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Become a Black Women for Wellness Member

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Following the no-indictment verdict, the killing of Tamir Rice and the countless other young black folks we have lost to institutional state violence in recent times, Black Women for Wellness has dedicated our next Sisters@Eight to discuss emotions, and solutions around black lives. Please join us for this important conversation.

To RSVP, please call Greg at 323-290-5955 or RSVP via Facebook

Date and Time: December 12, 2014, 8:30am

Location: DWP, 4030 Crenshaw Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90008

 


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Spring into Love Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Orientation

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Attention all Young People Ages 15 – 19

Interested in making some change in our South Los Angeles community by becoming a youth activist and educator for sexual and reproductive health?

Come Saturday, December 13th from 10 – 12 pm at 700 Exposition Park Drive to learn more about the program.

Food will be provided.

What you can look forward to?

A space where youth come together to hang out with friends and meet other young people in South Los Angeles as they learn about reproductive justice and think of creative ways to have their voices heard as advocates, community educators and activists.

Metro Tap cards will be available for participants who decide to participate in the YAC and travel can be reimbursed.

For any young people that help with promoting the orientation by spreading the word through social media will be entered into a raffle for a $25 gift certificate. To be considered for the raffle you must either tag Black Women for Wellness on Facebook or BWWLA on instagram. State why you will be there and what this program means to you.

For any questions / to RSVP you can contact Krissy directly by email (krissy@bwwla.com) or by call/text at 323.484.5975


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Black Women for Wellness Team

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In addition to financial contributions, this holiday season we are seeking a variety of items and services to help support our organization. Please note that we are looking for gently-used items that are still in good working condition.

Services

  • Professional organizers to spend time with our team optimizing our workspace
  • Printing – some of our outreach material is designed – we simply need coverage of printing costs
  • Services we need but do not know yet that you offer

Supplies, Technology & Tools

  • General Office Supplies (paper/pens/pads/flip charts/etc)
  • BIG screen television
  • Stereo system
  • Plants
  • Books by and about Black Women
  • Fine Black Art (to keep us rooted in our culture in the office)
  • Confection Oven (cause we are getting rid of the microwave)
  • Multi line phone system (at least 5 + the main line & the fax line)
  • Water Cooler
  • iMac laptop (new or gently used)
  • Dell laptop (new or gently used)
  • Printer Ink – HP 53X
  • Printer Ink – Brother ?
  • Software – Adobe Acrobat Professional
  • Software – Microsoft Office Business – Windows
  • Software – Microsoft Office Business – Macintosh

Furniture

  • Desk (narrow)
  • File cabinet
  • Shelves – to store our paper
  • Couch & love seat + comfy chairs for our living room & reception area
  • Patio furniture

BWW is a nonprofit corporation under Section 501 (c) (3) Revenue Code. Financial Contributors to BWW are tax deductible. Help Black Women for Wellness continue our mission for the empowerment, health and well-being of black women and girls through your donation.

Send your financial donations online using our secured payment portal:


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Ferguson Protestors

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Black Women for Wellness stands in solidarity with the community of Ferguson.

As an organization serving the women & girls of our community, we hugged our children, cried with you and took deep breaths to control the pain and rage. We are fully cognizant that standing in solidarity with you, is in reality standing in solidarity with us. Our experiences are not isolated, racism is impacting our lives across the nation as well the world.
We hoped and prayed for justice, that there would be at minimum a trial for the brutal murder of Michael Brown, that justice to address the indignity of leaving his body laying in the streets in the hot August sun for hours would come, that the government of Ferguson would demonstrate humility and recognition of the human and civil rights violations against the people and community of Ferguson but alas there was none of that.
Monday night, once again state sanctioned violence, in this case perpetrated by the Darren Wilson, went with impunity. Flashes of Emmett Till and the thousands of other Black bodies hanging from trees resurfaced in our memories. According to study completed by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement in 2012, an African American is murdered by a police officer, security guard or self-appointed vigilante every twenty-eight hours.

We are profoundly disappointed with President Barack Obama’s lack of tone or substantive call for progress in either of his two public addresses since this lack of indictment. Many African Americans are in pain, and looking for leadership to recognize that we matter, we are American too. These are raw and very real emotions that our community feels, that we feel. We know violence is not the answer, but yet it seems neither is peace. We need action, we need real substantive policy changes, not national conversations and/or scoldings.

Sojourner Truth had to ask a room ain’t I am woman too,  now we ask the question, aren’t we American too. When will our pain and suffering count, when will we matter, when will our humanity be recognized.
Black Women for Wellness will work diligently on shifting the oppressive culture that devalues our lives and experience, we will hold steady and stand in solidarity with the youth who are planning and working on securing justice.
Black Women for Wellness stands with the community of Ferguson, with the families of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Gardner, John Crawford, Trayvon Martin, Joell Anderson, Andy Lopez, Renisha McBride, Oscar Grant, Jordan Davis, Sean Bell, Ezell Ford, Ayanna Standley Jones, Yvette Smith,  and the countless others, too many to name here….

#every28hours

#blacklivesmatter

#nomoneyonblackfriday
#nojusticenopeace

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Our coalition at our recent (Nov 17th) workshop Looking Back & Moving Forward (Sankofa) at Good Samaritan Hospital.


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Washington DC visit – NDPP Lifestyle Coaches meeting with Black Women Health Imperative, Sisters in Control Reproductive Justice making the rounds to our elected representatives concerning chemical use by our beauty professionals.


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MEE (Motivational Educational Entertainment) Productions Inc. Logo

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Motivational Educational Entertainment (MEE) Productions is conducting a series of focus groups with young adults in Oakland and Los Angeles who were in foster care at 18 and decided to stay in the foster care system (as a non-minor dependent). We are looking at ways to give them the best chance for success by connecting them with services and referrals that can help them transition to independent adulthood. The focus group discussion will be about improving communications and outreach to increase usage of supportive services for young adults who are “aging out” of group homes, foster families and other placements.

MEE needs your help to identify participants for focus groups in your community. We are recruiting African-American and Latino/Hispanic males and females who are 18 to 22 years-old. Participants must live in the Oakland/Richmond (Alameda/Contra Costa County) or Greater Los Angeles (Los Angeles County).

At the conclusion of the 2-hour time period (focus group and pre-focus group survey), each participant will receive $80 CASH as compensation for their time.

If you or someone you know qualifies and is interested in being in the focus group, please contact Glennis Saunders or Alicia Jackson toll-free at 877-633-7763. MEE will screen interested individuals to see if they fit the full requirements of the research project.

Focus group details are listed below:
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City: Los Angeles
Date: December 9, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location/Address: First Place for Youth, 3530 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Demographic Profile: African-American and Latino/Hispanic males and females, ages 18-19; former foster youth (in the foster care system when they turned 18).

City: Los Angeles
Date: December 9, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location/Address: First Place for Youth, 3530 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Demographic Profile: African-American and Latino/Hispanic males and females, ages 19-22; former foster youth (in the foster care system when they turned 18).

City: Oakland
Date: December 11, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location/Address: First Place for Youth, 426 17th Street, Suite 100, Oakland, CA 94612
Demographic Profile: African-American and Latino/Hispanic males and females, ages 18-19; former foster youth (in the foster care system when they turned 18).

City: Oakland
Date: December 11, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location/Address: First Place for Youth, 426 17th Street, Suite 100, Oakland, CA 94612
Demographic Profile: African-American and Latino/Hispanic males and females, ages 19-22; former foster youth (in the foster care system when they turned 18).


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Black Women for Wellness cordially invites you to: Stylin' Safely

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This intimate training session will include the latest research on beauty products, best practices for healthy salons, and more. Breakfast and Lunch will be served

To RSVP please contact us at (323) 290 5955

Recap from November 2014 Trip to Washington:

As part of the National Healthy Nail and Beauty Salon Alliance Black Women for Wellness participated in the Healthy Salons Days of Action in Washington D.C. The days of action included a gathering of individuals from advocacy groups and salon workers that have worked together to improve salon conditions. The week started with congressional visits where the advocates and workers spoke with elected officials about the need for regulations in the cosmetic and beauty industry. At these meetings Black Women for Wellness representatives Jan Robinson-Flint and Teni Adewumi spoke about the work currently being done with hair salons in South Los Angeles and the Black community. During the evening all the advocates and workers met for dinner and got to know more about all the great work the various organizations were doing.

In addition to the congressional visits, the days of action included a meeting with the Federal Interagency Working Group on Salon Workers. At this event BWW was able to tell a longer narrative about the work that is currently being done with hair salon workers in areas such as Leimert Park and Inglewood. Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were present. The representatives listened to the work being done in various communities and joined in a conversation as to how we can move forward in improving salon working conditions.

The Days of Action concluded with a philanthropic briefing with representatives from the Ford Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation and many more funders. The groups had a chance to hear salon workers tell their personal experiences and learn about opportunities to improve salon and domestic work in the U.S. The week was an important step in showcasing the work many organizations have been doing in salon worker health and gathering additional support from legislators and funders.

Read the report on avoiding toxic chemicals in salon products here on the http://www.womensvoices.org/avoid-toxic-chemicals/salon-products/This is the first report ever to document how nasty chemicals lurking in hair sprays, permanent waves, acrylic nail application and other salon products are harming the health of women who work in salons.


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LARC Week Graphic on Implanon

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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

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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