The National Women’s Political Caucus is holding its 22nd Biennial Convention this summer on July 17-19, 2015. The National Convention will take place at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, located in downtown DC just a few blocks from the White House. The theme for the Convention is 50/50 by 2020 to emphasize our goal of reaching political parity in all levels of government in the coming years. Our Biennial Convention is an important time when all our members come together to participate in educational breakout sessions, elect new officers, and discuss the future and mission of NWPC. We hope you will join us in DC this summer!
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- Friday 1-4pm - Campaign Training Workshop
- Friday 6-8pm - Diversity Reception and Women of Courage Awards
- Saturday 8-9am - Meet The Author Breakfast
- Saturday 9-11:45am - NWPC Plenary Session: Officer Reports, Bylaw Amendments and Resolutions
- Saturday 12-1:15pm - Keynote Luncheon
- Saturday 1:30-2:15pm - Reproductive Justice & the 2015 Political Agenda Panel
- Saturday 2:30-3:15pm - Modern-Day Disenfranchisement: Fifty Years of Voting Rights Panel
- Saturday 3:30-5:30pm - NWPC Plenary Session: Officer Elections
- Saturday 6-7pm - VIP President's Circle Reception
- Saturday 8-9pm - Good Guys Gala
- Sunday 8-9am - Breakfast of Champions: How We Can Champion the ERA
Have you ever thought about running for political office? Have you ever considered working on a campaign? The National Women’s Political Caucus is here to help you!
Join NWPC for a fast-paced, energizing and insightful campaign training on Friday, July 17 from 1pm - 5pm at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. This training workshop will give you the tools and resources to define your campaign, set your pace, find your voice, and refine your message with a special Campaign Pitch It session. The training will be led by NWPC VP of Education and Training Jen Myronuk and NWPC-Florida President Beth Lerner.
The campaign workshop will cost $55 for Non-Members, and the fee includes an NWPC membership. For NWPC members and those who have registered for the Convention, the price ic $35. Students and interns have a reduced price of $15. The fees cover pre-workshop assessment survey, training materials, a final Pitch It video (optional), and snacks and refreshments. Click here to view the flyer for the event! Click here to register for the training!
At our Diversity Reception, we celebrates the diverse backgrounds of members and women leaders by presenting the NWPC Women of Courage Awards. The National Women’s Political Caucus established the Women of Courage Awards to honor women from all backgrounds who have demonstrated courage by taking a stand on or against unpopular or controversial issues to further civil rights and equality.
The Diversity Reception and Women of Courage Awards will take from 6-8pm on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The Reception will include hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. The ticket price for this event is $25; individuals who have registered for the Convention will receive complimentary admission to the Diversity Reception. We hope you will join us for an evening of celebrating courageous women! Click here to buy your ticket! This year we will be honoring the following courageous women:
Wendy Sherman is Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the fourth-ranking official in the U.S. Department of State. She has formerly worked as a social worker, the director of EMILY's list, the director of Maryland's office of child welfare, and the founding president of the Fannie Mae Foundation. During the Clinton Administration, she served as Counselor of the United States Department of State and Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State and North Korea Policy Coordinator. In the latter role, she was instrumental in negotiations related to North Korea's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs.
Kristin Beck is an author, activist and veteran who served for 20 years as a US Navy SEAL. She received the Bronze star with Valor, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and many other awards. She retired in 2011 and continues security work for the US government. Beck gained public attention in 2013 when she came out as a trans woman. She published her memoir, Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL's Journey to Coming out Transgender detailing her personal experiences.
Marilyn Mosby is Baltimore City’s newly elected State’s Attorney. She is the youngest chief prosecutor of any major city in America. As an active member in her profession and community, Marilyn has served in a number of leadership positions on several committees and boards including: the Peer Review Committee of the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission (2012), the Judicial Nomination Committee for the Monumental Bar Association, the NAACP (Baltimore Branch) Criminal Justice Committee.
Virginia Marie Raymond is an immigration and criminal defense lawyer with an emphasis on deportation/removal defense, especially for detained families or individuals. She is also a human rights advocate, teacher, and scholar. She was a co-founder of the Political Asylum Project of Austin/Proyecto Asilo Político de Austin (PAPA, later American Gateways) and served as a volunteer and board member from the project's inception in 1987 until 2000.
Barbara Hines is an active member of the Karnes Pro Bono Coordinating Committee that provides legal services and advocacy around the detention of mothers and children at the Karnes Detention Center. She has litigated many issues relating to the constitutional and statutory rights of immigrants in federal and immigration courts. She was actively involved in the passage of in-state tuition for undocumented students in Texas. She frequently lectures and publishes on topics related immigration law and immigrants’ rights.
Terlisa Sheppard is a terminal breast cancer survivor who has defied all odds and fought through 3 diagnoses, with metastases to her bones, lungs, liver and brain. Being very passionate about her zest for life, Terlisa started a non-profit organization called, “Terlisa Fights Breast Cancer, Inc.,” to encourage and motivate other cancer survivors. Today, Terlisa lives with a positive attitude and it is her continuous mission to always encourage other survivors to do the same and fight along with her.
Carol Robles-Román is the President and CEO of Legal Momentum, the national legal organization that advances and defends the rights of women and girls. The organization legally represents women who are subjected to workplace discrimination and sexual assault, and called for elected officials to respond forcefully to the scourge of domestic violence. Carol was formerly Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and was the first woman to serve as Counsel to a NYC Mayor.
Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Ph.D. is the national and international founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas. Today in cities all over the US and also internationally, Latinas are engaged in dialogues about education, employment, culture, and resources, among other things. Las Comadres Para Las Americas continues to grow on a daily basis as Latinas build personal and professional relationships with one another. Comstock has served as the organization’s President and CEO since its founding and has built the organization to serve over 15,000 women in more in 100 cities and 28 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and internationally.
Congresswoman Gwen Moorewas elected to represent Wisconsin’s 4th Congressional District in 2004, making her the first African American elected to Congress from the state of Wisconsin. As a state legislator, Congresswoman Moore was a champion for progressive and social issues and has continued to stand up as a voice for each and every constituent and region across the city, with a particular emphasis on issues that impact women. She led the charge to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act over the past two Congresses and has also been an outspoken opponent of efforts to limit women’s reproductive freedom and care.
Our Keynote Luncheon speaker will be Carol Robles-Román, President and CEO of Legal Momentum, the nation’s oldest legal group dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls. In addition to advocating for women’s rights, Ms. Robles-Román was the first woman to serve as Counsel to a New York City Mayor. She served on the city’s executive leadership team for twelve years. Ms. Robles-Román will speak to our Convention attendees about her experiences as a pioneering woman in politics and advocacy work. The ticket price for this event is $40; individuals who have registered for the Convention will receive complimentary admission to the Diversity Reception. Click here to buy your ticket now!
In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, which was intended to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. In 2015 as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic act, we see new voting restrictions across the country that result in the disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of eligible voters, with disproportionate impacts on people of color, low-income communities, and women.
This panel, Modern-Day Disenfranchisement: Fifty Years of Voting Rights, will discuss how efforts to suppress voting rights affect women and how we can address these issues in the coming years. The panel will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, July 18 from 1:30pm to 3:15pm at the Mayflower Hotel and will feature representatives from DC Vote, the American Association of University Women, the National Congress of Black Women, as well as several prominent civil rights leaders.
Despite the Supreme Court’s monumental Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that declared it was unconstitutional for states to ban or regulate abortion because of the right to privacy established under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment, a woman’s right to choose continues to be an incredibly contentious issue in the United States today. The Reproductive Justice Movement emerged in the 1980s to counter resistance to this decision and advocate for reproductive rights as a social justice issue.
The panel on Reproductive Justice & the 2016 Political Agenda will provide a thoughtful and informative discussion of the importance of pro-choice issues in the upcoming election. In many states across the country, the Reproductive Justice Movement continues to be met with political barriers and challenges. Representatives from NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Republican Majority for Choice, Planned Parenthood, and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health will share their expertise on how reproductive rights impact political elections and public policy.
The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) established the NWPC Good Guys Awards in 1971 to honor men from all backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality. The Good Guys Awards recognize that our goal of attaining parity in politics and equality in American society can only be reached through the concerted efforts of men and women in all areas of professional and personal life. The ultimate goal of the awards is that our chosen “good guys” will continue to serve as role models, encouraging other men to join them and fostering greater public awareness of our goals. Past winners include President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Actor and Activist Alan Alda, and many others.
The Good Guys Gala will take place in Washington, DC at the Mayflower Hotel from 7 to 9pm on the evening of July 18, 2015. The Gala will include a seated dinner, keynote speaker, and awards ceremony. The ticket price for this event is $100. Individuals who have registered for the Convention have a reduced ticket price of $50. To buy your ticket, click here! This year, we will be presenting the following men with Good Guy Awards:
Councilman Nick J. Mosby was elected to the Baltimore City Council in November 2011, and represents a diverse group of neighborhoods in the 7th District of West Baltimore. Councilman Mosby is also known as one of the most progressive council persons, engaging his constituents via the social media platforms of Facebook and Twitter. It is not uncommon to see Councilman Mosby throughout the 7th District at neighborhood events, reading to children in schools, or standing with constituents as they rally against unwanted elements in their community. Councilman Mosby will be receiving NWPC's Good Spouse Award.
Stephen Webber is a Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing the state’s 46th District. Before taking office, Webber served two tours of duty in Iraq with the United States Marine Corps. After returning from Iraq, he worked as an aide to Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in Washington, D.C. Webber completed his Juris Doctor in 2013 at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri.
Breakfast of Champions: Championing the Equal Rights Amendment
Start your morning off right with a healthy dose of equality. Over 90% of the US population believe men and women should have equal rights affirmed by the Constitution. Over 70% of Americans believe that the Constitution already includes such a guarantee- it doesn’t. Join us for a breakfast discussion and workshop highlighting the reinvigorated campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). We will discuss how to use the energy and tools of a new generation of feminists with the wisdom and experience of veteran feminists to guarantee women true protection through the United States Constitution.
The Mayflower Hotel has provided a special discounted group rate of $139/night (single/double) available on a first come, first serve basis until June 19. To book your room today, visit the online reservation portal or call 1 (877) 212-5752 and say you're with the National Women's Political Caucus! Please reach out to Paris in the National Office at email@example.com if you have any questions regarding the Convention.