2018 BWOPA Turns 50!

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BWOPA TURNS 50

Stay tuned for our 2018 calendar of celebratory events!

Founded in 1968 by 12 politically active women from various Bay Area cities under the leadership of San Francisco community leader Edith M. Austin, it was Paul Cobb, political activist, running for Oakland City Council, who labeled the group Women Organized for Political Action.

BWOPA's founding member, former Oakland Vice Mayor and California State President Hon. Dezie Woods Jones reigns over eight (8) chapters throughout California today.  Surviving founding members of the 12 also include former Oakland School Board member Hon. Alfreda Abbott and renowned TV Journalist Belva Davis.   Founding members in memoriam are Margaret Amoureaux, Ruth Hagwood-Webb, Aileen Hernandez, Ella Hill Hutch, Mary Jane Johnson, Dorothy Pitts, Teola Sanders and Frances Taylor.  

Today BWOPA still asserts everything which affects the quality of life is in most ways political.  On this tenet, BWOPA’s primary goal is to educate, train, and involve as many African American women as possible in the political process.   

BWOPA's work is accomplished through our main organization BWOPA, our Training Institute for Leadership Enrichment (TILE), and our political action committee (PAC).  BWOPA commitment to addressing those core issues which adversely affect the African American community fall within the realm of Health, Education, Criminal Justice and Economic Security.

Interested in learning more about our 50th Anniversary celebratory events and serving as a partner, email staff@bwopa.org to request a sponsorship package.

BE A BWOPA GIRL:  It's BWOPA membership season and we welcome join one of our eight chapters.  CLICK HERE TO JOIN BWOPA Today!

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BWOPA Welcomes Solano/Napa Chapter

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NEW SOLANO/NAPA CHAPTER INTERIM OFFICERS INSTALLED w/ BWOPA State President Hon. Dezie Woods Jones & Regional Director Dr. Cassandra Joubert @Green Hive Spaces, Vallejo, CA with full house of over 50 black women who showed up and out!
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K. Patrice Williams, JD - President
Latressa Wilson-Alford - Vice President 
Danette Mitchell - Secretary
Peggy Cohen-Thompson - Political Education
Hon. Dezie Woods Jones - BWOPA State Board President
Cassandra Joubert, ScD - State Regional Director / State Board Health Policy Advisor
[ Not Shown ] - Shontell Beasley - Treasurer and Lynette Henley - Parliamentarian 

[ 2018 NEW PAID MEMBERS ] K. Patrice Williams, Latressa Wilson Alford, Janet Hubbard, Danette Mitchell, Vanessa Calloway, Lynette Henley, Jacqueline Jones, Elissa Stewart, Hon. Brenda Knight, Deborah Dickson, Hakeem Brown, Sheila Johnson, Elissa Stewart, Janet Hubbard, Verneal Brumfield, Nathell Glover Buford

[ 2018 LIFETIME MEMBERS ] Eileene Tejada, Jacqueline Jones, K. Patrice Williams

For more information on the Solano/Napa Chapter, contact patrice@brandgov.com and LIKE BWOPA Solano/Napa on Facebook!

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Let's Talk!

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Enjoyed an enlightening evening of Community Engagement at the "Let's Talk" event hosted by Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA). Congratulations to the 2017 Cohort of BWOPA/TILE DWJ Fellows.

These beautiful young sistah's did an excellent job presenting policy recommendations on a range of social issues that disproportionately impact the Black community from CSEC; Small Business Dev; Infant Mortality; to the Justice System. Congrats and wishing them much success! #BlackWomenLead #DWJFellows #BWOPA #Congrats #GreatEvent

"Letitia Henderson" #BWOPA/TILE Let's Talk 2017

 

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DWJ Fellows at Congresswoman Barbara Lee Political Forum with Congressman Keith Ellison and Van Jones

Saturday, June 24th at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Keith Ellison hosted a political forum moderated by Van Jones. 

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Van Jones, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and Congressman Keith Ellison

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2017 DWJ Fellow Tyffanie Wedding and Van Jones 

 

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