United States Senator Cory Booker Announced as the Keynote Speaker for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

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The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce United States Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) as the Keynote Speaker for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.  The Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Cobo Conference Center in Detroit.  Click the link Official Press Release – Cory Booker to Serve as Keynote Speaker for the 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner to read the press statement given by Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP during the press event.

To purchase tickets, tables or sponorships please call 313-871-2087 or click this link 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Tickets, Tables and Sponsorships.

Official Press Statement — Donald Trump How to Make America Hate Again!

The following press statement was given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.

DETROIT– It will take more than a presidential proclamation creating a historic park for Martin Luther King Jr. to bring to an end the divisive, hateful, and racist rants of America’s 45th president. For the president to use the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a smoke screen to camouflage his own vicious and vile racism, does a disservice to the one known as the Drum Major for Peace and Justice.

Trump said, in proclaiming the nations newest park, “Today we celebrate Dr. King, for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear: that no matter the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God.” Yet, in his remarks identifying persons from Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as coming from “shithole countries” only 24 hours earlier, it clearly demonstrates the innate contradictions residing deep within the spirit of this president.

Often in the law enforcement community, in order to determine whether or not an individual has a propensity for certain types of behavior, they look for a pattern. In identifying Donald Trump as a racist (one who uses prejudices plus power), the pattern has long been established. Let us review some of his history.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – Donald Trump How to Make America Hate Again to read the statement in its entirety.  

National Commission for Voter Justice Listening Session

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Please join us on Saturday, January 27, from 1-5 p.m., as we partner with the National Commission for Voter Justice, for an important listening session on voting in Michigan.  We want to hear from you! Come and share your experiences.

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is encouraged.  Click here NCVJ Detroit Listening Session to register.

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Every Citizen is Entitled to Due Process, Including Congressman John Conyers, Jr.!

The following press statement was given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during a press conference and rally held for Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
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DETROIT — One of the distinct differences between our nation, the United States of America, and many others is a system called Due Process. We are a nation of laws, with a constitution that has been modeled by many across the globe. It is with that understanding that we are here to call for Due Process for every citizen of America, which also includes Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

What is Due ProcessDue Process is the legal requirement that the state must respect all legal rights that is owed to a person. Due Process balances the power of law of the land and protects the individual person from it. When a government harms a person without following the exact course of the law, this constitutes a Due Process violation, which offends the rule of law. The 5th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution, each contains a Due Process clause. Due Process deals with the administration of justice, and thus the Due Process clause acts as a safe guard against arbitrary denial of life, liberty, or property by the government, outside the sanction of law.

The phrase Due Process, in case you are not aware, first appeared in the statutory rendition of the Magna Carta in 1354. With that historic background, and the knowledge of a belief that everyone is entitled to Due Process, why are we subverting one of the very pillars upon which this nation is founded, on the back of a man who has served this nation for 53 ½ years? We are not here because we do not respect, love, and appreciate women or men. We have daughters’, wives’, sisters’, and mothers’. Yet, we do call for fairness.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – Every Citizen is Entitled to Due Process, Including Congressman Conyers to read the statement in its entirety.

Official Press Statement — City of Detroit Corporation Counsel

The following press statement was issued on behalf of the Detroit Branch NAACP regarding Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell leaving as Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit and the nomination of Atty. Lawrence Garcia as new Corporation Counsel.

DETROIT – The Detroit Branch NAACP announces, with both a sense of pride and regret, its support in the recent announcement of Attorney Melvin Butch Hollowell’s decision to step down as the City of Detroit Corporation Counsel. Attorney Hollowell, who served with distinction as the Detroit Branch NAACP General Counsel, continues to move forward. He will now join the Miller Law Firm as Managing Partner of its new Detroit office. After four years serving as corporation counsel, his record of service to the public and to the ends of equal justice under law have been outstanding. It is particularly significant when one marks his creation of “Project Clean Slate”. Attorney Hollowell recruited 100 lawyers to handle non-violent criminal expungements for free, giving people who desperately needed help a second chance. We congratulate Attorney Hollowell and wish him well in this most significant and influential position.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – CofD Corporation Counsel to read the statement in full.

The Current State of the Michigan State Police

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Please join us for a Town Hall on Saturday, November 11 from 10 am — 2 pm at Northwest Activities Center to discuss the Current State of the Michigan State Police Department.  Public comments will be allowed.

Click here Official Press Statement – MSP Town Hall to read the Press Statement given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during town hall.

Detroit Branch NAACP Calls for Governor Snyder to Address Michigan State Police Practices and Policies

Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony along with ACLU Michigan, Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL), Atty. Leonard Mungo, Congressman John Conyers Jr. and the Michigan State Conference NAACP led a press conference on Tuesday, October 10 calling for Governor Rick Snyder (R-Michigan) to meet and address:

  • Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue’s role as the Director of the Michigan State Police (MSP)
  • MSP’s current lack of diversity
  • MSP’s testing practices

On Tuesday, October 3, Rev. Anthony sent an official request to Gov. Snyder for a meeting, details and data on MSP’s number of African Americans, Latinos, other minorities and women as troopers and senior staff since the federal consent decree removed in 1993.

Please click the link Official Press Statement – Michigan State Police to read the statement in its entirety.  Click here Letter to Governor Snyder to read the letter sent to Governor Snyder by Rev. Anthony.

Michigan State Police: We Expect Better

Please see the following press statement issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony regarding the Facebook post by Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue.

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The recent message posted on the Facebook page of Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Director of the Michigan State Police, is beneath the office of this department and is a tragic reminder of a lack of fundamental understanding. This is particularly true in the matter of the right to publicly protest. The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. still ring true today, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Perhaps Col. Etue needs to be reminded of the State Constitution of Michigan, Article 11, Public Offices and Employment, Section 1, Oath of Public Office: “All officers, legislative, executive, and judicial before entering upon the duties of their respective offices shall take and subscribe the following oath and affirmation: I do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the U.S. and this state that I will faithfully discharge the duties of….. according to the best of my ability.”

Click the link Official Press Statement – Michigan State Police — We Expect Better to read the press statement in its entirety.