The Detroit Branch NAACP hosted its bi-monthly Allies, Issues, and Action meeting. The topic, “What’s Next for Detroit?” Our first guest speaker was City of Detroit’s Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis. The room was full to capacity, and the conversation was intense, informative, and electrifying. Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis this morning discussed the consent decree between the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. The Deputy mayor stated, “it was extremely difficult to sign,” but he also said that “it must work so city residents can shape their own future.” Deputy Mayor Lewis spoke for an hour and was particularly thorough in his presentation. Lewis talked about the consent agreement and how it will require the city to control spending and pay down its accumulated deficit.
We were also honored by the presence of three state legislators who also spoke about the consent agreement. The State Legislators also gave their own legislative updates. State Representatives Thomas Stallworth, Fred Durhal, and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi gave their accounts of the leadership in Lansing, the consent agreement and discussed many other pressing issues our Detroit delegation is facing on a daily basis in Lansing.
Lastly, President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony commented on what’s next for Detroit and the consent agreement. President Anthony said “the consent agreement gives longtime citizens grave concern because the agreement is “perpetuity” and will be hard to get out of.” President Anthony went on to say “This consent agreement, even though it’s signed and packaged, doesn’t have a sunset.” “The fact that the governor and the state did not put any money on the table, that’s a major problem.” [and] “Some feel like the soul of Detroit has been ripped out, I’ve never in my life felt like I feel now about my city. It’s like I don’t even know it anymore. And that’s not a good feeling.”
The room was full to capacity, and the conversation was intense, informative, and electrifying.
Please join us for the next Detroit Branch NAACP Allies, Issues, and Action Meeting, Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 10:00am.