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The Southern California Area, National Council of Negro Women Incorporated (SOCAL Area NCNW) is the regional body of each Section of the National Council of Negro Women Incorporated located in beautiful Southern California. SOCAL Area NCNW is a regional arm of the National Council of Negro Women Incorporated which is a coalition comprised of 200 community-based sections in 32 states and 38 national organizational affiliates that work to enlighten and inspire more than 3,000,000 women and men. Its mission is to lead, advocate for and empower women of African descent, their families and communities.

 

NCNW was founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, influential educator and activist. For more than fifty years, the iconic Dr. Dorothy Height was president of NCNW. Today, under the leadership of Dr Johnnetta Betsch Cole, NCNW’s programs are grounded on a foundation of critical concerns known as “Four for the Future”. NCNW promotes education with a concentrated focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math; encourages entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and economic stability; educates women about good mental and physical health practices; promotes civic engagement and advocates for sound public policy consistent with traditional values.

President's Message

Dear NCNW Sisters and Brothers,

 

Before we could find a rational explanation for COVID-19, we have been hit with a cultural specter that is as old as the United States itself: the belief that black lives have no value and that black men are expendable. We as mothers of black men did not raise our children to be treated as if they have less value than someone’s pet or to be killed as easily as one would step on a bug. It is our duty to find immediate ways to speak with our loved ones, our communities, as well as those in charge while assisting those who want to express themselves.

 

Everyone has the right to protest! That right does not include the destruction of property and consequent loss of jobs and freedoms for families who were not responsible for the horrible event. There is nothing wrong with expressing yourself, but there are productive and safe ways to do so. In a time when we are already stressed with trying to handle COVID-19 and have a need for mental, social, medical, and economic assistance we encourage our NCNW family to have conversations with your loved ones.

 

Do not let them be fooled into believing that their lifestyle, eating habits, economic status, choice of employment, etc. are a reason to be treated negatively. Let them know that there are resources available. All the energy that we see during the protests can be harnessed toward advocacy to change policies and cultural norms that allow malicious behavior against our communities.

 

We must actively and rationally require that anyone in leadership positions understand that it is their job to protect and serve our communities. We cannot demand that of them and not of ourselves; and so it is our job to have our say in safe ways. We must ensure that there can be no election, census count, city council meeting, school board meeting, or anything that will determine our fate without us being in attendance.

 

We must participate in the civil processes and be represented when and where any important decisions are being made and demand explanations for decisions as well as actions. The next step is to monitor those decisions and to ensure that what is written is what is occurs. If there are several ways to define a situation it should be known upfront and not have the ability to change the definition to suit our wants and needs. Learn your rights! 

 

Family be safe! 

 

In Solidarity,

 

Dr. Helena Johnson

So Cal Area News

It is our hope that you and your loved ones are and will remain safe and healthy during these very serious and challenging times in our country and our world. Continue to avoid large gatherings, practice common sense hygiene, risk factors, getting tested for coronavirus, travel only if absolutely necessary, caring for children, and avoid computer hackers. Learn more about what you can do to be safe, from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

It is so important that we vote in the upcoming election. Join us in our mission to provide voters with the information they need to make educated decisions in the November 2020 election.

We are working collaboratively with Black Women Rally to provide a mechanism for Los Angeles County Black women to advocate on behalf of their health and well-being.  We hope to help inspire hope and resiliency. We are dedicated to aiding Black Women Rally to advance health, economic, and social equity for all Los Angeles County Black women through direct action and connection to effective resources.

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Correspondence Address: Southern California Area NCNW ~ P.O. Box 431956, Los Angeles CA 90043