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Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Foundation
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HOSTED BY: COUNCILMAN KENYATTA JOHNSON
September 8th | 4pm - 6pm
Gun Violence has been plaguing our cities and our commonwealth for far too long. This summer, gun violence was at an all time high and children and women (including pregnant women) fell victim to violence in our streets. What are we as a Black community going to do to protect our most vulnerable populations and what are we going to demand of our next President in order to end gun violence and ensure our streets and our neighborhoods are safe?
HOSTED BY: REP. JORDAN HARRIS AND REP. SUMMER LEE
September 10th | 4pm - 6pm
Throughout our country, there have been a significant number of Black men and women who have been victims of police brutality and state violence. Some refer to our criminal justice system as “modern day slavery”. What do we need to do to ensure members of the Black community are safe? What types of reforms and policies are still needed for our criminal justice and judicial systems? What are we demanding of our next President to ensure police are held accountable and to ensure equity and fairness within these systems?
HOSTED BY: REGINA YOUNG AND REP. JAKE WHEATLEY
September 15th | 4pm - 6pm
Our country is one of the wealthiest economies in the world, yet when you examine the economics of Black Americans we still fall woefully behind in access to wealth, business sustainability and growth, capital, housing, and career opportunities. Black individuals were enslaved and brought to the U.S. in chains to build the economy of this nation, yet despite gaining our freedom, we have not been able to fully benefit from the economy we helped build. Should we be given reparations? How do we address and end poverty in our state? How do we grow Black businesses and what are we demanding of our next President to ensure we have access to opportunities and economic justice?
HOSTED BY: COUNCILMAN ISAIAH THOMAS AND MAYOR DWAN WALKER
September 17th | 4pm - 6pm
Access to a high quality education is a major factor in determining a child’s life trajectory. In addition to a strong academic program, it is equally important to teach Black history, celebrate a child’s ethnicity and culture, and support social and emotional wellness of children. Is what children are learning in school today, properly preparing them for the workforce post high school and/or college? How do we ensure there is equity in access to quality public schools? What is the future of k-12 public education and what are we going to demand of our next President in order to ensure all Black children have access to a high quality education and path from preK-12 to postsecondary education and career readiness?
HOSTED BY: REP. JOANNA MCCLINTON AND SABRINA SAUNDERS
September 22nd | 4pm - 6pm
Black women are impacted by intersectionality - the overlapping experience of discrimination based on gender, race, age, and other factors used to define our identity. Despite this being the case we continue to fight for equality and issues like pay equity, safety, period poverty, trafficking, and maternal mortality to name a few. In PA alone, we have no Black female elected officials in positions higher than a state representative. We have no Black female members of the state senate, congress, US senate or statewide offices. What are we demanding of our next President to ensure inclusion of Black women in all layers of our government and eliminating discrimination of Black women in all areas and public and private sectors?
HOSTED BY: DARISHA PARKER AND REP. MALCOLM KENYATTA
September 29th | 4pm - 6pm
The Black community suffers from many health disparities, lack of access to healthcare, and have been significantly impacted by mental health as well as our current global pandemic due to the coronavirus. In addition, there is a correlation of health disparities in areas that have limited access to clean water and air. How are Black urban and rural neighborhoods impacted by the environment and access to healthcare? What are we going to demand of our new President in order to ensure all counties have clean water, clean air, access to healthcare, COVID-19 testing, mental health services, and the elimination of health disparities that are highly prevalent in our community?
The purpose of the North Star Convention is to discuss systemic issues impacting the Black community throughout the state of Pennsylvania, and create a collective agenda of solutions to present to Presidential nominees which each candidate will agree to adopt and implement if elected into office.