The following press statement was issued by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.
DETROIT – On June 1, 2009, President
Barack Obama said, “I also recognize the
importance of a viable auto industry to the well being of families
and communities across
our industrial Midwest
and across the United States. In the midst of a deep recession
and financial crisis the collapse of these companies would have been
devastating for countless Americans and done enormous damage to our economy
beyond the auto industry. It was also clear that if GM and Chrysler remade and
retooled themselves for the 21st century, it would be good for
American workers, good for American manufacturing, and good for America’s economy.”
In short, the president indicated, “Our goal is to get GM back on its feet, take a hands-off approach and get out quickly.” As a result, this commitment, following an initial investment of $15 billion dollars and an additional investment of $30 billion dollars in General Motors, an investment that entitled American taxpayers to the ownership of 60% of the new GM. This was done because of the tremendous sacrifices made by American workers and their families across this nation. Well, General Motors today is back on its feet as of August 1, 2019. CNBC indicates the company reported revenues of $36.1 billion. Shares of GM rose more than 7% over that last 12 months and are up more than 21% since the beginning of the year. The original estimation of revenues was $35.98 billion vs. an achieved $36.1 billion. This is an indication of a company that is doing well and is in a position to support, encourage and invest in the workers who have enabled it to achieve these goals.
The 63rd Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner is rapidly approaching. We look forward to a powerful and historic presentation from keynote speaker, the Honorable Senator Cory A. Booker of New Jersey.
The theme for this year is WE CAN’T REST NOW, THE STAKES ARE TOO HIGH! We see confusion occurring at the national level from the administration currently in the White House regarding voting rights, income inequality, gun violence, and the recent bombs dropping in Syria. As we continue to witness the investigation into the Russian interference in the national elections, none of us have the luxury of resting from our civic responsibilities.
The Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference today, Thursday,
August 6, 2015, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP was joined by Congressman John Conyers, Jr; Duron Marshall, Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence; Samia Hamid, Field Director, Arab American Civil Rights League; Mary Carmen Munoz, Operations Manager, La SED; Stephanie Lopez Gilmore, Consortium of Hispanic Agencies; Michael Steinberg, Legal Director, ACLU Michigan and Yvonne White, President, Michigan State Conference NAACP to champion the VRA.
Click the links below to read the joint press statement and the remarks given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Anthony during the commemoration.