Programs & Initiatives

IBW provides tactical and strategic support to other organizations with action initiatives in similar areas of focus. We provide public policy analysis, facilitate cross organizational dialogue and collaboration, build bridges of discourse and encourage collective action among a range of community organizers, social justice advocates, human rights activists, scholars and journalists.

IBW also uses its digital presence on the Web and on social media to promote public awareness and encourage active engagement with social and historical Justice movements in the US and around the Black World such as the quest for Reparations, the struggle against extreme wealth and income inequalities, the negative impacts of neo-liberal policies on black and brown countries and the resistance to white supremacy, racial bigotry and ethnic and religious violence in the world.

A collaborative of national Black professional organizations convened by IBW that are dedicated to promoting holistic principles, policies and practices to strengthen Black families.

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The Damu Smith Training Institute (DSTI) is a project devoted to providing training in the principles of community organizing and servant leadership.

The Damu Smith Training Institute (DSTI) is a project devoted to providing training in the principles of community organizing and servant leadership.

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Haiti Support Project (HSP)

An Initiative committed to “Building a Constituency for Haiti in the United States,” focusing on mobilizing/organizing African Americans and other people of African descent to strengthen the process of democracy and development in the world’s first Black Republic.

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A project which facilitates discussion and sharing of experiences between the “civil rights” and “Hip Hop” generations as a leadership preparation exercise.

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National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC)

National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) is a group of distinguished professionals from across the country with outstanding accomplishments in the fields of law, medicine, journalism, academia, history, civil rights and social justice advocacy.

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Pan African Unity Dialogue (PAUD)

Quarterly meetings of Continental Africans, Caribbean Americans, Afro-Latinos and African Americans in the greater New York area to bridge divisions and promote operational unity and joint work around mutually agreed upon concerns or issues. The 2010 Census and immigration policy reform are major issues PAUD has addressed.

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Research Consortium - A collaborative of scholars, think tanks and research centers devoted to engaging in theoretical and applied research as it relates to issues of vital concern to Black communities.

A collaborative of scholars, think tanks and research centers devoted to engaging in theoretical and applied research as it relates to issues of vital concern to Black communities.

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Periodic national/international gatherings of people of African descent to assess the condition of Black people in the U.S. and globally, conduct working sessions around key issues and formulate strategies for action to improve the quality of life of Black people.

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Periodic public conversations in the greater New York area featuring notable leaders on a broad range of issues of importance to the Black community. Susan Taylor, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dr. Ronald Walters, Professor Charles Ogletree, Cynthia McKinney, C.T. Vivian, Kevin Powell, Haki Madhubuti, Attorney Nkechi Taifa, Congressman John Conyers, Marc Morial and former Congressman Walter Fauntroy are among the leaders who have been principal speakers for IBW Forums.

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