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Sierra Leone Diaspora Vote 2018 Convention

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Marriott Silver Spring Downtown

8506 Fenton Street

Silver Spring, MD 20910

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The Sierra Leone diaspora is one of the fastest growing foreign born population make up approximately 90,000 in the United States, with no voting rights. However, Presidential candidates get significant campaign contributions from Sierra Leoneans living overseas.

According to the 2008–2012 American Community Survey (ACS), 39.8 million foreign-born people resided in the United States, including 1.6 million from Africa, or about 4 percent of the total foreign-born population. In 1970, there were about 80,000 African foreign born, representing less than 1 percent of the total foreign-born population. During the following four decades, the number of foreign born from Africa grew rapidly, roughly doubling each decade. Metropolitan areas with the largest African-born population included New York, NY (212,000); Washington, DC (161,000); Atlanta, GA (68,000); Los Angeles, CA (68,000); and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (64,000).

This convention will invite only candidates who support diaspora voting rights to address the thousands of Sierra Leonean Americans who would like to vote in future elections.

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