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  1. NOBEL Women – Staff Changes

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    Washington, DC – The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women(http://nobel-women.org)

    The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women would like to thank Waikinya Clanton, former National Executive Director, for her dedication to the NOBEL Women organization.  As National Executive Director, Waikinya served with distinction and was instrumental in bringing awareness and promoting the goals of NOBEL Women.  Therefore, we are proud to wish her continued success in her new opportunity and in all of her future endeavors. 

    NOBEL Women is pleased to announce, effective September 18, 2017,  LeTonia Hardin, MPH, as Interim National Executive Director.  Since September, 2016, LeTonia has served as Development Manager for NOBEL Women focusing on fundraising and corporate relationship management.  LeTonia joins NOBEL Women after serving, since 2004, as Director, State Government Affairs, at AbbVie and Abbott Laboratories.  Throughout her career, LeTonia has always championed the purpose of NOBEL Women and in 2013, LeTonia received the NOBEL Women Women of Distinction Award-Government Relations for her leadership in facilitating policy initiatives regarding women’s cardiovascular health.   LeTonia brings to NOBEL Women 15 plus years of tenured relationships with policy makers, advocacy groups, and other industry stakeholders on the state and federal level.  LeTonia received her Masters of Public Health from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, in 1997. LeTonia can be reached at letonia@nobel-women.org.

    NOBEL Women is also pleased to announce Krystal Leaphart as Operations and Policy Associate.  In her role, Krystal will work in the national office facilitating all day to day operations, including Conference and event management.  Krystal joins NOBEL Women after her four (4) years as Staff Assistant and Chief of Staff from IMPACT as well as her experience at the NAACP and the YWCANational Capital.  Krystal’s wealth of knowledge, experience, and advocacy in intersectional racial and social justice, youth civic engagement, and young black women initiatives, are of value add to the NOBEL Women organization. Krystal can be reached at krystal.nobelwomen@gmail.com.

    NOBEL Women is a non-profit, non-partisan national organization comprised of current and former black women legislators.  NOBEL Women, since its inception in 1985, has always focused on inspiring women to take an active role in public policy and in leadership. NOBEL Women has expanded its vision to serve as a global voice to address the countless issues affecting the lives of women and to provide economic, social justice, and quality of life for their constituents.

     

  2. Girls, Gigabytes, & Gadgets 2017

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    NOBEL Women presents Girls, Gigabytes and Gadgets (3G), an innovative, day-long series of workshops designed to get young women and girls engaged in careers in science, technology, engineering, arts/ design and mathematics.

  3. Leadership Summit 2017

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    The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, its Board of Directors and its members would like to thank the State of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida State Co-Hosts, the Honorable Arthenia Joyner & the Honorable Mia Jones, all of our program guests, facilitators and trainers as well as our team of amazing volunteers for making this event possible.

     

     

  4. Representative Lois DeBerry

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    In 2013, the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL-Women) lost one of its most influential and inspirational leaders, Representative Lois DeBerry of Memphis, Tennessee to an on-going battle with pancreatic cancer.

    Representative Lois DeBerry diligently served Tennessee’s 91st District for more than 40 years. DeBerry was elected as the first African American female to serve in the State Legislature from the city of Memphis in 1972 and began service in the legislature in 1973, making her the second African American woman in the history of the Tennessee to serve in its State Legislature.

    DeBerry was co-founder

    and former National Vice President of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women.

  5. Recap from the White House on Ferguson

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    The following is a recap of information on Ferguson from the White House:

    • The President has closely monitored – and been briefed regularly on – the situation in Ferguson and the Department of Justice has opened an independent, federal civil rights investigation into the death of Michael Brown.
    • Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Ferguson tomorrow to meet with the FBI agents and DOJ personnel conducting the federal criminal investigation and to receive an update from them on their progress. Today, Ronald Davis, the director of the DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is traveling to Ferguson.
    • The President underscored that the majority of protesters are peaceful but a small minority of individuals are not – and they are only dishonoring the memory of Michael Brown (by love). He also reiterated that our constitutional rights to speak freely, to assemble, and to report in the press must be safeguarded.
    • The President spoke directly to Ferguson, a community that is rightly hurting. He called on Ferguson – and the United States – to move forward together as one united American family.

    Following Monday’s call with Valerie Jarrett and Attorney General Holder, the President delivered the following statement: http://youtu.be/1RdIZ-IKR-Q?list=UUYxRlFDqcWM4y7FfpiAN3KQ

    In addition, the most recent official statement by the Attorney General Holder can be found here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/August/14-ag-854.html

    We understand your ongoing concerns about the recent events in Ferguson. We are going to continue to stay engaged and keep you updated as this case progresses.

    Best,

    White House Office of Public Engagement

  6. Stop Taking Our People (S.T.O.P.)

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    BANNER14Dear Friends, By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teen, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. You’ve read the multiple accounts of what happened. You’ve watched the television interviews. You’ve seen video footage of the riots in the streets. And, you’re mad, again. What we are witnessing today is not just the death of another young Black boy, but an outright attack on African Americans. It is unacceptable, and we do not condone actions taken by anyone to impose prejudice on another person just because of the color

    of his/her skin. The death of Michael Brown, and the incidents that have followed, are small reflections of a larger problem within our nation. While we have made strides to improve social equality in terms of race relations, tolerance, and acceptance, we still have so far to go. Our job – as elected women- has now been elevated. The onus is upon us to work together to help address these issues. Will you stand with us in this fight? Join us in the Stop Taking Our People (S.T.O.P.) campaign to raise awareness about violence and police militarization in our communities. By promotingS.T.O.P. in your districts and communities, you are sounding the alarm for racial injustice. Host a town hall meeting to discuss issues surrounding law enforcement and safety! Tweet statistics about crime and violence in your neighborhoods! Hold a vigil to remember lives lost in your state, city, or municipality! We appreciate your participation, for we cannot do this alone! And, while Americans across the nation mourn this tragedy, we cannot forget those immediately affected by the loss of a loved one. As mothers, sisters, aunts, and friends, we know this grief all too well (by kyle). We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to Brown’s family and stand with them in solidarity and love. To learn more about the S.T.O.P. Campaign, please contact our Executive Director, Ms. Waikinya Clanton via phone or email at 202.507.6246, 202.531.1613or waikinya@nobel-women.org, respectively. Thank you for your support! Yours in Service, Rep. Laura Hall (AL) National President NOBEL Women http://nobel-women.org/downloads/S.T.O.P.-National Organization Of Black Elected Womentoolkit.pdf

  7. What You Need To Know About NOBEL Women’s Annual Legislative Conference: NOBEL Women on the M.O.V.E.

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    This summer, the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women will host its Annual Legislative Conference at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, June 19-22, 2014. This year’s theme is NOBEL Women on the M.O.V.E. – Motivating, Organizing, Vocalizing and Empowering the Next Generation of Black Women Leaders will provide a platform for collaboration, leadership training, and policy development with specific focuses on the State of Black Women in America, poverty, education, voting rights, economic development, mentoring, health and wellness, energy and telecommunications. Prior to the official start of the conference, the National Installment Lenders Association, will host a Pre-Conference Summit June 18-19, 2014. Scholarship Application is now Closed. For more information please visit  www.nobel-women.org.

    Conference and Hotel Registration Deadlines

    The early registration deadline for the conference is now CLOSED. Information on regular registration is now available online at www.nobel-women.org.  The hotel reservation deadline is Thursday, May 29, 2014, and additional details about the resort and accommodations can be found online in our conference materials. To make hotel reservations please call 1.888.567.6667 or 228.386.7444. Please use group code: NOBEL Women when reserving rooms.

    Nearest Airports 

    Located on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast, theBeau Rivage is conveniently located approximately an hour drive from New Orleans to the west and Mobile, Alabama, to the east. In addition to being easily accessible by land, daily major airline service is also available via the Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport located only 15 minutes from Beau Rivage (by love). For more travel information please visit the Beau Rivage at www.beaurivage.com. 

    Resolutions Deadline

    EXTENDED: Due Wednesday, April 30th

    Legislative members of NOBEL Women interested in submitting resolutions for consideration during the Annual Legislative Conference must do so by 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

    Resolutions should be submitted via email to resolutions@nobel-women.org and may cover any of the following substantive policy areas:

    • Economic and Social Justice (ESJ)
    • Education (EDU)
    • Energy (ENG)
    • Families & Children (FAM)
    • Health (HEA)
    • Leadership (LEA)
    • Technology (TEC)
    • Telecommunications (TEL)
    • Telehealth (THE)

    About NOBEL-Women

    Founded in 1985, to increase and promote the presence of Black women in government, NOBEL Women creates programming to advance the participation of Black women in the fields of public policy, public service and civic engagement; provides a network and support system for Black women in leadership; serves as a medium for thoughtful dialogue on issues of public interest betweenelected officials and stakeholders; and trains and educates women to assume government and/or corporate leadership roles.

    Resolutions received after the deadline must be submitted to Resolutions Chair directly for consideration

     

    For questions regarding the resolutions process contact NOBEL Women Headquarters at 202-507-6246 or contact Resolutions’ Chairwoman Rep. Barbara Ballard (KS) at resolutions@nobel-women.org.

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  8. mHealth Innovations Help Predict Asthma Symptoms

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    asthma-patientLet’s talk about FREE over the air radio, because as elected officials we understand the importance of radio to our community and to our constituents.

    Radio continues to deliver local advertising, emergency weather reports, entertainment, political updates, as well as relevant information that keeps loyal audiences informed.

    Your voters care about their local radio stations! To that end, I hope you will keep an eye on the radio industry; any regulation and any legislation to protect it.

    We all can think of how radio is important to us, and I invite all NOBEL Women to comment below and tell other NOBEL women your own personal stories about how and why radio is important to you.

    As you all know, here in Louisiana, and other states effected by storms, radio has been a savior to so many of our hurricane and tornado victims.  I have attached this video that shows how radio was there for us during previous storms and how free radio continues to be there for us during storms and other disasters throughout the nation and the world:  RAIDIO WAS THERE:  http://www.youtube.com/.

    A NEW RADIO POLL: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=alan%20burns%20and%20associa

    A new poll of over 41,000 Americans by Alan Burns and Associates and Triton Digital reports the following, (in a nutshell!):

    • It’s free.
    • It’s easy.
    • It’s good for you!
    • AND it’s safe to listen in the car!

    What’s not to love!  It is the ultimate public private partnership – the broadcasters deliver compelling entertainment and information content on the public air waves – with so much new technology, it’s still a favorite. Take a bow policy makers and broadcasters!

    I know you understand the value radio brings to our community, as you keep tabs on activity in Washington this fall, please keep an eye on the radio business and it’s issues.

    Thank you for listening!

    Sincerely,

     

    Senator Sharon Weston-Broome

    PS: I also thought you’d be interested in this:www.iheartradio.com, it’s a perfect example of how the radio business is innovating and expanding, with our help the business of radio and the content on the radio will grow!