AN OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS

An Open Letter to the United States Congress:

Founded in 1977, The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. is a national organization with a mission of educating and protecting the rights of African American women and their families, and represents more than 3 million women.

This Open Letter is being sent in support of women throughout the United States and the World. We understand the importance of recognizing the “person-hood” of women and their complete dominion over their bodies, including matters of pregnancy and reproductive health.

The statement from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg expresses our feelings about the recent direction taken by states that could lead to revisiting the longstanding Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision regarding women and their reproductive rights. She stated: “The decision of whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, well-being, and dignity. When the government makes that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a full adult human responsible for her own choices.”  Ruth Bader Ginsberg (2019).

The recent decision by Alabama lawmakers to make those who participate in performing an abortion guilty of a felony punishable with up to 99 years in prison portends a violation of civil and human rights.

 

OTHER NEWS

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

In 2008, the US House of Representatives designated July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, which is now known as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that “racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. are less likely to have access to mental health services, less likely to use community mental health services, more likely to use emergency departments, and more likely to receive lower quality care. Poor mental health care access and quality contribute to poor mental health outcomes, including suicide, among racial and ethnic minority populations.”

SPOTLIGHT FEATURE ON JACK AND JILL OF AMERICA, INC.

To be valued and loved. To know who you are and that you have the power to make a
difference. These are the aspirations that most mothers have their children. In 1938, in the midst
of the Great Depression, twenty African-American mothers in Philadelphia came together not to
hope or to dream, but to provide the opportunities, experiences, and life lessons that would
enable their children and others to live these truths. Their group became Jack and Jill of
America, Inc. – an organization that’s mission is as relevant today as it was some 80 years ago.

JUNE IS AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC APPRECIATION MONTH

This June, The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) joins our nation in celebrating the 40th Anniversary of African American Music Appreciation Month.

The month-long observance, which was first inducted on June 7, 1979, by President Jimmy Carter was christened as Black Music Month. President Barack Obama renamed the national observance as African-American Music Appreciation Month. The observance was created to recognize and celebrate the historical influence African-Americans have had on the music industry and is intended to pay homage to the many artists, writers, songs and albums that have inspired music lovers and shaped American pop culture.

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