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National Election

Vote as if your life depends on it. The upcoming National election on November 3 is a very important transitional election that is capable of changing our current trajectory. Voting is a right that should not be taken for granted. Women did not gain the right to vote until 1920 and African Americans until 1965. Generation before us, fought, shed blood and tears and even sacrificed their lives for this basic right.

 

We must honor those who sacrificed on our behalf. Who you vote for has long term implications that impact the distribution of federal funds, judicial representation, education, health care and so much more. Some of our members are helping with voter registration.

 

If you are interested please contact us via abwpcorrespondence@gmail.com

Be a part of the change you wish to see. Be prepared to vote and/or help others on November 3.

Breonna Taylor Statement

We, The Association of Black Women Physicians continue to move forward in our advocacy for the lives of Black Women. We are fighting two Pandemics: Racism and COVID-19. The killing of George Floyd, Ahmad Aubrey and Breonna Taylor remind us that systemic racism and implicit bias are as lethal as diseases that affect our communities. As physicians on the front lines of these two pandemics we recognize that our work continues on outside of the exam room.

 

If “all lives” mattered, the standard for a drug raid in Malibu or Cherokee Gardens would have been used on Elliot Avenue. If “all lives” mattered, professionals would be prudent in the use of force in response to non-violent crime. If “all lives” mattered, potential innocent victims would be included in the calculus of decision-making

 

Breonna Taylor was not the subject of any criminal inquiry when she was shot six times in a botched raid. No hostage was saved. No mass murderer was apprehended. A drug case merited jeopardizing Breonna and her neighbors’ lives.

 

She and her family did not receive justice. Black women deserve more. We need accountability for the decision to execute a no-knock warrant. Breonna Taylor deserved the presumption of innocence and concern for her future. Released jail recordings show the subject of the investigation admitted having no contact with Breonna. We have had enough of the lack of accountability and consequences for those that continue to murder Black bodies. We applaud the changes in the warrant approval and oversight process but grieve these changes arose from the death of an innocent sister.

 

Black Lives Matter. Black Women Matter.

 

The Association of Black Women Physician condemns the injustice of our criminal justice system that does not hold officers accountable. We call for police reform. We call for an end of structural racism. We call for implicit bias training in the medical and justice system. We encourage government officials to continue to their part to build a more equitable system for all. Now is the time to be intentional.

ABWP CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread within the U.S., we want you to know we salute you for being on the front lines. Courageous ABWP heroes are treating patients, developing policies and making pivotal decisions during this Global pandemic.

 

The Senate and the House of Representatives have now passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill is a good first response to a pandemic which threatens the communities we serve. Because of racial inequities, the effects of the outbreak will be compounded in communities of Color. ABWP will continue its advocacy work.

 

About ABWP

The Association of Black Women Physicians is an organized network of Black women physicians committed to the improvement of public health and welfare, through the advancement of knowledge concerning women and the community health. We endeavor to enhance the personal and professional quality of life of present and future Black women physicians.The Association of Black Women Physicians empowers Black Women to lead in health and wellness for ourselves and the community through premiere educational programs. The organization creates and supports numerous community health and wellness events that continue the tradition and goals set forth by the original charter members.
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