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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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39th Annual Freedom Fund – Postponed

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Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-5 to cancel all events over 250 people and all assemblages in shared spaces over 250 people beginning on Friday, March 13 at 5:00pm and ending on Sunday, April 5 at 5:00pm.  As a result, the 39th Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner, scheduled for tomorrow night will be postponed indefinitely.

Your safety and the safety of all of our Flint Branch NAACP members and associates is our top priority. We will continue to adhere to the safety recommendations by authorities and government officials and will announce if there are any changes.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

To view executive order 2020-5, click the link below:

EO 2020-5, Governor Whitmer Emergency order, mass assemblages and schools.pdf

Sincerely,

Frances L. Gilcreast

Flint Branch NAACP, President

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39th Annual Freedom Fund Artwork

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The artwork that graces the 39th Annual Freedom Fund Booklet and Invitation was created by Wishum Gregory.
After 40 plus years as King Twitty, the celebrity Photographer, Wishum Gregory established his “Wishum Gregory Art” in 2008. The Wishum Gregory team uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative presentation process to create timely and historical collages. It’s fascinating to see what starts off as a vision to become a creative editorial presentation filled with meaning and historical relevance.
Texture, Movement, Energy are the hallmarks that best describe the exciting new art collection of acclaimed graphic artist, Wishum Gregory. He’s a master at bridging the gap with the legends of yesterday and the superstars of today. Each reproduction perfectly, blends, celebrates, memorializes our memories, is thought provoking and capable of arousing strong emotions regardless of ethnic, gender and generational affiliation.
Distinctive, Majestic, Graceful, Spiritual and Sophisticated are a few of the superlatives that describe these exciting reproductions. They’re ideal for the home or office and make the perfect gift for the consummate historical enthusiast or sports memorabilia collector.  Visit www.wishumgregoryart.com and check out his amazing works of art!
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39th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner

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The Flint Branch NAACP is delighted to announce its 39th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 6:00 P.M., (VIP Reception 5:00-6:00 P.M.).  This black-tie gala will be held at Holiday Inn Gateway Centre, 5353 Gateway Centre Dr., Flint, MI  48507.  This year’s theme is When We Fight, We Win!”.  We celebrate the gains for freedom this organization has made in its 111 year history and our resolve to fight for everyone to be counted in the 2020 Census and fight that everyone registers to vote, while we fight that every eligible voter is able to cast an unfettered ballot in every election.  When We Fight We Win!

This year the Sponsorship packets include a Scholarship Opportunity for our ACT-SO (Afro-Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics) Program.  This will allow scholarships for 9th -12th grade students who compete at the local level in the 32 different categories.  Please take a few moments to visit the NAACP ACT-SO website to see the benefits of supporting and encouraging our youth.

The Flint Branch of the NAACP continues to edify the community through the implementation of initiatives which focuses on alleviating health and educational disparities, promoting financial equity, addressing labor discrimination, and providing scholarship endowments to Genesee County students.  Facilitation of these initiatives is essential upon financial assistance and personal investments provided by you and the community as a whole.

Please refer to enclosures for sponsorship opportunities and submit all paperwork by February 7, 2020.  Please make checks payable to Flint Branch NAACP and forward Corporate Sponsorship and Souvenir Journal forms, along with payment to Flint Branch NAACP, P.O. Box 1107, Flint, MI  48501-1107.

Thank you for your continued support.  Please forward all inquiries to Frances Gilcreast at (810) 742-8622 or email at fllintfreedom_fund@comcast.net.

Sincerely,

Frances L Gilcreast, President

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2020 Scholarships are here!

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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. Since 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 14, 2020.  The Scholarship forms are available for download in the menu at the top of this website.

Sincerely,

Frances L. Gilcreast

President, Flint Branch of NAACP

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Get Out To Vote!

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November 2nd, the Flint Branch NAACP in partnership with the Pan-Hellenic Council, will be having a “Get Out To Vote” rally on the Flint City Hall Lawn from 10am until 3pm.

Kerry Washington of “Scandal” will be in attendance to give a speech about the importance of voting and women’s suffrage. Ms. Washington is set to speak at 2:30pm and will stay for an undetermined amount of time to engage with the public.

There will be free food and refreshments along with live entertainment throughout the event including Pan-Hellenic step shows, spoken word, stage performances, local athletes, the Kuugana African Drum and Dance Group, and more.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not endorse candidates or political parties, or engage in direct campaigning. As the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP actively works with our more than 2,000 branches to inform and encourage civic engagement through voter registration activities and public forums, and actively opposes voter discrimination and other policies that make it more difficult for citizens to cast their ballot.

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2018 Scholarships are here!

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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. Since 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 10, 2018.  The Scholarship forms are available for download in the menu at the top of this website.

Sincerely,

Frances L. Gilcreast

President, Flint Branch of NAACP