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Leveraging Our Collective Power

The mission of Black Women Rising is to leverage Black Women’s organizing skills, leadership potential and political power to influence and positively impact our community. We are an active, engaged and passionate group of African-American women. We use our collective power for the greater good.

We are Black Women Rising.

Official Statement Regarding Recent Supreme Court Overturning of Roe v. Wade

History was made yesterday, and in my mind, it was for the wrong reason; The Supreme Court Justice overturned Roe V. Wade. A landmark ruling that will restrict the freedom of choice and access to basic healthcare for pregnant women.  This is a slippery slope, the tipoff an iceberg.

How will this ruling impact all our right to have the freedom of choice?

What’s next?  The right to marry who you love or the right to vote?

Let’s talk about voting. Voting is a fundamental right for all Americans. Recently in Texas, the GOP called for abolishing the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The writing is on the wall and has been for a long time. In this political climate, like the overturning of Roe V. Wade, this is a possibility. We have the power to ensure this does not happen. We have the power to work with our elected officials to ensure MN remains a protected state, so women and families can have the freedom of choice and access to basic healthcare. We have the power to do precisely what they are working so hard to prevent us from doing. We have the power through our vote.

As we approach the mid-terms, it’s critical that we vote and vote for candidates who align with our mission and values. And who have the passion and courage to stand by their values when it comes to driving policy changes and bills that support the rights of all Americans. 


BWR is here to support, and advocate, for black women running for office who align with our mission and values. Black candidates who will help drive policies that will support access to care and fundamental rights for all Americans. Black candidates and elected officials who will hold those accountable for making decisions that restrict our freedom of choice.


As we witness the ramifications of the overturn of Roe V. Wade unfold, we urge you to do one or all the following:

  • Vote in November

  • Know who you are voting for, do your homework, check out our black ballot

  • Mobilize and encourage others to vote

  • Sign petitions demanding President Biden uses his power to ensure access to healthcare for all Americans.


In service,

Dr. Sylvia Bartley

President of BWR

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