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.
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
Kathy Grillo, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Verizon
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
|The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women is mourning the loss of our beloved founder and Board of Directors member, the Honorable Gwen Moore. |
The Honorable Gwen Moore was first elected to the California State Legislature in 1978 and served for 16 years until 1994, representing California’s 49th district (redistricted and renumbered in 1990 as the 47th district), which currently includes Long Beach, Catalina Island and parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties.
While serving in the Assembly, she introduced over 400 bills that were signed into law. She also served as Majority Whip and was a member of a number of influential committees, including the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee.
Moore served on the California State Bar Board of Trustees, the California Small Business Association board, and the national board of the NAACP. She was also First Vice President of the California State Conference of the NAACP, Vice-Chair of the California Utility Diversity Council, Chairwoman of the California Black Business Association, and President Emeritus of The Future PAC.
The Honorable Gwen Moore’s work has brought honors and awards from diverse arenas, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Professional Communication Association, and Legislator of the Year award from NBCSL. She also received the prestigious Black Rose Award from the National League of Black Women, the Business of the Year from the Black Business Association, the Leadership California’s State Leader Award, and the Professional Communication Association. In 2013, Ms. Moore was inducted into the CA NAACP Hall of Fame in Sacramento.
|“When I received the news of the Honorable Gwen Moore’s passing, I was devastated,” said NOBEL President Karen Camper. “Not only was she a mentor and friend, but she was also a woman that modeled what it means to be a black woman dedicated to public service. Gwen Moore, along with the other phenomenal founders of NOBEL Women, had the foresight and vision to know the importance of creating spaces for our leadership. I will always remember her enthusiasm and her willingness to serve NOBEL Women as a founder, advisor, and member. She has been a guiding light and I will truly miss her.”|
We will share the arrangements as they become available. Please send any photos or memories you have of the Honorable Gwen Moore.
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Angelus Funeral Home (Private)
Virtual: The link to observe the private service coming soon.
Time: Immediately following the private service.
Place: Inglewood Park Cemetery (Public)
720 E. Florence Ave
Inglewood, CA 90301
In lieu of flowers the family is encouraging donations to be made in memory of Gwen Moore to two of her special organizations:
The California Hawaii State NAACP
1215 K Street, Ste. 1609
Sacramento, CA 95814
The Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI)
1087 S. Redondo Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
If you make a donation to one of the organizations, please place “In memory of Gwen Moore” on the Memo line. Sincere thanks from Gwen’s husband, Ron Dobson, Sr. , the Moore family, and extended family.
On behalf of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, thank you for attending our We are hurting: The State of Black Women’s Mental Health event. As an organization of Black Women Legislators, we know all too well the importance of hosting conversations like this. We hope that it was insightful and helpful.
Here are youtube and facebook recordings of the event. Please feel free to share it with your networks!
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Compassion & Choices
The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women is proud to serve as a partner with Power Rising 2019.
Black women of all backgrounds, experiences, and intersections will gather for Power Rising: Celebrating the Collective Power of Black Women (www.powerrising.org)! This summit will build an actionable agenda that leverages our individual and collective power and influence for the advancement of ourselves, our families, our communities and our future.The Summit will be organized around five key pillars of activism and engagement: Business & Economic Empowerment; Culture, Community, and Society; Education, Technology, and Innovation; Health & Wellness; and Political Empowerment. Join us in New Orleans, LA, February 21 – 24, 2019.
Black women are still reclaiming our time and activating our political power as we always have at critical moments throughout our history. In the most recent midterm elections, black women had impressive wins black women voters, once again, turned out in record numbers! For too long, the generational concerns of black women and girls continue to be under-prioritized and ignored–often lumped into broader conversations without the necessary focus from decision-makers. The Power Rising Summit will provide black women a space to turn power into action and create a strategic, actionable agenda to be implemented in our communities and nationally! The agenda created at the Power Rising Summit will leverage our social, political, professional, cultural, and economic power for the betterment of ourselves, our families, our communities, and our future.
NOBEL women members can go to this registration page to register for the summit!
Hotel arrangements can be made on the here..
For more information please check out the Power Rising website.