Detroit NAACP says Michigan Senate GOP voting bills ‘place democracy on a ventilator’
Dr. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, led an April 13 rally alongside Mayor Mike Duggan and the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus to oppose voting measures introduced by the state Senate last month. Senate Bills 273 through 311 cover a range of proposed changes, but opponents have focused on various controls to the absentee ballot process. Senate Bill 285 , sponsored by Sen. Lana Theis of Brighton, which would require absentee ballot applicants to attach a photocopy of a personal ID when submitting applications to local clerks. One of the package’s lead sponsors is Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, who points to Senate Bill 286 as a counter to that point. The Senate will start hearings on the 39 bill package Wednesday afternoon, April 14 in the Senate Election Committee.mlive.com
Detroit Mayor hints at vaccine eligibility expansion next week
DETROIT – With the effort to get more people vaccinated, Mayor Mike Duggan visited with Detroiters getting their second dose Saturday. He stopped by one of Detroit’s busiest vaccination sites and suggested more people may be eligible for the shot sooner than they think. The Detroit church has quickly become one of the top community vaccination sites in the city, a key part of ramping down vaccine fears. READ: Michigan has second-highest number of COVID variant cases in USDuggan also hinted at expanding eligibility soon, ahead of the state’s timeline. When he was asked if that means the city would open up to full eligibility, Duggan was quick to dispel rumors.
Metro Detroit activists say work is far from over as Derek Chauvin’s trial begins
DETROIT – Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with killed George Floyd. After more than 100 days of protest over the summer in cities across Metro Detroit, activists said their work is far from done. “This is how we stand up in defense of our lives,” Wallace said. Activists said they’re prepared too. READ: Detroit Protests
Granddaughter of Tuskegee Experiment victim urges Black Americans to get COVID-19 vaccine
As many people are searching for a chance to get their COVID-19 vaccine, a substantial number of Black Americans remain reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It stems from the Tuskegee Experiment, in which 600 black men were lured into a study with the promises of free health care. AdREAD: Medical community works to rebuild trust among people of color as COVID-19 vaccine gets approvalThe granddaughter of one of those individuals who were abused is speaking out to help others overcome their doubt about the COVID-19 vaccine. READ: Amid coronavirus pandemic, black mistrust of medicine loomsShe said her grandfather was denied treatment that could have extended his life. In Michigan, White residents are twice as likely to have received a COVID-19 vaccine as a Black resident.
CDC: Life expectancy drops by 1 year, 3 times worse for Black Americans
For Black Americans, that drop is nearly three times worse. Read: US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWIIAnthony says that the proof is in the numbers. Researchers at the CDC say the life expectancy for Black American populations declined by 2.7 years since 2019. The report essentially says Black Americans are expected to live until 72 years old, on average, the lowest life expectancy for the demographic since 2001. AdLatino populations in the U.S. reportedly have the second largest decline in life expectancy, falling 1.9 years since 2019.
Community leaders in Metro Detroit get vaccinated against COVID-19 to dispel myths
DETROIT – There is fear and mistrust about the coronavirus vaccine, especially among some people of color. Their mistrust in the public health system is long and well documented. Wendell Anthony is trying to express to the community why he feels so strongly about getting the vaccine. She said they’re working with faith-based groups to build trust in the vaccine and medical community. Anthony getting the vaccine goes a long way in dispelling some of the myths.
Rev. Wendell Anthony reflects on this past year for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
“I’m inspired when I see the number of young Blacks and Whites who are part of the Black Lives Matter movement,” Rev. DeLashea Strawder, director of Detroit’s Mosaic Youth Theater, believes there has been progress. “There’s nothing wrong with that -- nothing wrong with good, strong, healthy debate.”“Of course, we’re not going to always agree, and that’s OK,” Strawder said. “My dream would be for everybody to be just equal,” said Makiah Quinn, a Mosaic Youth Theater member. “I don’t think that’s too much to ask.”Anthony had much more to say.
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
Medical community works to rebuild trust among people of color as COVID-19 vaccine gets approval
The Tuskegee (experiment), of course, is one of them but many, many others that, whether it’s sterilization procedures that weren’t done to women without them knowing,” Dr. And the Tuskegee Experiment, in which 600 black men were lured into a study with the promises of free health care. I trust science and I trust the people that are doing it.”Wisdom said they have been working with faith-based groups to build trust in the vaccine and medical community. When a pastor or bishop, or an Imam or someone that plays a leadership role in the faith-based community that also bodes well in terms of building that trust,” Wisdom said. Also, watch what the scientific community is doing, look to see when Fauci gets his vaccine, look to see what physicians are getting their vaccine,” Wisdom said. "
Mike Duggan announces run for 3rd term as Detroit mayor
DETROIT – Mike Duggan will seek a third consecutive four-year term as Detroit’s Mayor, he announced Wednesday. A democrat, Duggan has held the position since 2013 just months after a state-appointed manager filed for Detroit’s historic bankruptcy. He announced his intentions to run for re-election in a livestreamed message to city residents and supporters that included endorsements from Democratic Gov. “Big city mayors last one term, maybe two because of the strain of the job these days,” Duggan said. He has attacked blight in Detroit and pushed a demolition program that has seen tens of thousands of vacant houses demolished.mlive.com
Detroit Mayor Duggan announces 2021 re-election campaign
DETROIT – Mayor Mike Duggan announced his run for re-election in 2021 on Wednesday. Duggan has been in office since 2013. He won re-election in 2017, meaning this would be his third term if elected. Other potential 2021 candidates for Detroit mayor include Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, a Michigan state representative, and state Rep. Shri Thanedar, who ran for Michigan governor in 2018. Related: City of Detroit extends moratorium on residential water shutoffs through 2022
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.
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.
Detroit NAACP, Mayor Frowns At GOP County Canvassers
(CBS DETROIT) – The Detroit NAACP and Mayor Mike Duggan held an emergency press conference Wednesday to address the controversial vote by the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. “This latest election debacle occurring in Wayne County and the city of Detroit is another example of people trying to take away from people who have worked hard, voted right and counted efficiently,” said Detroit NAACP President Rev. President Donald Trump chimed in on twitter Wednesday and stated, “In Detroit, there are far more votes than people. Not one of those five courts have found a shred of truth to the republican’s claim of fraud in the city of Detroit,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. State Board of Canvassers were scheduled to meet today but that meeting was cancelled.detroit.cbslocal.com
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.
Michigan GOP backtracks after blocking vote certification
The state vote certification process is usually a routine task, and the ultimate resolution in Wayne County propels Biden toward formal victory in Michigan. Republicans are also trying to stop formal certification of the election results in other swing states, including Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania. Each state certifies its election results and the Electoral College meets Dec. 14 to codify the results. In Michigan, Trump allies and Republican poll challengers have spent days launching unsuccessful litigation. In a more rural county, Mohave, election certification was delayed until Nov. 23 in a sign of solidarity with the remaining election challenges in the state.
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.
“An evening of unity” with a fascist criminal is shameful
There is nothing about him that screams “unity.” But what is even more appalling is that politicians and civil rights leaders would see fit to share a stage with such a fascist. The Arab American community has exhibited deep and consistent support for Whitmer, Stabenow, Peters and Duggan. Netanyahu’s deep racismNetanyahu’s record of deep racism is clear. It would be no secret that the Arab American community might find appearing with Netanyahu deeply objectionable. And those who respect the Arab American community would not celebrate a man who proudly denies the rights of others based on their race or religion.arabamericannews.com
Jeezy featured in new radio, digital ad aimed at boosting Black voter turnout for Biden
The series launched in Detroit on Sept. 24, when vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris met with Black voters, Lt. Gov. Wendell Anthony at Headliners Barber Shop.On Sept. 14, Biden’s campaign began airing two television and digital ads targeting Black voters in Michigan and other swing states. Polls show Trump trailing Biden in Michigan by as many as 10 percentage points.In 2016, Trump won just 8% of the Black vote nationwide. But in Michigan, Black voter turnout dropped by more than 12% from 2012, compared to 4.7% nationally, according to a Washington Post analysis . It’s not too late to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election.“Our vote is all we got.metrotimes.com
Kamala Harris urges Black Michiganders to vote for Biden during events in Flint, Detroit
DETROIT, MI – Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris urged Black voters in Michigan to participate in the Nov. 3 election during a campaign visit to Detroit. Harris toured Flint and held two events in Detroit Tuesday, a voter engagement rally behind the Detroit Pistons Practice Center and a socially distanced conversation with Black voters, Detroit NAACP President the Rev. In Detroit, Harris highlighted the importance Democrats are placing on Black voters in the presidential election. Meanwhile, she said the Russian government specifically targeted Black voters with disinformation to discourage their participation in the 2016 election. The Trump campaign highlighted the president’s accomplishments for Black communities in a statement.mlive.com
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.
Sen. Gary Peters hosts online forum on racial justice
LANSING, Mich. In a virtual campaign event, Sen. Gary Peters (D) touted recent proposals in the Senate on policing reform. Wendell Anthony and former Attorney General Eric Holder in the discussion which lasted just over an hour. Peters also criticized Senate Republicans for not passing what he considered meaningful reforms. The Republicans did not put forward the kind of concrete action that we need to take right now, he said. In a statement Peters opponent, John James called the event PR.Gary Peters doesnt speak for black people.
Watch: Conversation on race with Wendell Anthony and Stefan Perez
DETROIT – There has been a wide spectrum of faces at the protests in Detroit, including those who’ve marched the path so many times before and those for whom the journey is relatively new. Local 4′s Devin Scillian was joined on Tuesday night by the head of the Detroit branch of the NAACP and a new face many Detroiters now recognize, Stefan Perez. Click here for more Spirit of Detroit: Fulfilling the Dream reportsWatch the discussion in the video above
Watch: Conversation on race with Wendell Anthony and Stefan Perez
Watch: Conversation on race with Wendell Anthony and Stefan PerezPublished: June 23, 2020, 11:05 pmThere has been a wide spectrum of faces at the protests in Detroit, including those who’ve marched the path so many times before and those for whom the journey is relatively new.
'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.
Detroit CEOs speak out against racisim, vow to make changes, right social wrongs
DETROIT Business leaders from some of the nations largest companies gathered Wednesday morning at Detroit City Hall. ORIGINAL STORY: Detroit business leaders speak out against racism, institute plans to combat systemic problemsThe event was coordinated by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to speak out against racism and injustice. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of Detroit Chapter of the NAACPMike Duggan, Mayor of DetroitDetroits NAACP leader Rev. Every one of us has a stake in the harsh reality that is life for minorities in America," Torgow said. Henry Ford Health System CEO Wright Lassiter grew up with civil rights leaders in his home -- his parents marched in Selma in 1965.
Detroit business leaders speak out against racism, institute plans to combat systemic problems
DETROIT The CEOs of nine Detroit businesses were joined with Mayor Mike Duggan and Rev. Wendell Anthony to speak out against racism Wednesday morning. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of Detroit Chapter of the NAACPMike Duggan, Mayor of DetroitThe group said they believe it is the responsibility of every American to speak out against the racism," and that they stand with the black community in calling for change across the nation.The business leaders said they are committing themselves and their companies to reject and eliminate all forms of bias, racism, sexism and violence. To back up their words, the group said their companies will be investing in programs and policies to help transform disparities that exist, locally and nationally. The group urged government officials to hold accountable all individuals involved with the deaths that have occurred.
Fourth night of protests against police brutality in Detroit ends peacefully
DETROIT – The fourth night of protests in Detroit against police brutality in the name of George Floyd started like the others, with a rally outside of Detroit Police Department headquarters. READ: Protest in Detroit ends peacefully without arrests, violenceOn Monday, the group of 300-400 marched through Corktown, Mexicantown and then returned to Downtown Detroit. When they got to downtown they combined with another 150 protesters as the city’s curfew set in. Some protesters said they are growing tired of the city’s assertion that outsiders are not welcome at the protests. MORE: Detroit curfew extended after protesters armed with railroad spikes, fireworks concealed in boxes target officersSeveral police officers in riot gear were waiting for the crowd at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Third Street.
Turn protests into action by being the change you want to see
DETROIT – Thousands took to the streets in Michigan to protest police brutality following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. READ: 3 days of protests in Michigan: Here’s what happenedIt’s one thing to be heard in the form of protest, it’s something else entirely to turn those voices into action, according to Oakland University professor David Dulio and Rev. They are encouraging protesters to not just demand change, but be the change they demand by running for office. The biggest change comes in voting as an informed voter. In Michigan, while a number of offices are billed as nonpartisan, it’s important you do your homework to find out if the person you’re voting for shares your ideals.
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.
Leaders call out protesters from suburbs who participated in violent Detroit George Floyd protest
DETROIT Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, police chief James Craig and faith leaders delivered a powerful message to protesters from suburban cities who participated in Friday nights violent George Floyd demonstration. If you want to disrupt, stay home and disrupt in your own community, said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. He believes the outcome would have been different if people from Detroit protested in the suburbs. Maurice Hardwick with Live in Peace Movement asked people coming from other cities outside Detroit to communicate with city leaders beforehand. Heres my message to those who come to Detroit who do not know what is going on in Detroit.
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
11/3/19: American Black Journal Remembering John Conyers / I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Mentoring
On the next American Black Journal,Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony talks with Stephen about the legacy of the late John Conyers, who made history as the longest serving African American member of Congress. Plus, well get details on a mentoring program that helps young people live beyond their obstacles and dream bigger than they ever imagined. Featured Image: John Conyers along with a 1965 Congressional delegation making plans to visit Selma, Alabama, Photo by history.house.govWATCH NOW:detroitpbs.org
Flashpoint 7/14/19: Considering reparations for slavery; upcoming presidential debate in Detroit
DETROIT - Here is what you missed on Sunday's episode of Flashpoint:With the Democrats closing in on their debate date in Detroit, a topic that has long struggled to reach the center of the table keeps drawing more discussion. Segment One:Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The Detroit News; Stephen Henderson, host of Detroit Today on WDET; Portia Roberson, CEO, Focus: Hope and Chastity Pratt, reporter, Bridge Magazine. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit branch of the NAACP. Segment Three:Flashpoint host Devin Scillian wraps up this week's episode with Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit branch of the NAACPCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Detroit's Cobo Center gets new name: TCF Center
DETROIT - The Cobo Center has a new name. The iconic building will now be known as the TCF Center. Leaders from TCF Bank, along with local officials, held a news conference Tuesday morning to officially unveil the new name for Cobo Center. Gary Torgow is chairman of TCF Bank and is building a downtown headquarters and doing business in the city. To many who remember Cobo, this is a historic day and a major shift for the city.
Detroit hosts 110th NAACP convention
DETROIT - Detroit is once again in the center of national attention. The 110th NAACP Convention is in the Motor City. This is our first trip to Detroit, Arnold said. Wendell Anthony, with Detroit NAACP, said. The NAACP told Local 4 it invited President Donald Trump to the conference, but Trump decided not to participate due to a scheduling conflict.