“Transforming Communities through Our Vote, Our Voice and Our Power” was the theme of the 3rd Annual Links Legislative Luncheon on September 12th. The goal of the event, as stated by Karen Jefferson Morrison, Chair of Legislative Issues and Public Affairs, was to empower attendees to incite change and to have a better understanding of the challenges facing our communities. Share advocacy strategies and have deliberate conversations and discussions about issues that are important to us and our communities. Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, National President of The Links, Incorporated and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, (D-MA), discussed how we can leverage the power of our voices to educate, engage and mobilize voters and stakeholders in all of our communities, reiterating that “You must cast your votes and demand that each vote counts. It is critical to our democracy.”
The Black Women’s Agenda, Incorporated kicked off its 42nd Annual Symposium at the Washington Hilton on September 13th. Under the leadership of BWA President, Gwainevere Catchings Hess who set the tone and mission from the beginning “We Are The Change.” Now, Let’s get to work and stay engaged!”, this event set the stage for how the community can make an impact on this 2020 election cycle. Joy Ann Reid, television host and a national correspondent at MSNBC, lead the 2019 BWA Symposium Town Hall as the moderator with a distinguished panel of experts including: Maya Wiley, Shermichael Singleton, Michelle Singletary, and Keith Boykin who laid out the importance of all African Americans being counted by not only participating at the polls in our local and national elections but in the Census as well. This ensures our communities receive the critical programs and funds from our governing bodies.
Approximately half of the 48 members of the Patuxent River (MD) Chapter of The Link’s Incorporated attended the 35th Annual Women's Legislative Briefing (WLB) on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland.
The WLB is spearheaded by the Montgomery County Commission for Women and many co-sponsoring organizations. The purpose of the Briefing is to inform the residents of Maryland about legislative proposals before the Maryland General Assembly and the U.S. Congress that address issues of specific concern to women.
Patuxent River (MD) Chapter was one of the event’s co-sponsors and members networked with other women’s groups including the Silver Spring (MD) Chapter of The Link’s Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and Emerge Maryland.