Today congressional candidate Karen Bass announced the endorsement of Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the Church of God in Christ Charles E. Blake in her bid to represent the people of the 33rd Congressional District.
Internationally, Blake serves the 8.5 million member Church of God in Christ as the Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle. Locally, Blake is the pastor of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles with a membership of 24,000; one of the largest in the Western United States. West Angeles offers more than 80 programs for psychological, social and economic enhancement of the Los Angeles community.
In addition to Blake's role within the church, he is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Save Africa's Children, a program that assists over 300 grassroots and faith-based programs in sub-Saharan Africa, reaching over 90,000 AIDS-affected children. He has also served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, working to improve the quality of life both nationally and internationally.
"Bishop Blake has long been a truly well-respected faith leader with a committed following," said Bass. "I am honored to have his support and I know we will continue working together to help empower all the people of Los Angeles and improve the quality of life in our communities. Additionally, I look forward to partnering with him on foreign policy issues, especially U.S. aid and involvement in Africa--an issue set that he has devoted considerable time and effort to."
As Speaker, Bass was able to deliver bipartisan results such as protecting 600,000 children from losing their health care, restoring the governor's cuts to domestic violence programs and helping Californians remain eligible for continued federal unemployment benefits.
Additionally, Bass has authored legislation to insure continued funding to reopen the Martin Luther King Hospital so that the community can once again have access to emergency medical care.
Bass has also been endorsed by the Honorable Diane Watson, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the National Women's Political Caucus, and many other elected officials and organizations including EMILY's list.