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Legislative Learning Day 2017




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DWJ Fellows 2017 Accepting Applications

13543389_1470596937.0206.jpgBWOPA/TILE is excited to announce its third year of its Dezie Woods Jones (DWJ) Leadership Fellowship program.  This year, we will add new track for those interested in civic action.   Our early deadline is January 20th.   Semifinalists will be invited to attend an interview session on January 28th in downtown Oakland.   To apply, click here.

BWOPA/TILE is seeking applicants between the ages of 20-35 for a highly selective, graduate-level, one year long program that prepares and develops emerging leaders.   We look for those interested to become innovators of public policies and public leaders, activists, campaign managers and organizers to positively impact their communities.
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BWOPA/TILE supports, Let’s Declare December 3rd the United Day of Women


Now more than ever, it’s up to us to turn individual passion into collective action and organize around the issues facing our communities. 

That’s why we’re calling on you to join us in declaring December 3rd the United Day of Women. This nationwide day of action will serve as a way for communities across the country to stand united and discuss the issues most important to them – while receiving tools, resources, and grassroots organizing tactics from movement leaders.

Host a house party in your neighborhood and rally the people in your life who are ready to fight to protect the progress we’ve made as a movement.

But don’t stop there. Post about it on social media and tag friends challenging them to host an event too. These events aren’t just for women, invite anyone in your life who cares about equality – because change is a “we” thing.

Head over to the United State of Women Facebook page to get the details and the materials you’ll need to host your own #UnitedDayofWomen house party!

In solidarity,
The United State of Women Team
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Dezie's 75th & Ella Hill Hutch Awards



State Pres. Hon. Dezie Woods Jones, Richmond Chapter Pres. Kathleen Sullivan, former Richmond Mayor Irma Anderson, Richmond Chapter leaders Joey Smith, Tanya Brown & Rev. Carl Jones


Oakland Chapter Pres. Dr. Kimberly Mayfield Lynch & Oakland Honoree Nyeisha DeWitt, Ed.D.


State Pres. Hon. Dezie Woods Jones & Oakland Chapter VP Simone Thelemaque with daughter Ainye


State Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, BWOPA Lifetime Member & former Man of the Year



BWOPA/TILE Main Horses (Past & Present) w/ State Pres. Hon. Dezie Woods Jones & Executive Director LaNiece Jones


 Birthday girl w/ longtime friends - Peggy, Alona, Alfreda, Carol




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Organizing For Power-East Bay Candidate & Voter Education Forum

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Legacy Leadership Sister's Circle

Legacy Leadership Sisters Circle in Madera, CA.  Huge thanks to AT&T, The California Endowment and PG&E!  Engaged circle conversations "What's Your Super Power?", "Educational Change"; "Understanding the Culture of Police"; "Community, Education Leading to Economic Stability"; & the young leaders circle - Being a Minority in the Classroom"




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Congratulations to the Inaugural HerStory Empowers 2016 Finalists - #‎6under40

Thank you to all our sponsors, partners, attendees and guest speakers who made last night extra special!





HEALTH: Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto

TECHNOLOGY: Alafia Stewart  

EDUCATION: Sally Nuamah 

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6 under 40!





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Legislative Day 2016


BWOPA / TILE State President Dezie Woods Jones, and Executive Director LaNiece Jones thank the Annual Legislative Learning Day planning team and attendees for ensuring this year's event was a grand success.

This year of the 80 attendees, close to 35 were students from West Contra Costa Unified School District who engaged with state legislators and toured our State Capitol.  Focus bills included AB1644, AB2200, AB2434, AB1575, AB2498 and SB966.    (See below legislative bill package)


Students and members met in the offices of over 15 legislative members and their staffers to include Senator Isadora Hall, Senator Hancock, Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Tony Thurmond, Dr. Shirley Weber, Kevin McCarthy, Chris Holden, Reggie Sawyer Jones and Mark Ridley Thomas.


Throughout the day, members visited our hearing room in the Legislative Office Building to give special remarks opening with Assemblymember Jim Copper, followed by Assemblymember Shirley Weber's legislative representative Rory Kaufman, and Assistant Chief Clerk Sue Parker. BWOPA's former 1st VP and now Senator Holly Mitchell facilitated the end of day debriefing session.

Sincere gratitude to Oakland / Berkeley Assemblymember Rob Bonta's office for serving as our Capitol host for the day and Chief Clerk Dotson Wilson's office for our educational collateral.

Special thanks to our Richmond/Contra Costa Chapter - President Kathleen Sullivan, Pamela Price, Uche Uwahemu, Cesar Zepeda, Tanya Brown and Janie Anker - for mobilizing over 50 students, chaperones and members from the Richmond area. 

Oakland/Berkeley Chapter members were joined by Dezie Woods Jones Public Policy Fellows Fatima Alleyne, Ashley Chambers, Tamisha Torres Walker, Amelia Neal, Charlette Viney and Shahidah Lacy.

See you all next year! 

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DWJ Fellows Session #1

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