Event Salon: Our Conversation on Black Women's Political Leadership
Friday, September 27, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)
EVENT DISCUSSION: BLACK WOMEN & POLITICAL LEADERSHIP
in collaboration with Higher Heights of America
with Congresswoman Barbara Lee
"Our Conversation on Black Women's Political Leadership"
Geoffrey's Inner Circle
410-14th Street, Oakland, CA
Saturday, September 28th
2pm - 4pm
Special invited keynote speaker Congresswoman Barbara Lee
As most know, the work of Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) has been to empower, engage, and support Black women in the political process in the state of California since 1968. In 2000, BWOPA established its non-profit The Training Institute for Leadership Enrichment (TILE) to help scores of Black women strengthen and hone their leadership skills in order to increase their numbers in public leadership.
Today, BWOPA/TILE is excited to partner with a dynamic, like-minded organization, Higher Heights for America. Together, the organizations will create a long-term national strategy to build, expand and support a leadership pipeline at all levels for Black women to proactively use their political power to influence and impact public policy and elections. Because we now need to get more people involved, we ask you to join us in a focused discussion on Black women's political power and leadership and how we can collectively effect change by 2020. Information on how you can get involved is below.
Higher Heights for America is dedicated to harnessing Black women's political power and leadership potential. Like BWOPA/TILE, Higher Heights for America is effectively helping Black women move towards real political empowerment by arming them with the tools they need to engage, advocate, and lead their communities towards sustainable change. Together, we can maximize our impact!
Did you know that out of the 535 members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 98 are women: 78 in the House, 20 in the Senate? Of the 98 women serving in the 113th Congress, 15 are Black - that's 2% of Congress are Black women! Seventy-one women serve in statewide elective executive offices; only four are Black. In only one of the 100 major cities in America has a Black woman serving as mayor.
We find these numbers shocking, yet they explain a lot about the policies we sometimes see. Our nation's 22 million Black women are ineffectively served and represented. We can and must do better! We must galvanize our collective political power and engage in a long-term strategy to build an engaged electorate of Black women and recruit, train, support and elect more Black women to office at all levels.
Looking forward to hearing your voice on September 28th!
Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) mission is to activate, motivate, promote, support, and educate African-American women about the political process, encourage involvement, and to affirm our commitment to, and solving of, those problems affecting the African-American community.
BWOPA's purpose is to...
- Provide leadership, training and mentoring to insure participation in the political process; (TILE)
- Developing long-range strategies to insure representation of African Americans within the political spectrum.
- Articulate our collective positions on issues affecting African Americans;
- Develop collaborative linkages with other political organizations; and
- Preserve and chronicle the political experience of African American women in California.