ABOUT US

The Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc., (WBWPC), the brainchild of Alice C. Scott and Joan Mosley, was founded in 1976.   The founding members were determined to expose and fulfill pivotal roles for black women in Westchester County politics.  For over 40 years, the WBWPC has been vital in promoting the inclusion of African Americans; women in particular, in all phases of the political process.  The WBWPC is a five-chapter, multi-partisan, political organization with chapters in Greenburgh, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Peekskill and Yonkers.

P.O. Box 213
Elmsford, New York 10523
wbwpc.org
Email: jewelwms@gmail.com
Phone: (646) 361-2594

The Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus (WBWPC) project and pursue causes or persons supportive of socio-economics and the political advancement of black women worldwide.

Many of our Caucus members are district leaders, state committee members, convention delegates, appointed commissioners, party chairs as well as community organizers.  Since its inception in 1976, the WBWPC has had the distinction of supporting members who have become ‘the first’ as elected officials in WestchesterCounty.  These ‘first’ have included county legislators, a comptroller, city/town council members, city/town clerks, majority leaders and most recently the Honorable NYS Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins was named the NYS Senate Democratic Conference Leader, the first female legislative conference leader in New York State history.

The Caucus is proud of all their members who hold elected office, which includes in addition to Sen. Stewart Cousins, NYS Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson; former County Legislator Pearl Quarles who was the first black woman appointed as a County Legislator; County Legislator Alfreda Williams who holds the seat formerly held by Lois Bronz, who is also a member and was the first black and first woman County Board Chair, both of whom were also firsts as well in the Town of Greenburgh, Lois was the first black Town Councilwoman and Alfreda was the first black Town Clerk; Mount Vernon City Councilperson Karen Watts-Yehudah (former Council President), former Town Councilwoman Eddie Mae Barnes and so many, many others. Of note are former members Judge Kathie E. Davidson, Supervising Judge of Family Courts in the 9th Judicial District of Westchester County, Judge Janet Malone of the same circuit, who is now a candidate for NYS Supreme Court, 9th District; as well as Town of Greenburgh Judges Delores Brathwaite and Arlene Gordon-Oliver, all were members until election to judicial office precluded them from maintaining membership.

Over the years, the WBWPC has been involved in numerous community-based and political projects…

 

  • For over 31 years, the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc. has a long-standing tradition of holding the Sunday morning conference breakfast of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc.  The 300+ breakfast attendees represent various unions with strongholds in New YorkState as well as many key political officials and community leaders.  Honorees have been African-American women and men who have made valuable contributions to their respective communities or their chosen profession through a variety of endeavors, such as politics, business, health and human/community services, education, religion and support of the unions.  A few of the past recipients have been Honorable Alexis M. Herman, 23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor, under President Bill Clinton; Catherine LeBlanc, former Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities under President Bill Clinton; Honorable David Patterson former NYS Governor; Honorable C. Virginia Fields, former Manhattan Borough President, New York City; Regent Adelaide Sanford, University of the State of New York; the late Honorable Shirley A. Chisholm, former US Congresswoman; Hazel Dukes, President, NYS Division of NAACP; Honorable Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYS Senator; Dr. Shirley A. Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Albany, New York; and African-American women in ministry, leading women in the Unions; outstanding men of courage; and the Caribbean Women’s Health Association.  Notably, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attended the Leadership Breakfast one year and addressed the audience about the importance of participation in the political process to affect positive change in our community.  Also notable is US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s annual attendance and last year’s keynote speaker, Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, The New York Amsterdam News.  This year the keynote speaker Joy Ann Reid, Managing Editor of TheGrio.com and a MSNBC On-Air Contributor will offer the keynote address.  The honorees are Dr. Alice P. Green, Executive Director of the Center for Law and Justice, Inc. and Fritz Reid, President of the Health Services Employees Local 768 of District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO.

Every year many Caucus members are participants of the many conference weekend workshops and forums.

 

  • Endorsed the NAACP’s redistricting plan in Yonkers;

 

  • Advocated for sanctions against South Africa in the ‘80’s;

 

  • Supported the candidacy of the first African-American County Legislator, Herman Keith

as well as Ernie Davis’ candidacy to the Westchester County Board of Legislators;

 

  • Supported and campaigned for Jessie Jackson’s presidential run.  Facilitated his visit to

Westchester and a $50K donation to his campaign;

 

  • Supported the candidacies of the first African-American mayors in New York, Ronald

Blackwood of Mount Vernon and Richard Jackson of Peekskill;

 

  • Attended the swearing in ceremony of the Ambassador to Gambia, Ruth Washington in WashingtonD.C.

 

  • Attended the inauguration of the first elected African-American mayor of New York City, David Dinkins.

 

  • Assisted in securing State funds to launch the FamilyResourceCenter in Peekskill which was the brainchild of two members, Vera McCorvey and Leola McCoy;

 

  • Cosponsored WestchesterCounty’s Women’s Equality Day, which celebrated the Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, and through the Caucus’ recommendation the FamilyResourceCenter received the project of the year award;

 

  • Maintain a working relationship and an on-going dialogue with the leadership of both

major political parties and other key politicians within the County of Westchester;

 

  • Watchdog relevant and crucial issues by regularly attending local and county government

meetings;

 

  • Supported President Barack Obama’s campaigns; many of us attended both inauguration

ceremonies in Washington, DC;

 

  • On-going support and campaign assistance for Caucus members running for office/re-

election as well as other black women (potential members) who seek elected office;

 

  • On-going voter registration and voter education efforts. The WBWPC proudly touts

registering over 1,000 new voters in one year;

 

  • Supports other community organizations that have a positive impact on the lives of Westchester residents, such as the local branches of the NAACP and the local office of the Urban League;

 

  • On a national level, WBWPC supports the efforts of the Congressional Black Caucus to secure equal rights and social justice and help solve the urban crisis.  Many Caucus members are regular attendees of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual National Convention in WashingtonDC;

 

  • Caucus members supported the founding of the National Black Women’s Political Caucus founded by C. Delores Tucker, known today as the National Congress of Black Women;

 

  • Host candidate forums and sponsor Black Women’s Leadership Roundtable Forums, which allow the leadership of various women’s organizations and agencies, along with women of influence in Westchester, to network and develop a vehicle to support common agendas;

 

  • The WBWPC also participates annually in the Westchester County Juneteenth Parade Celebration as well the African-American Heritage Celebration Day at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla, New York;

 

  • The WBWPC also maintains particular interest in current political affairs, keeping abreast of pertinent issues affecting the black community and advocating through letters and protests to promote empowerment and justice.

Because of a strong spirit and dedication, the members of the WBWPC have volunteered their time, energy and ideas to the enhancement of the organization. They have moved forward together, united in the goals of the organization, and focused on the political future for Westchester County.

Officers
2017 – 2018

Jewel F. Williams
President
Greenburgh

Subomi Macaulay
1st Vice Prseident
Yonkers

Phyllis Shelton
2nd Vice President
New Rochelle

Jean Anderson
Corresponding Secretary
New Rochelle

Keturah Hadley
Recording Secretary
Greater Peekskill Area

Nora Boggs
Financial Secretary
Greater Peekskill Area

Chrystalia King
Treasurer
Greenburgh

Ronnie Cox
Immediate Past President
Mount Vernon

Chapter Presidents

  Karlene Virgo
Greater Peekskill Area

Hon. Eddie Mae Barnes
Greenburgh

Diane Atkins
Mount Vernon

Schevon Holden
New Rochelle

Cynthia Miller
Yonkers

 

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