Allies, Issues, and Action Meeting: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Allies CalhounDaron 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.

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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 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