NAACP National Chairman Roslyn Brock Visits Detroit

IMAG0655Detroit Branch NAACP welcomed our National NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock as she served as the Keynote Speaker for the Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Founder’s Day Celebration.  Chairwoman Brock encouraged all those in attendance to make a push for everyone to become members of the NAACP.

Special Panel Discussion and Remarks By Mayor Duggan Are A Part of the Voices For Action Forum

image001Detroit’s Mayor Michael Duggan will be one of the special guests at the Voices for Action Forum Review on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. The Voices for Action Forum Review will be held at the UAW Ford National Programs Center located at 151 W. Jefferson in Detroit.  This event is free and open to the public.

Voices for Action will release the findings from the forums held last June during the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Walk celebration.  In addition to the findings being released there will be a special panel discussion.  The panel discussion, “In the Tradition of Dr. King – Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” will be moderated by WDIV’s Channel 4 Devin Scillian and will feature:

  • Nolan Finley, Editor Page Editor, Detroit News
  • Honorable Brenda Jones, City Council President, City of Detroit
  • Brenda Lawrence, Mayor, City of Southfield
  • Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Detroit Free Press
  • Shirley Stancato, President & CEO, New Detroit
  • Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle
  • Rev. Charles Williams, President, National Action Network Michigan

Upon conclusion of the panel Mayor Duggan will bring his special remarks. More than 600 people participated in the forums held the day before the Commemorative Freedom Walk Down Woodward.  Both the Voices for Action think tank sessions and the Commemorative Freedom Walk Down Woodward were chaired by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP and Jimmy Settles, Vice President, UAW Ford.

Registration is required for the event.  To register please call (313) 874-0043 or (313) 871-2087.

Detroit Branch NAACP Hosts Kick-Off for 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

The Detroit Branch NAACP held its kick-off for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner on Wednesday, January 15 at the Roostertail.  The kick-off was held to recognize and thank the Dinner Chairs from the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner and introduce the theme and Dinner Chairs for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

Comerica Bank was announced as the General Chair for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  The theme for this year’s Dinner is:

1964 -2014…50 Years Later
One Man’s Commitment…One Nation’s Promise

The theme encompasses several major events that happened in 1964 – the jailing of Nelson Mandela in South Africa because of his commitment to freedom, justice and equality; the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson and the launch of the War on Poverty. It also reflects the promise of American democracy in the election of President Barack Obama.

The 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Cobo Conference Center in Detroit.  For more information on tickets and sponsorships please call 313-871-2087.

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Holding the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Ceremonial 1st Ticket are (from left to right) Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Dr. O’Neil Swanson, Owner, Swanson Funeral Home; Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell, Corporation Counsel, City of Detroit; Honorable Brenda Jones, Council President, Detroit City Council; Honorable Andre Spivey, Council Member, Detroit City Council and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Detroit Branch NAACP announced Comerica Bank as the General Chair for the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. (from left to right) Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP; Patricia McCann, Vice President/National Civic Affairs Manager, Comerica Bank and Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP.

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Guests at the 59th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Kick-Off at the Roostertail.

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Detroit Branch NAACP recognized Leon Richardson, President and CEO, ChemicoMays, LLC for serving as the General Co-Chair for the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Accepting the award on Mr. Richardson’s behalf was LaRoy Williams.

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Gregory Jackson, President and CEO, Prestige Automotive — Jackson Automotive Management is acknowledged for serving as General Co-Chair for the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.

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 General Membership Meeting and Affordable Care Act Panel Discussion

Join the Detroit Branch NAACP on Thursday, December 19 at 6:00 P.M. at Northwest Activities Center (located at 18100 Meyers in Detroit) for the final General Membership meeting of 2013 and a panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act.   Panelists will include representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield and National NAACP’s Health Advocate.  This is your chance to ask questions and be informed on how the Affordable Care Act can work for you.

Allies, Issues, & Actions: Janee’ Ayers and Brandon Jessup

The Struggle continues! The Detroit NAACP continues on the path of working for justice and in the process insuring that we leave no one behind. Our Allies, Issues, and meeting was extremely informative. Our guest Speakers included Janee’ Ayers, recording Secretary for Unite Here Local 24, a strong union for Hospitality workers in the Metro Detroit Area. Our second guest speaker was Brandon Jessup, President and CEO of Michigan Forward. We also had a special guest from the National NAACP office, Jennifer Arice White, Program Specialist.

Ms. Janee’ Ayers spoke passionately about Unite Here and there tremendous efforts to “Erase the Working Poor!” She spoke about hotel workers in Detroit and the importance of increasing the minimum wage as well as insuring a living wage for hospitality workers. “Our union works on the one basic principal – SOLIDARITY! Every worker is vital.  Janee’ also pointed out many disparities in the hotel work environment. Saying “$8 an hour is not enough!” Some Hotel workers go from cleaning rooms to cooking lunch all in one work day. ”As a Union we have been there protesting and shining a spotlight on those hotel companies who are glorifying the working poor. “They can do better”

Brandon Jessup, Founder and Chairman of Michigan Forward also graced us with his presence and discussed Detroit: “Bankruptcy; Recovery and Reinvestment”.
Mr. Jessup was extremely detailed and very technical in his approach. He was able to breakdown the Bankruptcy proceedings and the Emergency Manager Law and the negative impact it has on Detroit. He also eloquently spoke of other options that could have prevented the bankruptcy, and alternatives to solving the City of Detroit’s financial woes. 

Celebration of the Life of “Madiba” Nelson Mandela

The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Shahida Mausi-Johnson from The Right Productions to unveil the plans for the special tribute to honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.  The tribute will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.  at the Music Hall Center for Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public, but does require tickets.  For more information please read the following press statement. (Photos courtesy of Kwabena Shabu CCSD/Detroit)

Press Statement — Celebration of Nelson Mandela

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Detroit Branch NAACP Joins the World in Mourning the Passing of Nelson Mandela

Detroit Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, issued the following statement regarding the passing of Nelson Mandela.  May his spirit continue to live on amongst each one of us.

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Detroit Begins A New Chapter

Please see the attached press release regarding United States Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Rhodes ruling on Detroit’s eligibility for bankruptcy.  You can also catch Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony live tonight on MSNBC as a guest on the Ed Schultz Show.

Press Release — Detroit Begins A New Chapter

Allies, Issues, & Action with Greg Bowens and Newly Elected Detroit City Council Members

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Greg Bowens discusses the 2013 Mayoral Elections and the future of the City of Detroit at the Detroit Branch NAACP Allies, Issues, and Action meeting.

On Tuesday, November 12th the Detroit Branch NAACP held another Allies, Issues, and Action meeting. Our topic of discussion was the 2013 Detroit elections! The key note Speaker was Greg Bowens, who opened his speech by discussing the importance of Veterans Day.  Bowens explained “as a Veteran myself I feel it’s our duty to stop and say thank you!” Bowens also discussed the outcome of the Mayoral election and what it means for Detroit moving forward under the current Emergency Manager Law. Bowens asked the question, “Does anyone remember the current school board members?” Most people shook their heads saying no! His reply was, “That’s because the Detroit Public School system has an Emergency Manager. Our elected school board has all but disappeared, with no power over finances or decisions; our Detroit Public School Board is basically obsolete.” Bowens followed the question by asking, “Will the same occur for our newly elected city council?” His intent was to draw correlation between the two entities in hopes to inspire the newly elected City Council members to not become obsolete due to the Emergency Managers powers. In his words, “Under Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevin Orr, the newly elected members of the Detroit City Council will not only have to find the bathroom, but they will also have ask Kevin Orr for the keys to the bath room, because he holds all the power!”

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Newly Elected Detroit City Council members Scott Benson and Gabe Leland engage questions from the audience about their plans to protect the City Charter for the City of Detroit.

Joining us from the newly elected members of the Detroit City Members were; Scott Benson of District 3; Gabe Leland from District 7; and Detroit’s first Latina elected to the City Council, Raquel Castaneda Lopez from District 6. All three newly elected council members were given the opportunity to introduce themselves and speak on what they would like to do for their perspective Districts.

Join us for our next Allies Meeting on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013.

Executive Director Donnell White poses with newly elected City Council members Raquel Castenada Lopez and Gabe Leland. Lopez is the first Latina to ever be elected to the Detroit City Council.