Safety in the City – General Membership Meeting with Interim Police Chief Chester Logan

On Thursday, March 28, 2013 the Detroit Branch NAACP held its monthly General Membership meeting with guest speaker, Interim Police Chief Chester Logan. At the meeting Chief Logan was joined by his top representatives to the community that are working hard to protect the City of Detroit. Additionally, Detroit Branch NAACP General Counsel Butch Hollowell addressed the Affirmative Action case that will be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court and City Councilman James Tate joined the crowd to share his views about the newly appointed Emergency Financial Manager Keyvn Orr taking over the City of Detroit.

First to speak was Deputy Chief James Tolbert, who spoke about the importance of young people and specifically children feeling safe while in their learning and living environments. He stated that the Detroit Police Department would be working very closely with the Detroit Public Schools Police Department since they are separate, but share the same passion in caring for young people. Assistant Chief of Enforcement Operations, Paul Wells spoke about the reorganization taking place in the City of Detroit Police Department and how it is most important to have officers patrolling the streets and investigators to solve the crimes. As the Department continues to reorganize their hope is to reach a goal of 80% of officers patrolling the City, 15% investigating crimes, and 5% working administratively.

As Chief Logan spoke he reported that crime in the City is down and will continue to go down as they reorganize and focus on the safety of our streets and neighborhoods. Chief Logan’s goal is to reduce crime in the City by 50% and he says that the Department is well on the way to accomplishing this goal. The meeting attendees received the presentation of the Detroit Police Department with much gratitude and looks forward to helping the Chief achieve his goals.

 

 

Region III NAACP C.R.A.T.I

This past weekend the Detroit Branch NAACP and Michigan State Conference NAACP hosted the Midwest Region III Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute (C.R.A.T.I) at Fellowship Chapel and Hope United Methodist Church. The weekend brought together NAACP adult and youth members from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  The theme “Changing the Game” addressed the 5 Game Changers the NAACP will continue to focus as it moves into its second century of advocacy.

Rev. Byron Moore NAACP Faith Leaders Luncheon

Rev. Byron Moore, Pastor of Ebenezer AME Church and Executive Committee Member of the Detroit Branch NAACP inspires the crowd to “Change the Game” at the Faith Leaders Luncheon on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

On Thursday as the conference opened members from the region joined at Fellowship Chapel as Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee Member and Pastor of Ebenezer AME Church, Rev. Byron Moore, served as keynote speaker for the Faith Leaders Luncheon. In his message he stated that, “It’s time to stop playing the game and change the game!” Members of the crowd applauded as he continued to encourage them to remain committed to the work and mission of the NAACP.

On Friday, the President & CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous joined the convention with a press conference and spoke at the opening plenary session. The President & CEO stood with the National Board Members, State Conference Presidents, and Executive Director Donnell White in full support of the fight against an Emergency Financial Manager coming into the City of Detroit. “The people of the City of Detroit have the right to have their voices heard, and their voices heard through their vote. It is imperative the their voting rights are restored.” 

On Saturday, the Detroit NAACP Youth Council was awarded during the Youth Advocacy Luncheon. The Youth Council received an award for highest membership increase while implementing the National Campaign “Revive 25.” At the luncheon, the National Youth & College Division Director, Mr. Sammie Dow spoke to the youth, sharing the importance of service and dedication not only to the NAACP, but to people all around the world. As he addressed the crowd he recited the classic poem by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, I Have Only But  A Minute, and asked how they would spend it. 

Detroit NAACP Youth Council

Detroit NAACP Youth Council President Gregory Harrison, standing with Youth Council Members after receiving award for highest membership increase for the “Revive 25” National Membership Campaign.

The night concluded with the Freedom Awards Banquet. At the Banquet, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony served as the Master of Ceremony with blessings from Rev. Carlyle Fielding Stewart, Pastor of Hope United Methodist Church. During the evening Councilwoman JoAnn Watson was awarded the Rosa Parks 2013 Woman of the Year Award, State Conference President Yvonne White was awarded the 2013 Julius Caesar Hope Hall of Fame Award, and National Board Member Kamilia Landrum was awarded the 2013 Youth of the Year Award. 

Michigan NAACP State Conference President Ms. Yvonne White receiving the 2013 Julius Caesar Hope Hall of Fame Award presented by Ms. Barbara Bolling, President of the Indiana State Conference NAACP and Mr. George Mitchell, President of the Illinois State Conference NAACP.

National Board Member Kamilia Landrum recieving the 2013 Kelly M. Alexander Sr. Youth of the Year Award presented by Ms. Barbara Bolling, President of the Indiana State Conference NAACP and Mr. George Mitchell, President of the Illinois State Conference NAACP.

In addition to the highlighted events, NAACP members attended workshops and training’s on Communications and Digital Media, Legal Redress & Advocacy, Organizing on a Federal, State, and Local Level, Fundraising, Criminal Justice, Voting Rights, Health, Climate and Environmental Justice, and an exclusive tour of the Detroit Branch NAACP Centennial Exhibit: A Very Present Force. Next year the conference will take place in the State of Ohio.  

 

Detroit NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO Competition

Did you miss the Detroit Branch NAACP ACT-SO Competition? If you did well don’t worry! The Detroit NAACP Youth Council will host an ACT-SO Competition on Saturday, April 13. ACT-SO stands for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics of the Mind. The competition is open to high school students in grades 9-12. Students can compete in up to three categories. Students are competing for medals, cash prizes and to qualify for the National NAACP ACT-SO Competition that will be held in Orlando, Florida this summer. Download the Detroit NAACP Youth Council Application to sign up at http://detroitnaacp.org/events/act-so/. For more information please call 313-664-2406. Application deadline is Tuesday, April 9, and the competition is Saturday, April 13.

Democracy Under Siege

The Detroit Branch NAACP issued the following press statement in regards to Governor Snyder appointing an Emergency Financial Manager for the City of Detroit.  Please click the link to read more on why Democracy is Under Siege here in Michigan.

http://detroitnaacp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Press-Statement_EFM_Kevyn-Orr_3_15_2013-1.pdf

Detroit Branch NAACP Host and Hostess Program

Are you a high schooler or do you know of a high schooler between the ages of 15-19 who need community service hours? Then make sure they attend the Detroit NAACP Youth Council Meeting this Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 P.M. to sign up to be a Host and Hostess for the 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Not only do the young people receive community service hours for their service but we provide them with excellent customer service skills training. The Youth Council Meeting/Host and Hostess Training will be held at the Detroit Branch NAACP office located at 8220 Second Avenue. They must complete 3 trainings to receive the 80 hours of community service and be 15 by April 20. For more information please call 313-664-2406.

Detroit NAACP Youth Council Meeting 3-6-13

Members of the Detroit NAACP Youth Council end the meeting in an NAACP tradition, singing the NAACP song. The call and response verses bring much joy and energy.

On Wednesday, March 6, 2013 the Detroit NAACP Youth Council met to discuss the upcoming Regional C.R.A.T.I. hosted in the State of Michigan this year. Additionally, members talked the current testing in Detroit Public Public schools and their comfort or fears with the test. Lastly, they learned about the possible effects of an Emergency Financial Manager coming into the City of Detroit and how it could effect them as students and citizens.

The Detroit NAACP Youth Council continues to meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 6:00PM. Food and refreshments are served.

58th Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner Committee Meeting

Detroit Branch NAACP 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Committee Meeting at Fellowship Chapel on March 5, 2013.

Detroit Branch NAACP 58th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Committee Meeting at Fellowship Chapel on March 5, 2013.

On March 5, 2013 the Detroit Branch NAACP Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner General Committee met at Fellowship Chapel in preparation of the event on April 28, 2013. Greetings were brought from Mrs. Jacki Jackson on behalf of Mr. Greg Jackson, President & CEO of Prestige Automotive – Jackson Automotive Group and 2013 General Co-Chair, and Mr. James Davis on behalf of Mr. Leon Richardson, President & CEO of Chemico-Mays LLC and 2013 General Co-Chair.

Each year in preparation of the Annual Dinner the Detroit Branch NAACP hosts these meetings for top ticket sellers to the event. These meetings keep the momentum going as the City prepares for the grand occasion. To become involved, please contact the Detroit Branch NAACP at (313) 871-2087. Tickets to the event are available for purchase.

 

 

Ida B. Wells-Barnett Community Breakfast

Business, Faith, and Community Leaders being updated on Michigan Legislative Black Caucus by State Representative Rashida Tlaib and Executive Director Donnell White. Representative Tlaib is also a member of the Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee.

On March 1, 2013 the Detroit Branch NAACP brought together community leaders, church leaders, and civil rights advocates as we plan for an exciting year ahead. The community breakfast honed in on the importance of us garnering together to support and uphold the victories we have accomplished thus far, while recognizing there is still much to fight for. Pictured below is Michigan House of Representatives member, Hon. Rashida Tlaib, giving a very important update on the proposed budget for the State of Michigan. Hon. Rashida Tlaib is also a newly elected member of the Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Committee. 

Detroit Branch NAACP General Membership Meeting 2-28-13

On February 28, 2013 the Detroit Branch NAACP hosted its monthly general membership meeting. At the meeting branch president, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony provided updates on the recent press conferences regarding his position on the Emergency Financial Manager coming to Detroit as well as the 50th Anniversary Commemorative March Down Woodward to be held June 22, 2013. 

Pictured below is Ms. Bridget Hurd, Director of Community Outreach for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Ms. Hurd provided a special presentation on the structural changes taking place in the company as it relates to legislation in Washington, D.C. and Lansing. She further expressed their mission to continually support the Detroit Branch NAACP and the community. 

Pictured are Melvin “Butch”Hollowell, Detroit Branch NAACP General Counsel, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, Detroit Branch NAACP President, Ms. Bridget Hurd, Director of Community Outreach for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Mr. Donnell White, Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director. (Left to Right)

General membership meetings are open to all who would like to attend. We meet every 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00PM at the Detroit Branch NAACP office. For more information please contact our office at (313) 871-2087.