Black Women for Wellness Upcoming Events
Reproductive Justice Conference 2017: Power Manifesto
Thursday Oct 19 2017
"Black Women for Wellness invites you to our Annual Reproductive Justice Conference Thursday October 19th in Los Angeles, CA. This year's theme is Power Manifesto: Reproductive Justice = Voting Power + Accountability + Good Policy. This event will be followed by the Black Women for Wellness 20th Anniversary Gala. Join us for this day of transformative learning, inspiration and relationship building. Click here to see video highlights from the 2016 conference. DON'T MISS OUT ON THE POWER EVENT OF THE YEAR!
The conference is designed to provide an open forum and space to dialogue about what reproductive health means for Black women and girls and the lives we choose to live. The event will feature the learning spaces, tools, strategies and opportunity to discuss and implement the changes that need to be made in order to better the health of Black women and girls. The goal of this conference is for attendees – especially women – to "gather our power" to mobilize and directly affect change to address the challenges in our communities and create a roadmap to 2018 and 2020.
Morning Keynote Speaker - State Senator Holly J. Mitchell
Holly J. Mitchell has served in California’s Legislature since 2011. She was elected in 2014 to represent the 30th Senate District, which stretches from Century City to South Los Angeles, and includes Culver City, Cheviot Hills, the Crenshaw District, USC, Downtown and a portion of Inglewood. Senator Mitchell chairs the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, and serves on the Senate’s Health; Insurance; Labor and Employment; and Public Safety committees; as well as the Joint Committee on Rules. She also founded the Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality, and belongs to both the Black and Women’s caucuses.
Panel and Workshop Speakers Include: •
Power Up! – Black Women Seizing Power Plenary featuring women activists and organizers Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Black Lives Matter Global Network/Mom's Rising and Dr. Melina Abdullah, Chair-Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles
Birth Control into the Future - Kim Robinson
Environmental Injustice of Beauty: Chemical Exposures from Beauty Products- with Dr. Bhavna Shamasunder
From Cameroon to Crenshaw: Black Immigration Policy in the Diaspora - Senait Adamassu - Director of African Communities Public Health Coalition and Juana Rosa Cavero- Director of California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom
What I Wish My Mother Told Me: Talking About Fibroids, Uterine Care and Reproductive Health - Dionne Benson Smith
Power to the People - Justice Warriors and Direct Action (Lunch & Interactive Training) Creative disruptions, knowing and defending your right to resist and taking action in our communities. Panelists/Trainers- Jill Humphries, Nana Gyamfi, Chinyere Tutashunda
Power Connections - Reproductive Justice + Intersections- Tedx style Power Talks that Build the Ties Between Us
Movement Breaks Exercise your mind and your body with Tai Chi and Zumba and more to come!
Morning - Keynote Speaker State Senator Holly J. Mitchell
Holly J. Mitchell has served in California’s Legislature since 2011. She was elected in 2014 to represent the 30th Senate District, which stretches from Century City to South Los Angeles, and includes Culver City, Cheviot Hills, the Crenshaw District, USC, Downtown and a portion of Inglewood.
Senator Mitchell chairs the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, and serves on the Senate’s Health; Insurance; Labor and Employment; and Public Safety committees; as well as the Joint Committee on Rules. She also founded the Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality, and belongs to both the Black and Women’s caucuses.
20th Birthday Party with the Founders
Thursday Oct 19 2017
Claudie Kiti Bustamante
20 years ago, six women, Akua Jitahadi, Shquestra Sitawi, Ndoni Forbes, Moyofune Deas-Shabazz, Claudie Kiti and Janette Robinson Flint had an idea, a passion and the energy to create a non profit organization specifically to advocate, serve and promote the health of Black women & girls. This is their reunion from having scattered across the country to check in on the work, progress, achievements and future of Black Women for Wellness.
As BWW celebrates our own 20 years of health and reproductive work in Southern California, we also pay tribute to the history of Black health liberators, defenders, protectors, advancers and innovators! For our 20 year celebration we are focusing on the 1920’s in Black history, the work of Annie Malone & Madame C J Walker, the Universal Negro Improvement Association & African Communities League creation of the Black Cross Nurses, Tulsa Black Wall Street, Harlem music, poetry and politics, the swag, fashion style and speak easy. Be prepared to have lots of good fun, enjoy good music, food and conversations with the founding members and of course to cut a rug.
Black Women for Wellness Programs
Sisters @ Eight
Sisters @ Eight is Black Women for Wellness’ community forum, which brings hot topics and major health and wellness issues to the forefront of public conversation.
Sisters in Control
Sisters in Control Reproductive Justice (SCRJ) project supports policy, utilizes programs, works with advisory councils, commissions and boards to secure reproductive justice for women and girls.
Sisters with Options
Sisters with Options provides strategies to empower and support women as advocates for themselves, their children and families in seeking and securing quality health services.
Sisters in Motion
Sisters in Motion is a program with goals to decrease the incidents of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity through education, lifestyle change, prevention and physical activity.
Black women are the largest cosmetic consumers of any US demographic, spending $7.6 billion annually. Many hair care products and processes are known to contain chemicals that can negatively effect our health. This factsheet was created by Black Women for Wellness to educate beauty workers and consumers on toxins in personal care products.
This report compiles more than 5 years of surveys, focus groups, literature reviews, canvassing and conversations with African American and Black beauty industry professionals. Black hair care professionals and workers are over exposed to and under protected from toxic chemicals commonly found in hair and personal care products marketed to Black women & girls.