In politics, groups must advocate, articulate and defend their interests, if they intend to be paid attention to and be influential when public policy and action decisions are made. Scattered, disparate voices which do not demonstrate the ability to coalesce and punish, hold representatives’ feet to the fire, or make coherent, viable political demands, become collateral damage politically.
In reference to that political truism, on December 4, 2010, at The Vision Theater in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California, a new African American political group was formed, as the spear-point of what its founders intend to be a statewide movement to redeem, restore, and expand the credibility of Black participation in California politics. (read more)
CURRENT SUMMARY OF A CALIFORNIA BLACK POLITICAL AGENDA
Regarding improving the lives of Black citizens and residents in California, below are the five basic areas of concern as determined by a 2010 Community Gathering of Concerned Citizens hosted by the California Black Think Tank in a series of intense discussions, debates and explorations from October to December in Leimert Park, California. These five areas constitute what we believe should be the core set of action items whose accomplishment will markedly improve the quality of life of California’s Black citizens. Thus, this is our version of A California Black Political Agenda (with political here meaning political-economic). There are both broad strategies attached to this set of action items, and specific strategies, all of which are elaborated further in a more expansive presentation of this Black Agenda (read more)
Welcome to Council of Black Political Organizations
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- COBPO-sponsored Candidates' Forum on Radio Station KJLH on Sunday, March 6, 2011, from 8-9 pm with Reverend Lewis Logan and Dr. Valerie Little
- COBPO PRESS CONFERENCE FEB. 12, 2011 at the Vision Theater
Current Issues of Concern
Political Papers for Discussion
“….POLITICS IS THE ART AND SKILL OF PUBLIC DECISION-MAKING BY JUGGLING COLOR-CODED COMMUNITY INTERESTS BASED ON PAST, IMMEDIATE AND/OR FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS. BLACK POLITICS, WHEN IT IS ABOUT THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY, IS CATCHING UP AND KEEPING UP IN EFFECTIVELY UTILIZING THOSE SKILLS THROUGH RHYTHM AND CREATIVITY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY….” --dlh ‘2010
COBPO Mission Statement: The raison d’etre of this political action group shall be to implement, promulgate and disseminate an approved Black Political Agenda in every way possible throughout the state of California in order to maintain, sustain and perpetuate the respected participation of the Black community in the political processes of California. The COBPO shall be both a political strategy-producing group and a task-oriented group.
COME JOIN US. WE MEET EVERY 2ND SATURDAY.
by David L. Horne, Ph.D
Top Ten Issues for COBPO (Those Who Want to Help On Any of These, Join Us. We meet every 2nd Saturday)
1. Solidifying and expanding the recognition and utilization of a California Black Agenda
2. Enhancing the Economic Well-Being of Blacks in California
3. Legally clarifying "preference" in the California law.
4. Handling what looks to be a violation of the VRA in the LA Community College District
5. Consolidating and organizing community political groups into a stronger, more effective coalition
6. Consistently motivating and inspiring youth to get involved in California politics
7. Educating and training more citizens about the concepts, operations and benefits of the Californian and American political system
8. Becoming a clearinghouse of political-economic information pertaining to the Black community in California
9. Completing a "State of the Race" research paper on the Black community in California
10. Building COBPO statewide
COBPO's Directory of Black Elected Officials in California