The Charleston Branch NAACP recently announced plans for the Branch’s 102nd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, to be held at the Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm.
The Banquet celebrates the work of the NAACP and is the primary fund raising vehicle for the Branch. This year’s Banquet Theme – “When We Fight, We Win” – reflects the ongoing need for advocacy and political action as we approach the 2020 General Election.
The 2019 Banquet Keynote Speaker is Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris. In 2017, she was sworn in as a United States Senator for California, the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history.
Senator Harris has introduced or co-sponsored legislation to provide sweeping tax cuts for the middle class, address the high cost of rent, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, make higher education tuition-free for the vast majority of Americans, reform the cash bail system, protect the legal rights of refugees and immigrants, and expand access to affordable, quality health care with Medicare for All.
Senator Harris has been a key voice in the fight for accountability, asking the tough questions on behalf of the American people as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
As California’s Attorney General, she prosecuted transnational gangs that exploited women and children and trafficked in guns and drugs. She achieved landmark results for middle-class Californians, by fighting the Wall Street banks and winning $20 billion for homeowners who were facing foreclosure during the Great Recession. She helped thousands of families stay in their homes and passed one of the nation’s strongest anti-foreclosure laws.
She was proud to lead the team that helped bring down California’s Proposition 8 at the US Supreme Court and to fight for marriage equality nationwide.
Throughout her career, Senator Harris has been a leading advocate for innovation and reform in the criminal justice system. She established the first Office of Recidivism Reduction and Reentry and pioneered the nation’s first open data initiative to expose racial disparities in the criminal justice system. In her two-terms as the District Attorney of San Francisco, she created the “Back on Track” program, which connected first-time felons with job training and apprenticeships, a first-of-its-kind program.
Born in Oakland, Kamala Harris is a graduate of Howard University. She earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
For more information about the Banquet, contact the Charleston Branch NAACP at 843-805-8030 or at [email protected]