Black Women for Positive Change Mourn the Passing of Nelson Mandela

Dec 5, 2013

Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC), a national, civic network of progressive, activist women
and “Good Brothers” extends condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela, the first Black President
of South Africa. “It is an honor to have lived during the same era as Nelson Mandela,” stated
Virginia Delegate Daun S. Hester and Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, BW4PC National Co-Chairs in a joint
statement, “He was a giant of a man and the epitome of grace, dignity and leadership. Nelson
Mandela served as a role model of leadership for the world. He was a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, a
father, a husband and a diplomat, who in spite of spending 27 years in a South African Prison,
embraced men and women of all races and nationalities with humanity, compassion and a spirit of
reconciliation.”

The members of BW4PC feel sadness and express their sorrow to President Mandela’s family and to the
people of South Africa. Faye Morrison, Charter Member of BW4PC in Boston, Massachusetts said, “I
knew he was sick but, Nelson Mandela passing hurts.” Stephanie Myers, National Co-Chair stated, “As
college activists during the 1960’s, we demanded Nelson Mandel be freed from prison, and I can
remember dancing with joy the day he was released.” Patricia Duncan, Charter Member of BW4PC in
Denver, Colorado stated, “One of my favorite quotes from President Mandela was ‘I learned that
courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not
feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’ He was truly a leader to all mankind and has earned his eternal peace.”

Black Women for Positive Change
National Civic Network Bkwomen4Poschange@gmail.com
P.O. Box 78211, Washington, DC 20013 www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org

For Immediate Release                  Contact: S. Myers  202-347-5566

National Day of Non-Violence Now Recognized In Nine States and the District of Columbia

Aug 17, 2013

Washington, DC – Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland and Governor Deval L. Patrick of
Massachusetts are the first Governors to proclaim August 22 as a “Day of Non-Violence.”
This national initiative is being spearheaded by Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC)
a national civic organization, and the Summit Council of supporters. BW4PC is a national
civic network dedicated to preserving and strengthening the American Middle/Working Class.
The network believes violence in America is threatening the very survival of the
Middle/Working Class and as a result BW4PC is focusing on “Changing the Culture of
Violence in America.”

In a joint statement Black Women for Positive Change National Co-Chairs Dr. Stephanie
Myers and Delegate Daun S. Hester said, “We are calling on national, state and local leaders
and Faith Leaders to actively promote the concept on Non-Violence in their cities and states,
churches, schools, recreation centers and in the workplace. There are too many acts of
senseless violence in America, and they must stop. We are proud of the elected officials who
have declared August 22, 2013, a “Day of Non-Violence” and the many Faith Leaders who
are educating their communities—particularly youth–about the power of non-violence as a
conflict resolution tool. This emphasis on Non-Violence is appropriate during the Week of the
50th Anniversary of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington.”
Black Women for Positive Change is an official Partner in the 50th Anniversary of the March
on Washington.

The elected officials in nine States and the District of Columbia who have declared
Proclamations and Resolutions for a “Day of Non-Violence” and have sent Letters of
Congratulations include:
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland
Governor Martin J. O’Malley, Maryland
Governor Deval L. Patrick, Massachusetts
Mayor William A. Bell, Sr., City of Birmingham, Alabama
Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver, Colorado
Councilman Marion Barry, City Council of the District of Columbia
Mayor Vincent C. Gray, District of Columbia
Mayor Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Columbus, Georgia
Mayor Mitchell Landreau, New Orleans, Louisiana
Commissioner Reuben B. Collins, II and County Commissioners, Charles County, Maryland

National Summit on Non‐Violence
“Changing the Culture of Violence in America”
Convened by Black Women for Positive Change and Summit Council
P.O. Box 78211, Washington, DC 20013; Fax 202‐403‐3022
Bkwomen4PosChange@gmail.com; www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org
County Executive Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County, Maryland
County Executive Rushern L. Baker, Prince Georges County, Maryland
Councilor Charles C. Yancey, City Council, Boston, Massachusetts
Councilor Tito Jackson, City Council, Boston, Massachusetts
Mayor Rita Sanders, Bellevue, Nebraska
Mayor Chris Beutler, Lincoln, Nebraska
Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, City Council, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mayor John A. Thompson, Borough of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
Mayor Marcus E. Knight, Lancaster, Texas
Mayor Annise Danette Parker, Houston, Texas
Mayor William D. Euille, Alexandria, Virginia
Mayor Will Sessoms, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Mayor Paul David Fraim, Norfolk, Virginia
Mayor Kenneth I. Wright, Portsmouth, Virginia

The National Day of Non-Violence is held in conjunction with the National Summit on Non-
Violence in observance of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic March on
Washington. The full-day summit will begin with a Youth Summit at 9 a.m., followed by panel
discussions from 1 pm – 5 pm. The Summit will be held at the historic Metropolitan AME
Church, 1518 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. Faith leaders, community leaders, youth
groups, business leaders and elected officials are invited to attend. Registration is free at
www.blackwomenforpostiivechange.org

National Summit on Non‐Violence
“Changing the Culture of Violence in America”
Convened by Black Women for Positive Change and Summit Council
P.O. Box 78211, Washington, DC 20013; Fax 202‐403‐3022
Bkwomen4PosChange@gmail.com; www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org
For Immediate Release Contact: Bernadette Tolson 202-997-0655
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Black Women for Positive Change Calls for Changing the Culture of Violence in America

Aug 1, 2013

In response to the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman in the trial of Trayvon Martin, Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC) National Co-Chairs, Virginia Delegate Daun S. Hester and Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, released the following statement, “It is hard to believe the jury found George Zimmerman (Defendant) not guilty on all counts, for the murder of Trayvon Martin. While we respect the judicial process, we believe George Zimmerman should have at least been found guilty of manslaughter. We believe there is an overall problem of a culture of violence in America that contributes to a jury letting a racial profiler like Zimmerman go free after killing Trayvon–a 17 year old youth who wasn’t accused or arrested for committing a crime. Our hearts go out to Trayvon’s brave parents, and all of the parents who have lost their children to violence. This senseless killing must stop.”

Myers and Hester continued, “Our organization is committed to ‘Changing the Culture of Violence in America.’ We are convening a National Summit on Non-Violence, Thursday, August 22, 2013, in Washington D.C, during the Week of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s March on Washington. At the Summit, we will discuss violence-prone attitudes and behaviors of racial profilers like George Zimmerman, gang members, domestic abusers and child abusers with the goal of finding ways to eliminate those behaviors to protect youth, and vulnerable individuals. We will also have a courageous conversation about our seeming acceptance of youth violence and injustice when victim and perpetrator are both Black. We are calling on parents, faith leaders, elected officials and mentors to help coach youth—and their parents, in conflict resolution techniques so, that all children and youth can walk to corner stores safely and feel safe in their neighborhoods. This is not a time to just talk about the problem—we must mobilize to Change the Culture of Violence in America.”
Black Women for Positive Change, (BW4PC) is a national civic network of volunteers. They are partnering with faith-leaders to host the National Summit on Non-Violence, August 22, 2013, at Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M St NW, Washington, DC 20005. BWP4C is also calling for elected officials to declare a “National Day of Non-Violence” on August 22, 2013 and for Faith Leaders to preach on Non-Violence during August and September 2013. For more information and/or to get involved go to www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org

National Summit on Non-Violence
“Changing the Culture of Violence in America”
Convened by Black Women for Positive Change and Summit Council
P.O. Box 78211, Washington, DC 20013; Fax 202-403-3022
Bkwomen4PosChange@gmail.com; www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org

For Immediate Release

Contact: S Myers, 202-347-5566

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