2012-2013 Detroit Youth Election Results are In!

On May 2nd, 2012 the Detroit Youth Council held their bi – weekly meeting but this meeting was different in that it was election night for the 2012-2012 Youth Council Executive Board.

The Youth Council meeting started off with an Advisors report from Mrs. Indira Pierce. She was announcing the Stop, Cops and Americas Addiction to Incarceration which will be held on Saturday May 5, 2012. The forum will be held at the Cobo Convention  from 10am to 1pm followed by a forum called Americas Addiction to Incarceration from 1:30 to 4pm.

Both events will focus on the topics of Knowing your Rights, Traffic Stops, Street Stops, and Domestic Disputes. The second forum will also include information on why America has the world’s highest incarceration rate in the state of Michigan and the highest rate in the United States. So please DON’T hesitate on attending so join us this Saturday!

Also Ms. Pierce discussed the 57th Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner which is May 6, 2012 also held at Cobo Convention Center. For those of the ages of 15 – 19 who are host and hostess she touched on some requirements and the importance of the dinner.

After the report from our advisor, our meeting heated up when it shifted to our Co – advisor Kamilia Landrum as she announced all candidates that are current on their membership and is a paid member 30 – days before the election running for an Executive Committee position. These candidates included:

Secretary: Kandace Nickelberry

Treasurer: D’ Avery Spearman

Second Vice President: Alexjandria Edwards, and Danielle Gates

First Vice President: Malaysha White, Naudia Harrison, Rajni – Anne Jackson, Tyreisha Williams and Kayla Wright

President: TeJaughn Rodgers, Gregory Harrison and Antashe Howard

Advisor: Indiria Pierce


After her report, the chair nominating committee re-stated the each candidate had a maximum time of 2-minutes for their speech.  Once all the speeches were completed the voting began.  Members of the nomination committee counted all the votes but we ended up with a three way tie between Malaysha White, Naudia Harrison and Rajni – Anne Jackson for First Vice President. So, we voted a final time for those three candidates to break the tie before announcing all new Executive Board members.  Mical Holt announced the  winning candidates for 2012 – 2013 as followed:

Kandance Nickelberry – Secretary

D’Avery Spearman – Treasurer

Alexjandria Edwards – Second Vice President

Naudia Harrison – First Vice President

Gregory Harrison – President

Indiria Pierce – Advisor


Our next Detroit Youth Council meeting will be held on May 16, 2012 at the Detroit NAACP Branch at 8220 Second Ave. Detroit, MI 48202 at 6:00pm. So start getting involved with the NAACP Youth Council we make a difference and so can you!


Submitted by: Naudia Harrison 11th Grader at West Bloomfield High school & 1st Vice President

57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner All-Star Cast Announced

Keynote Speaker: Eric Holder, Attorney General, United States of America

Lifetime Acheivement Awardee: Rev. Julius Ceasar Hope, National Religious Affairs Director, NAACPFreedom & Justice Awardee: Rachel Maddow, Host, The rachel Maddow ShowFreedom & Justice Awardee: Maureen Taylor, State Chairperson, Michigan Welfare Rights OrganizationGreat Expectations Awardee: Rhonda Walker, News Anchor and Founder, WDIV and The Rhonda Walker FoundationGreat Expectations Awardee: Atty. Nabih Ayad, Founder, Arab American Civil Rights LeagueSpecial Guest: Charles Ogletree, Professor, Harvard Law School

The 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, the largest of its kind in the world announces its 2012 Keynote Speaker- Eric Holder, Attorney General, United States of America and Lifetime Achievement Awardee- Rev. Julius Ceasar Hope, National Religious Affairs Director, NAACP, Freedom and Justice Awardees- Maureen Taylor, State Chairperson, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Rachel Maddow, Host, The Rachel Maddow Show, Great Expectation Awardees- Rhonda Walker, News Anchor and Founder, WDIV and The Rhonda Walker Foundation, Atty. Nabih Ayad, Founder, Arab American Civil Rights League and Special Guest- Charles Ogletree, Professor, Harvard Law School.

57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner
May 6, 2012
Cobo Conference Center – Detroit, Michigan

For more information or to purchase tickets today please call the Detroit Branch NAACP at (313) 871-2087.

Detroit Branch NAACP Guest On Internet Radio

Interest in the Detroit Branch NAACP Climate Equity work extends all the way to Little Rock, Arkansas.

With excited curiosity about greening Detroit, guest host Mina Collins regularly welcomes Climate Equity and Sustainability Manager, Simone Lightfoot to KABF radio Let’s Talk Clean and Green. Most recently, the two discussed environmental justice, health related issues concentrated in urban centers and the African-American community.

Transmitting 100,000 mega watts, with 250,000 listeners, the show is broadcast from a community radio station that has been on air for over 25 years and can be heard in the surrounding states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Oklahoma as well as by internet in about 133 countries.

Detroit Branch NAACP and The National Wildlife Federation Join For Leaders Luncheon

The Detroit Branch NAACP joined the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) for a timely and insightful gathering of some of Detroit’s most respected energy and environmental leaders and practitioners, for a learning lunch.

Detroit Branch NAACP Executive Director, Donnell White and Climate Equity and Sustainability Manager, Simone Lightfoot joined the President & CEO of NWF, Mr. Larry Schweiger and members of his Great Lakes Regional staff to welcome guests.

Attendees shared the progress, potential, benefits and barriers to improving climate change preparedness, air, water, infrastructure and transportation quality for the city of Detroit. The group also discussed next step efforts.

Invited guests included representatives from the Wayne County Executives office, the Detroit City Council, the Sierra Club, Detroiters Working For Environmental Justice, Michigan Environmental Council, Energy Efficiency & Environmental Health Services – Task Force and others.

Detroit Branch NAACP Testifies Before EPA: Support Increased Fuel Standards

As the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) coordinated the first of three national, public hearings to enable the production of a new generation of clean vehicles, the Detroit Branch NAACP was there.

The Detroit Branch NAACP engaged our climate equity network of community and labor leaders, elected officials, civil rights and environmental justice advocates to attend, testify and demonstrate support for the proposed 2017-2025 automotive fuel emission standards.

The standing room only crowd filled the hearing room at the Marriott Courtyard Detroit as about 100 individuals — ranging from citizens to automotive executives were scheduled to speak beginning at 10 a.m. The hearing was extended through at least 7:30 p.m. to accommodate testimony from the large number of speakers.

The new corporate average fuel economy or CAFÉ standards, are for model-year 2017-25 vehicles.  These proposed standards would require automakers to work toward producing a fleet that averages 54.5 miles per gallon of gasoline or 163 grams/mile of carbon dioxide with vehicle models. The proposed standards would accommodate the size of the vehicle allowing automakers to continue to make all sizes and shapes.

The participation of the Detroit Branch NAACP provided essential front line perspective and support for greater fuel efficiency and less green house gas (carbon) emissions as the EPA moves toward final fuel emission standards.

Detroit Branch NAACP Climate Equity Manager Named 2012 Woman of Excellence

Simone Lightfoot, Green and Climate Equity

Simone Lightfoot, Climate Equity manager- 2012 Women of Excellence Honoree

Detroit Branch NAACP Climate Equity and Sustainability Manager, Simone Lightfoot, was recently honored as a 2012 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence for her conservation and sustainability work in post-industrial urban centers.

The only green honoree, Lightfoot was among 50 phenomenal women recognized for their professional stature, poise, and grace while maintaining the delicate balance between their personal, professional and community roles.

The Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Award celebrates local African-American women who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements and participation in community service.  The women chosen for this award champion economic empowerment, serve as the backbone of our religious and educational organizations and a driving forces in politics and community service.