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Join our Yonkers Chapter for a Summer Soirée

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Sunday, August 26, 2018

2:00 PM until 6:00 PM

at 40 North Caribbean Kitchen & Bar

100 River Street, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706

$65 per person

For more information, please contact our Yonkers Chapter President, Tai Johnson at 917-683-1274


Join our Mount Vernon Chapter for their Annual Champagne Fish Fry

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

at  70 Lorraine Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10553

$ 50 per person in advance

$ 55 at the door

Please make checks payable to:  Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus-Mount Vernon

RSVP/More Info: (914) 664-3218


Join Us… 36th Annual Leadership Breakfast – Featuring: Karine Jean-Pierre, Barbara Smith & Nantasha Williams

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

The Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus is more than pleased to announce their 36th Annual Leadership Breakfast during the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators‘ 47th Annual Legislative Conference at the Albany Marriott located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205. This year our annual breakfast theme is ‘The Revitalization of Integrity, Democracy & Justice’ . Although, we usually have a keynote speaker, this year we have planned a different format with an interview session/a conversation and we are excited to present Karine Jean-Pierre of, legendary activist Barbara Smith (‘Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around’) and Nantasha Williams of the Women’s March. All of whom will be led in conversation by the the esteemed Dr. Irma McClaurin, activist, anthropologist, awarding winning author & past president of Shaw University! We can’t wait for what promises to be a much needed in-depth, comprehensive & uplifting conversation with all of these wonderful sisters sharing their knowledge! . Our special Mistress of Ceremonies is Albany’s own Elaine Houston of WNYT’s News Channel 13 and our more than deserving honoree is Hon. Dorcey Applyrs, DrPH, Albany City Councilperson, Ward 1.

Click here for tickets


WBWPC Elects New President, Jewel Williams – Swearing-In of New Officers Held on Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

The membership of the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc. held elections on March 25, 2017 and elected new executive committee officers….

  • Jewel F. Williams, President
  • Subomi Macaulay, First Vice President
  • Phyllis Shelton, Second Vice President
  • Chrystalia King, Treasurer
  • Keturah Hadley, Recording Secretary
  • Jean Anderson, Corresponding Secretary
  • Nora Boggs*, Financial Secretary

The new officers were officially inducted at a wonderful swearing-in ceremony attended by over 50 members and guests on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Theodore D. Young Community Center in Greenburgh/White Plains, NY hosted by the Caucus Election Committee, chaired by Sandra Blackwood.

Jewel Williams

Jewel Williams offered the following remarks at the swearing-in ceremony as the Caucus enters a new, more progressive phase at this pivotal time….

I stand here this evening humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust our members have bestowed, and mindful of the legacy of our founders.

I thank the outgoing officers for their service and am grateful for their cooperation through this transition.

Fourteen Caucus members have now taken this oath for president and as I am the only one to do so for a third time, I do not take it lightly. The oath has been spoken during tides of success and progressiveness and also during ripples of apathy. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds. At these moments, the Caucus has carried on, not simply because of the skill or vision of those in office, but because the members have remained faithful to the ideals of our mission, and true to our founders’ vision.

It has been this way throughout the forty plus year history of the organization and it will continue to be during and beyond our tenure.

As with many political organizations, ours is in the midst of a re-boot. Our country, our state and our county is in flux… fueling involvement and activism’s rise…

  • There are networks of far-reaching media efforts to incite division and hatred.
  • Our wonderful immediate past president Obama is constantly misrepresented, a consequence of racism against him and irresponsibility on the part of many.
  • The balance of our Supreme Court was snuffed out last year by negligent Senate leaders
  • Health care is too costly, yet the Affordable Care Act is in jeopardy as are our community clinics and Planned Parenthood.
  • Our schools fail too many
  • A history of abuse and the inhumane treatment of people of color, especially our men, while in police custody is in the spotlight
  • Each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy swells the pockets of the wealthy while threatening our planet and our very existence.
  • On March 27th, a week before Equal Pay Day (Tues., April 4, 2017), with the swoop of Trump’s pen, one of his executive orders revoked years of workplace protections for women and minorities  He revoked President Obama’s 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order which required companies with federal contracts to heed 14 different labor and civil rights laws, including ones aimed at protecting parental leave, weeding out discrimination against women and minorities, and ensuring equal pay for women and fair processes surrounding workplace sexual harassment allegations
  • Both our state and county legislatures hold political turncoats who impede progress and disregard the very constituency who elected them.
  • NYS has the highest out-migration rate and we live in the county with the highest tax rate in the nation
  • Infrastructure is constantly referred to as being in need of much improvement, yet people of color do not land jobs on major projects
  • The NYS legislature cannot agree on a free college tuition bill and have yet to approve public school funding
  • Our state elected officials are debating on whether to not charge a 16-year old child as an adult
  • Funding for an ice-skating rink can take priority over funding for non-profit organizations that provide much needed services
  • The right of women to control their own bodies is somehow always up for discussion!

These are indicators of a crisis for our people.

The challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, the Caucus’ mission will be fulfilled many times over.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over indifference, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.  Tonight we reaffirm our enduring spirit; to honor our history; to carry forward and lend our precious gifts in pursuing our noble ideas of securing elected positions for women of color, advocating for socio-economic issues and solutions and of affecting meaningful change.

In reaffirming our greatness as an organization, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less.  Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated, but more often women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards progress.

They walked their communities carrying petitions, they manned phone banks, they held late night strategy sessions, they mentored and they trained and they spoke out when others could not find their voice.  Time and again these women struggled and sacrificed and worked in the name of progress and access.

They saw their roles as larger than the sum of our individual ambitions; they saw our seat at the table as greater than all our differences and they saw leadership as essential to a better life in our communities.  This is the journey we reaffirm today.

Everywhere we look, there is work to be done and there are some who will question the scale of our ambitions – but we will remind them what women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

It’s wonderful to see representation of some of our like-minded non-profit & advocacy organizations in the room because we plan to network, to collaborate and build upon our relationships.

In the words of President Obama, “What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.”  He also stated, “that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause and the force of our example.”

We the women of the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc. are the keepers of this legacy and guided by these principles we will meet our mission with greater effort and even greater cooperation and understanding.  This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that we are rooted in a strong and unyielding destiny.  A path set forth by those named… Alice Scott, Joan Mosley, Benilda Armstead-Jones, Delores Braithwaite, Lois Bronz, Willa Good, Ethel Harmon, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Joan Horton, Gwendolyn Lynch, May Morgan Robinson, Valerie Sommersille and Sioux Taylor and many, many other like-minded women who shared this vision of empowerment of Black women politically and economically.

As we forge ahead let us brave those rough tides of progression and just skip over momentary ripples of apathy…. We will endure what storms may come. Let it be said by future Caucus members that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back, nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried on with determination and we delivered.

In the words of one of our founders, the late Alice C. Scott, “If we change our way of thinking, work together, show that we mean business, things will change politically. But the onus is on us.”

Thank you and God bless you!



40th Anniversary Celebration – October 20th

Thursday, July 14th, 2016



                40 Years of Fighting for Political and Economic Equity  

Forty years ago, the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc., the brainchild of Alice Scott, Joan Mosley and other pioneering Black women within Westchester County, New York, collaborated with like-minded women, who shared a vision for improving socioeconomic conditions within their communities of color. Most notably, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, May Morgan Robinson, others, agreed fair, equal access to jobs; housing, daycare, capital, were achievable goals by using the power of our collective VOTE and the Ballot Box to force change.

The Civil Rights Movement and passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 had a profound impact on Black communities, nationwide. Here, Black women organized and joined forces to create a new political movement: thus, creating the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc.

Today, within our five chapters, members still hold true to the mission and have fulfilled the promise envisioned by Caucus Founders. Many have held powerful elected and appointed positions within state and local government, and through their efforts, became African American Women “Firsts.”

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins – “First” woman, African American Senate Democratic Leader, and “First” woman as Legislative Leader in New York State history. She is also on cusp of making history again by becoming Senate Majority Leader, pending results of November 2016 Election.

Honorable Ruth Hassell-Thompson – A Founding member, former State Senator, City Council President and current advisor to Governor, who organized Black women and community activists to create a new, strategic political alliance more representative of communities of color.

Honorable Pearl Quarles – “First”, African American woman elected by Legislators to serve on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Honorable Lois Bronz – “First”, African American woman elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators, and “First” to serve as Chair of the Board of Legislators.

Sandra Blackwell – A former Caucus President, current Owner/Publisher of Westchester County Press.

Overall, Caucus members have served as Senators, State Minority Leader, New York State Legislative Law Clerk, County Legislators, Judges, Elected Municipal Officials, School Board Trustees, District Leaders, City Marshall and prominent government officials, including County Deputy Commissioner. Members also launched non-profits, own corporations, and serve on non-profit and community Boards.

The Caucus will continue to build a strong political base, encourage citizens to vote, and help elect competent, effective representatives to ensure the vitality of our community.

Ms. Ronnie A. Cox
President, Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc., 914-522-3129


Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus 35th Annual Leadership Breakfast

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus 35th Annual Leadership Breakfast

Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus 35th Annual Leadership Breakfast

Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus  35th Annual Leadership Breakfast

Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus is pleased to announce the 35th Annual Leadership Breakfast is Sunday, February 14, 2016, at 7:30 a.m. at the Hilton Albany Hotel, Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY 12207. The Co-Chairs are Cynthia Miller,, of Yonkers and Charlene Blackwood,, New Rochelle.  The speakers include Wendy Lewis, Major League Baseball, who will advise on MWDBE contracts within the league of 30 teams, Wanda Williams, DC 37, on labor and unions. Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will cover founding of Caucus and strategy for growth, respectively. Former member, Judge Delores Scott Brathwaite will address challenges to voting and the Voting Rights Act. The Breakfast is $50 and the bus $15, and both can be paid through your chapter, mail or by credit card online at www.wbwpc/contributions/tickets. The bus will leave early Sunday morning from New Rochelle at 2:30 a.m. and Greenburgh at 3:00 a.m., departing Albany around 12:15 p.m. after church service. Call Mary Smith of Greenburgh, (914) 632-3827, to reserve a seat on bus.

Please share the attached Breakfast announcement with your friends and contacts.


An Evening of Wine, Food & Live Performance

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

12185288_995385443846174_496550613165715918_oWestchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Incorporated is looking forward to all Caucus members and their guests joining us in a celebratory launch of the 40th Anniversary of the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Incorporated on Sunday, November 8th, at 4pm. This milestone celebration will be a soulful evening of jazz, delicious food and dynamic guests at a fabulous venue. Infusion is an American Tapas Music Lounge, located at 600 Fifth Avenue in the Village of Pelham. Ticket price is $85. Please call Roselyn Witter Co-Chair 914.588.3994 or Phyllis M. Shelton Co-Chair 646.201.6597. See flyer for further additional details.


Roof Top Party

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

11738102_865381503549367_1747758061441613281_nPlease join the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus – Yonkers Chapter Roof Top Party at Elements Foods & Spirit. Sunday, August 23, 2015, 4pm. Contribution: $35, includes 1 drink. After 1st drink $5 happy hour.


Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc. Mount Vernon Chapter “Champagne-Fish Fry”

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Mount Vernon 2015 Champagne - Fish Fry


Westchester Black Women’s Political Chapter Presents: Politics 101

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

WBWPC Yonkers Chapter 2015 Politics 101


Greater Peekskill Area Chapter Annual Spring Luncheon

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Peekskill Annual spring Luncheon


34th Annual Leadership Breakfast

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

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Save the date – WBWPC Jazz At Villa Lewaro, The Estate of Madam C.J. Walker

WHEN: Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 4pm – 8pm.

For information contact Ronnie A. Cox, President, WBWPC (914) 522-3129.  THE TICKET DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014. ADVANCE TICKET SALES ONLY. NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR.




Held During 42nd Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators in Albany, NY
2013 Keynote Address Presented By: Joy Ann Reid, Managing Editor of and an On-Air Contributor on MSNBC. She is also a political columnist for The Miami Herald and editor of the political blog The Reid Report.


•Ÿ  Dr. Alice Green, Executive Director, Center for Law and Justice, Inc., Albany, NY

Ÿ•  Fitz Reid, President, Health Services Employees Local 768 of District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO

We will also proudly present the Alice C. Scott Award to one of our deserving members.

Jan 26 Host: Greenburgh
May 18 Host: Greater Peekskill Area
Jun 22 Host: Yonkers
Aug 24 Executive Board Meeting – Location TBD
* The host chapter will determine meeting location. Please email ( ) for details of any upcoming meeting or event.


Save the date – WBWPC Jazz At Villa Lewaro, The Estate of Madam C.J. Walker

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
WHEN: Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 4pm – 8pm.
For information contact Ronnie A. Cox, President, WBWPC (914) 522-3129. THE TICKET DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014. ADVANCE TICKET SALES ONLY. NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR.




Please Join Us – WBWPC Women’s History Month Gratitude Tea – Sat., Mar. 22nd at 3 PM

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Hi All–
Please join us and invite all you know to attend our Women’s History Month Celebration

A Gratitude Tea

on Saturday, March 22nd from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Kathleen’s Tea Room, 979 Main Street, Peekskill, NY 10566.

There’s a $ 10 door charge and you’re asked to spend a minimum of $ 10 on delicious tea and food.

WBWPC Women's History Mnth Gratitude Tea Invite

Please join us as we offer gratitude to one of our living legends…. 

Dr. Olivia J. Hooker, who is the first African-American woman to serve in active duty in the United States Coast Guard.  Dr. Hooker was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 1915, and is a survivor of the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma Race Riots. She was 6 years old when an angry mob of white men charged into her house, robbed it, and torched her backyard and community. Dr. Hooker founded the Tulsa Race Riot Commission to seek justice and restitution for race riot survivors. Dr. Hooker and other survivors testified before Congress in 2007 to fight for reparations, but the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. To this day she speaks about the importance of education and rights for all before organizations and houses of worship throughout Westchester. President Obama, former president Clinton and the New York State Legislature have all honored her work.
Dr. Hooker is a graduate of Ohio State University. She taught third grade for seven years, before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1945 during World War II. She battled the Navy over admittance. After being refused twice, she was finally admitted, but chose the Coast Guard instead. She earned a Master’s degree in Psychological Services from Colombia University’s Teachers College and she earned her doctorate from the University of Rochester where she was one of only two black female students. Her pioneering spirit and hard work helped other women and minorities gain access to higher education in future years. She served as a Director at New York’s Kennedy Child Study Center for 22 years. During this same period she also taught in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University. She retired from Fordham in 1985 as an Associate Professor.
Dr. Hooker also worked at the Fred S. Keller School for Behavior Analyses evaluating candidates for special schools and supervising school psychology interns. She retired a second time in 2002. She was a founder of the American Psychological Association’s Division 33, an organization of specialists who research and treat intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Hooker is widely respected in her field. She has delivered papers on child assessment at conferences in Rome, Bologna, Egypt and in many U.S. cities. During her 60 years as a White Plains resident, Dr. Hooker has received countless awards and recognition for her service to her community and country. Even at the age of 99 years old, Dr. Hooker is still a much sought after speaker and continues to inspire young and old alike.

Not only is this Gratitude Tea meant as a celebration of Dr. Hooker, but is an open house to introduce, expose and recruit women to our organization, hence the minimal charge… so please join us on March 22nd and forward this invite/announcement to as many as possible.
This Gratitude Tea is taking place at a future WBWPC Greater Peekskill Area Chapter member’s establishment so we have even greater reason to be supportive!
Looking forward to seeing you on March 22nd!


WBWPC Announces 33rd Annual Leadership Breakfast – Sun., Feb. 16, 2014 @ 7:30 AM, Albany, NY

Friday, January 17th, 2014
* * * * *  U P D A T E * * * * *
The Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc. proudly announces THE Honorable Andrea Stewart Cousins as their 33rd Annual Leadership Breakfast keynote speaker !
Post Card
You are cordially invited and we are looking forward to your attendance at our 33rd Annual Leadership Breakfast during the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators‘ 43rd Annual Legislative Conference at the Hilton Albany located at State and Lodge Streets, Albany, NY 12207.  This year we proudly announce our theme:  ‘1st Ladies – Breaking Barriers’ with our special honorees…
Letitia James
Hon. Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate
the first African American woman to be elected to citywide office in New York City
Charles, Carmen
Carmen Charles, President, Local 420, New York City Municipal Hospital Employees Union
The first African American woman president of Local 420
Porter, Cornelia
Cornelia P. Porter RN, FAAN, Associate, State University of New York at Albany, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities
The first African American to be promoted to associate professor with tenure in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan in 1995

Tickets are $ 50

Click here for tickets.


or checks can be mailed to our address at…
P. O. Box 213, Elmsford, NY 10523


We promise to end in plenty of time for you to attend the 10 AM Conference Church service!


Email us at  for more information and/or with your RSVP.


The Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc is very excited and we look forward to seeing you on Feb. 16th!

Seasons Greetings from the WBWPC !

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Season’s Greetings

from the

Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

We wish you peace and joy in the New Year

happy kwanzaa


WBWPC Yonkers Chapter Hosts Affordable Care Act Public Information Fair & Forum

Friday, January 17th, 2014

More than 100 Yonkers families flooded the Yonkers Riverfront Library in downtown Yonkers on Saturday, November 23rd to learn more about new health care options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare.

WBWPC Yonkers chapter hosted a free public information fair and community forum for residents and joined with local health access experts, health insurance providers and community groups to educate and enroll Yonkers families for health care in the new insurance marketplace.

Other experts and health care providers provided valuable information on important health care resources locally available for low-income and working families.  “The Caucus is proud to have partnered with these community based organizations that share our mission of expanding access to health care in Yonkers,” said Rosalyn Witter, WBWPC Yonkers Chapter President.

“This Information Fair and Forum created an opportunity for uninsured Yonkers families to access community resources and information that can help them understand their options during the open enrollment period.”

For more information or to sign-up for health insurance thru the Health Insurance Marketplace/Affordable Act please click here.

Health Care Forum Pic


WBWPC Mount Vernon Chapter’s Nichelle Johnson Receives 914 INC./Westchester Magazine 2013 Women In Business Award

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Our very own Nichelle A. Johnson, who is the City of Mount Vernon’s Corporation Counsel and Acting Chief of Staff was an awardee of 914INC’s 3rd Annual Women In Business Award during their luncheon on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown, NY.  It was a salute to 16 of Westchester County’s most successful and influential female business leaders.  Click here for more information.

Johnson, Nichelle


WBWPC Announces Endorsements

Monday, November 4th, 2013

As the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus is a five-chapter, multi-partisan, political organization with chapters in Greenburgh, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Peekskill and Yonkers the organization made great efforts to be all-inclusive of all candidates from all parties.  The WBWPC contacted all County candidates since August for the candidates to participate in their October 19th candidate’s forum and to also submit questionnaires. Attributable to the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus’ mission to project and pursue causes or persons supportive of socio-economics the WBWPC endorses the following:  Click here for the details




WBWPC Accepting Candidates Questionnaires for 2013 County Elections in Advance of Candidates Debate/Forum on Oct. 19, 2013

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

With primary season now over, the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc. announced it is accepting questionnaires for candidate endorsements.

The Caucus is accepting questionnaires for both judicial positions and Westchester County Executive, Legislators and Clerk (available below and in fillable/pdf format via email at in advance of their Candidates Forum on October 19, 2013 at 11 AM.

Candidate Questionnaire (Westchester County Executive, Legislator and Clerk Candidates)

Judicial Candidate Questionnaire

The event will be held in the auditorium of the Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Plaza, Yonkers, NY 10701 and candidates for County Executive, Legislators and Clerk have all been invited.

The Caucus has a tight schedule and plans to announce their endorsements immediately following the event. “This is a crucial election year for our county and we have followed the primaries and intend to vigorously review each candidate making our endorsements of those who best align with our mission,” said Caucus President, Jewel Williams.

The WBWPC is proud to have the following like-minded women organizations within Westchester County as co-sponsors of the event (select an organization to read more) :

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Nu Omega Chapter

Aquehung Women’s Democratic Club of Yonkers, NY

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Westchester Alumnae Chapter

Sister to Sister International (STSI), INC.

The Westchester County Press

Westchester Women’s Agenda

The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester

YWCA Yonkers

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Gamma Xi Zeta Chapter

All candidates are encouraged to complete the questionnaire and submit it to immediately.

The Candidates Debate/Forum is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend and become better informed about those seeking office to represent the citizens of Westchester County.

Candidates Debate-Forum_10.19.2013