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.
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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
October 21st – Satellite Voting Begins at the East and West campuses of Wayne County Community College District
October 28th – Public Hearing on the Consolidation of Elections – (Moving all odd year election; Mayor and City Council, to even years elections to coincide with Presidential and/or Gubernatorial elections.)
Vote -In – Person ballots end on November 4th
Election Day is November 5th!
(*Note section 168.823)
- Election Inspector Training Coordinator Accreditation Workshop Manual
(*Note Pg. 26 for instructions on examining write-in tallies)
Are you a high school student or connected to a high school student who is a budding chemist, scientist, engineer or doctor? If you are or know of one then we encourage you to sign up and register for the Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Master Class. ACT-SO is the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics of the Mind competition for high school students. There are five categories high school students can compete in: Science, Entrepreneurship, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Humanities. As we prepare for the 2014 ACT-SO season we are offering enrichment Master Classes to help get our future ACT-SO Olympians ready for our 2014 local competitions. ACT-SO contestants are competing for a chance to win Bronze, Silver or Gold Medals. Gold Medal winners qualify for the National NAACP ACT-SO Competition that will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada in July 2014. The first Master Class will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M. at the Detroit Branch NAACP Office. The focus will be on the Science Category. The Master Class will give you an opportunity to meet experts in the Science field, ask questions to help you prepare for the competition, and receive tips and pointers on presentation.
Friday, September 27, 2013 at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center on Wayne State’s Campus, the Detroit Branch NAACP along with other community organizations, present and past leadership of the City of Detroit and of the State of Michigan joined with the Obama Administration to discuss the $300 Million in grants that is coming to aid in the City’s current condition. Representatives from the Obama Administration were U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, White House National Economic Council director Gene Sperling, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
The funds that are coming to the City will be used for blight and revitalization of neighborhoods, repair and rehabilitation of buses with up to date security software, the regional transit network, M-1 rail project, and hiring of public safety officials to keep the city safe. It is believed, that the unlocking of the federal dollars will lead to some immediate changes in the residential and commercial areas of the City.
As always, the presence of the Detroit Branch NAACP was to ensure that minorities are represented at every level of decision making and that decisions being made are benefiting all Citizens of Detroit. As the City moves forward, it is our priority that minorities have access to the jobs that will become available due to the new constructions and demolitions, and that contracts will be shared equally among minority firms. This should be an opportunity for all Citizens of Detroit to participate in its revitalization, and see it restored to its beauty and full functionality.
Tuesday, September 24th the Allies, Issues, and Action meeting was eye opening to say the least. Not only was it National Voter Registration Day, but it was also a big day for the Detroit mayoral recount. Our guest speaker was Tom Barrow, former candidate for Mayor. Barrow, completely immersed in the re-count effort of the 2013 Mayoral elections, opened his remarks by highlighting his extensive background as a fighter for Detroit. He indicated that he is not bitter from losing the election, and stressed the importance of fighting for Detroit! He quoted in the meeting, “There is a sophisticated effort designed to take the City from individuals like me and you!” While focusing on the 2013 elections recount, he also drew attention to similar instances of perceived illegalities in our election system in the previous 2009 elections. “I learned from my mistakes”, Barrow said, as he discussed the differences in his 2013 bid for mayor as opposed to his 2009 bid. “This time around we were prepared with Challengers at every precinct. We also had Challengers inside of COBO Hall, watching as the Department of Elections counted absentee ballots.”
Barrow explained that the handwriting on many ballots in the write-in section was the same handwriting on almost all ballots. Barrow also explained that in some precincts there were more counted ballots than people who signed the poll book. “This election was rigged!” Barrow said, “It’s not just the city but our Democracy that’s being stolen from us!”
We were also joined by the Dean of Politics, Congressman John Conyers and Gina Avery, Deputy Director of Elections from the Department of Elections. Mrs. Avery made no comment on Tom Barrow’s accusations, but she did mention, ”Our staff at the Department of Elections works extremely hard every day to bring you the best and most up-to-date service while upholding our integrity.” Mrs. Avery brought voter registration forms, absentee ballot request and some important tips about voting in the 2013 Election. Mrs. Avery also gave us a quick update on Detroit Voters by the numbers. There are currently 536,000 registered voters in Detroit, 36,000 absentee voters in Detroit, and an expected 8% to 11% turnout in November.
We invite you to join us for our next Allies, Issues and Action meeting Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 10:00 A.M with guest speaker, Cathy Garret – Wayne County Clerk.
The Detroit Branch NAACP would like to congratulate 1st Vice President, Atty. John E. Johnson, Jr. on his new appointment as Executive Director of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus. Atty. Johnson has a long standing history with the Detroit Branch NAACP and Michigan State Conference NAACP. Please see the press statement below regarding his appointment from Sen. Thomas Stallworth, Chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus.
Press Statement - Atty. John E. Johnson Executive Director, MLBC