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Black Women for Obama Re-Organizing for 2012

Atlanta, GA (May 1, 2011) – (http://www.blackwomenforobama.org) Black Women for Obama, a professional grass-roots organization of Barack Obama supporters today announced that they will begin re-organizing to solicit volunteers to work with the organization to help President Obama in his re-election bid.

The organization plans to re-build the considerable network of African-American women that last election cycle helped in efforts all around the country to elect President Obama. ”It’s important for black women around the country to show solidarity around President Obama’s re-election now more than it was in 2008. We’re at a critical point as a nation, a point where we can continue to drive further away from many of the inequities and bad policies created during the Bush Administration, or do a u-turn back in the direction the Republicans and their Tea Party members would have us go. We simply can’t afford to allow the people with the policies that pushed us to the brink of financial ruin re-inhabit the White House”, says Patricia Wilson-Smith, the group’s Executive Director.

“Our goal is to get State Chapters re-started in every state”, Smith continues. “In 2008, we only managed to start 26 chapters. This time, we’re sure we can get participation from women in every state in the nation.”

The group’s efforts to re-ignite it’s movement comes at a time when there are questions as to whether or not President Obama will be able to bring his base back to the volunteer rolls. But Wilson-Smith expresses little concern over the issue. “We are making it our job to let the nation know that yet again, for lots of black women around the country, there is no ambiguity, and no hesitation about our desire to see Barack Obama re-elected as President of the United States in 2012.”

In 2008, Black Women for Obama had official chapters in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington State. Members of state and local chapters participated in canvassing events, GOTV efforts, registration drives, and fund raising for then Senator Obama.

About Black Women for Obama: Black Women for Obama is a professional grass-roots organization dedicated to doing all it can to ensure that Barack Obama is re-elected as President of the United States, but not officially affiliated with Obama for America in any way. Learn more about us at http://www.blackwomenforobama.org.

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Black Women for Obama Takes Message of Hope to South Carolina

Atlanta, GA (December 3, 2007) – (http://www.blackwomenforobama.org) Black Women for Obama, a professional grass-roots organization of Barack Obama supporters today announced that they will be leveraging the resources of their national organization to assist the South Carolina “Obama for America” volunteer force with contacting voters about Senator Barack Obama and his candidacy.

The organization plans to use its considerable network of resources to help the Obama Campaign make contact with as many South Carolina voters as possible. “South Carolina is a key state for the campaign,” says Yvonne Robinson, South Carolina’s Black Women for Obama State Chapter Director. “About one-third of all the voters in the South Carolina primary will be African-American women. Having Black Women for Obama chapters around the country to assist us in reaching these women will mean a great deal to our ability to get the word out about our candidate and win the state.”

“Our goal is to get 100% participation from our chapters”, says Patricia Wilson-Smith, the group’s Executive Director. “Each of the State Chapter heads will be responsible for garnering their troops to this cause. BWFO will do its part to win South Carolina for the Senator!”

The group’s pledge of additional support to the South Carolina canvassing effort comes at a time when there is a national focus on the quandary created by the Clinton and Obama candidacies for African American female voters. “We are solidly behind Senator Obama”, says Brenda K. Johnson, National Membership and Outreach Coordinator for BWFO. “We are making it our job to let the nation know that for lots of black women, there is no ambiguity, and no hesitation about our choice for the next President of the United States.”

Black Women for Obama has official chapters in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington State. Members of state and local chapters participate in canvassing events, GOTV efforts, registration drives, and fund raising for Senator Obama.

About Black Women for Obama: Black Women for Obama is a professional grass-roots organization dedicated to doing all it can to ensure that Senator Barack Obama becomes the next President of the United States, but not officially affiliated with Obama for America in any way. Learn more about us at http://www.blackwomenforobama.org.

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Black Women for Obama Skewers Jesse Jackson Over ‘Jena 6’ Comment

Atlanta, GA (September 25, 2007) – (http://www.blackwomenforobama.org) BlackWomenForObama.org is a place for Obama supporters to learn about and discuss the issues. Today, the issue under discussion was Jesse Jackson’s comments about Senator Barack Obama’s public response to the ‘Jena 6’ case.

The groups Executive Director, columnist and author Patricia Wilson-Smith offered a humorous but scathing evaluation of why Jesse Jackson, a self-proclaimed Obama supporter, would accuse the Senator of ‘acting like he’s white’, in an essay entitled “Jesse Jackson’s Jaw Jappin”, which was published on the group’s website today.

The op-ed refers to an incident that was described by a writer with ‘The State’ Newspaper in South Carolina where it was reported that Jesse Jackson made the remark during a 45 minute, one-on-one interview. “Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying”, says Wilson-Smith. Our goal at BlackWomenForObama.org is to engage our readers, to incite thoughtful discussion, but to do it in an entertaining way. When you think about the Jackson incident in its totality, you almost have to laugh.”

The organization has 12 official chapters in Tennessee, Georgia, Missouri, New York, Indiana, Texas, Virginia, Nevada, Minnesota, Ohio, South Carolina, and Washington State. The primary goal of the organization is to engage black women in the political process, and to drive minority support to Senator Obama.

“Our special brand of politics is spreading like wildfire”, says Khesha Duncan, the organization’s Co-Director. “Women all over the country can identify with the humor, passion, and commitment that our organization has brought to this grass-roots effort. They recognize that it is all about making a change in this nation, and like us, they all believe that Barack Obama will be the architect of that change.”

According to BlackAmericaWeb.com, black women across America are “meeting, mobilizing and empowering themselves as a critical voting bloc for the 2008 presidential election.”  In this election more than any other, black women will have a unique and important voice. “We’re poised to blanket the nation in support of Senator Obama”, says Wilson-Smith. “Black women will be heard from this election year, make no mistake about it! And when a polarizing figure like Jesse Jackson says something that warrants rebuke, BWFO will lead the charge to set them straight!”

About Black Women for Obama: Black Women for Obama is a professional grass-roots organization dedicated to doing all it can to ensure that Senator Barack Obama becomes the next President of the United States. Learn more about us at http://www.blackwomenforobama.org. To read “Jesse Jackson’s Jaw Jappin”, go to http://blackwomenforobama.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/jesse-jacksons-jaw-jappin/.

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Black Women for Obama Adds New York to State Chapters

Atlanta, GA (September 10, 2007) – (http://www.blackwomenforobama.org) Today, Black Women For Obama announced the formation of a new chapter in the state of New York. That brings the total of official state chapters to seven, for the organization devoted to supporting the candidacy of Senator Barack Obama.

The group now has official chapters in Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New York, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

“We are very excited to have New York on the Obama team”, says Patricia Wilson-Smith, the organization’s Executive Director. “The willingness of black women all over the country to join with us in helping to spread Senator Obama’s message of hope has been nothing short of amazing!”

Though not affiliated with Senator Obama, the group volunteers to assist wherever needed, and believes it’s important that all Obama supporters help the campaign to achieve its strategic objectives, especially as it relates to the key first primary States. Black Women for Obama uses its collective resources to sponsor events, conduct voter registration drives, and maintains a website, (http://www.blackwomenforobama.org) that features news and opinion pieces related to the ’08 campaign.

“We have had an amount of traffic hit our site – people from all over the country are responding to the information we’re sharing, and that’s been integral in spawning the new chapters, we think”, remarks Khesha Duncan, BWFO’s Co-Director. “The power of the Internet has played a huge role in increasing our visibility”.

According to BlackAmericaWeb.com, black women across America are “meeting, mobilizing and empowering themselves as a critical voting bloc for the 2008 presidential election.”  In this election more than any other, black women will have a unique and important voice. “We’re poised to blanket the nation in support of Senator Obama”, says Wilson-Smith. “Black women will be heard from this election year, make no mistake about it!”

About Black Women for Obama: Black Women for Obama is a professional grass-roots organization dedicated to doing all it can to ensure that Senator Barack Obama becomes the next President of the United States. Learn more about us at http://www.blackwomenforobama.org.

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Black Women for Obama Joins Movement for Change

Atlanta, GA (September 4, 2007) – (http://www.blackwomenforobama.org) Black Women For Obama, a newly formed organization of African-American women who are Obama supporters, announced today that it has held its first formal meeting, and will be aggressively working with the Obama Campaign to enlighten other black women about Senator Barack Obama’s vision for the nation.

“Our group is made up of black women who have evaluated the candidates, examined the issues, and decided that Senator Obama is the best choice to lead this nation at this time. Our primary goal is to encourage as many black women as possible to become part of the political process – however, we’re confident that if they do the same evaluation, they will see that Senator Obama is the one to support,” says Patricia Wilson-Smith, the group’s Executive Director.

The organization has plans to go nationwide. They have already formed official chapters in Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas and Indiana, and are actively recruiting members to form state chapters in the remaining first primary states – New Hampshire, Iowa, Florida, and Nevada.

According to BlackAmericaWeb.com, black women across America are “meeting, mobilizing and empowering themselves as a critical voting bloc for the 2008 presidential election.” In this election more than any other, black women will have a unique and important voice. “In 2004, black Americans cast 14 million votes, 59% of which were cast by black women. Our group is dedicated to debunking the myth that because of her husband’s popularity, Senator Clinton will get our votes by default. We believe that there is someone better equipped to lead our nation, and that someone is Senator Barack Obama”, says Khesha Duncan, Co-Director for BWFO.

The group is actively planning a number of fund-raisers, voter registration events and is emulating the ‘house party’ approach to canvassing adopted by “Women for Obama”, Michelle Obama’s organization within the official Obama campaign. BWFO will encourage women across the nation to have open dialogs about the candidates and decide for themselves who the Democratic nominee should be.

“We’ve also created a website that is a clearinghouse of information about the 2008 campaign, and Senator Obama,” said Wilson-Smith. “The site is a collection of articles and op-ed pieces written by BWFO contributors, as well as multi-media and other content relevant to Obama’s campaign and the election in general.”

About Black Women for Obama: Black Women for Obama is a professional grass-roots organization dedicated to doing all it can to ensure that Senator Barack Obama becomes the next President of the United States. Learn more about us at http://www.blackwomenforobama.org.

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