The Black American Political Association
- Sacramento Chapter
"Making an Impact!"
The Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) was founded in 1979 when sixty African-American leaders and activists from across the state met in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
BAPAC's mission is to identify, document, effectuate and develop the political resources necessary to achieve the education equity and excellence for our children, prosperity-economic development, social justice and equal protection under the Constitution, public safety-protect the rights of our citizens and support lawful rulings for every citizen in California, and promote cultural and heritage events to educate our people on our rich traditions and contributions to California history and its growth.
BAPAC seeks to develop and maintain an assertive posture in securing the rights of African-Americans in their quest for equal rights and social justice. The Sacramento Chapter of BAPAC is committed to these goals and our "mission statement".
FOCUS AREAS AND COMMITTEES
BAPAC Sacramento will strongly endeavor to engage our community and partners to become active and educated in the political processes, to learn the roles and actions of the Legislature and local government, and to learn and utilize one's "voting power."
BAPAC Sacramento believes that its members and interested individuals deserve to learn and utilize the tools and techniques we offer to acquire economic prosperity and to gain economic power and wealth to leave a financial legacy for future generations.
OUR YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
BAPAC Sacramento strives to educate, empower and support our youth in their academic endeavors and will continuously encourage youth to become leaders involved in the political processes .
HEALTH & WELLNESS
BAPAC Sacramento will continue to educate constituents regarding the high health statistics and issues affecting African Americans and will stay abreast of the legislation that pertain to these issues to make a difference in the lives of our minority citizens.
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WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE
BAPAC Sacramento strongly believes that more African American women and women of color are needed to become corporate and business executives, elected officials and Members of the Legislature, Governor appointees and to gain even greater prominence in our community. This achievement will come through our strategic training and distinctive programs involving women and girls.
About BAPAC. The Black American Political Association of California mission is to educate, engage and empower California communities of color in an effort to restore and promote social and economic equity. Started in1978 by Dr. Percy Pinkney and various key leaders, BAPAC has since grown. Note: Although political is in our name we are not a political organization. We do not endorse political candidates, nor do we contribute money to candidates or PACs. We are a bipartisan, 501c3 organization.
BAPAC Sacramento leadership
Mr. Kaufman is a Special Consultant to an Assemblymember and has numerous years of expertise working at the State Capitol. His keen insight on legislative issues, public policy and governmental affairs, and his relationships with many Members of the Legislature along with his drive for community engagement has strategically proven invaluable to the overall success of BAPAC Sacramento.
Dr. George King
Chairman, Advisory Board
Dr. King has held an honorable, legendary and highly esteemed career in the legislative arena and is greatly respected by Members of the Legislature, legislative staff and stakeholders, union leaders and his peers. His advisory capacity, labor relations and extraordinary expertise will most certainly help BAPAC Sacramento achieve its goals and meet its objectives.
Debora Richardson Brister
1st Vice President
Mrs. Richardson Brister, highly skilled in organizational leadership and administrative operations, is a passionate community leader and strong advocate of social justice hoping to ensure that all individuals--specifically people of color--are empowered to vote to become a positive force to impact positive change in our community via the tools, techniques and educational programs offered by BAPAC Sacramento.
Member, Advisory Board
Mrs. Wilson, owner of the California Black Media Association, has held a distinguished and extensive career in media relations, communications and legislation. As a reputable leader in her community and in BAPAC Sacramento, she strongly believes in its cause and has fully committed to carrying out its mission and objectives using innovative marketing initiatives to yield extraordinary results.
Ms. Benson, with her support, is diligent at getting the job done. She is committed and dedicated to BAPAC Sacramento. No job is too big or too small as she is always willing to make it happen--regardless of the task. Her administrative experience is adept and proficient--she is an invaluable leader within BAPAC Sacramento.
Member, Advisory Board
Mr. Lombard, expert strategist in governmental relations, political consulting, coalition building and more, has endeavored to steer BAPAC Sacramento to be viewed as a systemic gateway--strategically utilized as an effective and powerful voice by its members, our legislators, local officials, regulatory agencies, stakeholders and others.
Ms. Johnson has a keen knowledge and expertise in the accounting and auditing field and fund development. Her efficient organizational skills, financial adeptness and her strong commitment and dedication has proven invaluable to the internal success of BAPAC Sacramento and its commitment to remain fiscally compliant and transparent.
Director of Legislation
Mr. Sweeney has proudly dedicated his life to public service as a former Councilmember and political lobbyist and has purposed to provide BAPAC Sacramento the knowledge, financial agility and legislative acuteness necessary to immensely grow this organization to surpass its capabilities.
Pastor Alice Banks
Chair, Health Committee
Pastor Banks believes that education is the key to saving lives. As a retired Registered Nurse, she has committed to that belief and strives to carry out that role in BAPAC Sacramento. Having served on numerous Boards, Pastor Banks is a well-respected leader in the community and has risen as a fierce champion in the fight against the abundant health issues that negatively and fatally impact the lives of African Americans.
Chair, Youth Committee
Ms. Davis is a well-experienced and trusted youth advisor and director who has many lifetime accomplishments and community honors in child development. She is extremely passionate about educating and training young people to become leaders within our community and within BAPAC Sacramento and in every aspect of their lives.
Chair, Community Engagement
Mr. Jacobs is a proven and exceptional leader skilled in community collaboration and engagement, capacity building and will infuse varied strengths and opportunities into BAPAC Sacramento for rapid advancement and will form supportive relations with members, organizations, businesses and partners for the personal and professional success of all involved.
Chair, Veterans Committee
A highly esteemed veteran is needed to Chair the Veterans Committee who represents our honorable and valorous men and women who have served our country through the military. This person provides services in the areas of governance, education and individual assistance to veterans as necessary. He/she has an immense desire to help veterans and to align BAPAC Sacramento with additional resources and organizations for veterans.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
To provide voter and civic education and information to African Americans and other ethnic groups.
To educate our members and constituents and provide various avenues for political and economic prowess, economic development and prosperity.
To educate, empower and advance our youth to become our future generations of Legislators-- enabled to make
positive lifestyle changes and to vigilantly advocate for social justice; to ensure youth learn the political processes to positively impact their lives and to make a difference in our futures.
To increase efforts to provide and advance our members--specifically women and people of diverse cultures--to become leaders in our community, corporate executives, Board members and Commissioners, Governor appointees, elected officials, and Members of the Legislature.
To influence and hold accountable elected officials and Members of the Legislature and to follow and develop legislation, policies and resolutions and to advocate--specifically regarding issues that affect African Americans and other ethnic groups, our focus areas and committee topics--to impact change in our communities on behalf of our constituents.
To be utilized as an important resource in our community for our members and constituents, partners and stakeholders, and our elected officials and Members of the Legislature.
ATTEND OUR MEETINGS
Join BAPAC Sac now!
Last Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm
The Regis Building
1100 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(Across from the State Capitol on L St., in the same
driveway alley as La Bou and Ambrosia Cafes)
(Parking garage on 10th & L Streets)
Tel: (916) 670-2984 or (916) 230-4631
BAPAC Sacramento is a 501c3 charitable, nonprofit organization.
OUR MAILING ADDRESS
1017 L Street, #104 Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 670-2984 or (916) 230-4631
"Making an Impact!"
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