Executive Director NAACP
Midlred Madison, League of Women Voters Detroit
Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey
Detroit Director of Elections Wesley Williams
Atty. Nabih Ayad, Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL)
Therese Tran, President, Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote Michigan (APIA Vote Michigan)
Freda Sampson, Michigan Round Table for Diversity and Inclusion

Press Statement– Take Your Soles to the Polls

Allies, Issues, and Actions: Sheriff Benny Napoleon

          The Detroit Branch NAACP held another great Allies, Issues, and Action meeting on Tuesday, October 29th. One week before election Day we thought it to be essential to hear from the two Detroit Mayoral candidates. Although both were invited only Sheriff Benny Napoleon responded and showed up. Sheriff Napoleon was moving, motivating, energetic as he graced  us with his esteemed presence.
          Sheriff Napoleon opened the discussion talking about his history as a Detroiter. “I love the City of Detroit and its people. I was born and raised in Detroit, where I have lived, worked, and raised my daughter.”  Napoleon said. He discussed the many years he has worked as a Police officer fighting crime with emphasis on the many years spent working day and night to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for all Detroiters. Sheriff Napoleon explained, “I have always been there for you! protecting and supporting our most prized possessions, our children and our seniors.” Sheriff Napoleon went on to discuss the importance of this years Mayoral election. Emphatically speaking, Benny Napoleon got every one’s attention when he said; ”This election will come down to the voters making the decision on who should lead Detroit into the future and who will be involved in the Detroit Turnaround! This is the most important election in 70 years and will probably change Detroit for the next 30 years.” You cant afford to sit this one out! it will affect all of us!”

Detroit Branch NAACP Welcomes New National NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine Miller

The Detroit Branch NAACP wishes to congratulate and welcome Lorraine Miller as the new interim President and CEO of the NAACP.  Miller will begin her tenure effective November 1, 2013.  Miller is a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors, a former president of the Washington D.C. Branch and was the 35th Clerk of the United States House of Representatives.

Please click the link below to read the entire statement.

Press Release — Detroit Branch NAACP Welcomes Lorraine Miller as National NAACP Interim President and CEO

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments to Support Affirmative Action

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell, and Atty. Mark Rosebaum along with other members of the Cantrell Legal Team argue to support Affirmative Action Policies in Michigan in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, a challenge to Michigan’s Proposal 2. Mark Rosenbaum, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, argued the case before the court.

Proposal 2 is a 2006 ballot measure that led to a state constitutional ban on race-conscious college admissions policies, effectively creating two separate and unequal systems for determining the admissions criteria used at state universities.

“This case is ultimately about whether minority students will be allowed to compete on the same playing field as other students. Right now, there are two separate playing fields with two separate rulebooks,” said Rosenbaum. “Minority students and those who support a diverse student body should not have to overturn a constitutional amendment to have their voices heard in the admissions process when everyone else can simply lobby the university.”

Under Proposal 2, donors, athletic officials, church groups, alumni, and others can lobby universities to have their constituents’ affiliations or experiences – such as legacy or athletic achievement – considered in admissions decisions, but students cannot ask that race be considered.

This article was originally posted by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. For the full article please visit http://www.naacpldf.org/press-release/supreme-court-hears-oral-arguments-challenge-michigans-proposal-2