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

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