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.
“For over 54 years, Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), have been on the front-line encouraging Black women / Black people to become engaged in the political process. It is most critical now, even in the mist of this horrific pandemic, more than ever, that we encouraged, train and prepare African American women (and men) to step up. We need your leadership to help change suffocating, strangling policies that are literally killing our people... get off our necks, we need to breath!” exclaims President Woods-Jones
LaNiece Jones, executive director of BWOPA, also reflects on the importance of being counted and voting as a means of achieving social justice and equity. “As we embark on a new chapter in America’s civil rights movement, we must NEVER forget the sacrifices that our ancestors made to secure our right to vote. Our vote gives us the power to change the unjust policies and oppressive ideologies at the city, county, state and national levels.”
from the words of Fannie Lou Hamer,
“If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired”
This Is The Time to Exercise Your Power To VOTE!
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