Mark Your Calendar for IBWPPI’s Policy Forum
September 10, 2020, 10:30 am – 4 pm ET |12th Annual IBWPPI Policy Forum
Theme: Black Women Leading With Authority: A Convening of Experts, Masterminds and Key Influencers
IBWPPI is excited to share the invitation to join us at our 12th annual Policy Forum. There are over 30 program participants from across the US, Africa and the Caribbean ready to share knowledge, inspire and motivate! There will be gift giveaways given to attendees, courtesy of our title sponsor-Toyota. Register today! It’s free and space is limited.
View our video recap from IBWPPI’s policy forum last year. It was a powerful convening where women shared key insights on how to move our communities forward. Please share the video it with your friends and colleagues.
Kamala Harris Nominated as Vice President
On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden announced the selection of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket. Kamala Harris was born to a Jamaican-American economist and an Indian-American scientist who met during the civil rights movement at the University of California at Berkeley. Harris is only the second Black woman to serve in the United States Senate. Harris gained national attention because of her no-nonsense questioning of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh and later Attorney General nominee Bill Barr as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- Senator HarrIs introduced the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act to address the fact that the virus is infecting and killing people of color, especially Black Americans, at much higher rates than white Americans.
- She was a co-sponsor of the Child Care for Working Families Act, which was introduced last year by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Bobby Scott.
- In 2018 she introduced The LIFT (Livable Incomes for Families Today) the Middle Class Act, which would provide a refundable tax credit of $3,000 per person and $6,000 per couple in households earning less than $100,000 per year. Sen. Harris also supports a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour.
- In an effort to address the maternal health crisis in the United States, Sen. Harris introduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act. “My Maternal CARE Act will establish implicit bias training throughout the medical profession and help ensure that women—especially Black women—have access to comprehensive, culturally competent care,” Harris stated.
- Harris also introduced the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2020 in March 2020 alongside Reps. Lauren Underwood and Alma Adams.
IBWPPI Releases Policy PaperAchieving Equity in Black Women’s Health
IBWPPI has released the policy paper “Achieving Equity in Black Women’s Health.” The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the health inequities that harm Black women, their families and communities on a national scale. Investments in our health will have positive effects on the economy, decreased loss of life among mothers, infants and children and more healthy and vibrant communities.
Since our founding in 2009, we have been giving Black women agency in creating policy solutions that would benefit their health, wellness, and safety. We hope this paper serves as a call to action for members of the public to join our fight to raise awareness and support policies that will improve the health and wellness of Black women in five areas: COVID-19, Mental Health, Maternal Mortality, Breast Cancer, and HIV/AIDS.
We Welcome Our New Members
Thank you to all of our new members that joined in July and August!
Katreka James • Carmela Smith • Destiny Cox • Ms Shirley • Kijafa Parker • Gwendolyn Jones • Corina Mena • Frimpong Boahen Barbara • Vanessa White • Glenda Gill • Nicole Hayes
Go to our Facebook page to see our ongoing member spotlights!