The San Bernardino and Riverside Chapters of the NAACP will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting featuring Kamala Harris, California Attorney General candidate on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at the Ingram Community Center at 2050 N. Mount Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92411.
In December 2003, Kamala Harris was elected as the first woman District Attorney in San Francisco's history, and as the first African American woman and south Asian American woman in California to hold office. She was overwhelmingly reelected to a second term in November 2007.
Harris has spent her entire professional life in the trenches as a courtroom prosecutor. After graduating from U.C. Hastings College of the Law, she took a position in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, where she specialized in prosecuting child sexual assault cases. As a Deputy District Attorney, she also prosecuted cases for homicide and robbery. She worked at that office from 1990 to 1998 before going on to serve in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.
Her work has paid off—the San Francisco District Attorney's Office has more than doubled its trial conviction rate for gun felonies to 90 percent. Under her leadership, the office has sent 50 percent more serious and violent offenders to State Prison, has put more than 22 gang members behind bars and convicted more than 1,200 domestic violence offenders. According to the San Francisco Superior Court, the office's overall felony conviction rate is at its highest point in nearly 15 years.
Harris has brought much-needed consistency and innovation to the handling of narcotics and quality-of-life crimes. Her office has tripled the number of misdemeanor cases taken to trail, and Harris has assigned senior prosecutors to specialize in prosecuting graffiti, vandalism and auto burglaries. She has also launched unprecedented programs of outreach to San Francisco communities and brought free legal clinics to immigrant neighborhoods.
This event is sponsored by: Black Voice News, Citizens of the Inland Empire, Westside Action Group, C.O.P.E., Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches (I.E.C.A.A.C), Stop the Violence Increase the Peace Foundation, and Inland Empire Violence Prevention Coalition.
"Our branches are excited about brining information to the community that will educate them on issues and candidates for the November 2 election. We are sorry that Mr. Cooley could not join us in this town hall meeting." Waudieur Rucker-Hughes, President of the Riverside branch of the NAACP.