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President's Message

Greetings,

I am deeply honored to serve as the new President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Bergen/Passaic chapter.  I pay homage to all of the past presidents and others who have gone before me on whose shoulders I stand, “Women who have made a difference!”

36 years ago the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. was formed as a national organization, and 31 years ago in Bergen County, in response to the Civil rights era to fight against social injustices.  Today, the fight for social equality is even more necessary than ever before.  Over the past several years we have witnessed social and racial disparities on many levels, against all people of color with the resurgence of hate groups, hate crimes, police brutality and other acts that have questioned our freedom and progress as a nation.   Yet, as an organization, NCBW has remained vigilant as a voice against these acts of social inequities, and we will continue to be a voice to educate and empower those we serve in the Bergen and Passaic communities.

With the support and dedication of our community partners and supporters, under my leadership, the Coalition will focus on advocacy issues that impact health, education, economic empowerment, leadership development and gender equity for Black women and girls.  The goal over the next 2 years will be to:

  • Expand our presence in Passaic county,
  • Increase awareness of the political process through a greater understanding of voting rights,
  • Encourage more women of color to get involved in the political process,
  • Empower individuals to advocate for public policies that affect the communities where we live,
  • Continue to raise awareness on health issues such as Heart Disease, HIV/AIDS and Childhood obesity,
  • Support STEM and STEAM activities for girls; and
  • Promote economic awareness through wealth building and homeownership.  

On behalf of NCBW, we thank you for your continued support of our programs, as we maintain our legacy as a leading organization in Bergen and Passaic County that upholds and uplifts the Black family.

With warm regards,

Paula Madison-Ryner
President, NCBW Bergen Passaic Chapter

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