Healing and Action in the Era of COVID-19



From: The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins

As an organization that advocates for Black women in the United States and abroad, our constituency consists of mothers, aunts, grandmothers, daughters, and sisters that have been disproportionately affected by police brutality and unjust killings of Black men and women.

We are heartsick over the inhumanity and lack of regard for Black lives, but we are encouraged by the global movement for justice, equality, peace, and liberation of Black people. With daily protests taking place around the world, there has been a reawakening and opening of the American consciousness. We are now called to reimagine our criminal justice, economic, education, and public health systems and our response to global climate change. Intersectional issues require intersectional solutions, and Black women hold a unique vantage point in creating progressive change.

IBWPPI stands ready to advocate for Black families and bold policies that will bring fundamental structural changes to our society. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exposed the deep-seated issues that have left the most vulnerable behind. We call for healing and action as we work to coexist in this land of democracy. 

In the coming weeks, we plan to host policy conversations, release our official policy agenda and expand our leadership development of the next generation of leaders. Please let us know how we can connect our policy and community engagement work to your respective organizations.  You can e-mail us here.

We ask that you stay engaged, stay encouraged and stay hopeful. Join us today in the work. We can use your hands, hearts and talents. We invite you to accept our free membership offer for the rest of this month.
It’s easy, simply sign up here and we will gift you a complimentary membership.
In Faith,

Barbara A. Perkins


Save the Date: IBWPPI’s Policy Forum

MARK YOUR CALENDARSeptember 10, 2020
12th Annual IBWPPI Policy Forum
Theme: Black Women Leading With Authority: A Convening of Experts, Masterminds and Key Influencers
This event will be held virtually for the first time and open to the public.

Our PUSHOUT Virtual Watch Party Was a Success!

We thank all of our attendees for attending our recent PUSHOUT Watch Party! It was an afternoon of inspiration and a safe space for healing and action. We were joined by more than 50 participants, many new to IBWPPI. We maintained great engagement and discussion with the audience before, during and after the film. We were so grateful for DJ Lolo from Milwaukee to kick off our event with some upbeat music followed by Young Ambassador Sesheida Young’s beautiful rendition of the National Black Anthem. We shared words of wisdom and did an important call to action for individuals to fill out their Census forms and vote in the 2020 elections. We have resources below to help you do that! We thank everyone for helping to send the powerful message that IBWPPI stands with Black girls! We say no more to our young women being criminalized, suspended at disproportionate rates and pushed into the school-to-prison pipeline. Learn more about PUSHOUT here and stream the film on PBS.org.

Take Action: We Count, We Vote!

IBWPPI encourages everyone to get counted in the 2020 Census! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the enumeration deadline was pushed back to October 31, 2020. To learn more about the Census and the updated timeline, visit 2020census.gov There are 3 ways you can be counted: 1. Go to MY2020CENSUS.GOV .2. Call 1 844 330 2020.3. Mail-in the paper form you received. 

IBWPPI encourages all eligible residents to exercise your right to vote in the 2020 US Elections! Register to vote and learn about your state’s next Presidential Primary here . To report issues of voter suppression call the Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.

Bills to Watch: Policy Corner

On Monday, June 8, 2020, Representative Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ), and Senator Kamala Harris introduced the Justice in Policing Act of 2020.

This legislation makes it easier for the federal government to successfully prosecute police misconduct cases, end racial and religious profiling, and eliminates qualified immunity for law enforcement. The legislation bans the use of chokeholds and no-knock warrants—which took the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Eric Garner—at the federal level and encourages states to do the same. Read more about the bill here.

Membership Spotlight

This month’s membership spotlight features Michellene Davis, a member of the IBWPPI Board of Directors. Davis serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest integrated healthcare system. She drives Social Impact and Community Investment across the System.

In addition, Davis oversees the areas of Policy Development and Governmental and External Affairs, Healthy Living and Community and Employee Wellness and Engagement, and Global Health. Tune into her recent interview where she reflects on COVID-19 and community impacts, compliance, and privacy.

Want to be featured for the work you’re doing in the community during the COVID-19 crisis? Fill out the membership survey or email us your short story along with your picture and we’ll spread the good word!

We Welcome Our New Members

  • Thank you to all of our new members that joined this month!
  • Areah Thompson
  • Arnitta Renee Holliman
  • Brianna Bennett
  • Christina Williams
  • Dellareese Edgecombe
  • Dorcas Modipadi
  • Dr. LaKeischa Webb McMillan
  • Jan Bailey-Smith
  • Lorriane Brady
  • Mary Wright
  • Monique Hazeur
  • Nahdiyah Anika Dennison
  • Niya Garrett
  • Porschia Harris
  • Tiffany Dawson
  • Trinise White Foster
  • Go to our Facebook page to see the full list of members that have joined since April 2020!
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