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Holman Church hosts election and Census discussion today

“Woke to Win” starts at 9 a.m.

OW Staff Writer | 2/27/2020, midnight

Sanctuary of Hope, a local nonprofit youth development and human service organization, will convene its third annual Black Narrative Series event, “Woke to Win: Strategies to Amplify the Black Volume through the 2020 Election & Census,” from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 27 at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. Doors open at 8:45 a.m.

“There is a lot at stake in this upcoming election and census count.” explains Janet Denise Kelly, executive director of Sanctuary of Hope. “We need to ensure our Black communities are fairly represented and accounted for in every aspect of electoral politics and federal resources."

“2020 is the beginning of a decade where Black turnout in voting and being counted in the census will determine political outcomes. Increasing voting rates and averting a census undercount are vital efforts that will impact critical areas such as housing, education, wealth, employment, and health.”

The event will consist of a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Anthony Samad, executive director of The Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political & Economic Institute at California State University Dominguez Hills.

Panelists include: Damien Goodmon, founder & executive director of the Crenshaw Subway Coalition; Annetta Wells, deputy political director for SEIU 2015; Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager for the USC Cecil Murray Institute for Civic Engagement; and Greg Akili, executive director of the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute.

“Woke to Win: Strategies to Amplify the Black Volume through the 2020 Election & Census” is a free community event. Attendees are asked to RSVP at www.thesoh.org/events.