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Public Policy

The Public Advocacy Committee (PAC) focuses on the local, state and national political areas, through voter education, registration and research. PAC also encourages general membership to become actively involved in the political process on every level.

Members attend local and national conferences such as, but not limited to, the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., National NCBW 100 Annual Legislative Days in Washington, D.C. and the New Jersey Black Issues Conference.

Activities & Accomplishments:

May 2016
The Public Policy Committee hosted a Teaneck Council Candidates Forum on Tuesday, May 3rd.

  • The panel consisted of Councilman Mark Schwartz, Councilman Henry J. Pruitt, Councilman Mohammed Hameeduddin, Chondra Young, Michael Pagan, and Stephen Gruber.
  • The forum provided Teaneck residents with an opportunity to…
    • hear the candidates’ platforms and
    • answer questions regarding their views about the future of the township in the areas of budget, education, future community projects, and other issues of concern.

Click here for the event poster.


April 2016 – Legislative Days
On April 27th, fourteen members from NCBW Bergen/Passaic Chapter attended the NCBW National Legislative Days in Washington, DC.
Members met with local legislators to discuss current issues, concerns, and action steps.

Pictured L to R; Education Chair – Karyn Wright Moore, NCBW Member Dianne Tabron Felder, NJ Congressman Bill Pascrell, NCBW First VP Programs – Gwenette Reese and Health Chair – Paula Madison Ryner

Pictured L to R: Sonia Tracey, Jennifer Collins, Muzette Charles, Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC), President Yvonne L. Witter, Jaclyn Durant, Rev. Tami Weaver-Henry, Tileah Saleem, and Aurora Bean-Lopez

February 2016
Black History is the study of African American legacies, culture, and accomplishments primarily in the United States. On behalf of NCBW Bergen-Passaic chapter we advocate on behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. For Black History month we presented our Activist Spotlight newsletter, informing our members and the community of honorable black women who have and continue to pave the way for us all.

Activist Spotlights:


June 2015
Public Policy Committee members and NAACP of Bergen County partnered to hold the first of a series of 2015/2016 Voter Registration Drives at the Juneteenth Celebration in Overpeck Park


May 2015
The Committee hosted a free screening of the “Miss Representation” documentary. The film focuses on the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. The film’s motto is, “You can't be what you can't see”. The film includes a social action campaign to address change in policy, education, and more. Role model mentee Skye Richardson served as a teen panelist in the post-screening talk back.
Click here for details.


April 2015
NCBW members attended National Legislative Day in Washington, DC, where they met with elected officials on Capitol Hill during panel discussions, a luncheon, and legislative visitation.

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