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A Recording is Available of our

2nd Facebook Live Event

with LWVW + MAWOCC on the


The conversation was focused on "Ain't I A Woman" by bell hooks, a foundational reading on how black women navigated the politics of race and gender during the feminist movement and beyond. Still relevant today, Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition (MAWOCC) Eastern Region and the League of Women Voters Winchester reflect on what was written and its manifestation in today's realities for women of color and "the movement".

Please be sure to take advantage of this opportunity!

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on the MAWOOC Facebook Page 




New special Instructions for Non-Facebook users

  1. Go to the MAWOOC Facebook page (
  2. Scroll to the top of the page (ignoring all the messages to sign up for facebook etc.)  
  3. Click on the video and watch. 
  4. If you try to make a comment in the live chat, you are likely to receive a message that you will have to join or sign into Facebook first. 
  5. You should be able to watch the recording at the same link above, after the event has taken place. Again, simply ignore any prompts to sign into or join Facebook. 


Patty Shepard, a member of the local League of Women Voters in

Winchester, MA (LWVW) was fortunate to learn about the Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition (MAWOCC) from the representation by their president, Celila J. Blue, on a discussion panel held by LWVMA, on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the fall of 2018. In part because of the newly updated DEI Policy of LWVUS, she later reached out to MAWOCC about being part of a possible educational event to be hosted by the  LWVW sometime in 2019. A productive phone call with Chioma Nnaji, VP for the Eastern Massachusetts Region of MAWOCC, led to a series of monthly conference calls between members of MAWOCC and LWVW, beginning in February, 2019.

We quickly learned that the focus and concerns of our respective organizations have much in common. On the other hand, the very complicated history of both the Suffrage Movement and the League of Women Voters, particularly with respect to Women of Color and the important leadership roles that they played, despite repeated betrayals, exclusions, misrepresentations, and blatant discrimination, is like an elephant in the room that cannot be ignored. Telling and learning the truth, sincerely acknowledging the harm that has been inflicted upon Women of Color, and finding some kind of meaningful redress are all essential parts of forming this kind of partnership.

Because our discussions have been so rich with meaning and deeper understanding related to the history of women of color in the suffrage movement and the LWV, we decided to set up a series of Facebook live events to share our ongoing process with a wider audience.

The date for the first Facebook live event is Sunday, June 30th, 4 PM to 5 PM. It will be co-hosted by Patty Shepard anAngelina Camacho (member of MAWOCC) and the topic is: What does it mean for LWVW and MAWOCC to partner?




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