DETROIT, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony:
Today I feel that justice stands a little bit taller. Truth shines a little bit brighter and the will of the people is a little bit stronger. The ruling today by the full bench of the Michigan Court of Appeals sends a clarion call that PRECEDENT does matter, that the people must be heard and that Democracy is still alive. Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. said, "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concerns of dedicated individuals."
I salute all of the dedicated individuals in every part of this state – from Downriver to the Upper Peninsula - who have supported the cause of freedom and justice. All the people of this state ever wanted was an opportunity to be heard. Even one of the fathers of this nation – Thomas Jefferson – said, "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." This is precisely why we have been educating and informing the masses of the people of Michigan. Placing this initiative on the ballot now allows the people to act according to their liberties. Every Michigander should be pleased with today's action. This is not a Democratic issue – nor is it a Republican issue – or even an Independent issue. This is an AMERICAN ISSUE. Today, the Court exercised wisdom, common sense and substantial consideration for the will of the people.
It said very clearly that this issue of access to the ballot must go forward. While we are greatly disappointed in the prior ruling of those who made the previous decision not to go forward based on their dislike of the PRECEDENT that led to this stalemate, we are most pleased with the resolution and the determination of those judges who contradicted that decision.
Let us hope that the will of the people will continue to prevail. We urge those who have attempted to prevent the peoples' access to the ballot to stand down and to take down those barriers that block the people and let us start to build bridges that unite the people. This will enable all of the people to walk across and enter into the voting booth where the real challenges of a free people to any conflicting issues can be heard, addressed and decently resolved.
May God continue to bless all people whose minds are stayed on Freedom, Justice and Equality.
SOURCE Detroit Branch NAACP