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Black Voter Suppression: Election 2020

The Urban Poverty Forum is an effort to open a dialogue around the systemic issues surrounding urban poverty and to unite a diverse community of care—including faith-based organizations, nonprofits, and concerned citizens in addressing problems faced by the poorest among us. For this year’s 14th annual Urban Poverty Forum, Town Hall presents a film screening and discussion about a topic that is perhaps more crucial than ever before—combating Black voter suppression.

The powerful, 40 minute documentary Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote tackles the voter suppression during Stacey Abram’s midterm run in Georgia in 2018. Following a screening of the film, moderator Angela Rae and panelist Celina Stewart discuss the history of suppression in the US for Black voters, how that connects to the 2018 Georgia campaign, and what is happening now. Political strategist Celina Stewart reflects on voter advocacy and her own work breaking down barriers for Black voters with the League of Women Voters. Join us for a timely and urgent conversation about Black voter suppression—and practical steps we can all take to confront it.

Angela Rae is the CEO of Barringer Global Enterprise, a generalist firm that solves problems. She is also an Associated Press-winning television news journalist, host, writer, producer, and creator of original content. She has worked for the City of Seattle as a Strategic Advisor, for the Fire Department, and now for the Department of Neighborhoods.

Celina Stewart, Esq. is the Senior Director of Advocacy and Litigation for the League of Women Voters, where she develops and implements strategies and policy positions. Her work has been featured in,, Politico, the Washington Post, and others. She currently serves on the Boards of the Bar Association of DC; the Women’s Bar Association of DC; the NAACP-DC; and was an American Bar Foundation Law Practice Fellow.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle and Mahogany Project.

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