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Movita Johnson-Harrell to Keynote Roosevelt Dinner

In a nod to this year's theme, "Building Power for the People," our keynote speaker is not a household name, but rather a community member who responded to gun violence in her own life by becoming an activist and then a local elected official.

The first Muslim woman to serve in Pennsylvania's legislature, State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell took office this spring after a special election. She was immediately affronted by a fellow legislator who, in an opening prayer at her swearing-in ceremony, said: “Jesus, we’ve lost sight of you; we’ve forgotten you, God, in our country” -- going on to thank Donald Trump and mention Jesus 12 more times. 

Rep. Johnson-Harrell became a community leader and advocate after her son Charles was killed in 2011. Her father and her only brother had been murdered in previous years. She was motivated to create the CHARLES Foundation, a nonprofit focused on conflict resolution and gun violence prevention. Prior to her election, she was a supervisor for Victim Witness Services and Restorative Justice in the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

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At the Roosevelt Dinner Rep. Johnson-Harrell will join dozens of San Diego elected officials and candidates, along with hundreds of other Democratic volunteers, leaders, and friends. The event will be on Saturday, May 11, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Check-in and a silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner and awards program at 7:00. For more information, please click here or call the County Party office at (858) 277-3367.