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Policy, Politics and Power the Road to Equity
A Conversation with Black and Latino Women
Saturday, February 16, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Convention Center Room 6
Workshop Organized by Higher Heights for America and National Organization for Women (NOW-NYS)
Senator Velmanette Montgomery
Assembly Member Gabriela Rosa
Assembly Member Vanessa Gibson
L. Joy Williams, Founder and Principal, LJW Strategies
Onida Coward Mayers, Executive Director, NYC Voter Assistance Commission
Cecilia Gaston Executive Director, Violence Intervention Program
Kimberly Peeler Allen, Co-Founder, Higher Heights for America
Zenaida Mendez, President, National Organization for Women (NOW-NYS)
Peggy Shepard Executive Director ,West Harlem Environmental Action
The late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm once said, "You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering, and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas." This statement rings true today and women, particularly Black women and Latinas, have a pivotal role to play. This workshop will discuss the alarming health and socio-economic status of Black women and Latinas, as well as their growing political and economic influence.
The conversation will explore what New York State can do to address discrimination based on gender. Governor Cuomo has put forward a 10 Point Women's Equality Act that could begin to reduce discrimination against women in a number of areas. Panelists will discuss proposals to reduce employment discrimination, housing discrimination, discrimination against victims of domestic violence and reproductive rights for women.
This interactive workshop will discuss the necessary action steps to develop and implement a long-term strategy to build an effective strategy to build, expand and support a leadership pipeline at all levels for Black women and Latinas to proactively use their political power to influence and impact public policy and elections.