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BLACK WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE AND ESSENCE RELEASE POWER OF THE SISTER VOTE POLL RESULTS DURING 10TH ANNUAL BWR PUBLIC POLICY FORUM @ CBCF ALC

Poll Reveals That the #1 Issue for Black Women is a Rise in Hate Crimes & Racism

September 14, 2018 (Washington, DC) – On September 12, the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) held its 10th Annual Policy “Power of Black Women” Forum Series, in partnership with ESSENCE and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), during the opening day of the 2018 CBCF’s Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. The BWR Forum was entitled Time for a Power Shift: Follow Black Women If You Want to Win.

According to Melanie L. Campbell, President of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, “The 2018 BWR/ESSENCE Poll and the Policy Forum discussions reflected what we are experiencing on the ground all over the nation---and that is Black women want a power shift to take place at the ballot box to the judicial system by increasing their activism and willingness to run for office.  We are not waiting on anyone to invite us to their power table, we are leading and setting up our own power tables all over this country.  We are leveraging our power to bring about the economic, political and social change we seek.”

One of the items of particular interest during the packed Public Policy Forum was the release and discussion of the results from the 4th annual “Power of the Sister Vote” (POSV) Poll conducted by the BWR and ESSENCE, the number one media company dedicated to Black women.  The goal of the annual POSV Poll is 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.”  Last year, the survey generated political shock waves when it revealed a significant drop in percentage of Black women who said that “the Democratic Party best represented their interests.” 

This year’s survey results indicated that political activism among African American women continues to rise and   affordable healthcare is still an important issue.  However, the 2018 poll revealed that the #1 issue for Black women is a rise in hate crimes & racism, up to 55% in 2018 from 33% in 2017.  The #2 issue is criminal justice and policing reform.  Gun violence & gun safety is the third most important issue for Black women.  The lively and informative roundtable discussion on the survey was moderated by MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid.

In addition to the discussion about the BWR/ESSENCE survey, the Policy Forum featured three intergenerational roundtable discussions highlighting Black women that are leading the way to shift and expand their political, economic, philanthropic and social justice power for themselves, families and communities.

BWR Intergenerational Roundtable One speakers and presenters included:

  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County, MD
  • Diane Babineaux, Vice Chair of the Board, NCBCP, Retired, IAMAW
  • Ebony M. Baylor, MPA, Director, Civic Engagement, National Urban League Washington Bureau
  • Salandra Benton, Convener, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, FL BWR, Partner, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
  • Joi Chaney, Campaign/Executive Director, Equal Pay Today!
  • Chikesia Clemons, Victim Rights Activist Against Police Brutality
  • Kristen Clark, President & Executive Director, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Sabrina Fulton, Co-Founder, the Trayvon Martin Foundation
  • Menna Demessie, PhD, Vice President, Research & Policy Analysis, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, Senior Advisor, BWR Research & Resource Development, Founder, Exceptional Women’s Leadership Institute
  • Edna Kane-Williams, Senior Vice President, Multicultural Leadership, AARP
  • Tamika Mallory, Co-Chair, Women’s March
  • Rev. Dr. Judith C. Moore, Convener, Pittsburgh/Mon Valley BWR, Executive Director, Sisters Saving Ourselves Now
  • Ebonie Riley, Washington Bureau Chief, National Action Network
  • Dr. Elsie Scott, PhD, Founding Director, Ronald W. Walters Center, Howard University
  • Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network

     

    BWR Intergenerational Roundtable Two presenters included:

  • Makani Themba, Chief Strategist, Higher Ground Strategies, LLC
  • Shavon Arline-Bradley, Founding Principal, R.E.A.C.H. Beyond Solutions, LLC
  • Lori Billingsley, Vice President of Community Relations, Coca-Cola North America
  • Cora Masters Barry, Political Strategist, Board Member, NCBCP
  • Clayola Brown, President, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Board Member, NCBCP
  • Latosha Brown, Co-Founder, Black Voters Matter, Board Member, NCBCP
  • Stefanie Brown James, Co-Founder, The Collective PAC
  • Felicia Davis, Convener, Clayton County, GA BWR, Director, HBCU Green Fund
  • Kristal High, Social Media Manager & Program Development Advisor, Black Women’s Roundtable, NCBCP
  • Holli Holliday, Esq., Political & Data Manager, NCBCP
  • Tanya Clay House, Program Officer, State Infrastructure Fund
  • Janaye Ingram, Director, National Partnerships, AirBnB
  • Kim Keenan, Vice President, Odyssey Media
  • Patrice Lawrence, National Policy & Advocacy Director, UndocuBlack Network
  • Joi Owens, Gulf Cost Policy Officer, Oxfam America
  • Heather Foster, Vice President, Prek-12 Education, Widmeyer Communications, A Finn Partners Company
  • Kim Keenan, Vice President, Odyssey Media
  • Elizabeth Powell, Secretary Treasurer, American Postal Workers Union, Executive Board Member, NCBCP
  • Rene Redwood, CEO, Redwood Enterprise, LLC
  • Jennifer Tucker, Senior Advisor, Public Policy, NCBCP
  • The Honorable Sheila Tyson, Convener, Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation/AL BWR
  • Tonya Tyson, Special Assistant to CEO & Events Manager, NCBCP
  • Cassandra Welchlin, Co-Convener & Lead Organizer, Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable

The 2018 BWR Policy Forum was streamed “Live” on #RolandMartinUnfiltered and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Facebook platform: https://www.facebook.com/rolandsmartinfanpage/videos/270706460233944/    

In addition, below is a link to the post-forum interview of NCBCP President and BWR Convener Melanie Campbell by #RolandMartinUnfiltered host Roland Martin:

https://www.facebook.com/rolandsmartinfanpage/videos/394872571049588/

For a copy of the 2018 BWR/ESSENCE Poll Results and photo highlights visit:  www.unitycampaign.org

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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. 

 

NATIONAL COALITION ON BLACK CIVIC PARTICIPATION, BLACK WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE, FLORIDA COALITION ON BLACK CIVIC PARTICIPATION PARTNER

TO LAUNCH UNITY ’18 BLACK VOTING & POWER BUILDING CAMPAIGN IN FLORIDA

 

Florida Unity’18 Campaign Focused on Connecting Economic Justice, Voting Rights and

The Power of the Black Women and Millennial Vote in the 2018 Mid-Term Election Cycle

 

June 15, 2018 (Orlando, FL) – Yesterday, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation (FCBCP) and the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) launched the Florida phase of the Unity ’18 Black Voting & Power Building “Time4APowerShift” National Non-Partisan Campaign (Unity ’18) in Orlando. The NCBCP Unity ’18 is a non-partisan national campaign that is laser-focused on leveraging the power and impact of the Black vote and collective leadership, with a special emphasis on the South, Black women, young voters and returning citizens across the country---where the Black vote will be key to shifting political power nationally and in states across the country, including AL, FL, GA, MD, MI, MS, NC, OH, PA, VA and the District of Columbia.  

Unity ’18 is phase one of a four-year campaign that includes developing and organizing a long-term Black political and economic power-building strategy that includes the 2018 Mid-Term Election Cycle, 2019 Election Cycle, 2020 Presidential Election, 2020 Decennial Census and the 2021 Redistricting Fair Representation Process that will determine the balance of political power for the next decade and beyond.  

In 2018, there are key elections that will impact the balance of political power for the next decade----with the election of 435 members of the U.S. House of Representative, 33 U.S. Senators, 36 governors, 87 of the 99 state legislative chambers and 39 certified statewide ballot initiatives, and many local races as well. 

The Unity Campaign ’18 Campaign organizing and training sessions at the Florida launch included: Common Sense Economics and Mass Incarceration led by Salandra Benton and Charles Clark with the Florida AFL-CIO; Why Courts Matter, led by Leslie Watson-Malachi, PFAW African American Ministers Council; and a Unity ‘18 Voting & Power Strategy Session, led by Salandra Benton, FCBCP and Melanie Campbell, NCBCP.  The launch also included a special organizing presentation on Amendment 4, an initiative that restores the right to vote for over 1.5 million Floridians with prior non-violent felony convictions, led by Desmond Meade, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and Florida Black Men’s Roundtable, FCBCP.

Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and National Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, shares, “The Florida primary elections are on August 28 and we want to ensure that there is a mobilization of the broadest coalition of voters possible in order that the issues critical to us are addressed.  In addition, we also believe that Black women voters are not only the ‘secret sauce’ and most reliable vote for progressive candidates to win: we are leaders of many of our civil rights, women’s rights, social justice and human rights organizations.”  

Salandra Benton, Convener, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Florida Black Women’s Roundtable (FL BWR) shared, “I am excited that Black Women are in Florida are coming together to build power and continue to lead our communities in change through civic engagement.  I encourage every voter in Florida to follow the Black Women’s lead at the polls this year.  ‘Vote Like a Black Woman!’”

The Unity ’18 Florida Campaign state partners include: FCBCP, FL BWR, SpeakHER, Inc., Florida Black Youth Vote, NAACP, S.E. Volusia County, Treasure Coast FL Links, Progressive Black Women of Pensacola, FL, Real Talk Coalition, Florida Rights & Restoration Coalition, Prophetic Women’s Voices of Florida and Haya Fashion Inc. Mentoring Community Organizers.   The following are comments from the campaign’s Florida launch partners:

Marian Harriel, Florida Black Youth Vote Coordinator - “As a youth in America, I am committed to ‘Stop the Hate and the Violence’ towards our community and in our community by holding conversations and leading the youth to the polls. It’s time for a Power Shift.”

Shayriaka (Shy) Morris, President, NAACP, S.E Volusia County - “I like being a strong link in the chain of sisterhood.   As a young woman receiving guidance from the generation before me, it keeps me pushing to assist the younger generation who is looking up to me to link them to the sisterhood of power and change.” 

Alberta Wilson, National Congress of Black Women Space Coast Chapter - “I am happy to be a part of the Power Shift and work in collaboration with other Black Women to lead our community into transformation.”

Deanna Smith, President, Prophetic Women’s Voices of Florida - “Women’s voices in Florida must be heard and crucial to the temperament of the state.  Women as a whole unit of voices will make the difference and the power shift.”

Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, Chapter President, Treasure Coast, FL Links - "Whenever you see the morals of a nation declining, it is an indication that the morals of the people within that nation have fallen.  I am happy to see that Black Women’s leadership has answered the call to a Power Shift.” 

Carol McIntosh, President, Progressive Black Women of Pensacola, FL - “I urge Black Women to become more progressive by leading their communities and young women and girls to a position of power.”

Sheena Meade, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Incentives, Florida Rights & Restoration Coalition - “Black women have proven that we can lead and win when we strategize together.  As a young Black Women, I am motivated by the Power of the Sister Vote.”

Sharon Madison, Co-Chair, Real Talk Coalition - “Black Women must lead and be a part of the conversation when it comes down to our children and education equity, for that reason, our voices must be heard at the polls this year.”

Dr. Johnica Bennett, President, SpeakHER, Inc. - “It’s vital that women’s healthcare in our communities become a game changer.  I am committed to, and practice, women’s healthcare in an underserved rural area.  These women appreciate that even as a seasoned professional, I still look just like them.  The power of the sister vote at the polls will ensure that healthcare will work in their favor.”

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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. For more information visit: www.ncbcp.org or www.unitycampaign.org

The Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation (FCBCP) is the state-based affiliate of the NCBCP.  FCBCP assists in developing the communities we serve to reach their highest potential and has expanded our programs in fifteen counties across the State of Florida.  FCBCP’s primary focus is to empower Black women, girls and youth in underserved communities via educational activities in the areas of education, health, wealth, and voter education.   www.fcbcp.org

 

 

COALITION OF BLACK WOMEN LEADERS PARTNER IN CAMPAIGN TO GALVANIZE OVER 150,000 BLACK WOMEN TO VOTE IN HISTORIC GEORGIA ELECTION

 The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation ((NCBCP) and Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) Launched a Black Women-Led Coalition Campaign in Georgia Focused on Leveraging the Power of Black Women’s Leadership and Vote In the 2018 Mid-Term Election Cycle and Beyond

 

May 23, 2018 – Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), is mobilizing Black women across the country to get out the vote in the months to come leading into the 2018 Midterms. After spending several days in Georgia, canvassing, getting out the vote, conducting phone banking and going door-to-door, momentum is building to elect progressive candidates that are committed to the issues Black women care about.

 

Along with get out the vote efforts, robocalls were placed from Black celebrities including Sheryl Lee Ralph, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, Susan L. Taylor and others for a digital social media campaign targeted in Georgia to over 80,000 households of Black women voters. Yesterday, election day, rides were provided to the polls and poll monitors were deployed to help protect voters as a partner with Election Protection. Read More

 

NATIONAL COALITION ON BLACK CIVIC PARTICIPATION AND

BLACK WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE LAUNCH  

NATIONAL UNITY ’18 BLACK VOTING & POWER BUILDING CAMPAIGN IN GEORGIA

Campaign Focused on Leveraging the Power of Black Women’s Leadership and Vote

In the 2018 Mid-Term Election Cycle and Beyond

 

May 11, 2018 (Washington, DC) – The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) launched the Unity ’18 Black Voting & Power Building “Time4APowerShift” National Campaign (Unity ’18) on May 10th in Atlanta, Georgia. The NCBCP Unity ’18 is a non-partisan national campaign that is laser-focused on leveraging the power and impact of the Black vote and collective leadership, with a special emphasis on the South, Black women, young voters and returning citizens across the country---where the Black vote will be key to shifting political power nationally and in states across the country, including AL, FL, GA, MD, MI, MS, NC, OH, PA, VA and the District of Columbia. 

Unity ’18 is phase one of a four-year campaign that includes developing and organizing a long-term Black political and economic power-building strategy that includes the 2018 Mid-Term Election Cycle, 2019 Election Cycle, 2020 Presidential Election, 2020 Decennial Census and the 2021 Redistricting Fair Representation Process that will determine the balance of political power for the next decade and beyond.  Read More

 

NATIONAL COALITION ON BLACK CIVIC PARTICIPATION AND

BLACK WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE LAUNCH  

NATIONAL UNITY ’18 BLACK VOTING & POWER BUILDING CAMPAIGN IN GEORGIA

Campaign Focused on Leveraging the Power of Black Women’s Leadership and Vote

In the 2018 Mid-Term Election Cycle and Beyond


May 11, 2018 (Washington, DC) – The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) launched the Unity ’18 Black Voting & Power Building “Time4APowerShift” National Campaign (Unity ’18) on May 10th in Atlanta, Georgia. The NCBCP Unity ’18 is a non-partisan national campaign that is laser-focused on leveraging the power and impact of the Black vote and collective leadership, with a special emphasis on the South, Black women, young voters and returning citizens across the country---where the Black vote will be key to shifting political power nationally and in states across the country, including AL, FL, GA, MD, MI, MS, NC, OH, PA, VA & the District of Columbia. Read More

 

156 Civil and Human Rights Groups Call for Stronger Response to Hate Incidents

WASHINGTON –The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 155 civil and human rights groups today called upon the Executive Branch to respond more quickly and forcefully to hate-based incidents, which have been occurring at an alarming rate in recent months.  The statement follows:

“Our diversity is part of what makes America great, and incidents motivated by hate are an affront to the values we share. No one should face acts of violence or intimidation because of their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, or national origin.

Just this year, we have seen an alarming increase in accounts and reports of hate-based acts of violence and intimidation. READ MORE


Civil Rights Groups Meet with Attorney General Sessions, Condemn Recent Rollbacks

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on behalf of civil rights leaders from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Action Network, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and the National Urban League after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on a wide range of issues affecting the civil and human rights of all Americans. This marked the first in-person meeting between these organizations and Attorney General Sessions.

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JOINT STATEMENT OF BLACK WOMEN LEADERS ON SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL’S ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE WORDS OF MRS. CORETTA SCOTT KING

The undersigned are prominent African-American women leaders and we write to express our outrage at the actions taken last night by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican majority on the Senate floor.

Last night, on the floor of the Senate, Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered a powerful statement in opposition to the nomination of Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions to be Attorney General of the United States. Senator McConnell interrupted Senator Warren when she began quoting a letter written by Coretta Scott King, the wife of renowned civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. Senator McConnell said Senator Warren had "impugned the motives and conduct" of Senator Sessions.

In 1986, Coretta Scott King, a prominent civil rights activist in her own right, wrote a nine-page letter opposing the nomination of Jeff Sessions to a federal district court judgeship. She focused on Sessions' targeting of voting rights champions,  and Dr. King's colleagues Spencer Hogue, Albert Turner, and Evelyn Turner.

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NCBCP CONVENE'S BLACK POLITICS & POWER BUILDING’ GATHERING IN ATLANTA

Election Results Assessed; Next Steps Planned To Strengthen Black Voting Power, Preparing For Census 2020/Redistricting

January 31, 2017 (Washington, DC) – The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), and a number of its partners and allies, spent the weekend of January 27 and 28 “going deep” to analyze what happened in the local, state and national 2016 elections.  The “Black Politics & Power Building Organizing Convening (2017 – 2022),” was held in Atlanta, GA to engage in critical strategy discussions to expand, build and  increase Black civic, political and voting power in the South and other key states across the nation.

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