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

Civil and Constitutional Rights Take A Back Seat to Bankruptcy

Please see the following press statement regarding United States Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Rhodes ruling on the Detroit Branch NAACP and Michigan State Conference NAACP lawsuit challenging Public Act 436 (PA 436).

Press Statement — Civil and Constitutional Rights Take A Back Seat to Bankruptcy

Detroit Branch NAACP Advocates for Equal Opportunity as the City of Detroit receives $300 Million in Grants from the Obama Administration

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.

Detroit Branch NAACP Leadership to present at the CBC Annual Legislative Conference

Congressman John Conyers will host The Trayvon Martin Tradegy: The Intersection of Criminal Justice Reform and Racial Profiling on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. during the Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference. This panel will feature experts from the judiciary, law enforcement, child welfare, and the advocacy community to provide an overview of the continuing challenges in juvenile justice, and drug and sentencing policy reform efforts.

The panel will be moderated by Tanya Clay House, Public Policy Director for the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and feature Mr. Donnell R. White, Executive Director of the Detroit Branch NAACP and Detroit Police Commissioner. Other panelists include Atty. Benjamin Crump who serves as Counsel to Trayvon Martin Family,Chief John Dixon, Professor Charles Olgetree, Laura Murphy, Patricia Rosier, Ron Scott, Imani Walker and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

From 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. the conversation will transition to The Return of Detroit: From Bankruptcy to Rebirth. This Braintrust will be a focused discussion on the development of policies to rebuild the city and protect the interests of its residents, drawing on lessons learned from other urban areas facing similar changes.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson a native Detroit-er and renowned author, educator and activist, and feature Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit Branch NAACP. Other panelists include Krystal Crittendon, Al Garret, Harvey Hollins III, Sen. Bert Johnson, James Spiotto, Prof. John A.E. Pottow and Hon. Jo Ann Watson.

We encourage all Detroit Branch NAACP members and Detroit Citizens that will be in the area to support the above workshops that will put Detroit on a national platform for discussion, consideration, and activism. For more information about the CBC conference please visit