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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 2014 Annual Conference Photos

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MEE Chat and Chew Info Sessions

MEE & First Place for Youth Host Information Sessions about Foster Youth

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Please Join Us for Upcoming “Chat & Chew” Information Sessions

MEE Productions and First Place for Youth (FPFY) invite you to a “Chat & Chew” information session to discuss the type of guidance, structure, support and caring that we, as a community, need to provide to foster youth as they turn age 18. Our goal is to help them dream big and succeed as they transition to adulthood.

Many foster kids fall victim to homelessness, unemployment and poverty after they leave the system. We are looking for ways to improve their life outcomes and we would like to hear from the range of social-services professionals and other adults who come in contact or work with foster youth. This includes social workers, legal advocates, longtime foster parents, school counselors and others.

Chat & Chews are small-group information sessions that last about 90 minutes. We chat, while you chew on some light refreshments; then we have a dialogue about how we reduce the barriers that make it difficult for foster youth to successfully transition into independent adulthood.

We hope you will join us in this important effort.

The sessions will be held October 14th and 16th at the following times and locations:

Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
People Who Care Youth Center
1500 West Slauson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90047

Oakland, CA
Thursday, October 16, 2014
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Health and Human Resources Education Center
420 3rd Street, Suite #105
Oakland, CA 94607

Because we value your opinion, we hope you will make time in your busy schedule to attend a session and share your thoughts. RSVP now for a session to reserve your space. Contact Glennis Saunders toll-free at 877-633-7763 or via e-mail

We look forward to seeing you in October! Feel free to share this information with others.

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Black Women Wellness Needs Phone Bankers


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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

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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 – 323.290.5955

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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:


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.


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.”)


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

  • 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.

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50 Years, Now What?

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Black Women for Wellness celebrates the 50 years anniversary of the civil rights movement in the United States.

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Join the Conversation Around the Roots of Love Through Answering the 5 W’s of Love. Each week BWW will be presenting a question around the 5W’s of Love as a way to lead up to our September 23rd Conference!

First Question: A common question that may often be a thought that lingers in our mind: what is love?


Get Smart B4U Get Sexy is a social campaign around shifting the sex culture from one based on shaming & fear to one that revolves around inclusivity, diversity, being smart and sexy and shifting to a culture that is sex positive. We are a program within the non-profit Black Women for Wellness and we want Get Smart B4U Get Sexy to be a space where people feel comfortable having open, honest conversations around sex, sexuality and reproductive health. We are a group that will be shifting the culture through conversations, creating new educational materials to be shared within our communities and media that is empowering, culturally appropriate and inclusive. If you are an educator, writer, work within the health world or just interested in sharing your voice then join our group.

One of the first projects we will be working on is the #5WLove campaign which is a promotional campaign for our Get Smart B4U Get Sexy conference on September 23rd (register at eventbrite) which looks at the 5 W Questions around love – what, when, where, who, why (how). What is Love? is a question humans have been struggling to answer from the start of time. Love is a diversity of emotions and sometimes love can bring pain. In understanding love and the shared vision we may share in its roots we want to come to understand how we can learn to love in a way that supports the positive growth of personal and community relationships. From what is love to how does pain affect your ability to love…we want to dive into these questions through our social media campaign.

If you are interested in being interviewed or sharing your answers to our 5WQuestions please contact Krissy at or call 323.290.2955.

Click here to purchase tickets for the Septemeber 23rd Conference

We look forward to receiving a diverse array of answers.

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Garden Party – August 9, 2014

Black Women for Wellness 2014 Garden Party Flyer

Black Women for Wellness 2014 Garden Party Flyer

Time: 2:30 PM – 5:00PM
Address: Community Build Garden, 4305 S. Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90008
Call: (323) 290-5955
Opening Libations, Spoken Word, Drumming & Movement, Local Vendors, Keynote Presentation, African Centered Fashion Show, Health Care Info, Great Food, BWW Tea, Silent Auction, Good People & Fierce Women

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Black Women for Wellness Lobby Training July 2014

BWW Lobby Training – July 12, 2014

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Unleash Your Power


1) How to present issues that we care about to elected officials

2) The tools to be effective lobbyists to hold elected officials accountable

Time: 10AM – 3:30PM
Address: SCOPE Office, 1715 W. Florence Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90047

Reserve Your Spot:

Call: (323) 290-5955

Lunch and Snacks Provided



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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