S1 E 14 Guest: Movita Johnson-Harrell
On this episode of 1 on 1 with Bill Alexander, Bill talks with form Pennsylvania State Representative and Community Activist Movita Johnson-Harrell.
On January 13, 2011, Movita’s youngest of four children, Charles Andre Johnson, 18 years old, was shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity. Philadelphia police found that Charles was killed by two young men 23 and 25 years old with previous arrest records. In January of 2018, Movita was appointed Supervisor of Victim/Witness Services and Restorative Justice at the. Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office by District Attorney Lawrence Krasner, becoming the first Muslim woman
appointed to a supervisory law enforcement position in the city of Philadelphia. Movita created the Philadelphia CARES Model that brought $1.6 million dollars and 15 jobs to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to support co-victims of homicide and prevent retaliation. On March 12th, 2019, Movita won the special election for State Representative for the 190th legislative district capturing more than 66% of the vote in a four-person race. Movita made history as the first Muslim woman ever
elected to the General Assembly in Pennsylvania. As a six-month freshman in the House of Representatives, Movita was able to solidify $1.3 million dollars in funding for gun violence prevention for Philadelphia. She also brought more than $5 million dollars in community improvements into her district.