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05/30/2018 | Racial Justice

Black Leaders from Across CPD's Network Convene in Washington, DC

In the previous gatherings, the Black Leadership space had been focused on building the capacity of the Black executive directors in the CPD Network. This time, the space was opened up to Black leaders within all positions of our affiliated organizations. Leaders like Brianna Brown, the Deputy Director of Texas Organizing Project (TOP), was able to share some of the work that TOP is leading in Texas to bail out incarcerated mothers ahead of Mother's Day. [Read more on our blog. - linked to blog]

Throughout the country, we have seen increased attention to police violence, income inequity and attacks on civic participation. CPD affiliates have led the way in their respective geographies on conversations and community-based solutions. From One Pennsylvania, who is taking on the school-to-prison pipeline, to Black Leaders Organizing Communities (BLOC) in Wisconsin, who have reframed the narrative around safety to include community investments and not policing, the CPD Network’s Black leadership is on the frontlines fighting to protect our communities and our values.  

CPD affiliates in attendance included Arkansas Community Organization (AR), Black Leaders Organizing Communities (WI), Churches United for Fair Housing (NY), Good Jobs Now (MI), New York Communities for Change (NY), One Pennsylvania (PA), Organize Florida (FL),  SPACES (Washington, DC), Step Up Louisiana (LA), Texas Organizing Project (TOP), United for a New Economy (CO), West Virginia Healthy Kids (WV).

As this space continues to grow, opportunities to collaborate will also increase. If you are a Black executive director or staff leader from a partner organization that was not able to make it to the Leadership Council and would like to be involved, please contact Tracey Corder.