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  1. Reform Solutions for Women Caught in a Broken Judicial System

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    Please join us for a virtual conversation about the toll that incarceration takes on women, girls and families nationwide which can be personally devastating, and is impacting communities across America. For the past several years, Verizon has been an advocate for reform of the criminal legal system at the Federal and State level, including support for passage of the First Step and the Second Chance Acts.

    To help us elevate the women’s perspective and the challenges they face, Verizon is partnering with the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women) to discuss these important policy issues.

    Panelists:
    Representative Sonya Harper, Illinois 6th District (D)
    Alice Marie Johnson, Senior Fellow, Right on Crime, Texas Public Policy Institute
    Ivy Woolf Turk, Founder, Project Liberation and Life Coach

    Moderator:
    Kathy Grillo, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Verizon
    Remarks by:
    Donna Epps, Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Strategic Alliances, Verizon
    Representative Karen Camper, Tennessee 87th District (D), National President, National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women

  1. Senator Jackie Winters Biography

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    Senator Jackie Winters began her life-long interest in citizen involvement and public policy as she listened to her parents’ discussions around the table, first in Topeka, Kansas where she was born, and later in Portland Oregon where her family moved in 1943. Throughout her formal education and early years of employment, she continued to personally practice her belief in the powers of “her voice” as well as her value for gathering “everyone” around the table.

    She began her governmental service in 1959 at the University of Oregon Medical School in the medical records unit and later joined the staff of the Portland Model Cities Program. In 1969, she was recruited to be supervisor of the Office of Economic Opportunity’s New Resources Program at the request of Governor Tom McCall. In 1979, she was appointed Ombudsman by Governor Victor Atiyeh. During this service, she helped create the Oregon Food Share Program, the first statewide non-profit food sharing network, which continues today serving most of Oregon’s neediest families.

    In 1985, Jackie opened her first Jackie’s Ribs restaurant, in Salem. Over time, she and her family expanded operations to include three restaurants, two franchises, catering services, private parties and numerous appearances in national Bar-B-Q Cook-offs. She closed the business in 2003 at the time of the first illness of her husband.

    In 1998, voters of District 31 elected Jackie as State Representative, the first African-American Republican to achieve this honor in Oregon. After serving two terms, she was elected as State Senator for District 10 and has served in that office since 2002. She has served on the Joint Ways & Means Committee since 1999 and chaired the Ways & Means Sub-Committee on Human Resources in 2013. She is currently co-chair of the Ways & Means Sub Committee on Public Safety and serves on the Ways and Means Sub Committee on Human Resources. In November 2014, she was elected to a fourth term as Senator representing District 10. In November, 2017 she was selected by the Senate Republican Caucus to serve as Senate Republican Leader, the first African American in Oregon to be a caucus leader.

    Senator Winters is also a past President of the Salem Chapter of NAACP, and one of the founders of the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers. Nationally, she is a former member of the Executive Board of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, (NOBEL Women), and currently serves as the Oregon State Director for Women in Government (WIG) and Vice-chair of the Committee on International Affairs of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL).

    Jackie has lived in Salem for 46 years. She was married in 1971 to Marc “Ted” Winters. She has four adult sons, a stepson, stepdaughter, 11 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Her beloved husband Ted passed on August 26, 2008.

  1. Congratulations Senator Jackie Winters

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    Congratulations Senator Jackie Winters on your new role as Senate Republican Leader! Take a look at the press release below. For Senator Jackie Winter’s bio click here.

  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.

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    Original article here.