If you are interested in running for office or exploring the possibility, then check out BWOPA's 2nd Annual
Level Up Your Game - Running for Office 2021 Masterclass - Sat. March 13, 12n - 3pm.
We have made it through the storm. It is with great optimism 2021 will bring us greater opportunities, possibilities, victories and impact as we carry out our mission engaging, empowering, uplifting and collaborating with our community, leaders and allies.
Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 20th from 9am to 1pm for what will be most inspirational day of our year -- Inauguration 2021.
We will plan to host a BWOPA Inauguration Watch Party. RSVP here!
Wishing you all a healthy and safe 2021!
p.s. It's that time of year to Renew (or to Join) your BWOPA membership. We have 9 chapters throughout the state to get engaged.
Click Here to Renew/Join one of our organizing chapters.
Caring for Our Community
Grab & Go Food Distribution @ Eastmont Mall
BWOPA Adopt a Day
in partnership with East Oakland Black Cultural Zone
Get Involved in the "Power of the Black Vote" initiative. Check Your Voting Status Today!
BWOPA and partners want to ensure all your paper work is in order. Now is the time to double check your voter profile to ensure you are registered, and that your name and address is the same as on your California ID, political party and more! It's easy and quick. Click here to check now!
Once you are done checking your voting status ... here is your 2020 election season checklist to review and share with others.
STATEMENT FROM BWOPA LEADERSHIP
The catastrophic events of 2020 have exposed America’s ongoing problems with institutionalized racism.
With the onset of COVID-19, our country’s lawmakers and leaders can no longer deny the health, economic and technological disparities that exist within communities of color. And now, as the world mourns yet another senseless murder of an unarmed, black man by the hands of inhumane policing practices, criminal justice reform is also being thrust into the reformation conversation.
All across the country, “fed-up” people have taken to the streets in protest, demanding justice for the murder of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. But protest alone won’t automatically translate into equality and justice for all. Social justice won’t be realized until marginalized and oppressed individuals are represented at all decision-making tables. The Honorable Dezie Woods-Jones, BWOPA’s State President offers some perspective on how to achieve this goal.
Separate and Unequal: The Compound Effect of Racial Inequality and COVID-19
co-authored by: De’Zhon Grace, Carolyn Johnson, & Treva Reid
A Viral Pandemic Meets America’s Pandemic of Inequality
Earlier this month both the New York Times and ProPublica wrote about the impact of COVID-19, reporting that in states where Black communities make up only a relatively small portion of the population, nearly half -- if not majority -- of all COVID-19 deaths are members of the Black community. This is largely due to environmental, economic and political factors that have compounded for generations, putting black people at higher risk of chronic conditions that leave lungs weak and immune systems compromised: asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. Redlining and environmental racism, for example, have consigned Black neighborhoods to breathing some of America’s dirtiest air, drinking contaminated water, and living in food deserts.Read more