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September 14, 2017 (Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) will hold its 9th Annual Public Policy Forum, in partnership with ESSENCE and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), during the opening day of the 2017 CBCF’s Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. The Forum, entitled Time for a Power Shift: Black Women Leading the Resistance in the Streets. Changing Political & Economic Power from Capitol Hill, State Capitols to City Halls, the Board Room to the C-Suites, will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. in Room 207 AB, the Washington Convention Center.
Of particular interest during the Public Policy Forum will be the long-awaited release, and discussion, of the results from the 3rd annual “Power of the Sister Vote” (POSV) Poll conducted by the BWR and ESSENCE, the number one media company dedicated to African-American women. According to the creators of this year’s survey, the goal was to “Collect feedback from Black women on their political outlook and the issues they consider important to their community,” and to “Voice their opinion on the Trump presidency and share what they want the 45th president and the 115th Congress to address.”
According to Melanie Campbell, President of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, “We found this survey to be quite revealing, regarding the shift in the attitudes Black women have toward the current political environment. These results may well be a ‘wake-up call’ for our mainstream political parties and the folks currently holding office.”
ESSENCE editor-in-chief Vanessa De Luca, shared “This year’s poll provides a unique opportunity for the Essence community to not only reveal what Black women’s top three priority issues are, but also express their willingness to increase their activism. I believe the results of this year’s poll will be eye opening.”
In addition to an in-depth discussion about the BWR/ESSENCE survey, the Policy Forum will feature three intergenerational roundtable discussions highlighting Black women that are leading the way to shift and expand their political, economic and social justice power for themselves, families and communities. There will also be a special update on Hurricanes Harvey/Irma Disaster Relief and Recovery. Roundtable speakers and celebrity guests include: Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee and Karen Bass; Grammy-Award Winning Hip Hop Artist McLyte; Hip Hop Artist Niatia Jessica Kirkland (Lil Mama); Grammy-Nominated Gospel Singer Anita Wilson; and several other dynamic Black women leaders. The Policy Forum will also be streamed “Live” on the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Facebook platform.
The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.
@ncbcp_bwr @thenationalcoalition National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a brand reach of 21.2 million. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online, ECI comprises ESSENCE magazine, the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; the ESSENCE Festival; Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music events; Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series;; and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD).

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