Detroit Branch NAACP Young Adult Committee is Ready to Make A Change

April 19, 2012, the Detroit Branch NAACP Young Adult Committee met to set its path for the upcoming year and beyond. Members of the committee are extremely concerned about out impact in the lives of young people as we provide mentorship for young children and strategic programming to attract young adults to the Association.

As we lay out our calendar of events for the year we highly encourage others to become involved. Thus far the committee has adopted that our objectives will address the need for economic and educational reform, while focusing on mentorship to our youth council and addressing health issues in our community. We encourage members to work in areas they are passionate about and provide a support system to help them make a difference.

The Young Adult Committee meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 6:00pm at the Detroit Branch NAACP office (8220 Second Ave. Detroit, MI 48202.)

Detroit Youth Council Votes on Amendment to Change Gun Laws

On April 17th, 2012 the Detroit NAACP Youth Council held their bi-weekly meeting. During the meeting, Antashe Howard gave a report on the conference call held on April 16th, 2012 at 7:30pm. The body passed a motion to have members of the juvenile justice committee write a proposal in support of changing the “Stand your Ground” law in Florida.

The youth council also discussed their participation in the event Stops, Cops and Americas Addiction to Incarceration scheduled for May 5, 2012. That Saturday, the Thurgood Marshall Social Justice Advocacy Project of the Detroit Branch NAACP will present a special national forum “Stops, Cops, and America’s Addiction to Incarceration.”  This forum will be held at the COBO Convention Center from 10:00am-1:00pm.

The forum will have many special guests such as: the Office of the US Attorney for the Eastern District headed by Barbara McQuade, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Edward Ewell, the Detroit Police Department, Michigan State Police, Detroit Public Schools, NAACP Youth Council, Real Times Media and a host of others. They will be focusing on the topics of Know Your Rights, Traffic Stops, Street Stops, and Domestic Disputes. Additionally they will focus on why America has the world’s highest incarceration rate in the state of Michigan and the highest rate in the United States. We invite middle and high school students for this free event.

The next Youth Council meeting will be held on May 2, 2012 at the Detroit Branch NAACP office at 6:00 P.M. Come join us and bring a friend!

Submitted by: Naudia Harrison 11th grader at West Bloomfield High School & Detroit Youth Council Member

Detroit Branch NAACP Announces Keynote Speaker for 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

On Friday, April 20 the Detroit Branch NAACP held a press conference to announce the Keynote Speaker for the 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP announced that United States Attorney General Eric Holder will serve as this year’s Keynote Speaker. The 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner is Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Cobo Conference Center in Detroit. Attorney General Holder joins a long line of distinguished Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner Keynote Speakers that began with the Honorable Thurgood Marshall. Tickets for the Dinner are on sale now.

In addition to announcing the keynote speaker, Rev. Anthony also provided details for “Stops, Cops and America’s Addiction to Incarceration”. This National Forum, sponsored by the Detroit Branch NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Social Justice Advocacy Project and Detroit NAACP Youth Council, will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at Cobo Conference Center as well. The first half of the forum will address what to do during traffic stops, street stops and domestic disputes. The second half of the forum will address will provide facts and dialogue about the growing prison industrial complex.

For more information about the 57th Annual fight For Freedom Fund Dinner or the national forum please call 313-871-2087.