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    Councilmember Ridley-Thomas Hosts 29th Annual Empowerment Summit


    Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas will be hosting his annual 29th Annual Empowerment Congress Summit — the Empowerment Congress’ mission is to educate, engage, and empower.

    Amid recent political tensions and the current social climate, Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas is hosting a much-needed forum. The purpose is so that communities and their elected representatives can collaborate and hold each other mutually accountable. In addition, the summit seeks to empower citizens with the tools and resources that they need to make an impact in their individual communities. This year, Councilmember Ridley-Thomas will deliver his inaugural State of the Tenth District Address.

    The late Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”


    Founded in 1992, The Empowerment Congress is a national model of civic engagement. The summit is built on the core principles of participatory democracy, reciprocal accountability, and intentional civility. The purpose of this conference is to build and maintain a partnership among neighborhood groups, residents, nonprofit organizations, businesses, religious institutions, and community leaders within diverse communities.

    The workshops on a range of issues including virtual civic engagement, homelessness, and trusting COVID-19 vaccines. In addition to school closures, alternatives to incarceration, and reimagining a budget that fits within an anti-racist framework.

    Some of the speakers for this include; Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Congressmember Karen Bass, District Attorney George Gascon, 2nd District Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Nury Martinez and Council member Nithya Raman.

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