Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, inc. Demands Police Reforms, Stands in Solidarity with over 5 Million members from 13
African-American Women Organizations
Sorority to use service programs and coalition agenda to fight systemic racism
June 24, 2020 Blacknews.com
Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) -- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. International President Glenda Glover says George Floyd's cry out to his late mother before taking his last breath was a symbolic plea to all women for help. Dr. Glover called on leaders from twelve historic and celebrated African-American organizations to unite and condemn the senseless and unjustified death of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many other Black men, women and children by police and vigilantes.
"When George Floyd called out for his mother, he was calling out to all the mothers and women around the world for justice," says Glover. "We are answering that call as a sisterhood united for reform for the Black community."
Answering the call to form the coalition was the National Council of Negro Women; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; The Links, Incorporated; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; National Coalition of 100 Black Women; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated; Black Women's Roundtable; Black Women's Agenda, Inc.; The Girl Friends, Incorporated; Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.; and the National CARES Mentoring Movement. The four sororities and the nine other women's groups represent more than five (5) million collective voices to exert their collective power in addressing police brutality and systematic racism.
In a recent press conference, the coalition unveiled its #United4Reform Agenda to fight for racial justice and equality, and bring an end to police brutality.
Dr. Glover told the virtual audience of over 79,000 viewers that several of the action items, ranging from police reform, voter engagement and legislation, COVID-19 Relief, and the 2020 Census, are focused on tearing down the walls of systemic racism. (See the complete list of the #United4Reform Action Items below.)
"This is our agenda to America and to the world as African-American women leaders of national organizations. We stand together as united women leaders with our collective memberships, and we invite you to join us, as we fight racism, and fight to save the lives of our Black women, men, and children."
She adds that AKA, through its own service programs and together with the coalition, is committed to joining the American people and citizens around the world to demand change. The sorority's International Connection Committee established a social justice agenda earlier on that included three (3) specific areas to bring the might of AKAs collective membership to bear on critical issues impacting the Black community. These areas are Census 2020, AKAs L.E.A.D., and the Poor People's Campaign March. Additionally, Alpha Kappa Alpha supports the NAACP in its call for sweeping police-reform federal legislation. The coalition's agenda consists of similar action items.
#United4Reform AGENDA ACTION ITEMS
* Police Reform. Sweeping federal legislation regarding police reform mandating a zero-tolerance approach in prosecuting police officers who kill unarmed, non-violent, and non-resisting individuals during an arrest
* Voter Engagement/ Voter Mobilization/ Voter Education. Double local voter mobilization and participation efforts in the Black community to vote, and elect the candidates who will most effectively advocate for our communities
* Voter Legislation. Demand the Senate debate and vote of H.R.1 (For the People Act) that has passed the House of Representatives and would restore the Voting Rights Act and limit voter suppression
* Census 2020 Participation. Complete the 2020 Census and encourage our families and communities to do the same
* Engagement with Elected Officials. Contact local, state, and federal elected officials regarding any legislation that is harmful to African Americans and that does not provide equal protection under the law
* Participate in the Poor Peoples Campaign. Attend the virtual march on June 20, 2020, at 10 a.m.
* COVID-19 Relief. Advocate for the passing of additional legislation that protects essential workers and healthcare professionals. COVID-19 has magnified the racial, ethnic and health disparities in the US
* Domestic Violence Protection. Offer real protections for children and adults contending with family violence, therapeutic services for abuses as well as a precaution
* Mental Health Support. Implement community-based mental-health support services
* Mentoring and the Protection of Our Children. Enhance and implement service programs that provide social, emotional and academic support to help children realize their worth to unleash their potential
* Facilitate Courageous Conversations about Race and Racism. Engage in facilitated courageous conversations about race and racism in our communities
Dr. Glenda Glover, the International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
CBCF to Host First-Ever all Digital Annual Legislative Conference
Conference originally scheduled September 16-20, 2020 will now feature online programming August 31-October 2, 2020
May 18, 2020
WASHINGTON — The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) announced today it will deliver its Annual Legislative Conference completely online later this year. The new format, Virtual ALC, will allow “attendees” to experience the programming they have become accustomed to from the comfort and safely of their homes.
Attracting more than 30,000 people to Washington, DC each year, the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) is CBCF’s leading public policy convening on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. Historically, the five-day conference is held in September at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
“We are excited to offer ALC completely online this year to ensure the Foundation’s mission is fulfilled, and the discussions and solutions around issues important to African Americans and our supporters remain at the forefront,” said Tonya Veasey, CBCF’s interim president and CEO. “When reshaping this year’s conference, we couldn’t ignore the economic impact COVID-19 has had on the African American community which affects affordability to travel as well as our stakeholders’ and supporters’ overall health concerns, and level of comfort with air travel and ground travel to other states and regions.”
“Attendees” at this year’s ALC will tune in to thought leaders, subject matter experts, legislators, and concerned citizens on issues related to economic development; civil, social and environmental justice; public health; and education and foreign affairs, among other topics. Virtual ALC will include more than 30 issue forums and brain trusts led by Congressional Black Caucus members; a National Town Hall; the Emerging Leaders Series; and live entertainment. A special Prayer Breakfast and Phoenix Awards Dinner will also be featured in September.
To receive Virtual ALC schedules, special guest announcements, registration information and programming updates in the coming weeks and months, subscribe to receive the e-newsletter and follow @CBCFinc on Twitter and Instagram.
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