Allies, Issues, & Actions: Janee’ Ayers and Brandon Jessup

The Struggle continues! The Detroit NAACP continues on the path of working for justice and in the process insuring that we leave no one behind. Our Allies, Issues, and meeting was extremely informative. Our guest Speakers included Janee’ Ayers, recording Secretary for Unite Here Local 24, a strong union for Hospitality workers in the Metro Detroit Area. Our second guest speaker was Brandon Jessup, President and CEO of Michigan Forward. We also had a special guest from the National NAACP office, Jennifer Arice White, Program Specialist.

Ms. Janee’ Ayers spoke passionately about Unite Here and there tremendous efforts to “Erase the Working Poor!” She spoke about hotel workers in Detroit and the importance of increasing the minimum wage as well as insuring a living wage for hospitality workers. “Our union works on the one basic principal – SOLIDARITY! Every worker is vital.  Janee’ also pointed out many disparities in the hotel work environment. Saying “$8 an hour is not enough!” Some Hotel workers go from cleaning rooms to cooking lunch all in one work day. “As a Union we have been there protesting and shining a spotlight on those hotel companies who are glorifying the working poor. “They can do better”

Brandon Jessup, Founder and Chairman of Michigan Forward also graced us with his presence and discussed Detroit: “Bankruptcy; Recovery and Reinvestment”.
Mr. Jessup was extremely detailed and very technical in his approach. He was able to breakdown the Bankruptcy proceedings and the Emergency Manager Law and the negative impact it has on Detroit. He also eloquently spoke of other options that could have prevented the bankruptcy, and alternatives to solving the City of Detroit’s financial woes. 

MI State Conference NAACP Hosts 77th Annual State Convention

September 20-22, 2013 the Michigan State Conference hosted its 77th Annual State Convention with the theme, “We Shall Not Be Moved.” The convention was hosted in Kalamazoo, MI by the Kalamazoo Branch NAACP. As members of the NAACP from all branches gathered, they discussed critical issues in the community and the state of Michigan.

Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Keynote speaker for the Freedom Awards Dinner, President of the North Carolina State Conference NAACP, and leader of the Moral Mondays Movement.

Events throughout the weekend included a public mass meeting with Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, the VP of Strategic Relations for the National NAACP, a Youth & College luncheon key noted by Brandon Jessup, Chairman of Michigan Forward Urban Affairs Group, and workshops for the Affordable Care Act, Voter Empowerment and Civic Engagement, and Environmental Justice and Protection. The weekend culminated with the Freedom Awards Dinner key noted by Rev. Dr. William Barber II, President of the North Carolina State Conference NAACP and leader of the Moral Mondays’ movement.

Additionally, at the State Convention new leaders were elected to office. The officers for the MI State Conference NAACP are below:

MI State Conference President Yvonne White being sworn in with grandson Brian White, Jr.

Newly elected leadership of the MI State Conference NAACP

MI State Conference NAACP

  • President, Yvonne White (Detroit)
  • 1st Vice President, Jeanette Henegan (Lenawee County)
  • 2nd Vice President, General Holiefield (SW Detroit)
  • 3rd Vice President, Frances Gilcreast (Flint)
  • 4th Vice Presidnet, Robert Dunklin (Albion)
  • Treasurer, Katie Riley (Detroit)
  • Secretary, Juanita Taylor (Port Huron)

Newly Elected Leadership of the MI State Conference Youth & College Divison

MI State Conference NAACP Youth & College Division

  • President, Kayla Jones (Grand Valley State University)
  • 1st Vice President, Dorthea Thomas (Eastern MI University)
  • 2nd Vice President, Darnell Coleman (Grand Valley State University)
  • Secretary, Rebecca Williams (Grand Valley State University)
  • Treasurer, Myles Long (Detroit NAACP Youth Council)

The Detroit Branch NAACP would like to congratulate all of the newly installed officers, and the MI State Conference NAACP on a powerful State Convention.

2nd Vice President Myles Long, Advisor Kamilia Landrum, and President Gregory Harrison, represent the Detroit NAACP Youth Council at the 77th MI State Convention