DETROIT (July 30, 2019) – A reporter asked me the other day in preparing for the Democratic Candidates Forum, what do black people want? It is not the first time I’ve been asked such a transparent question. Black and brown people are Americans, even though many don’t want to recognize that fact. We didn’t fall out of the sky like manna from heaven. Black folks, originally brought here on slave ships, have fought for and earned every right and privilege America has to offer. We are not some American aberration, nor are we a figment of American imagination. Quite frankly, we want the same damn thing that every other American wants.
DETROIT (December 6, 2018) – One has to wonder whether or not we actually had midterm elections in 2018. The recent actions by Republican led state legislatures in Michigan and Wisconsin, and election controversy in North Carolina raise serious questions about maintaining the integrity of our electoral process. The actions now taken to undercut the election in the state of Michigan by the Republican dominated state legislature is more crooked than the great train robberies committed by Jesse and Frank James in the Missouri territories. The only thing the legislature in Michigan lacks is a face mask and a six shooter.
One of the framers of our democracy Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” During this “shame duck session,” some members of the Michigan House don’t seem to care nor are they acting as if the people are looking. They are robbing the citizens who voted overwhelmingly for Proposal 2 (Voters Not Politicians), 67-33%, designed to end the practice of gerrymandering. They are attempting to rob the people of their affirmative decision in Proposal 3 (Promote the Vote), 61-39%, designed to provide greater voter access. This is no more than a political heist of the highest order. The plan is to undercut the power of incoming Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State-Elect Jocelyn Benson, and Attorney General-Elect Dana Nessel. In other words, they are attempting to steal the power of Michiganders who voted to change the political direction in Michigan.
The Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony issued the following press statement during a press conference held on Tuesday, October 23.
DETROIT (October 23, 2018) – Good Morning. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made it plain when he said over 50 years ago, “I have come to see more and more that one of the more decisive steps that the Negro can take is that little walk to the voting booth. That is an important step. We got to gain the ballot and through that gain political power.” It is for this reason that we have come together to openly declare and encourage every Detroiter, every citizen in Wayne County or Michigan, regardless of political persuasion, to come back to the voting booth. We encourage everyone to Take Your Soles to the Polls.
The Detroit Branch NAACP is pleased to be working with the AARP, faith-based organizations, community groups, the city of Detroit, and Wayne County in the effort to increase and motivate the voter turnout for the general elections on November 6. All of us have the responsibility to vote. Each individual must consider these three questions.
What good is a voice if you don’t use it?
What good is a vote if you don’t exercise it?
What good is your freedom if you don’t protect it?
From now through election day we will be engaged in a program specifically to help mobilize our community to exercise their voter franchise. This election is too critical for the future of our children as well as those adults and seniors who desire to improve the quality of their lives. Some persons may have already voted in the early or absentee voting process. We encourage everyone to vote early, stay in line, and do not let the weather determine whether or not you will vote.
Join the Detroit Branch NAACP on Wednesday, September 12at 7 p.m. for our special night at the Universoul Circus! Click here —Ticketmaster — to order your tickets and use the code (NAACP) to receive a special Detroit Branch NAACP ticket.
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The following press statement was issued by the Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony.
DETROIT (August 7, 2018) – The Detroit Branch NAACP has received several complaints regarding power shortages at various polling locations. This has resulted in machines being unable to function properly and individuals not being able to cast their ballots. Polling locations identified in Detroit are McKenzie Middle School, Zion Chapel, Woodbridge Elementary, Gompers Elementary, and Lasky Recreation Center. We have also received reports from the city of Dearborn regarding Nowlin Elementary and Howard Elementary schools.
This is unacceptable and must not create further apathy among the citizens in their effort to exercise their voting rights. This situation further demonstrates the need not only for updated machinery and technology, but to maintain as an alternative updated and available paper ballots. The assurance of a paper ballot in circumstances like this can help re-affirm to the voter that their vote will be counted. When one considers the challenge in getting people to the polls, there must not be any obstacle, stumbling block, or barrier that will prevent their access to the ballot.
Let’s make voting a sure thing in Michigan. Every eligible person can vote and every vote will count. By making voting more accessible, secure and fair, our democracy will better serve all Americans and our laws will better reflect the will of the people. Everyone – Republicans, Democrats and Independents – deserves to have their vote secure and counted.
Cone to the Detroit Branch NAACP office on Thursday, May 24 from 8 a.m. — 8 p.m. to sign a petition and pick up one as well. Join the campaign for a fair voting system in Michigan.
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.