Movita Johnson-Harrell for PA House 190
About Movita Johnson-Harrell
Movita Johnson-Harrell is a wife, mother and grandmother. She graduated in May of 2004 from the University of Pennsylvania with her Masters of Social Work. As the executive director of MECA for over two decades, she has advocated and cared for disenfranchised groups including the chronically mentally ill, those with intellectual disabilities, the homeless, senior citizens, and children. She is a Department of Human Services approved master, trainer and administrator.
Movita is the proud recipient of the Good Shepherd’s Mediation Program’s Shepherd of Peace Award, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Work Anita Langsfeld Award, The Jane S. Abrams Award for Outstanding Community Service, and the Resources for Children’s Health Community Service Award. She was also honored as one of the first WDAS FM’s Women of Excellence. Movita is the recipient of the 2015 Lucien E. Blackwell Guiding Light in the Community honors from Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and the City of Philadelphia. CeasefirePA honored Movita as a “Guiding Light” to End Gun Violence. In addition, she has received The United Muslim Masjid’s Community Service Award.
Movita Johnson-Harrell On The Issues
For the past seven years, Movita has worked with legislators to advocate for public safety and health initiatives, education, and to end mass incarceration. To reduce recidivism among inmates, Movita teaches an Impact of Crime class at SCI Graterford Prison and participates in their Annual Day of Responsibility. All activities and events for survivors are free.
Movita is dedicated to ending gun violence and helping communities heal from the trauma. Movita lost her father, brother, and cousin to homicide. On January 13, 2011, her son Charles Andre Johnson was shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity at age 18. In the April after Charles’ murder, Movita created the CHARLES Foundation (Creating Healthy Alternatives Results in Less Emotional Suffering). The foundation coordinates survivor’s empowerment groups and therapeutic activities for child survivors of homicide. In addition, Movita created the “Be The Change” summer internship, where she pays “at-risk” to participate in a program of empowerment, education and mentorship.
Other Community Work
Movita served as the Moral Voice of the Community for The City of Philadelphia’s Focused Deterrence Strategy, engaging those likely to kill and/or be killed. In their first year, homicide and gun violence fell by 50%. Movita is also the Vice Chair for Heeding God’s Call to Eliminate Gun Violence, an interfaith organization working to get illegal guns off the streets. She has worked with The District Attorney’s Office, CeaseFire PA, Delco United for Sensible Gun Policy, and many others to eliminate gun violence in Pennsylvania and nationally.
In January of 2018, Philadelphia District Attorney Lawrence Krasner appointed Movita Supervisor of Victim/Witness Services and Restorative Justice.