My 104-year-old grandmother, Mamie Bland Todd, fought for civil rights her entire life. Now she and I are fighting to protect Black people and communities threatened by President Donald Trump and the people he has put in positions of power. We are working hard to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. There are many reasons for Black people to support Biden and Harris, an extraordinarily accomplished Black woman making a historic run for the White House. Here are a few of
For the sixth year in a row, Essence Magazine and the Black Women’s Roundtable have surveyed Black women about the issues that concern them most. Melanie Campbell, Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable and President and CEO of the National Coalition for Black Civic Participation, summarizes the top concerns: “survival, safety, and stability.” Black women are concerned about the rise in hate crimes and the persistence of structural racism. In light of the public lynching
“We have to accept that foreign powers seize upon these divisions because they are real — because racism remains the United States’ Achilles’ heel. Indeed, it is, and always has been, a national security vulnerability — a fundamental and easily exploitable reality of American life that belies the image and narrative of equality and justice we project and export around the world.” -- Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Vote
NEW YORK – Attorney General Letitia James issued guidance to Board of Election offices and law enforcement entities throughout the state to protect New Yorkers from voter intimidation on, and before, Election Day. “All New Yorkers must be able to exercise their fundamental right to vote without coercion or intimidation,” said Attorney General James. “While voting in New York is safe and secure, I urge anyone who encounters barriers or issues to contact my office immediately.
Sister to Sister International, Inc. (STSI) is proud to announce eight new outstanding board members, including Athena Dent, Deana Nelson, Georgia Reid-Douglas, Ghia Clark, Gwen Parris, Ini Obot, Lauren Morris, and Tinuke Colpa. All were sworn in by the esteemed Supreme Court Justice Janet Malone. Cheryl Brannan, STSI Founder, stated, “This is a pivotal time in STSI’s history and our world. Now more than ever we need no-nonsense leaders that are committed to stay the course
When I first heard that entertainer Ice Cube is supporting Donald Trump in his 2020 re-election bid, I did not believe it. Cube is supposed to be someone whose lived experiences make him well aware of white supremacy. As a member of the hip-hop group N.W.A., he even co-wrote the lyrics to the 1988 song “F**k Tha Police.” In addressing criticism after news broke that he is supporting the Republican presidential candidate, Cube said that it would not help us in the end if we di
Sister to Sister International (STSI) a Yonkers based nonprofit established 25 years ago to link black women and girls locally and globally to the resources that connects advance and strengthens them - has been on the move! STSI has become well known for sponsoring UN excursions for local youth and women during their Annual UN Days and global advocacy, in addition to their health literacy focus for Black women including their signature “Sisters Beating the Odds & Claiming We
(Yonkers, NY) – Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined the Matthew Wallace Foundation to give out candy to more than 1,000 children who otherwise may have not been able to trick-or-treat this year due to COVID-19. On Saturday, Senator Stewart-Cousins had a special table at the trunk-or-treat event outside the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers. The Senator’s table was decorated with cobwebs and bats where each trick-or-treater could take candy and a coloring book safely.