‘We have to make sure that the things that we have fought for don’t get taken away’

BY: - August 30, 2021

Some Michigan residents were among thousands rallying Saturday in the nation’s capital to protest a recent legislation they say suppresses voter rights, particularly for people of color and young people. The Rev. Charles Williams II, Michigan National Action Network chair, addressed the gathering in Washington, D.C. “In 2021, we’re going to keep this fight alive […]

On this day in 1963: Detroit NAACP calls on city schools to hire more Blacks, support teachers 

BY: - May 28, 2021

On May 28, 1963 the Detroit branch NAACP demanded that the Detroit Board of Education adopt an aggressive plan to increase race integration within the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) staff ranks.  The branch, the largest in the national civil rights organization, also called on the district to hold an election for teacher union representation. The […]

Civil rights leader on GOP-sponsored voter reform bills: ‘They have placed democracy on a ventilator’

BY: - April 13, 2021

A few hundred people rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday to protest a set of GOP bills that significantly roll back voter reforms laws designed to create ease in casting ballots. The Rev. Wendell Anthony, Detroit Branch NAACP president, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Democratic members of the House and Senate joined union members […]

African Americans call for stronger ethnic intimidation law after suburban Detroit KKK display

BY: - March 3, 2021

After the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced on Tuesday that there is insufficient evidence to charge an unidentified Grosse Pointe Park man with ethnic intimidation or any other criminal complaint for hanging up a Ku Klux Klan flag in a window that faced the home of a Black neighbor, a local NAACP branch and a […]

After threats and armed protests, BIPOC lawmakers still struggle to get GOP leaders to address racial justice

BY: and - February 4, 2021

State Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) grew up during the 1980s and 1990s and remembers watching in astonishment the awarding-winning PBS documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement.” The African American lawmaker was raised in a Capital City community where whites and people of color interacted, for the most part, without incident. “What […]

Detroit NAACP leader on Trump: ‘We just want his ass out’ 

BY: and - January 9, 2021

During a Michigan Advance interview this week, Detroit NAACP President Wendell Anthony called for the immediate ousting of President Donald Trump following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to stop the 2020 presidential election from being certified for President-elect Joe Biden. Members of the mob waved Confederate flags in the building and donned […]

Michigan SOS: There is ‘no legal mechanism to rescind’ Wayne Co. election certification vote

BY: - November 19, 2020

Two Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers are trying to rescind their vote to certify the county’s presidential election results, but a spokeswoman for Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson told the Michigan Advance on Thursday that cannot happen.  “There is no legal mechanism for them to rescind their vote. Their job is […]

Detroit NAACP chief: ‘We’re not going to let them steal the election’

BY: - November 18, 2020

Several Detroit residents remain fired up about GOP efforts to discredit presidential election results.  The Wayne County Board of Canvassers on Tuesday evening certified the Nov. 3 presidential election results, but also directed the Secretary of State’s office to do a comprehensive audit of precincts that had minor discrepancies in vote totals.  The vote came […]

Civil rights leaders: Pro-Trump protesters used ‘terror tactics’ trying to stop vote counting in Detroit

BY: - November 5, 2020

The day after President Trump-supporting activists carried out a demonstration at the site where presidential campaign votes were being counted in Detroit, civil rights leaders on Thursday responded to the melee.  Dozens of GOP activists on Wednesday chanted, “Stop the count!” both inside and outside of TCF Center, Detroit’s vote counting site. Republicans recruited people […]

Michigan Dems show support for Kamala Harris on the ticket

BY: - August 12, 2020

Joe Biden’s pick for his running mate was announced Tuesday afternoon, and many Michigan Democrats are excited that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will be joining the presumptive nominee’s ticket.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was on the former vice president’s short list of candidates and flew out to Delaware to meet with Biden on Aug. 2, but […]

On this day in 1963: GOP Michigan governor fights for fair housing

BY: - June 29, 2020

An unlikely collaboration occurred on June 29, 1963 — at least by today’s political standards. Gov. George Romney, a moderate Republican, participated in a seminal NAACP march against housing discrimination in a set of exclusively white metro Detroit cities. The demonstration, which occurred before the historic 1964 Civil Rights Act and Fair Housing Act of […]

Lawmakers, advocates push for federal police reforms

BY: and - June 13, 2020

Updated, 2:07 p.m. 6/15/20 In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death that has sparked protests across the country and the world, Michigan lawmakers and activists are pushing to change federal rules governing police conduct. Floyd died after Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, pinned him to the ground for nearly nine minutes. Louisville police shot […]