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The Empowerment Congress is comprised of a broad-based and diverse constituency made up of community residents, representatives of the Neighborhood Councils and block clubs, social and human service organizations, academic and religious institutions, business interests and individual citizens. The membership reflects the wealth of experience, expertise and skills that are resident in the Los Angeles County Second District. By becoming a member of the Empowerment Congress, you can participate in our various committees and help empower our communities. By completing our online membership form, you will be contacted about ways in which you can get involved. We encourage you to get involved in one of our committees. If you have any questions, please call (213) 346-3247. You can leave us a message and your call will be returned to address any questions you might have.

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The Los Angeles Post: Empowerment Congress 2018 Annual 40 Under 40 Awards

The 3rd Annual 40 Emerging Civic Leaders under 40 Awards ceremony held in the Athletic Club of downtown Los Angeles July 26th.

2018 40 Emerging Civic Leaders under 40 Honorees recognized by Ret. Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas at the ceremony of the Emerging Civic Leaders Committee of the Empowerment Congress.

Hosted in collaboration with the Empowerment Congress and the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the award reception highlighted Los Angeles’ up and coming leaders who are paving the way in advocacy, governance, philanthropy, and private industry... Read More

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Empowerment Congress Promotes Civic Engagement

While the 1992 Rodney King riots brought a lot of tension to Los Angeles communities, it also fueled a civic consciousness among its residents.

Shortly after being elected to the Los Angeles City Council, Mark Ridley-Thomas founded the nonprofit Empowerment Congress in response to the civil unrest. It’s goal was to promote civic engagement by uniting residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups, religious institutions and community leaders.

“The Empowerment Congress really created a space for community members to be able to sit at the table, to have conversations and to create policy in the areas of interest with their officials,” said Cassandra Chase, the nonprofit’s coordinator.

Using his platform as a public official, Ridley-Thomas created an opportunity for underrepresented communities to take matters into their own hands and “continue to build together the communities [they] deserve.”… Read More

26th Empowerment Congress Summit Video

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Educate

Educate

The Empowerment Congress Leadership Institute (ECLI) utilizes the dynamic model of civic and community engagement pioneered by the Empowerment Congress to provide participants both theoretical and…

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Engage

Engage

The Empowerment Congress is comprised of a broad-based and diverse constituency made up of community residents, representatives of the Neighborhood Councils and block clubs, social and human service organizations…

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Empower

Empower

Serving the communities in Los Angeles covering the Los Angeles County Second Supervisorial District, the Empowerment Congress is here to empower and engage all members of our diverse communities to ensure our collective voice is … 

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25th Empowerment Congress Summit Video

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