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Karen Bass to speak at virtual briefing

Karen Bass speaking publicly

Nov. 4 meeting features Congresswoman

In an event powered by Recycling Black Dollars and the Black Business Association, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-37) is set to speak at an 11 a.m. briefing on Nov. 4. To register, visit

Bass, who launched her Los Angeles mayoral campaign on Oct. 16, was raised with three brothers in the Venice/Fairfax area of Los Angeles. Watching the Civil Rights Movement on television with her father initially sparked her interest in community activism.

In 1990, in response to the crack-cocaine and gang violence crisis that was gripping Los Angeles, Bass founded Community Coalition, a community-based social justice organization in South L.A. that empowers the African-American and Latino community to address substance abuse, poverty and crime in South Los Angeles. Through her leadership at Community Coalition, she worked to engage community residents in addressing the root causes of injustice. The organization has been recognized nationally for successful public policy campaigns that have won millions of dollars for the community.

She is a leading figure on foster care, founding the Los Angeles-based National Foster Youth Institute, which advocates for the more than 400,000 foster youth in America by ensuring that current and former foster youth have a seat at the table alongside legislators, policymakers, decision makers, families, and advocates.

Bass has represented Los Angeles in both Sacramento and Washington, DC for more than 14 years. She is a graduate of Hamilton High School; Cal State Dominguez Hills;  and the University of Southern California.