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Public Should be Outraged!

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As a concerned citizen, and a lifelong resident of the city of Flint, I am saddened and disappointed about the situation we find ourselves in, in 2014. To listen to the rhetoric, the noise coming from the Emergency Financial Manager, Darnell Early, and the recommendation coming from the twenty two members comprising the Blue Ribbon Committee is outlandish. First and foremost, the legitimacy of the committee is in doubt. According to The Charter Revision Handbook, Michigan Municipal League, page 5, a change in form of government requires a charter revision. More specifically, “revision of city charters may be initiated by a resolution adopted by 3/5 of the legislative body or by petition signed by at least five percent of the registered voters, unless the present charter provides otherwise.” Whichever way this is achieved, the decision to revise the charter is one that is voted on by the people.  Additionally, a nine member commission committee must also be selected to do the revisions, and none of these committee members can be an elected or appointed official. The committee must also be voted on by the people. These are just a few, but very important violations committed by this Blue Ribbon Committee, which was put in place by the EFM.

 

Where is the outrage over such terrible violations of the city charter and the rights of the people of the city of Flint? Where is the open meeting discussion from the people? To take it a step further, city council asked for a special meeting to give the people and themselves adequate time to discuss the recommendations in a public setting, their request was denied as well. It’s beginning to be more shameful and ridiculous that this kind of behavior is being forced on the people.

 

We are being told that these are recommendations that we are going to vote on. The question in ones mind is: are these legitimate recommendations by an illegitimate group? This has the perceived spirit of a return to 50 years ago; to fall under this kind of dictatorship! In order to not go back 50 years, the public should be well versed, and it should be openly discussed among Flint voters, not just 22, but 80,000 plus registered voters. The entire voice of the Flint residents should be the Blue Ribbon Committee. Are some of the recommendations good? That has yet to be determined; the process certainly was not.

 

Dr. Karen Williams Weaver, PhD

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The Flint Branch of the NAACP Steps Up Voting Efforts

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The Flint Branch NAACP members are out in big numbers to raise voter awareness in this mid-term election. While the NAACP, along with our co-sponsors gave a very successful forum last week on a very important election regarding the 34th District Michigan House of Representatives seat, we are still heavily concerned and advocating for heavy voter turn out in all of the races on August 5th!  Time is of the essence!

When we look at the last mid-term election, out of 335,069 registered voters in Genesee County only 135, 010 of the voters cast their vote! We allowed the people who were elected to further an agenda that negatively impacted the underserved. This mid-term on the ballot will be the Governor’s race, where Democratic challenger Mike Schauer is going up against Governor Rick Snyder; and the United States Senate race, where Democratic Congressman Gary Peters is taking on Republican Terry Lynn Land for the senate seat being vacated by Democratic Senator Carl Levin, who will be retiring. Who represents your interests? The power is in your hands to make that decision!

The NAACP will be teaming up with the Concerned Pastors for Social Action, and other non-partisan organizations to bring voter awareness to the electorate in Genesee County. This is an important mid-term election where we are facing high water bills, emergency manager take-overs in the State of Michigan, cutting of fire and police officers in our urban cities, threats of suing the President, possible Supreme Court Justice appointees, and immigration laws, just to name a few of the challenges. Now is the time to make your voices heard through the ballot box!

The NAACP is calling on all active bodies to take part in trying to help ensure a high voter turn out in all of these up-coming mid-term elections! Voting is a precious right that our forefathers and mothers sometimes had to die for. Don’t let their advocacy be in vain!

 

Please call the NAACP Office at (810) 742-8622 for voter empowerment information and volunteer services.

We are located at 3455 Lippincott Blvd. Flint, MI 48507

Frances L. Gilcreast, President

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2017 Scholarship Applications are Here!

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Dear Community Member:

The NAACP is a leading advocate of equal access to quality education. In an effort to promote and ensure higher education opportunities for the youth in Genesee County, the Flint Branch of the NAACP has established a scholarship fund.

The NAACP Scholarship Fund is established to assist and encourage young students who are about to enter an institution of higher learning. The funds are acquired through private and community contributions. There are four (4) award categories to the NAACP scholarship; Academic, Community Service, Need Based, and a category for the Non-Traditional Student. In 2014 Hurley Medical Center has joined the NAACP in granting scholarships for students who are interested in the field of healthcare in any capacity. The NAACP Scholarship and Hurley Foundation Scholarship will be awarded at our Freedom Fund Dinner on March 11, 2017.

We are requesting that you direct eligible high school seniors to our website to complete the application.

 

Sincerely,

Frances L. Gilcreast

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NAACP Legislative Day in Lansing

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This is a reminder that our Annual NAACP Legislative Day in Lansing is just two weeks away on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Please see the attached information and share with your local membership, family, friends, and community contacts.
Everyone should RSVP so that we have an accurate count for breakfast and lunch. Please call the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus (MLBC) office at (517) 373-5067 no later than May 20. You can also send your number of participants to the state conference at naacp.michigan@gmail.com. In addition, we would like to know how many youth will be in attendance.
If you have any questions and/or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
We had an outstanding Legislative Day last year (see the attached photo) and I am looking forward to another fantastic turnout this year. See you in Lansing on May 26 and please RSVP today!
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2016 Scholarship Applications Available

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The applications for both the 2016 Flint Branch Scholarship and the Hurley Foundation Scholarship applications are now available for download.

Click on the links below to access them.

2016 Flint Branch Scholarship Application: http://naacpflint.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/NAACPApplication2016.pdf

2016 Hurley Foundation Application: http://naacpflint.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/HurleyFoundation2016Scholarship.pdf

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NAACP Statement on Grand Jury Decision in Fatal Shooting of Tamir Rice

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BALTIMORE, MD – National Association of Colored People (NAACP) President and CEO Cornell William Brooks today released the following statement regarding the Grand Jury decision in the Tamir Rice case:

“The hearts, prayers, sympathy and support of the NAACP continue to abide with the grief-stricken family of Tamir Rice and the Cleveland community.

“While the grand jury and the prosecutor have spoken, there remains a multitude of fundamental, unanswered questions.  The first of those questions is why the dispatcher failed to pass along to the responding officer essential details that the suspect was likely a juvenile, possibly waving a toy gun.  The fatal shooting of Tamir Rice at the hands of a rookie officer might have been prevented if those crucial details had been provided.

“And has the value of the lives of our children been reduced to a decision made in less than two seconds?  That is the amount of time it took for one officer to decide whether Tamir Rice should die….less than two seconds.  Life and death decisions are made every day by police officers across the country, but the benefit of the doubt is often given in the preservation of white lives while the presumption of guilt, dangerousness and suspicion, time after time, is reserved for black lives.

“The tragedy of Tamir Rice must be seen with unblinking clarity through the lens of a series of incidents of police misconduct committed by members of the Cleveland Police Department over years.  Cleveland has a long record of police misconduct subject to multiple and serial federal investigations. And it is against this ugly backdrop that its citizens are being asked to “just trust us.”  We must now hold accountable in the courts not merely police officers, but also hold accountable in the voting booth those who are responsible for dangerous policing.  Similarly, we need and the NAACP continues to call for a national standard for excessive use of force, police retraining and systems accountability.

“More remains to be done in the streets, courts, police department, legislature, city hall and Congress. The tragically lost life of this 12-year-old child demands that we do so.”

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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NAACP Statement on Declaration of Mistrial in First Freddie Gray trial

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BALTIMORE, MD – NAACP National President and CEO Cornell William Brooks today issued the following statement in response to the mistrial declared in the trial of Baltimore City police officer William Porter.  The trial was the first of six planned for police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray on April 12, 2015.

“The NAACP has closely watched the investigation into the tragic and senseless death of Freddie Gray at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve the communityThis was a tragic and extreme example of law enforcement ignoring their own official and moral protocols when it comes to policing and protecting our community, and a grim reminder of the urgent need for criminal justice and law enforcement reform in cities across America.  

“As we learned in this trial, the disdain police showed for Gray clearly demonstrates that the Baltimore Police Department must change the culture of its police force and address issues of police brutality, accountability and excessive use of force.  While we continue to closely follow the trials scheduled in this case, we urge Police Commissioner Davis and elected officials to work together to enact transparent reforms that can rebuild trust between officers and the communities they serve.

“While we respect the legal process and still await justice, the death of Freddie Gray and other tragedies continue to point to the need for systemic reform both within the municipal police departments and statewide.  We call on the community to continue the protests while using all of the available nonviolent means to seek justice for a violent death. We still believe that Officer Porter and his fellow officers failed in their fundamental responsibility and we continue to wait for justice.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 16, 2015

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.