GRATITUDE & GIVING
As we enter the season of gratitude and giving, The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) gives thanks for the 21 women’s organizations – sororities, civic, service, and faith-based – that serve as its National Collaborating Organizations (NCOs) and partners in protecting, securing and advancing the rights of millions of women worldwide. Together with our NCOs, BWA has established numerous programs to support Black women and their families. These include:
- Because We Care – a series of free forums that provide African-American women and their families with the information and resources to take better care of their loved ones and themselves.
- BWA GE All Faces Program – a partnership with GE Healthymagination that increases breast cancer screenings in the African-American community by conducting outreach activities that raise awareness about the importance of getting screened and utilized new technology, customized materials, and resources to help reduce breast cancer disparities.
- Four for 4 – Four People, Four Votes, Four Years, and Foresight – an initiative that engages the members of BWA’s National Collaborating Organizations in raising awareness, educating voters, and ensuring that at least four people, including themselves, vote on Election Day.
- Inform & Inspire – workshops that provide middle school girls in cities across the U.S. with the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics with African-American women who are working in these fields, and that encourage the girls to consider pursuing STEM-related degrees and careers, and
- The Bright Futures Awards – which recognize students whose academic achievements and service to school and community distinguish them as future leaders and success stories.
Your support of our collective efforts provides BWA and its NCOs with the inspiration and motivation to lift up Black women and to make sure that our voices are heard. In the coming months, we ask that you consider learning more about our organizations, taking part in one of the many activities we sponsor, or furthering our work by making a donation. The “National Collaborating Organizations” button on our homepage provides links to our NCOs. Here’s wishing you a safe and joyous holiday season!
WASHINGTON, DC – Friday, September 18, 2020 – The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) went on the offensive today, hosting a virtual town hall devoted to protecting and securing the voting rights of African Americans and other people of color during its 43rd Annual Symposium. Moderated by Heather McGhee, Board Chair, The Color of Change, a panel of prominent political activists and observers – including Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President, Repairers of the Breach and Co-chair, Poor People’s Campaign; Dr. Johnetta B. Cole, anthropologist, educator and Board Chair of The National Council of Negro Women, Inc.; Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., an esteemed author, commentator and Chairman of Princeton University’s Department of African-American Studies, and Aisha C. Mills, a nationally renowned political strategist and social impact advisor – discussed strategies for combatting voter suppression, registering and engaging African-American voters, and ensuring that they have the opportunity to make their voices heard.
The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) has partnered with Common Cause, an organization fighting for an accountable government, equal rights / opportunities / representation and empowering voices in the political process to get out the vote and protect the vote. This partnership will allow individuals and organizations to expand their community outreach by ensuring that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count.
The Election Protection Program provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive information and assistance at all stages of voting – from registration, to absentee and early voting, to casting a vote at the polls, to overcoming obstacles to their participation.
The Black Women’s Agenda endorses federal, state and local government public health warnings prescribed to mitigate the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS~CoV-2) (formerly called HCoV-19 and commonly called COVID-19).
The assertion that coronavirus only threatens older people has been debunked. While data is rapidly being compiled, COVID-19 is trending across all age demographics because of the potentially high transmission from virus shed in asymptomatic patients and the ability for the virus to remain infectious in the air for hours and on surfaces such as plastic and steel for days.