Political Action-Connecting the DOTS
2018 SECOND QUARTER REPORT
Saginaw Branch -- #3152
Submitted By: Leola Wilson, Branch President
515 N. Washington Ave - Suite 400 Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 752-0614
Information below highlights branch activities for the 2018 second quarter meeting. In addition to the mandated committee activities the branch’s youth branch and other area youth organizations hosted the annual Juneteenth Day Program as part of the June 3, 2018 Monthly Public meeting of the Saginaw NAACP. The Branch also partnered with the men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. to co-host our monthly membership and public meeting on April 8, 2018 highlighting the branch’s voter education and voter empowerment plans for the 2018 election cycle.
Branch leadership hosted a press conference requesting an explanation for not renewing the current superintendent’s contract and providing the community with a specific plan for how the board will determine his replacement. Political co-chairs T. Pruitt and C. Williams attended April and May school board meeting and offered public regarding the uncertainty and confusion in the community following the action of the school board.
Ruth Ann Knapp, 2nd VP of Saginaw Branch announced that she will run for re-election to the Saginaw Board of Education.
The branch assisted in sponsoring awards for Saginaw Public School student annual art competition.
Branch President Wilson awarded Annual Bernice Barlow NAACP Scholarship at a major community ceremony sponsored by the Saginaw Community Foundation.
Program Chairperson, Odail Thorns, and other Freedom Fund Committee participants have developed detailed plans for our 2018 Freedom Fund Dinner scheduled for September 23, 2018. The event consistently draws 500-600 attendees across all demographics of the community.
The branch continues to place significant emphasis on the importance of the 2018 mid-term elections with the objective of increasing voter turnout. The branch sponsors a weekly radio program hosted by executive committee member Joyce Harvin focusing much of the program on local political issues and promoting voter registration and involvement. The leadership of the Political Action Committee has continued to help the membership and community understand the importance of identified game-changers and “What We Have to Lose” if we fail to vote in the upcoming elections.
The Branch produced announcements for WTLZ 107.1 for May & June that addressed voter registration. Special emphasis is being placed on 17-18 youth getting registered, so they can vote in this year’s mid-term elections. PAC team members coordinated the hosting of the April, May and June community/membership meetings. The April meeting included invited speaker, Heaster Wheeler, former Executive Director of the Detroit NAACP while the May meeting featured a presentation from Voters Not Politicians to provide an overview of the anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal.
Branch officials convened a meeting with representatives from Spence Brothers Contractors, project contractors, Delta College MI Community Ventures and MI Works to connect contractors with available resources to address the Branch’s push to employ firms and workers from underrepresented groups. Agreement was reached to launch recruitment initiative to be led by MI Works.
The Branch has requested a formal response from the leadership of Covenant Healthcare regarding alleged use of the N-Word by a white supervisor in a staff meeting. discriminatory activities.
There was a significant presence of Executive Committee members at the for unveiling of new signage renaming 2nd Ave to Roosevelt Austin Blvd. Reverend Austin has been a major champion of civil/human rights in the Saginaw community for more than 50 years and served on the Branch’s Executive Committee three decades.