Minor traffic stop led to ‘murder’ of Patrick Lyoya, NAACP says
The traffic stop was followed by the officer’s attempt to take Lyoya into custody, with a fight erupting between the two. At some point, according to Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom, both Lyoya and the officer were attempting to control the officer’s Taser. Just prior to the shooting, the officer can be seen on top of Lyoya. Cle Jackson, president of the local chapter, described the video surrounding Lyoya’s shooting as horrific and said the shooting was unnecessary. NAACP leaders say they’re calling for the Grand Rapids community to remain peaceful and work toward change.mlive.com
Experience Black History Month in Bay City with two free movies at the State Theatre
BAY CITY, MI - The Bay City NAACP branch is inviting the public to learn about Black history through the power of film with a special movie matinee. On Saturday, Feb. 19, the NAACP will be showing two historical movies for Black History Month at the State Theatre at 913 Washington Avenue. “The goal is to bring people of all backgrounds and walks of life, young and old together to educate us all on American history and the struggles of African Americans through motion picture. Admission to see the movies is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item, which will then be donated to area food pantries. We also invite the whole community to come out and share in on this wonderful free event and the experience in learning about pivotal moments in Black history and American history on the big screen.mlive.com
Federal court panel upholds Democratic-drawn state legislative districts
A federal court panel in Chicago on Thursday upheld a Democratic redrawing of the state’s 177 legislative district boundaries, paving the way for next year’s statehouse elections and rejecting challenges from Republicans and Latino and Black advocacy groups that argued it violated voting rights laws.chicagotribune.com
NAACP and Community Leaders Are Asking for Three High School Employees to be Terminated After Video Footage Shows Them Restraining a Student and Hitting Him
Several organizations, including the Maryland chapter of the NAACP, are calling for male staff members at Howard County High School in the Baltimore suburb of […]news.yahoo.com
Statement from Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Regarding Settlement between U.S. Postal Service and NAACP
Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta issued the following statement regarding the settlement reached between the U.S. Postal Service and the NAACP:“The right to vote and ability to access the ballot is the cornerstone of our democracy. The department is pleased we could facilitate a resolution that reflects the commitment of all of the parties to appropriately handling and prioritizing election mail.”justice.gov
North Carolina man wrongfully imprisoned 24 years pardoned
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday pardoned a man who spent 24 years behind bars for a murder he has long said he did not commit. Cooper’s pardon of innocence allows Dontae Sharpe to apply for compensation up to $750,000 for his wrongful conviction. “Mr. Sharpe and others who have been wrongly convicted deserve to have that injustice fully and publicly acknowledged," the governor said in a statement announcing he had pardoned the man after a careful review of the case.news.yahoo.com
NAACP Grand Rapids to host virtual town hall on police surveillance technology, resident protections
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- NAACP Grand Rapids wants greater community input and protections for residents around new police technology and are holding a virtual town hall Tuesday evening on proposed changes they say will make that happen. The virtual town hall on surveillance technology, ShotSpotter and police-community relations will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. NAACP Grand Rapids officials say they have five major points they want to see the city implement in Grand Rapids’ Administrative Policy on Acquisition and Use Of Surveillance Equipment and Surveillance Services. Kareem Scales, administrator of operations and youth advisor for NAACP Grand Rapids, gave a broad overview of the proposed changes. “To be clear, our position is not that we disagree with law enforcement’s use of certain technologies,” NAACP Grand Rapids officials said.mlive.com
Rights group says Hamas rockets at Israel a clear war crime
Human Rights Watch on Thursday said the thousands of rockets fired by the Palestinian militant group Hamas during the 11-day war with Israel “violated the laws of war and amount to war crimes." The New York-based rights group investigated Hamas rocket attacks that killed 12 civilians in Israel, as well as a misfired rocket that killed seven Palestinians inside the Gaza Strip.news.yahoo.com
Biden signs law making Juneteenth a federal holiday — but some remain unimpressed
Exclusive: How will Washington quell the disdain in the Black community over Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday when voting rights and police reform bills remain in jeopardy? Tune in as I sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law.news.yahoo.com
Ann Arbor plans a march after declaring Juneteenth a city holiday
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Ann Arbor recently declared Juneteenth a city holiday, and now they plan to celebrate with a march. Ann Arbor has partnered with the Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP to host an in-person Juneteenth march, according to a press release. On Saturday, June 19, the community can participate in a one-mile march starting at Fuller Park, 1519 Fuller Road, to Wheeler Park, from 10 a.m. to noon. Once participants reach Wheeler Park, there will be refreshments, conversation and information, officials said. At 1 p.m., the Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP and other event collaborators will present a Juneteenth virtual program broadcast on CTN and viewable on YouTube, officials said.mlive.com
Two years before the Tulsa massacre, the 'Red Summer' saw white mobs murder hundreds of Black Americans
The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, one of the worst acts of racial violence in U.S. history. But two years prior to the carnage in Tulsa, another violent wave of hate took hold in the country.news.yahoo.com
Kent County groups discuss racism as a public health crisis
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Open conversations on race are a launchpad for addressing public health disparities in Kent County, community groups said in a virtual forum Saturday. “Over the past two years, numerous cities, counties and even some states have declared racism as a public health crisis. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed racism a public health crisis in the state last August. The three community groups that hosted the event plan to use the input to present recommendations to Kent County leaders. A recent health needs survey found that the Kent County community’s top health concerns are discrimination and racial inequity, economic security, mental health and access to health care.mlive.com
NAACP President Derrick Johnson on "The Takeout" — 4/2/2021
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson joins Major to talk about the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Black Lives Matter movement, Georgia’s new voter restrictions, and athletes’ fight to earn payment from the NCAA on this week's episode of "The Takeout with Major Garrett."cbsnews.com
NAACP opens new chapter in northern Macomb County
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – The NAACP is expanding its footprint in Metro Detroit. There is now a new chapter in northern Macomb County. “We learned that Macomb County is a pretty sizeable county so therefore our work will probably be best served if we had two branches,” Pamela Alexander with Northern Macomb County NAACP said. So that includes Romeo, New Heaven, Shelby Township, Macomb Township, parts of Sterling Heights. “We certainly 100 percent support the need for people to certainly consider taking the vaccine,” Alexander said.
Georgia NAACP and voting rights groups file another federal lawsuit to block new election law
Georgia NAACP and voting rights groups file another federal lawsuit to block new election law On Monday, Georgia's NAACP and voting rights groups filed a second federal lawsuit seeking to block sweeping changes to the state's voting process that are set to take place under a new bill signed by Republican Governor Brian Kemp. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Mark Niesse joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" anchor Elaine Quijano with more.cbsnews.com
Curry, WNBA players receive Jackie Robinson award from NAACP
The NAACP has given him its Jackie Robinson Sports Award. And, for the first time, the nation's oldest civil rights organization is recognizing more than one person by honoring the WNBA Players Association. Ad“I am so proud of the WNBA players for this well-deserved recognition of their continued activism and advocacy for social justice and equality," WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement provided to the AP. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, outspoken on many issues himself, admires the WNBA players for their activism. “I love what the WNBA players have done.
Black woman becomes face of Missouri following NAACP warning
Nearly four years after the NAACP warned travelers that their civil rights may not be respected if they visit the state, a Black woman has become the face of Missouri's tourism campaign. (Missouri Division of Tourism via AP). – A Black woman has become the face of Missouri's tourism campaign, nearly four years after the NAACP warned travelers that their civil rights may not be respected if they visit the state. Pictures also show her posing as a Foodie Mo, Barbecue Mo, Lake Mo, History Mo and more. He said Visit Missouri, the tourism website that features Mo, “auditioned over 200 actors and actresses with strong ties to Missouri.
Black women persevere to lead in Vermont despite harassment
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)Mia Schultz has watched three other Black women in Vermont leave leadership posts in the mostly white state because of harassment and threats. Democratic state Rep. Kiah Morris, who was the only Black woman in the Vermont state Legislature, resigned that year partially in response to harassment from a self-described white nationalist. Anyone holding public office or high profile advocacy roles takes on risks as a public figure, but Black women face harassment and threats of violence aimed at them for both their gender and race. It's a challenge Black women leaders across the United States face and coincides with a surge of women, and women of color, running for office. Just this week during Vermont's annual town meetings, at least three Black women won seats on town and school boards.
Vernon Jordan, civil rights activist and former President Clinton adviser, has died
Jordan went to DePauw University in Indiana, where he was the only Black student in his class and one of five at the college. Distinguishing himself through academics, oratory and athletics, he graduated in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and went on to attend Howard University School of Law in Washington. While there, he married his first wife, Shirley Yarbrough.chicagotribune.com
Residents protest KKK flag displayed in Grosse Pointe Park home facing Black neighbor
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. – A steady flowing line of protesters Sunday circled their way around Wayburn Street in Grosse Pointe Park to clearly voice their disgust of an open display of racism. Their protest comes after a home displayed a red black and white Ku Klux Klan flag in window facing an African American woman’s home. Officials with the city of Grosse Pointe Park released the following statement:AdAt approximately 3:00pm Tuesday February 16th the Grosse Pointe Park Department of Public Safety was made aware of a Ku Klux Klan flag displayed in a window that faces the home of an African-American woman. The Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department serves all residents of our community no matter their race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or religion. City of Grosse Pointe ParkThe Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods branch of the NAACP released the following statement:
NAACP lawsuit will put Trump "out of business," Congressman Bennie Thompson says
Congressman Bennie Thompson, the Democratic lawmaker who is partnering with the NAACP in a lawsuit against former President Trump and Rudy Giuliani, says he is looking forward to his day in court. If he doesn't, we will put him out of business," Thompson, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, told CBSN in an interview Wednesday. He spoke along with NAACP President Derrick Johnson about the legal action they are pursuing against those they want held accountable for the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Mr. Trump issued a statement saying he "did not incite or conspire to incite" the violence at the Capitol. Thompson said the arguments and evidence brought by his House colleagues "justify this lawsuit."cbsnews.com
NAACP lawsuit will put Trump "out of business," Congressman Bennie Thompson says
Congressman Bennie Thompson, the Democratic lawmaker who is partnering with the NAACP in a lawsuit against former President Trump and Rudy Giuliani, says he is looking forward to his day in court. If he doesn't, we will put him out of business," Thompson, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, told CBSN in an interview Wednesday. He spoke along with NAACP President Derrick Johnson about the legal action they are pursuing against those they want held accountable for the January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol. Mr. Trump issued a statement saying he "did not incite or conspire to incite" the violence at the Capitol. Thompson said the arguments and evidence brought by his House colleagues "justify this lawsuit."cbsnews.com
NAACP and Democratic congressman sue Trump and Giuliani over Capitol assault
The NAACP said two other Democrats, Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, plan to join the litigation. As Mr. Trump is out of office, he no longer enjoys some of the legal protections afforded to presidents. While he was acquitted by the Senate on the charge of incitement of insurrection Saturday, some Republicans have suggested Mr. Trump could be held accountable for his actions through the criminal justice system. In their complaint, Thompson and the NAACP lay out the campaign by Mr. Trump and Giuliani to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election, including tweets and remarks from the weeks before the assault falsely claiming the presidential election was stolen. Democrats asked Mr. Trump to testify during the trial, though his lawyers swiftly declined the invitation.cbsnews.com
NAACP, House Homeland Security Committee chair sue Trump, Giuliani, Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, alleging Capitol riot conspiracy
The suit comes three days after Trump was acquitted of inciting the riot at his second impeachment trial by the Senate. Trump for months before Election Day had said without evidence the 2020 presidential contest would be tainted by fraud. Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump, said in a statement, "President Trump has been acquitted in the Democrats' latest Impeachment Witch Hunt, and the facts are irrefutable." "President Trump did not plan, produce or organize the Jan. 6 rally on the Ellipse. President Trump did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6," Miller said.cnbc.com
NAACP president on Trump's impeachment: Capitol assault "was an act of treason"
NAACP president on Trump's impeachment: Capitol assault "was an act of treason" As former President Trump's impeachment trial gets underway, the NAACP says "the Senate must convict him swiftly." Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP, joins CBSN to discuss.cbsnews.com
Michigan leaders condemn ‘double standard’ of treatment of mostly white rioters at US Capitol
Congresswoman Lawrence says, though it may be difficult for people to hear or even realize, the truth is that Capitol police would have responded differently Wednesday if the rioters Black instead of white. More: Race double standard clear in rioters’ Capitol insurrectionLawrence was among the many lawmakers inside the U.S. Capitol when the pro-Trump extremists stormed the building on Wednesday. Many are wondering why police had such a heavy presence amid largely peaceful BLM protests, but were hardly present amid such a violent riot Jan. 6. He also agrees there are major differences in the treatment of white and Black demonstrators by law enforcement. Congresswoman Lawrence says hearings will take place regarding what happened in Washington on Jan. 6 and the lack of security at the Capitol.
"Stark contrast" in police response to BLM protesters and "domestic terrorists" who stormed Capitol, NAACP president says
NAACP President Derrick Johnson on Thursday criticized police inaction toward Trump supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, saying it showed a double standard when compared to how law enforcement responded to Black Lives Matter protesters this summer. The response to Black Lives Matter protesters, he said, "was as if they were criminals, and they were simply carrying out a First Amendment right to protest." Law enforcement did not have the same presence at the Capitol during the pro-Trump riots. "No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protestors yesterday that they wouldn't have been treated very differently than the mob that stormed the Capitol," Biden tweeted. No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protestors yesterday that they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob that stormed the Capitol.cbsnews.com
NAACP head decries using racism to score political points in wake of Capitol mob
NAACP head decries using racism to score political points in wake of Capitol mob The riots at the U.S. Capitol have ignited calls for impeachment and removal from office of President Trump and prompted civil rights leaders to criticize a double standard in how law enforcement reacted to the mob Wednesday versus how it responded to Black Lives Matter protests last year. NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson joins CBSN to discuss how the incident and the deep racial divide in the country.cbsnews.com
NAACP leader on the decision not to charge officer in Jacob Blake shooting
NAACP leader on the decision not to charge officer in Jacob Blake shooting The Kenosha, Wisconsin district attorney's office has announced it will not bring charges against Officer Rustin Sheskey in the shooting of Jacob Blake. NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson joined CBSN to talk about the decision.cbsnews.com
Head of Detroit NAACP Rev. Wendell Anthony reacts to death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
The head of Detroit’s NAACP chapter Reverend Wendell Anthony spoke with Local 4 on Friday following the death of friend and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. See what Reverend Anthony had to say in the video interview above. On Thursday, Dec. 17, Sheriff Napoleon died after a monthlong battle with a COVID-19 infection. He was 65 years old. Read: Local, state, federal leaders react to death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
Jury: Black bikers' race was a factor, but city won't pay
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was motivated by race when it created a traffic plan designed to “suck the fun” out of Black Bike Week, a federal jury has found. But the same jury sided against the bikers, saying the city probably would have imposed the plan anyway. The Black bikers have been particularly frustrated by a 23-mile (37-kilometer) one-way no-exit traffic chute that funnels them out of town during the peak nights of Atlantic Beach Bikefest, otherwise known as Black Bike Week. The NAACP has tussled in court with the city, as well as local restaurants and a hotel, over their responses to the Black bikers for nearly two decades. That settlement expired in 2015, when the new traffic plan was established.
NAACP pushes Biden to appoint a racial equity adviser to the White House
NAACP President Derrick Johnson is calling for the appointment of a racial equity adviser at the White House. "The president-elect said racial equity will be a part of his administration. The racial equity adviser to the president could hold the portfolio and oversee the process." Johnson called it "a very positive meeting" in which Mr. Biden's biggest commitment was to "continue the dialogue" on racial justice. "We need to have an adviser to the president to address racial equity across the administration, regardless of individuals who are sitting in the seat."cbsnews.com
NAACP leader calls for Biden to create a new civil rights envoy position
NAACP leader calls for Biden to create a new civil rights envoy position NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson joins CBSN to discuss President-elect Joe Biden's meeting with with the leaders of seven civil rights groups, and the importance of creating a civil rights envoy position in the White House.cbsnews.com
Black bikers see racism in Myrtle Beach, SC, traffic plan
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Motorcycle clubs roar into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, each May for separate week-long rallies, one mostly white, the other mostly Black. White bikers rolling in days earlier for Harley Week each May are treated differently, Black bikers say. In opening arguments last week to five Black and four white jurors, an NAACP lawyer said Myrtle Beach during Bikefest is “like a city under martial law," The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported. The Atlantic Beach event soon sprawled into nearby towns, including Myrtle Beach, where most of the 35,000 residents are white. Myrtle Beach city and Chamber of Commerce officials refused to talk about the trial.
Michigan lawsuit claims Trump Campaign is attempting to disenfranchise Black voters
DETROIT – A group of Detroit voters are now suing the Trump Campaign, claiming it’s trying to disenfranchise Black voters in their attempt to block the certification of votes in Wayne County. The lawsuit Anthony is talking about is 18 pages long. The plaintiffs are several local Detroit voters, along with the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. They are suing Donald Trump and his campaign, claiming they’re trying to disenfranchise Black voters by trying to block the certification of votes in Wayne County. And we hired Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”You can read the entire lawsuit filed against Trump and his campaign by the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Detroit residents here.
Detroit voters sue President Trump over his attempt to block certification of election results
DETROIT – Three Detroit voters have joined a local organization in suing President Trump and his campaign over their effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Wayne County Board of Canvassers certifies results despite initial deadlockThe lawsuit comes days after two GOP members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers initially voted not to certify the votes, citing discrepancies in the county’s numbers. The pair changed their minds again, however, after President Trump called them personally on Tuesday evening after the certification process. Still, some argue that their meeting with the president so close to the state’s certification meeting is concerning. We expect the State Board of Canvassers to do its job and count the votes.”The Michigan Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. on Monday.
Experts say next step of certifying Michigan votes is ‘simple’ process
The Michigan Board of State Canvassers is expected to certify the results of the 2020 election on Monday, Nov. 23. Several legal experts and local leaders say the state’s certification of votes is simply the next step in the process and should carry on normally, despite drama over the certification process in Wayne County this week. On Wednesday, Palmer and Hartmann filed affidavits saying they believed the county vote “should not be certified” in an attempt to rescind their decision. Michigan officials say that there is no legal mechanism in place for the members to change their vote following certification. “I’m not worried about any attempts for them to cast out Wayne County,” said Detroit NAACP Executive Director Kamilia Landrum.
GOP members of Wayne County Board of Canvassers try to change vote after speaking with President Trump
DETROIT – There’s an old legal theory you can’t unring a bell, but two GOP members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers are trying to. They’re attempting to reverse their vote in an effort to stop the certification of Wayne County ballots that they approved on Tuesday. “I remain in the firm belief that the Wayne County vote should not be certified. This is the Wayne County Board of Canvassers and we have the responsibility to carry out official actions on behalf of the public,” Kinloch said. Their job is done and the next step in the process is for the board of state canvassers to meet and certify.”You can watch the full report in the video posted above.
Wayne County Board of Canvassers GOP members attempt to rescind vote certification
The federal lawsuit in Michigan over votes in Wayne County has been withdrawn. The Trump Campaign said it achieved what it wanted when the Wayne County Board of Canvassers refused to certify the results. Hours later, the board did vote to certify them, but now the two Republican members said they want to rescind their votes. He said he didn’t agree to certification and that he believes there were more than clerical errors in Wayne County. She said the election has been certified in Wayne County and has already been sent to the state board of canvassers.
Michigan to certify presidential election results following Wayne County’s certification
DETROIT – The Wayne County Board of Canvassers unanimously voted to certify the November election results Tuesday and asked the Michigan Secretary of State to conduct an audit of any Wayne County precincts with unexplained mismatching vote totals. The Michigan Board of State Canvassers has until Nov. 23 to certify the election. President Donald Trump tweeted repeatedly about the canvassers and called the two Republicans who voted against certification patriots. The Wayne County Ethics Board is looking into that complaint. This has nothing to do at all with where people live and the races they are.”The state board was expected to meet Wednesday, but that meeting has been postponed.
Wayne County Board of Canvassers certifies election results after GOP refusal
DETROIT – The Wayne County Board of Canvassers unanimously voted to certify the November election results Tuesday and asked the Michigan Secretary of State to conduct an audit of any Wayne County precincts with unexplained mismatching vote totals. A Board of Canvassers meeting was scheduled Wednesday, but sources claim it has been postponed until Monday. Initially, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers had two Republican and two Democrat members deadlocked on the vote to certify the election results in Wayne County. After the board agreed that they wanted to have an audit of the election, the Republicans -- Monica Palmer and William Hartmann -- voted to actually certify the Wayne County election. Detroit had the same issue in the August primary, but the board voted to certify the results then.
NAACP issues call to action after Detroit’s historic voter turnout
DETROIT – Community organizers celebrated historic voter turnout in Detroit. “At this historical moment, the voters have made it clear that they want a country that works for all people. They want a country that is not broken by racism and bigotry," the statement reads in part. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of the NAACP Detroit Chapter. Ask Joe Biden and Kamala Harris if it matters.”Beyond the turnout, the projected victory of vice president-elect Harris is monumental.
Viral warning of threats of violence isn’t real, NAACP says
DETROIT – A viral Facebook post claiming the NAACP received information that white nationalists and neo-Nazis were planning violent attacks on people of color is false, the organization claims. The social media message received traction online and caught the attention of law enforcement officials. The NAACP said the message did not come from them and that they had not received any credible threats. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of the NAACP Detroit Chapter. He said people started calling the Detroit branch, concerned about the potential of violence from white supremacists.
Detroit NAACP outlines plans to prevent voter intimidation and harassment at polls
DETROIT – The Detroit based NAACP branch has major initiatives it plans to execute on Election Day that are aimed at making the voting process fair. A large group of attorneys will be out working to spot any voter intimidation or harassment at the polls. Detroit NAACP President Wendell Anthony said that is just one way to prevent voter intimidation. We’ve already put the courts on notice...We understand that there may be people who want to come in and interfere with the voting process. People should not come into the voting polls with armed weapons brandishing them,” said Anthony.
President’s comments on hate groups spark controversy
President Donald Trump was asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he was willing to take a stand against racist groups including white supremacists. Go ahead.”President Donald Trump: "I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing. President Donald Trump: “I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.”Chris Wallace/Moderator: “Then do it, sir.”President Donald Trump: “What do you want to call them. Go ahead, who would you like me to condemn?”Chris Wallace/Moderator: “White Supremacists.”President Donald Trump: “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.
NAACP Detroit focuses on getting more residents to become registered voters
You gotta vote the whole ballot,” said Wendell Anthony, president of the NAACP Detroit Chapter. Detroit’s NAACP will begin neighborhood canvassing to register voters who haven’t taken the time or interest in the election. Shake the bushes to let them know they are important,” he added. “People need to understand that their vote is still very important. The group’s message is not only for you to be registered, but to reach out to people who are not, and get them to register to vote.
Michigan Secretary of State, Detroit city clerk team up for upcoming November election
DETROIT The Michigan Secretary of States Office and the Detroit city clerk are teaming to make sure every vote counts for the upcoming November general election. Presidential elections always bring a lot of energy, said Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey. Winfrey said her office and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are working together to make sure every vote is counted. They are recruiting and training at least 6,000 election workers to make sure all 182 polling locations and 134 absentee counting boards are fully staffed. They will conduct physically distant in person training at Little Caesars Arena for new election workers to ensure election workers and staff are ready for Nov. 3.
Peace march to be held in Detroit, same time as virtual march in Washington D.C.
Marvin L. Winans with Perfecting Church in Detroit is known nationwide for his music and preaching. Tomorrow we are going to march from Woodward and Martin Luther King Boulevard to the Hart Plaza, Winans said. Winans said the march is scheduled at about noon and end in downtown Detroit. Winans said the march will happen at the same time as the virtual March in Washington D.C. with Rev. It will celebrate the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his I Have A Dream speech.
NAACP launches Black Voices Change Lives campaign to boost voter turnout in battleground states
DETROIT Increasing Black voter turnout this November is the goal of a new campaign launched by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The NAACP, we have launched a voter engagement program to assure we increase voter turnout for this election cycle, said NAACP President Derrick Johnson. Johnson said that goal is why they started a multi-million dollar advertisement campaign called Black Voices Change Lives. The campaign focuses on six battleground states and Michigan is one of them. Weve seen, for the first time in 20 years, a downturn in Black voter participation. The goal is to increase Black voter turnout at the polls in November by 5 percent compared to 2016.
Tyler Perry's work honored with 2020 Governors Award
NEW YORK Tyler Perry has won awards from the NAACP and BET. Now he's getting a big one from the Television Academy: He and his foundation are the recipients of the 2020 Governors Award. Tyler Perry has changed the face of television and inspired a new generation of content creators. He pioneered a new brand of storytelling that engages people of color both in front of and behind the camera, and his shows have resonated with a global audience, said Governors Award selection committee Chair Eva Basler in a statement. The award honors an individual or organization in the television arts and sciences whose achievement is so exceptional and universal in nature that it goes beyond the scope of annual Emmy Awards recognition.Previous recipients of the Governors Award include Star Trek, American Idol, Masterpiece Theater and Comic Relief.
Western Wayne County leaders, citizens discuss police training, reform
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. Tuesday afternoon, there was an open dialogue discussion between several city leaders as well as police officers and the minorities that live in their communities. Those are bad people that should not be police officers, said Westland Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik. Dearborns police department along with over a dozen others in the Western Wayne conference that will be undergoing special training to make sure there is no bias when it comes to making an arrest. But know this, theres also hurt, anger and disgust by law enforcement officers towards the officers involved," Jedrusik said. Were talking about the bad officers, said Westland City Councilwoman, Tasha Green.
'Warren police demonstrate the need for more training, Wendell Anthony with NAACP says
WARREN, Mich. The Detroit branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has issued a statement regarding an incident between a Warren police officer, who is White, and an Amazon driver, who is Black. Cellphone video of the Amazon driver being violently arrested by police as he was making a delivery went viral on social media. The driver was charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer, failure to obey a lawful command and failure to produce a drivers license. The recent physical take down of Mr. Jaylen Bond, an Amazon delivery service provider, by a member of the Warren Police Department, indicates the necessity for enhanced training, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony with the NAACP said.
LIVE STREAM: NAACP hosts town hall on systemic racism in the U.S.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is hosting a live virtual town at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Guests Former Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Representative Marcia Fudge will discuss racism and racial disparities amid national protests following the killing of Black Minneapolis man George Floyd and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. You can watch the town hall from the NAACPs Facebook Live stream below:MORE: The Latest: Floyds brother urges lawmakers to make reforms
What Detroit CEOs had to say about George Floyd death, social injustice
In a joint statement the Detroit leaders condemned the acts of injustice in the tragic murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the many other men and women whose lives have been cut far too short." MORE: Detroit business leaders speak out against racism, institute plans to combat systemic problemsTogether the leaders agreed to eliminate bias, racism, sexism and violence within their companies. Heres more of what the Detroit CEOs had to say Wednesday:Rev. And when that officer put his knee down on George Floyds neck, it ripped that scab off and its bleeding. Were here today to say that the conditions of systemic racism in law enforcement will change when everybody joins the cause.
LIVE STREAM: 9 Detroit CEOs, including Mary Barra, Bill Ford, Chris Ilitch, speak on racism, injustice
DETROIT Nine CEOs from Detroits biggest companies are coming together to speak out against racism and injustice during a press event on Wednesday morning. The event is planned for 9:30 a.m. -- you can watch it live in the video player above. Who is participating:
Detroit NAACP leader asks protestors to be cautious of spreading virus if they are really concerned about black lives
He wants to remind people of the impact the coronavirus has had on blacks in Detroit and throughout the country. In the wake of the coronavirus, the Detroit NAACP chapter joined forces with Michigans newly formed Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. The task force was created in response to the disproportionate number of black people who are being affected by COVID-19. Read: NAACP joins forces with Michigans Coronavirus Task Force on Racial DisparitiesRead More: Town hall addresses impact of COVID-19 on black community in MichiganIf you are really concerned about black lives then be concerned about what you might be spreading when you are not wearing masks. A protest is scheduled to take place beginning 4 p.m Sunday outside the Detroit Police Safety Headquarters.
Police chief James Craig says Detroit can avoid a Minneapolis situation through honesty
DETROIT Police Chief James Craig said keeping the peace in Detroit is all about relationships, especially during some heated moments that are happening in the country. READ: Detroit Police Chief James Craig calls the death of George Floyd murderCraig said being open and honest is something he enforces within the department. Craig recently talked about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Coming from the Chief of Police, in a city as large as Detroit, and as black as Detroit, thats powerful. READ: Minnesota police arrest entire CNN TV crew covering George Floyd protests live on-air