About Us

The North Star Convention was established by Black leaders and concerned citizens throughout the state of Pennsylvania who have an interest in improving the quality of life for Black citizens, children, and families in our state. The organizers of this event wanted to create an opportunity for Black people to come together to discuss and address issues impacting the Black community and determine solutions for how we solve the systemic problems they’ve faced. This upcoming event was created by a group of Black civic and grassroots leaders, elected officials, business leaders, union leaders, and residents who reside in Pennsylvania (PA).

Over the course of six (6) weeks beginning September 8th through October 10th, we will host forums focusing on gun violence, police, criminal and judicial reform, economic justice, education, Black women and girls, and health and environment. We will have panel discussions, and engage in dialogue about these issues and identify solutions that we would like to see implemented by the next President of the United States. This will be followed by a two (2) day conference on Friday, October 9th from 2 PM - 5 PM and Saturday, October 10th from 12 PM - 4 PM at which time we will have keynote speakers and finalize all recommendations discussed, forming our Black agenda.

The goal of this Convention is to create a collective agenda organized and determined by Black people to present to the Presidential nominees which each candidate will agree to adopt and implement if elected to office. Knowing how critical Pennsylvania is in this upcoming general election, we also plan to highlight and stress the importance of voting and we plan to have an honest discussion regarding what will motivate people to go to the polls and exercise their right to vote. This event is a nonpartisan activity. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and to ensure everyone’s safety, the entire convention will be held virtually.

Thanks to our generous sponsors and partners, the event will also be free to all participants. The only requirement for participation is that individuals register.  

NORTH STAR CONVENTION 

Planning Committee

Rep. Jordan Harris
District 186, Democratic Whip

Rep. Joanna McClinton
District 191

Rep. Jake Wheatley
District 19

Roxanne Sewell
Owner of The LJS Group

Sam Staten, Jr.
Vice President of LIUNA

Luther Sewell
Owner - Talk Magazine

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
District 2

Senator Anthony H. Williams
District 8

Phyllis Bennett
President, CEO & Owner at PIB Associates

Mungu Sanchez
Deputy Political Director for the Northeast. Regional Council Council of Carpenters

Senator Sharif Street
District 3

Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta
District 181

Darisha Parker
State Representative Candidate
District 198

Napoleon Nelson
State Representative Candidate
District 154

Sabrina Young
Market Research Analyst & Process Management

Bill Miller IV
Political Consultant

Councilman Isaiah Thomas
council Member at Large

Ryan N. Boyer
LABORERS' District Council Business Manager

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