1. NOBEL Women Congratulates Member Florida Senator Audrey Gibson on Election as Senate Democratic Leader for 2018-2020 Legislative Term

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    On Monday evening, state Sen. Audrey Gibson won a narrow 8-7 vote of Senate Democrats to become Senate Democratic Leader Designate for the 2018-2020 legislative term.

    “I look forward to working with Caucus members on their priorities and ensuring their voices are heard on legislation impacting all Floridians.  I am also excited about bringing in new Democrat Senators to the Florida Senate to create a legislative balance in the Chamber,” said Gibson Monday evening.

    Gibson will succeed current Senate Democratic Leader Oscar Braynon II when his term ends next November.

    The split was described by one observers as moderates versus progressives, a dynamic which some fear will split the caucus; our source tells us Braynon was the deciding vote.

    Gibson thought she had the votes last week, but our understanding is that there was a late challenge from Orange County Democrat Randolph Bracy.

    The drama built toward the Monday night vote, yet Gibson — true to her original expectations and vote count — pulled off the win by the narrowest of margins.

    The role was to go to former Sen. Jeff Clemens, who resigned in October after admitting an extramarital affair with a lobbyist.

    For Northeast Florida, this is the second big piece of Senate news on Monday.

    Fleming Island Republican Rob Bradley took over the Appropriations Committee chair after former budget chief Jack Latvala relinquished that powerful position, as he defends himself against an onslaught of sexual harassment allegations.

    Senator Gibson, chair of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee, serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    Her other committee assignments: Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development, Commerce and Tourism Committee, Judiciary Committee, Regulated Industries Committee, and Joint Legislative Auditing Committee.



    Original article here.

  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.


  1. 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.

  1. 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.



  1. 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.


    White House Office of Public Engagement

  1. 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

  1. 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.


    Download applications here.