Daron Calhoun; Supervisory Investigator and Program Analyst of the Detroit Field Office for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also known as EEOC addressed the Allies, Issues, and Action guests today. He shared startling statistics of 99,000 charges of discrimination being filled with the EEOC in 2012, with race discrimination accounting for 35% of the cases. He also discussed how young people are being the most violated among new workers, as they are most unaware of their rights.
He further discussed which laws the EEOC enforces. Under their preview are Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Any person that believes their rights have been violated based upon these laws have 300 Days to file a charge in the State of Michigan.
Closing remarks from Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony addressed the ruling of the Supreme Court to uphold the ban against Affirmative Action policies in Michigan; a statement will be issued soon. Additionally, Congressman John Conyers joined the guests to announce that Secretary of the Treasury Lew will be in Detroit to discuss how we (Detroit) can move forward financially after the bankruptcy and new legislation regarding the Affordable Care Act.
The next Allies, Issues, and Actions Meeting will take place Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. For additional information please call (313) 871-2087.
Detroit 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.
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)
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.
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!”
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.
Please see the press statement from Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issuing a call for justice addressing violence in our community in particular the shooting of Renisha McBride and the shooting at Al’s Barbershop.
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).
Detroit NAACP Allies, Issues, and Action Meeting held on Tuesday, October 8th was exciting and informative. Our guest speaker was Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey. As we prepared to here from the City Clerk, we were also graced with the presence of Melvin “Butch” Hollowell, Attorney for the Detroit NAACP. Attorney Hollowell opened the discussion giving an update on the Affirmative Action Case, which will be heard in the United State Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Our Attorney Melvin Butch Hollowell also spoke about the Detroit Branch NAACP Lawsuit against the State of Michigan concerning P.A. 436, the Emergency Manager Law. “This lawsuit is not just about Detroit. Its about every Municipality in Michigan with an Emergency Manager.” Butch went into a very detailed discussion to educate our Allies on the three separate lawsuits on the Emergency Manager issue in Michigan. “Flint’s Lawsuit deals with Pension Funds. AFSCME’s lawsuit deals with Collective Bargaining Rights, and the Detroit NAACP Lawsuit deals strictly with Voting Rights. Our argument is the Emergency Manager law creates a superior and inferior class of voters.
Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey was joined by the Will Wesley. Mr. Wesley took over for Daniel Baxter as the Deputy Clerk and Director of Elections in Detroit. Speaking first, the Clerk defined what the roll of the Clerk was in the election process. In terms of voter turnout Clerk Winfrey explained “Voter turnout is my priority!” City Clerk Winfrey also tried to dispel some of the misunderstandings about the 2013 Primary Elections. “We met with the Wayne County Clerk, and the State Board of Elections to discuss the primary election months ahead of time!” the Clerk explained. “We used hash marks to keep a tally of the votes, but it was not a binding document.” The Clerk was deliberate in helping our Allies understand the challenges she has had to face every election cycle. From the infamous two page Ballot, to Detroit voting city council by district for the first time in almost 100 years, every election cycle has brought new challenges and new ways of doing things! Winfrey explained that she is an administrator at heart and will stop at nothing to insure the integrity of our elections. “I will go to jail to insure that elections in Detroit are administered with the utmost integrity!”
Mr. Wesley addressed the Allies with information on his work history. He is a military man who has worked in elections throughout the country for 11 years. From the State of New York to Washington State, and Florida, Will Wesley brings allot of experience to the job, but can he feel the big shoes of former director of Elections Daniel Baxter? Deputy Clerk Wesley opened his remarks by saying, I was thoroughly impressed with the level of professionalism of our employees at the Department of Elections.” Will Wesley, the Director of Elections/ Deputy Clerk also left us with some very important dates for the upcoming elections;
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.)