DETROIT, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, The Michigan State Conference of the NAACP will convene its Annual Legislative Day in Lansing, MI at the State Capitol. The theme for this year's Legislative Day is "Stop the Assault on Michigan Families and Working Class."
During the last 9 months, we have witnessed an outright legislative assault on the unemployed and working class in Michigan from our elected officials. The "Emergency Manager" Law allows the State to take over local governing bodies, violating the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and doing what they will to Michigan workers. There's the assault on low-income families that will especially harm children and senior citizens through the "48 month Welfare Limit" Law. Working families are witnessing attacks on unions through anti-collective bargaining and tenure bills being enacted. In addition, citizens are being forced to subsidize corporate tax breaks through the loss of services and taxing of seniors' pensions.
"The education agenda of the State Legislature is not at all grounded in what research and experience tells us must be done to improve student learning. In fact, much of the agenda is directly aimed at the women and men who educate our children. Most people consider teachers and support staff as heroes. So should our legislators." - David Hecker, President, American Federation of Teachers – Michigan
The Annual NAACP Legislative Day agenda kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast meeting with the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus (MLBC). The agenda also calls for one-on-one meetings with Legislators, attend sessions of the House and Senate, a rally on the steps of the Capitol at 10:30 a.m. and a Town Hall/Wrap-Up Session with the Michigan Campaign for Justice. It promises to be a full day of action and activism with NAACP leaders and members from around the State engaging in the public policy process.
"Our nation and state need to maintain the issues of jobs creation and anti-employment discrimination as a top priority until our people and our economy are back at work. Accordingly, we look forward to hearing from our Legislators as to what they are doing to create jobs in Michigan and to ensure that the long-term unemployed are being offered adequate and much needed employment opportunities, as well as what we (NAACP) can do to help." – Yvonne White, President, Michigan State Conference NAACP
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is committed to ensuring the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights for all persons and the elimination of racial hatred and discrimination. The Michigan State Conference is the governing body for 30 NAACP local Branches, 18 Youth Councils, College Chapters and Prison units throughout the State.
SOURCE Michigan State Conference NAACP