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
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"
Thank you to all our sponsors, partners, attendees and guest speakers who made last night extra special!
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Candice Elder
CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Nola Brantley
ECONOMIC SECURITY: Lauren N. Peebles
HEALTH: Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto
TECHNOLOGY: Alafia Stewart
EDUCATION: Sally Nuamah
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.
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BWOPA's Annual State Board Retreat was held at the beautiful Pajaro Dunes Beach Resort in Watsonville, CA. The State Board was joined with the new DWJ Fellows.