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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a sponsorship package.
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[ 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
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
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.
Van Jones, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and Congressman Keith Ellison
2017 DWJ Fellow Tyffanie Wedding and Van Jones
Black women are integral to the well-being of their families, their communities and the nation as a whole. Through their work, entrepreneurship, caregiving, political participation, and more, Black women are creating opportunities for themselves, their loved ones, and improving the our economy and society. They have all the makings of what should be success, yet their contributions are undervalued and under compensated. Black domestic workers are particularly vulnerable because of the ways in which racial disparities, gender discrimination, and immigration status serve to further marginalize and disempower the very people who power our economy and push our democracy to be the best that it can be. Whether one examines Black women’s access to healthcare, earnings, or access to much needed social supports like childcare and eldercare, Black women are getting the short end of the stick, despite having contributed so much to the building of this nation.
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness month. This time of recognition and awareness is important to me considering the fact that I am a 44 year-old African-American woman who has dealt with asthma and allergies all of my life. My family and I are quite familiar with this disease in that my grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins as well as my own two children have all been diagnosed with some form of allergies and asthma.
Asthma is a chronic disease of the lung airways. When someone is having an asthma attack, their airways become inflamed and narrow as a result of reacting to "certain triggers", making it extremely hard for that individual to breath.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 3 million African-Americans have asthma. As a result of several risk factors which include poverty, poor housing and the inability to access quality healthcare, African-Americans are three times more likely to die from asthma-related illness than their white counterparts. Asthma is also the leading reason why kids miss school.
Although there is no cure for this disease, people with chronic asthma can have productive lives by taking the necessary steps to keep asthma under control.