Michigan NAACP: Legislators Are Waging War Against the Needy

Michigan NAACP: Legislators Are Waging War Against the Needy

The civil rights group convenes day-long protests and lobbying efforts to support those who are hurting the most in the economically distressed state.

Published October 19, 2011

Michigan residents are fed up, and Wednesday they attempted to make their voices heard.

As a part of their annual legislative day, the Michigan State Conference of the NAACP rallied at Michigan’s state capitol building in Lansing to protest unemployment and discrimination.

The theme for the legislative day was “Stop the Assault on Michigan Families and Working Class.” The NAACP claims that during the last 9 months, Michigan residents have witnessed a legislative assault on the unemployed and working class in the Midwestern state from elected officials.

Some of the discrimination has come in the form of “emergency manager” laws, which the NAACP says allow the state to take over local governing bodies. Another form is through the “48-month Welfare Limit” law, which the organization says assaults low-income families, children and seniors who may be dependent on welfare, but whose circumstances are ignored because of the imposed legislation.

The NAACP additionally claims that working families are witnessing attacks on unions through collective bargaining and tenure bills, and that student education is being ignored by the state.

"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,” said David Hecker, president of the American Federation of Teachers. “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."

The NAACP event kicked off at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast meeting. It continued throughout the day with one-on-one meetings with legislators, sessions of the House and Senate, and a town hall.

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