Black Women Leaders and Allies Meet With U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris

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Kamala Harris, THE VICE PRESIDENT of THE UNITED STATES

Washington, D.C. – Today, Black Women Leaders and Allies attended a meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss the significant domestic policy and democracy issues facing our nation, including the urgency of passing federal voting rights legislation, the advancement of economic justice and opportunity–through the Build Back Better Plan and the recently passed bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and other priority issues.  The meeting also provided an instructive dialogue on the critical problems critical to Black women and families, including maternal health and other issues.

Today’s meeting is a follow-up meeting that Vice President Harris held with Black Women Leaders & Allies focused on voting rights on July 16th.  Black Women & Allies is comprised of over 60 national and state-based organizations that have been focused on advocating for voting rights, economic & reproductive justice— convened by Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, President & Chair of the Board, National Council of Negro Women; and Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network. In July, the Black women leaders in attendance provided recommendations, expertise, and insight on additional ways the Biden-Harris Administration can utilize a whole of government approach and its bully pulpit to continue its leadership in the fight to protect the voting rights for all Americans.

The Black women leaders that attended the meeting thanked Vice President Harris for her leadership and commitment to continue to meet regularly; and shared their commitment to continue working with the Biden-Harris Administration as they work for the American people to Build Back Better.

The following Black women leaders were present at today’s meeting with Vice President Harris:

  • Melanie L. Campbell, Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, President & CEO, NCBCP
  • Janice Mathis, Esq., Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women 
  • Dr. Barbara Williams Skinner, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network
  • Shavon Arline-Bradley, President & Chair, D4 In Action 
  • Cora Barry, Board Member, NCBCP, Former First Lady of the District of Columbia
  • Salandra Benton, Convener, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation/FL Black Women’s Roundtable
  • Donna Brazile, Founder & Managing Director, Brazile, and Associates
  • Roslyn Brock, Chair Emerita, NAACP 
  • Crayola Brown, National President, A. Philip Randolph Institute Rising 
  • Latosha Brown, Co-Founder, Black Voters Matter
  • Cora Barry, Board Member, NCBCP, Former First Lady of the District of Columbia
  • Glynda Carr, President, Higher Heights for America 
  • Joi Chaney, Executive Director, Washington Bureau, Senior Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, National Urban League 
  • Bishop Leah Daughtry, Founder & Co-Convener, Power Rising
  • Jotaka Eaddy, Convenor, #WinWithBlackWomen 
  • Karen Finney, Advocate,  Vice-Chair NARAL, Communications Advisor NCBCP/BWRStar Jones, Chair, National Women’s Diversity Council  
  • Carol Joyner, Director, Labor Project for Working Families 
  • Tamika Mallory, Co-Founder, Until Freedom 
  • Minyon Moore, Co-Convenor, Power Rising  
  • Rachel Noerdlinger, President, Noerdlinger Strategies, LLC  
  • Tameka Ramsey, Convener, Michigan Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Eastern  MI/Metro Detroit Black Women’s Roundtable  
  • Ebonie Riley, Senior Vice President of Policy & Strategic Partnerships, National Action Network 
  • Joycelyn Tate, Senior Policy Advisor, Black Women’s Roundtable, NCBCP 

For more information on Black Women & Allies, go to blackwomentakeaction.org.

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