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WBWPC 45th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, September 11th, 2021

The Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc. (WBWPC), will celebrate its 45 years of political action and advocacy to Westchester County on Sunday, October 17, 2021 @ 4 PM at Castle Royale, 92 Waverly Street, Yonkers, New York.  Please join us as we honor our own.  This year, ten politically savvy and community grounded women will be honored for their contributions throughout the years to Westchester County and beyond. The Lifetime Achievement Awardees are:

~Jean Anderson, New Rochelle

~Diane Atkins, Mount Vernon

~Hon. Eddie Mae Barnes, Greenburgh-White Plains

~Hon. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Mount Vernon

~Hon. Pearl Quarles, New Rochelle

~Joanne Robinson-Boettcher, Yonkers

~Roberta Robinson-Frazier, Yonkers

~Hon. Alfreda Williams, Greenburgh-White Plains

~Posthumously, Matilda Gilbert, Democratic State Committee Member

~Posthumously, Karlene Virgo, Greater Peekskill Chapter Past-President

Please join us for an afternoon of fellowship and fun as we salute these phenomenal women.

***Guest Speaker: Hon. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYS Senate Majority Leader***

***Mistress of Ceremonies: Hon. MaryAnn Carr, Town Supervisor, Town of Bedford***

For more information, please contact one of the following:

Event Co-Chair, Lisa Nero James 914-882-6774

Event Co-Chair, Beryl Weaver 914-610-1130

WBWPC President, Subomi Macaulay 914-843-5637

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Women’s History Month Chucks & Pearls Brunch & Panel Discussion – Sun., Mar. 28 at 1:30 PM

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Please join us for our 2021 Women’s History Month Chucks & Pearls Virtual Brunch on Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM.
Come celebrate with us as we pay homage to our Vice President, the Honorable Kamala Harris and reflect on the quote of the late, great Lena Horne, “It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.”. Our panel will explore the works of Black Women, their status and the journey of their standing, how we have evolved. This is a fundraiser to raise funds to support Black women who are running for office.

  • Honoring first-responders & healthcare workers in Westchester County
  • Panel Discussion reflecting on the famous quote of the late, great Lena Horne, “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”
    Featuring our dynamic panelists….
    Autum A. Arnett, Communications Director, SHE SHOULD RUNhttps://www.sheshouldrun.org/
    Hon. Terry Clements, Westchester County Legislator & President, WESTCHESTER BLACK DEMOCRATS – https://www.theblackdems.com/
    Cydnei Drake, Southeast Region Program Manager, iGNiTE – https://ignitenational.org/
    Tiffany M. Gardner, CEO, REFLECT US – https://reflect.us/conversation-womens-political-leadership/
    Moderated by our own wonderfully conscientious
    Alexandria Connally, EdD, CEO & Founder, CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ENVIRONMENTS & DISCIPLINE
  • Trivia Contest Prizes
  • Prize for most fashion-forward Chucks (Be prepared to show them off!)
  • + Entertainment!

Accepting donations of $25 or more for this fantabulous event!
Please register at https://www/wbwpc.org/contribute/
Here’s the sponsorship opportunity form.
Please share this announcement widely with your family and friends and within all of your circles and networks.

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Defeat COVID-19 & Vaccination Info Panel

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Saturday, December 19, 2020 @ 2 PM

Please join us on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2 PM to learn more about the pandemic issues, become better informed about the guidelines and obtain all the details on the available vaccinations and the ones on the horizon. Our expert panelists:

Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA
Director of ICAP
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
Mathilde Krim-amFAR Professor of Global Health
Columbia University

Tsion Firew, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Advisor to the Ministry of Health
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

lend their expertise to answer your questions. The panel will be moderated by our own, Hon. Shawyn Patterson Howard, Mayor of the City of Mount Vernon.

Tell everyone you know and join us to become better informed as we all learn how to improve and safeguard our lives and our health and that of those we care about!

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/97919084349…
Meeting ID: 97919084349
Password: 541690

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Youth Rally & Open Mic Event

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

Please attend, bring your young ones (kids and young adults) and a chair and continue to spread the word throughout your organization and networks! We’re hosting a Youth Rally this Tuesday, August 11, 2020 in Greenburgh at Yosemite Park, 40 Yosemite Ave., White Plains, NY 10607. The new president of our Mount Vernon Chapter, Ke-Myra McCann will serve as the MC and DJ Tri-State Jericko will set the mood with music and Greenburgh’s own, KJ Leek will perform. The rally is for all the youth of Westchester County…. ***Be Inspired***Renew Hope & VOTE***  Info on Voting, Black Lives Matter, Black Votes Matter, the US Census & MORE will be covered and provided!
Our own Hon. NYS Senate Leader/President Andrea Stewart Cousins will be in attendance. Our special guests include…

– ALEXANDRIA CONNALLY, PhD, CEO & Founder, Culturally Responsive Environments & Discipline

– KRISTA B. CREACY, Co-Chair, FLY Life Young Adult Ministries, Union Baptist Church

– NICOLAS DAVIS, Westchester Youth Services

– VINCENT FIELDS, President, Westchester Young Democrats

– TYRAE WOODSON-SAMUELS, Deputy Director of Constituent Services, Office of US Congressman Eliot Engel 

Mr. Woodson Samuels and our own Dr. Connally will lead the guests in an inspiring conversation on getting out the vote and why youth must be involved citizens.

All youth, youth groups, advocacy groups similar to ours and the like are encouraged to support and participate! Plus, our own Colby Jenkins-Ceasar of Tasty Tuesdays will have her wonderful morsels and dinners for sale!

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Juneteenth Micro Summit on Racism & Policing – Sat., June 13, 2020

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

This micro summit via Zoom is about the crisis of racial injustice in American law enforcement reignited most recently by the brutal murder of George Floyd, killed by Minneapolis, Minn., police. As peaceful protests take place across the globe our participants will assist as we search for understanding and possible remedies.
Panelists:

  • Hon. Andrea Stewart-Cousins NYS Senate Majority Leader/President
  • Hon. NewYorkStateAttorneyGeneral Letitia James
  • Mayo Bartlett, Esq., The Law Offices of Mayo Bartlett PLLC
  • Ken Jenkins, Westchester Deputy County Executive
  • Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., Co-Founder, Westchester Coalition for Police Reform
  • Ret. Sgt. Paul Hood, President, Westchester Rockland Guardians Assoc., Inc.
  • Sorraya Sampson President & CEO, Urban League of Westchester County, Inc.
  • Reverend Erwin Lee Trollinger, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, White Plains, NY

Missed it? Click here for the video

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WBWPC CALLS FOR A REDRESS OF THE FOUNDATION OF OUR NATION – WHERE RACISM IS NO MORE IN MEMORY OF GEORGE FLOYD, BREONNA TAYLOR, AHMAUD ARBERY, SANDRA BLAND, KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN SR. AND COUNTLESS OTHERS

Monday, June 8th, 2020

As are most, the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc. is motivated by this pivotal moment in the middle of a global health pandemic.  Incited by the despicable manner of George Floyd’s murder, we are in awe of all the protests taking place in our nation and across the world during the pandemic to recognize #Black Lives Matter and it is our hope protest politics transform into a systematic dismantling and restructuring for substantive change.

There are no words to offer justice to the pain and anguish of racism and oppression. The knee on our collective neck is the structural racism that our country was built upon, it is persistent and pervasive in every aspect of our lives. We have lived with and taught our children unwritten survival protocols for generations.  We are afraid to simply go for a run, to drive, to sit in our homes and eat ice cream, or to even watch birds.

We also know that racism has taken every opportunity from us to feel like we can breathe without oppression in housing, education, health, and the criminal legal system. The public lynching of Black human beings takes our breath away and the constant structural racism is killing us slowly, leaving us gasping for air as we call out for real change through anti-racist policies.  What makes it hard to catch a breath is we know the system is not broken, for it was designed by white supremacist slave-owners, who kidnapped our ancestors and brought them to stolen indigenous land to protect their interest and the system is working just as it was designed to do.

Given the WBWPC’s 44-year old history and commitment to racial equity, a statement condemning the deaths of Black human beings at the hand of government-sanctioned racism should come as no surprise, and in fact, should be expected. We’re an organization of black women and we work to claim power at state and local levels of government, so our voice is important and needed.

We are encouraged by the diversity of the protest crowds and encourage all to speak out: to speak out to others, to those of differing backgrounds, to White people.  We need to help others understand to be anti-racist is to sit and listen without defense or fragility to people of color with lived expertise.  To study and understand the racialized history of our country and to consistently and persistently speak and act loudly and boldly and be more than an ally, but a co-conspirator for our shared liberation.  We need to center the voices of our people and speak out consistently to fix the problems, not just when there is another Black person killed for all of the world to see.

We support House and Senate Democrats’ broad police reform bill, Justice in Policing Act released on Monday in hopes of turning the energy of the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests into concrete legal changes that could make it easier to prosecute police misconduct.  We are supportive of this bill as it would ban choke-holds and no-knock warrants and lynching would become a federal crime for the first time.  The bill would also place new limits on federal funding for local and state police, requiring bias training and the use of de-escalation tactics in order for grants to be approved. The bill would curtail the transfer of military weaponry to state and local police.

We also support and call on building consensus for…

  • Police violence cannot be addressed in a vacuum, it needs to be addressed in a broader sense and structure involving legislation at all levels of government.
  • A strengthening of the accountability that exists between our communities and our law enforcement.
  • Federal verified registry with an accessible public database for transparency of prior disciplinary records of police officers
  • Reallocation of police funding
  • Full voting rights restoration
  • False race-based 911 reports should be considered hate crimes
  • Create a Federal Cabinet Secretary of Human Rights
  • Create a mental health component of the 911 system, so police would not be first responders to certain mental health 911 calls
  • Citizen/Community majority complaint review boards
  • The prioritization of public education as a civil right

by Jewel F. Williams, President

#BlackLivesMatter #SayTheirNames #SayHerName

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Global Health Pandemic: COVID-19

Monday, June 8th, 2020

The COVID-19 virus is still affecting people in Westchester County, we urge you to follow the guidelines and stay safe. In the United States, African-Americans are dying at devastatingly higher rates from COVID-19. Take every precaution and stay abreast of the latest information. Check out Essence magazine’s informational site.

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Annual Albany Leadership Breakfast – Sun., Feb. 16, 2020, 7 AM – 10 AM

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

We look forward to seeing you there! Select ‘Contribute’ on the right to buy tickets. You may also mail checks to: WBWPC, P. O. Box 213, Elmsford, NY 10523

Please join us for the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus’ Annual Leadership Breakfast during the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators’ Annual Legislative Weekend. Our Breakfast is always held on Sunday morning before the conference church service. Join us this year on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 7 AM at the Albany Hilton.
We’re super excited about our honorees and panelists…

The breakfast will also feature a silent auction, a cash 50/50 raffle, door prizes and our Alice C. Scott Award!
Tickets are $65 and available at… www.wbwpc.org/contribute

As your donation will help us to be a help to women of color running for elected office, we hope we can count on your support!

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How To Thrive (Not Strive) In Westchester For The Ladies – Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Our ‘How to Thrive (not strive) in Westchester for the Ladies’ Fall Workshop & Luncheon Fundraiser will be held at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, NY on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be served. We will also hold a 50/50 raffle and offer many free giveaways!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our theme is focused on women and ensuring awareness of the nuances of how to maneuver in Westchester County. We will host five workshop sessions and each will include a Q&A.  Our workshop presenters will also be honored during the luncheon and we’re super excited to have award-winning international speaker, best-selling author & founder of Destiny Designers University®, Dr. Stacie NC Grant (https://www.facebook.com/StacieNCGrant) as our celebrity guest host.  She will open the event with a motivational exercise and be absolutely delightful as our Mistress of Ceremonies during the luncheon portion.  We’ve planned the workshops to empower and energize our attendees and to assist them to not just strive, but actually offer key points so women can thrive in Westchester County.  
A portion of our proceeds will be donated to an organization focused on breast cancer awareness/research.  

The following workshops will empower and energize to not just strive, but actually offer key points so you can thrive in Westchester County…

STEERING YOUR CHILD THROUGH HIS/HER BEST EDUCATION
by : Andrea Coddett, EdD, Deputy Superintendent, Yonkers Public Schools
-How to lessen the learning, opportunity & achievement gaps
-Building better bridges between student/teacher/parent-guardian

‘I’M VOTING THREE TIMES A YEAR, BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN’
by Hon. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, NYS Special Advisor & Former NYS Senator, 6th District
-The importance on why every election matters and how votes matter starting at the local levels (included school district elections) and primaries
-How not to feel discouraged and/or overwhelmed by all the propaganda

THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, HOW TO IMPROVE & NAVIGATE IT
by:  Verris B. Shako, Esq., Verris B. Shako Law Firm
-How to get justice when the system seems so slanted
-Ways to combat racial barriers

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN WESTCHESTER’S CRAZY HOUSING MARKET
by:  Rev. L’Judie Matt-Simmons, President & CEO, LJ Sims, LLC
-What does affordable housing mean, where to find and how to obtain it
-Avoid sexism when buying

LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE:  WOMEN’S HEALTHCARE – A NECESSARY COMPONENT
by:  Judith Watson, BN, RN, MPH, Interim CEO, Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network
-Ways to promote knowledge for better health
-Reducing disparities experienced by minorities/women

The workshops will be super informative and your burning questions will be answered! Stayed tuned for a list of our co-sponsors as an indicator of all the brochures and informative literature available.

Please consider purchasing an advertisement in our commemorative journal.  Here’s the form:  

WBWPC JOURNAL AD FORM – Oct 2019_FILLABLE

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Join Our Mount Vernon Chapter to Wind Creek Casino & Hotel

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Join our Mount Vernon Chapter on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 8 AM to 8 PM for a day of fun, shopping and dinner at Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Bethlehem, PA. The bus leaves at 8 AM from 14 North Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY. Another great time is guaranteed and you will support our Mount Vernon Chapter in their political and socio-economic endeavors. Call 914-606-0366 for more information.

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Join our Yonkers Chapter for their Annual Summer Soiree

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Join our Yonkers Chapter on Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 2 PM to 6 PM for their annual Summer Soiree fundraiser at 40 North Caribbean Kitchen & Bar, 100 River Street, 2nd Floor, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. A great time is guaranteed and you will support our Yonkers Chapter in their political and socio-economic endeavors. We look forward to seeing you!

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Mt. Vernon Chapter Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Join our Mount Vernon Chapter on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 4 PM to 7 PM for their annual fish fry fundraiser. A great time is guaranteed and you will support our Mount Vernon Chapter in their political and socio-economic endeavors. We look forward to seeing you!

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Join Us in Albany, NY for Our 37th Annual Leadership Breakfast

Thursday, January 24th, 2019
We look forward to seeing you there! Select ‘Contribute’ on the right to buy tickets and submit payments for journal ads. You may also mail checks to:  WBWPC, P. O. Box 213, Elmsford, NY 10523
WBWPC JOURNAL AD FORM_FILLABLE
Join us for a great breakfast and for great conversation with our ceiling breakers…
– NYS Senator, Senate Majority Leader & President Andrea Stewart-Cousins
– NYS Attorney General Letitia James
and enjoy a much need discussion lead by Sharon Nelson, Founder & CEO, Civically Rengaged Women (CREW)
with the Senator and our AG as well as our other honorees…
– Professor Janell Hobson, Chair, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, University at Albany, SUNY
– Gabby Seay, Political Director, 1199 SIEU United Healthcare Workers East
– Paul Webster, Community Outreach Director, NYS United Teachers (NYSUT)
– Rev. Dr. Roxanne Jones Booth, Co-Pastor, Riverview Missionary Baptist Church, Coeymans, NY

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Graduation Gift Ideas

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Give the ‘Gift of a Lifetime’!

A voter registration form and/or an absentee ballot is the gift that keeps giving!   It is a right we should not take for granted, it’s a right that defines our nation as a democracy.  Select one of these options that will populate the forms for your graduate or request a beautiful gift box sent directly to them, customized with their specific state’s forms and a personal note from you.

* * * Choose One or Both * * *

  1. Give the Gift of A Lifetime:  Voter Registration Form
  2. Is your graduate going away to school?  Remember to ensure his/her vote while away with an Absentee Ballot

Do you prefer an actual gift box?

The Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus would be honored to gift your graduate with this priceless gift.  Just email us at info@wbwpc.org with….

  1.  student’s name
  2.  their home state
  3.  their mailing address
  4.  and your personal note

and we will send a beautifully wrapped graduation gift box packed with both a voter registration form and an absentee ballot for their correct state and your personalized note.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Event – Leading Ladies of Westchester Awards Brunch

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Save-The-Date:

Saturday, October 6, 2018

at 11:00 AM

at the Westchester Marriott Hotel

670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Support us with a level of sponsorship and/or a journal ad:
WBWPC 1st Ladies Brunch Sponsorship & Journal Ad Form_FILLABLE

For tickets select the ‘CONTRIBUTE’ button on the upper right of this page.

Dear Supporters and Elected Officials:

The Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc. (WBWPC) is excited to host our 2018 Leading Ladies of Westchester County Awards Brunch at The Westchester Marriott Hotel, 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, New York 10591 on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM. 

We are a five-chapter, multi-partisan, political organization with chapters in the Greater Peekskill Area, Greenburgh-White Plains, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, and Yonkers.  For over 42 years, the WBWPC has been vital in promoting the inclusion of African Americans, women in particular, in all phases of the political process.  Your support at this event will assist us in continuing to project and pursue causes and candidates who believe in the improvement of socioeconomic issues (i.e.: poverty, disparities in health, low education levels, justice system inequalities, racism, etc.) and the political advancement of black women.

We request the pleasure of your company at our event recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness and honoring the following Leading Ladies in Westchester County who have demonstrated diligence in community involvement and exemplified true leadership.

Rev. Margaret Coleman, First Lady, Assoc. Minister & Christian Education Pastor, Messiah Baptist Church, Yonkers, NY

 

Pastor Lady Alonda Hassell, First Lady & Pastor of Training & Development, Kingdom Christian Cultural Center, Yonkers, NY

 

Hon. Nadine Hunt-Robinson, Esq., Common Councilperson, City of White Plains, NY & First Lady, First Community Baptist Church, White Plains, NY

 

Lynn McBride, Board Member, Southern Westchester BOCES Board of Education & Former President, City of Mount Vernon Board of Education

 

Dr. Brenda L. G. Smith, United Nations NGO Representative, World Federation of Methodist & Uniting Church Women; Former Superintendent of Schools, Mt. Vernon, NY & First Lady, Mount Hope A.M.E. Zion Church, White Plains, NY

 

Loretta Taylor, Chairperson, Planning Board, Town of Cortlandt, NY

 

Pamela Wheeler, Esq.

Lecturer, Graduate Sports Management Program, Columbia University, New York, NY; Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Bethesda Baptist Church, New Rochelle, NY & Former Director, WNBPA

 

We are happy to provide the biographies to share the many accomplishments of our honorees to create proclamations, should your office desire to present these wonderful women during our event.

The donation to attend the event is $ 85 per ticket in advance or $ 95 at the door.  You may also purchase a table of ten at a discounted price of $ 800.

We also seek sponsorships at the following levels: