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LARC Week Graphic on Implanon

Happy LARC Week!

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This week (Nov. 17th – Nov. 21) we are highlighting Long-Acting Reversible Contraception a.k.a LARC. These longer term yet reversible contraception methods are great for anyone who doesn’t want to think about their birth control on a daily or monthly basis. There are many to choose from like the implant which is commonly known as the implanon / nexplanon. For more information you can visit the www.lovemylarc.org and for information on all birth control methods and other reproductive health education visit BWW’s www.getsmartb4ugetsexy.com

Join the conversation at ‪#‎lovemylarc


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Women of Color Support Group Reminder

Nov. 19th, 6:30PM – 7:30PM: Women of Color Support Group

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Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Crenshaw United Methodist Church, The Jessie James Room
3740 Don Felipe Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90008

RSVP (323) 296-0310

Can you believe that we are already in November? Wow, how time surely does fly. As we plan to prepare to spend time with family, friends, and our loved ones, let’s take a few moments to ponder on what we are grateful for as we prepare to celebrate gratitude this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. We at SISTAHFRIENDS are grateful to each and every one of you who has attended a support group, planned to attend, or referred a friend. We are grateful for your taking the time to read our emails and for keeping us in your hearts and minds. As you know, we typically have our support group the last Wednesday of each month. For this month and the next, we will be having our support groups on the third Wednesday of both November (11/19/2014) and December (12/17/2014) due to the upcoming holidays. At this month’s support group, we will take time to express what we are grateful for and why. We will also explore how we will share with our loved ones at least one thing we are grateful to them for and why. Lastly, we will think about a word, phrase, sentence, or poem we would like to pay-it-forward to a friend, stranger, co-worker, or someone we may be experiencing conflict with. We invite you to join us on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm at Crenshaw United Methodist Church.

We are a support group of women of color sharing our struggles and triumphs in a safe, supportive, confidential environment. We dialog about how we confront our challenges and seek comfort and solace in our shared understanding of our unique and collective experiences.

Our group takes place in Los Angeles in the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw/View Park area. If you would like to join us for support, please email me at yolanda@sistahfriends.org to RSVP or you can call me at (323) 296-0310. While there is no cost to attend, space is limited and prospective attendees are strongly urged to RSVP. Light refreshments will be provided. This support group occurs the last Wednesday of every month (except for this month and next month) at the same location. I look forward to seeing you on the 19th at 6:30 pm!!!

Yolanda Whittington
SISTAHFRIENDS


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Sharon D. Johnson

Nov. 14th, 8:30AM – 10:30AM: Sharon D Johnson PhD Speaks at Sisters @ Eight

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November 14, 2014 Mental Health Panel

DREAM WORK and DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY AS HEALING PRACTICES FOR BLACK WOMEN

by Sharon D. Johnson, PhD

There has been an expressed need for Black women to have a forum in which we can tend to our psychological well-being. Dr. Sharon D. Johnson will demonstrate how this can be achieved in deep and transformative ways through the study and practice of dream work, a depth psychological method begun in classical African civilization that has been underutilized by and in communities of Black women scholars, practitioners and lay participants.

ABOUT SHARON D. JOHNSON, PhD

Sharon D. Johnson, PhD is a dream work scholar and consultant who has over 20 years’ experience tending dreams. She teaches a Dream Workshop at UCLA Extension and in 2013 she inaugurated The AmenTa Project, an initiative through which she teaches the history and practice of dream work to African American communities. Dr. Johnson is also a professional screenwriter and member of the Writers Guild of America, West since 1993, as well as a widely published journalist. She holds a BA in the Program in the Arts – Writing from Barnard College, an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research, and a PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr. Johnson currently teaches screenwriting at California State University, Northridge.


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Kheper Life Enrichment Open House

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Register for the 2014 California Elections

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In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda

Press Release: In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda

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Today, we want to announce a new initiative – – In Our Own Voice: National Back Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, – – to galvanize Black women and girls at the national and regional levels in support of Reproductive Justice.

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is a partnership between Black Women for Wellness, Black Women’s Health Imperative, New Voices Pittsburgh, SisterLove, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now and Communications Consortium Media Center. The initiative will focus on abortion rights and access, contraceptive equity, and comprehensive sex education as our key policy issues. As a Reproductive Justice initiative, we will approach these issues from a human rights perspective, incorporating the intersections of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity with the situational impacts of economics, politics, and culture that make up the lived experiences of Black women in this country.

Click Here for RhReality Check in order to read our complete article announcing In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda

In solidarity,

Jan Robinson Flint, executive director, Black Women for Wellness
Linda G. Blount, president and CEO, Black Women’s Health Imperative
Marcela Howell, senior consultant, Communications Consortium Media Center
La’Tasha Mayes, executive director, New Voices Pittsburgh
Dazon Dixon Diallo, executive director, SisterLove
Malika Redmond, former executive director, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now


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Black Women Wellness Needs Phone Bankers

PHONE BANKERS NEEDED

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Temp Paid Job Position Openings
Beginning Oct 7th, 2014

This is a great opportunity for anyone in need of a little extra spending cash!

For more information or to apply, please contact our office today!
323.290.5955 or Greg@bwwla.com


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BWWLA G Boutique 2nd Annual Fundraiser

2nd Annual G. Boutique Fundraiser October 24th & 25th 2014

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Is it time to clean out the closet?
Let out the old & let in the new or newish!

Black Women for Wellness is currently accepting donations of new and gently used clothing.
(Starting September 9th & Ending October 23rd)
Monday – Friday
9:30am – 3:00pm

You may drop off your unneeded items to our office.

(Please pre-wash clothing before donating)
Acceptable Items include:
Shirts, Pants, Dresses, Blouses, Hats, Shoes, Jackets,Skirts, Scarfs

Please contact Greg for any additional information
Greg@bwwla.com – 323.290.5955


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Black Women Wellness 2014 Annual Conference Photos

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Use Women’s Equality Day to Educate & Advocate! Support SB 1053

August 26, 2014 was Women’s Equality Day, and the California Center Research on Women and Families urges you to join with leaders from throughout the state to educate and advocate on behalf of reproductive rights and justice.

YOU can make a difference in three ways:

1) WATCH & SHARE HONORING COURAGE

Take just ten minutes to watch Honoring Courage: A Short History of Reproductive Health Services in California — and share the link with family and friends.

Produced by CCRWF and Storefront Political Media, we were honored to work with our Advisory Committee: Black Women for Wellness, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, as well as the many leaders who agreed to be interviewed and filmed.

2) TAKE ACTION

Contact Governor Jerry Brown and urge him to support SB 1053, the Contraceptive Equity Act that expands access to birth control.

Authored by Senator Holly J. Mitchell, SB 1053 would ensure access to the full range of contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration for all women in California without cost sharing, delays or denial of coverage.

The bill is now on the Governor’s desk, so click here to send him a message that you support SB 1053! (Scroll down to SB 1053 when you are asked to “Please Choose Your Subject.”)

3) PROVIDE SUPPORT

Take a moment to support the important work of our Advisory Committee organizations to secure and safeguard reproductive rights and justice.

Women’s equality will only be achieved if we work together. CCRWF is proud to honor the courage of women leaders who have fought for reproductive rights and justice, encourages you to advocate for SB 1053, and asks that you support the important work of our partner organizations.


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Black Women for Wellness 2014 Annual Conference

BWW Sept. 23rd Annual Conference Information

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Get Smart B4U Get Sexy…making sex smart and smart sexy conference & campaign launch

Download the September 23 Annual Reproductive Justice Information PDF Here

Date & Time: September 23 2014 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Center for Healthy Families (The California Endowment)
1000 N Alameda Street Los Angeles CA 90017
More info 323 290 5955 info@bwwla.com

  • What to expect

Morning Plenary – Sankofa Panel Presentation & Discussion
Looking Back & Moving Forward
Our history influences our health status several ways, through biology, access to health services, appropriate treatments and protocols to name a few. BWW is asking an historian to articulate and acknowledge our past experience seeking and securing health services. Technology is moving at fast forward, are our conversations on the ethics, morality and economics of reproductive technology keeping up? BWW is asking a futurist to look forward and visualize reproductive health for Black women & girls.

  • Workshop Sessions

Session 1: Just the Facts – research, statistics and fact sharing.

Session 2: Connecting the Dots – Examining how media/public health/mental/financial/violence/public policy and other factors impact access to, utilization of and delivery of reproductive health education and services.

Session 3: Plotting & Planning presenting solutions, remedies, action steps and direction to integrate data, policy, experience and wisdom with eliminating reproductive health disparities.

Lunch Program: Active participation at the University of Black Women as we share books from at home and abroad that enlighten, educate and inform on the beauty of being a Black woman. Discussion with a panel of women who influence, move, rebel rouse and sometimes calm via the written word.

Afternoon Plenary: Representing Women of Color elected & appointed to represent women & girls

Innovations & Insights: 3 minute presentations highlighting movements, tools, resources and information useful with shifting culture to inspire, respect and affirm Black women & girls

Campaign Launch: Sharing tools, social media, objectives of
Get Smart b4u Get Sexy Campaign – making sex smart & smart sexy
Shifting the culture toward supporting reproductive life decision making

Continuing Education
Sponsored by The Department of Public Health, Health Education Administration (HEA), a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 6 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 2.

Register for the Conference Here

• Early Registration (ends Aug 31)
• Registration (August 16- Sept 15)
• Late Registration (Sept 15 – Sept 22)

Scholarships & work exchanges available: please call (323) 290-5955 and speak with Krissy.


Become a Member

Your membership strengthens our voice and power! Black Women for Wellness is on a mission, to enhance the health and well being of Black women. We are inclusive of all folks of good intent who want to support and help us achieve this mission.

There is a need for organized Black women’s organizations, to speak our truths, to represent our concerns, to remind power of our value, to advocate and to bring the report back to our community. Black Women for Wellness should be empowered by a concerned community, folks who share our mission of enhanced health and well being for Black women.

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