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

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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

 

Detroit Branch NAACP Commends NAACP President Ben Jealous for His Service to Organization

The Detroit Branch NAACP released the following press statement regarding the resignation of NAACP National President Ben Jealous that will be effective
December 31, 2013.

Press Release — Detroit Branch NAACP Commends Jealous Service as President of NAACP

50th Anniversary Commemorative Freedom Walk Media Credential Information

Please see the link below to find out how to receive media credentials for the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Freedom Walk on June 22,

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