Leonard Getz
Leonard Getz

CAIR Philadelphia’s Poster Politician Resigns in Shame

Movita Johnson-Harrell, seemed to take pride in her position as the first Muslim woman  elected to the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Now that record will forever have an asterisk next to it as Johnson-Harrell has turned herself in to Pennsylvania  Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s Office, pleading guilty on charges of perjury, record tampering and embezzling over $500,000 in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security disability funds, as well as donations to  Motivations Education and Consultation Associates (MECA), a charity she established to  allegedly serve the mentally ill and drug addicted poor in her predominately African-American neighborhood.

In a press conference Attorney General Shapiro described Johnson-Harrell’s actions as “brazen corruption… her theft knew no bounds.”  Johnson-Harrell stole funds that personally belonged to the residents of her facilities and used it to purchase fox furs, trips to Mexico, make payments on a Porsche, pay delinquent utility bills, cover her granddaughter’s private school tuition and even fund her political campaign.  After the facility, where residents were living in squalor, was closed, Johnson-Harrell continued collecting their rent from MECA even though the facilities were no longer operating.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Johnson-Harrell’s dereliction of duty extended to her short time as a Pennsylvania State Representative.

During her brief period in office Johnson-Harrell seemed to spend the majority of her time celebrating herself as the first Muslim woman elected to the state legislature, and helping to fundraise and advocate for the Hamas-linked Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Two months after being in office Johnson Harrell flew across the country to Washington State to stand with  anti-Israel BDS supporter Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at a CAIR fundraiser with a separatist theme “Muslim Power for 2020 & Beyond.”

Two months later she made an appearance at the Muslim Ummah of North America convention in Philadelphia during the July 4th weekend, where she shared the stage with numerous extremists all speaking out for a surge in Islamic political influence in American life.  Johnson-Harrell added her political voice to this worrisome banter, and called on Muslims to “occupy every space of this world.”

Speakers included Nihad Awad, co-founder of Hamas-linked CAIR, and Zahid Bukhari, president of the Islamic Circle of North America, a Jamaat-e-Islamii proxy group.

Also present was Ayman Hammous, executive director of the Muslim American Society (MAS), which has been identified as the overt arm affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States. Johnson-Harrell shared the stage with Hammous even though just two months earlier, in May of 2019 the Muslim American Society’s Philadelphia chapter made news after it was caught having uploaded a skit where Muslim children sang and danced about beheading Jews.

Johnson-Harrell’s responded to the controversy over the video by equating the presentation to Jewish and Christian religious texts, “ I wanted to note that all religions have sections of their holy books that they might not be particularly proud of.”  She then quoted scripture from the Hebrew bible and Christian New Testament, but nothing from the Koran.

In November 2019 Johnson-Harrell spoke at two more CAIR events, one in Los Angeles and one in Washington DC at its national banquet.  In LA she was joined by fellow Philadelphian and BDS supporter Marc Lamont Hill  and congratulated him for receiving CAIR’s  “courage under fire”  award.  Referring to her successful election Johnson-Harrell said, in a statement now dripping with irony,

“I was tired of people who look like me not protecting people who look like me… I got here by divine intervention, I’m going to leave by divine intervention. I have been obedient to Allah.”

Not only was Johnson-Harrell propelled as a prominent speaker at CAIR’s national convention on November 9th in Washington D.C. but she enthusiastically uploaded a promotional selfie video excited about rabid anti-Semite  Linda Sarsour  and anti-Israel/ anti-Semite  Congresswoman Ilhan Omar appearing as a guest speakers.  She spoke along with Sheik and “motivational speaker”  Aderraoot Alkhawaldeh  a frequent speaker on Sharia Law  for the  Islamic Circle of North America.

Acknowledging her arrest Movita Johnson-Harrell  tweeted ““Allah v Akbar”   (God is greater) expressing no regret or sorrow for the people she hurt, but instead positioning herself as a martyr, tweeting, “My life is one of service. If I have to suffer persecution to save one from the grave then God’s will, not mine be done.”

Johnson-Harrell’s martyrdom complex has been a fixture of her short time in office as well. Her first accusation came on the day she was sworn in when freshman State representative  Stephanie Borowicz referred to Jesus and praised our country’s support for Israel in her invocation. CAIR Philadelphia chimed in, not only condemning Rep Bororwicz as  Islamophobic but anti-Semitic  as well. During her time on the Islamist speaking tour Johnson-Harrell’s allegations against Borowicz would continue to grow with each retelling.

Meanwhile CAIR Philadelphia, which was so proud of Johnson-Harrell when she was elected the first Muslim woman to the Pennsylvania legislature has not uttered a word about her pleading guilty to stealing over $500,000 from those who trusted her, which no doubt including members of the Muslim community.

In its end of year “An important message from CAIR”  the Philadelphia chapter  issued no criticism  or regret for backing a candidate who was improperly vetted, even though her previous bankruptcy  was in the public record, yet dismissed.

While the Philadelphia chapter of CAIR calls itself a civil rights advocacy organization it refuses to acknowledge the underprivileged members of the Philadelphia Muslim community who fell victim to its first Muslim woman elected official. Much like the woman which CAIR promoted as an example of Muslim American leadership, CAIR Philadelphia likewise subsists on the basis of a fraud. While claiming to represent the interests of Muslims and promote civil rights, the group’s only real goal is to promoting itself, and its own influence through putting Islamists into political power in America.  So it’s unsurprisingly that Johnson-Harrell’s political demise is a setback they’d prefer to ignore.

Leonard  Getz, CPA, is the Philadelphia Associate of the Counter-Islamist Grid and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The American Thinker, The Algemeiner, PJMedia, The Clarion, The Daily Wire, Lifestyles Magazine, Nostalgia Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Bulletin, the Jewish Exponent, and the  Lock Haven Express.  He is the author of the book “From Broadway to the Bowery”

About the Author
Len is a CPA and recently retired from the Internal Revenue spending his last 20 years in the Appeals division. He is currently the Philadelphia Associate of the Counter-Islamist Grid He was an video interviewer for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Foundation, interviewing many Holocaust survivors about their experience. He followed up on his article “How the IRS Can Rein In Radical Islam and anti-Israel propaganda at universities by filing a complaint with the IRS against Georgetown University https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/how-the-irs-can-rein-in-radical-islam-and-anti-israel-propaganda-courses-at-universities/ His articles have appeared in The American Thinker, The Algemeiner, PJMedia, Lifestyles Magazine, Nostalgia Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Bulletin,The Clarion Project and the Jewish Exponent, and Lock Haven Express