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Pramila Jayapal

Pramila Jayapal, won the 7th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016. She has a long history of activism and advocacy in Seattle. She founded the post-9/11 immigrant rights group Hate Free Zone (now OneAmerica), which has held massive voter registration drives.

“The only reason I got into politics was because I believed it was another platform for organizing,” she says, “and that’s what I want to do with my congressional campaign. We’ve brought in thousands of leaders, young people and people of color and women who never saw themselves as part of democracy.”[1]

She is married to Steve Williamson.


Pramila Jayapal was born in Chennai to Malayali parents who now live in Bangalore.[2]

Jayapal earned her bachelor’s in English language and literature/letters at Georgetown University and her M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She moved to Seattle in 1991 and began working for an international public health nonprofit, PATH.

Fighting for Illegal Immigration Rally January 16 2018

Pramila Jayapal with DACA activists

On January 17 2018, Pramila Jayapal protested with DACA activists from NAKASEC (Dae Joong Yoon Co-Director, Sam Yu Communications Coordinator), Tony Choi, Rob Bonta, Kevin de Leon, UndocuBlack Network, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), African Communities Together leader and Local 23 President Bert Bayou and others.[3]

From the Facebook Live Video:

"Community members from the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), the UndocuBlack Network (UBN), Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC, The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), African Communities Together and UNITE HERE Local 23 will host a timely press conference denouncing President Trump’s racist statements in his meeting with U.S. Senators last week and call for a DREAM Act that leaves family sponsorship and diversity visa programs intact by January 19th, the deadline for the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR). In addition to impacted community members and community leaders, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC Immigration Subcommittee Chair Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, California State Senate President pro tempore Kevin de Leon and California Assemblymember and Chair of the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Rob Bonta will participate."


NAKASEC Facebook Live Video January 16 2018

The speakers in the order in which they appeared:

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Press Conference on Illegal Immigration

Jung Bin Cho

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus hosted a press conference for illegal immigration in September 2017.[6] The speakers included Jung Bin Cho, Judy Chu, Chirayu Patel (founder of DACA network), Nancy Pelosi, and Pramila Jayapal.

Our Revolution endorsement

Pramila Jayapal was endorsed by Our Revolution, an organization run by former campaign workers and supporters of former socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[7]


Pramila Jayapal is a Berniecrat, a term used for those democrats (generally) running for office who have expressed support of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[8]

Endorsements page

See Pramila Jayapal endorsements.

Activist history

A native of India raised in Indonesia, Pramila Jayapal became a US citizen in 2000 and quickly emerged as an essential activist in the state of Washington. After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, she formed the group Hate Free Zone to advocate on behalf of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities threatened by violence and discrimination. Now known as OneAmerica, the group has earned broad recognition for championing immigrant rights, for its focus on voter registration and participation, and for its innovative campaigns to make real the promise of American democracy. Jayapal also worked to create Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs; played a pivotal role in selecting the city’s police chief (as chair of a high-profile search committee that emphasized the need for community engagement and accountability); and was elected to the State Senate in 2014.

Pramila Jayapal, Kshama Sawant

As a legislator, she’s been at the forefront of fights to hike the state’s minimum wage, cut costs for higher education, and promote voter registration. While Jayapal is one of the most progressive legislators in the country, she has developed a reputation for working across the lines of party and ideology to develop bipartisan support (make that tripartisan support—she’s worked closely with socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant) for a bold reform agenda.[9]

National Leading From the Inside Out Alum


Pramila Jayapal, Founder & Executive Director, One America With Justice For All, was a 2010 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Leading From the Inside Out Alum.[10]

According to sister site Social Transformation Project, Pramila Jayapal is one " 240+ leaders who have completed Rockwood’s Leading from the Inside Out (LIO) National Yearlong Fellowship..."[11]

Pramila Jayapal made several friends on the year long course. Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Rinku Sen, Executive Director Applied Research Center, Ilyse Hogue, former Director of Political Advocacy and Communications,, Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project, Vanita Gupta, Deputy Legal Director, Director of Center for Justice, American Civil Liberties Union.

The group has worked closely together ever since.[12]

Immigration arrest

Organizers Pramila Jayapal and Megan Macaraeg get arrested in DC. Photo by Jen Soriano, We Belong Together

Friday, September 13, 2013 roughly 200 women came to D.C. to march, blockade, protest and get arrested as a part of a mass demonstration on Capitol Hill. We Belong Together, an initiative of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), organized the action. The protest featured various women’s groups that gathered, held hands in a circle and sat down on Independence Ave between Capitol Hill and House members’ offices. By the end of the day over 100 women were arrested as they called for a move on immigration legislation.[13]

Color Lines


Pramila Jayapal, a distinguished taconic fellow at Center for Community Change and a co-chair of the We Belong Together campaign has contributed several articles to the Freedom Road Socialist Organization linked magazine ColorLines.

  • Why Immigration Policy Is 'Sexclusionary' (and How To Fix It)
The U.S. immigration system boxes women out in several ways, from the type of work it recognizes to the pressure it places on families. Here's how Congress can make reform work for everybody.

Pramila Jayapal March 18, 2013

  • Why This Round of Immigration Reform Is Different
Because the immigrant rights movement is ready, says Pramila Jayapal. We've deepened, grown--and built strength out of previous losses.

Pramila Jayapal January 16, 2013

  • Rising Hate For Migrants Worldwide Starts With Criminalizing Them
Pramila Jayapal says that's why she's celebrating the 10th International Migrants Day by dropping the i-word.

Pramila Jayapal December 15, 2010

The Nation event


Working with Jess Spear


Pramila Jayapal worked closely with Socialist Alternative member Jess Spear on the Fight for $15 campaign.

Working with Jim McDermott

Jim McDermott worked closely with Pramila Jayapal in launching Hate Free Zone (later OneAmerica) after the 9/11 attacks, "as they championed a people’s movement to defend our immigrant brothers and sisters who were under unjust racist, anti-Muslim, and immigrant-bashingattacks and threats".

In 2002, Jim McDermott stood almost alone and dared to tell the world that George W. Bush was misleading the Americanpeople about the situation in Iraq. Hebecame “Baghdad Jim.” Months later, he and Pramila Jayapal would share the stage at one of the largest demonstrations in Seattle history, opposing the Iraq War.

We were not able to stop that war, but brother Jim and Pramila Jayapal were our champions in that fight Pramila Jayapal is anotherwonderful example of a courageous leader.

Jim McDermott and Pramila Jayapal worked together on a number of issues.

When the mosque near Northgate was targeted by hate crimes and when Muslim women were attacked in Seattle for wearing the hijab, Pramila led the fight to protect them. When the immigrant grocers in the Rainier Valley were unjustly accused of being supporters of terrorism, brother Jim, Pramila Jayapal, and Hate Free Zone stood with them. Months later, the grocers were fully exonerated. Pramila also led the successful class action lawsuit against the Bush administration’s planned mass deportation of thousands of Somali men, preventing those deportations of thousands across the country.[14]

CCC award

Since 2005, the Center for Community Change has "recognized some of our nation’s top community leaders for advancing the cause of social justice, with a particular impact on the lives of low-income people and people of color. CCC’s Community Change Champion Awards are presented to individuals and organizations who are our heroes in the social justice movement".[15]

In 2011, awardees were;

Congressional run

Pramila Jayapal is an immigration rights activist and Washington state senator U.S. House of Representatives, Washington’s 7th District.

After State Senator Adam Kline announced his retirement in early 2014, Jayapal was one of several Democrats to enter the race to succeed him. She was endorsed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. She won more than 51% of the vote in Washington's open primary on August 5, 2014, out of a field of six candidates. She went on to defeat fellow Democrat Louis Watanabe in November.

When progressive stalwart Jim McDermott retired, a seat opened up in one of the most progressive congressional districts in the country. Of the four candidates seeking the nomination, the India-born Pramila Jayapal is the only one to endorse Bernie Sanders. Jayapal, 50, also has been a prominent supporter of socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant.

When announcing her candidacy in January, Jayapal said, “What Congress needs is a progressive voice who is unafraid to take on these powerful interests—who is willing to fight for all Americans, not just the wealthiest 1%.”

She is endorsed by Washington, Democracy for America, King County Labor Council, American Federation of Teachers and eight state senate colleagues.

Seattle United Against FBI Repression

February 7, 2011, Seattle United Against FBI Repression, contacts: Ellen Finkelstein and Doug Barnes press release;

Local leaders and groups ask President Obama and U.S. Attorney General to end Grand Jury investigation of peace and solidarity activists...

More than 70 regional community leaders and organizations have signed an open letter calling on President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to use their authority to "stop assaults on freedom of speech and association, to halt FBI entrapment, [and] to keep nonviolent activists from being sent to prison.” The letter (attached) was issued by Seattle United Against FBI Repression.

Signers to the letter include Larry Gossett, Chair of the King County Council; Alice Woldt, Executive Director, Washington Association of Churches*; Pramila Jayapal, Executive Director, OneAmerica; Juan Jose Bocanegra, El Comité Pro-Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social; Angela Ying, Pastor, Bethany United Church of Christ; Rodolfo Franco, President, Washington Federation of State Employees Local 304*; Terri Mast, Secretary-Treasurer, Inlandboatmen's Union; Jafar Siddiqui, American Muslims of Puget Sound; George Bakan, publisher of Seattle Gay News; Steering Committee of the Seattle National Lawyers Guild; Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation; Freedom Socialist Party; Jane Cutter, ANSWER Seattle; Elmer J. Dixon, cofounder of Seattle Black Panther Party; and many others.

According to Doug Barnes, an initiator of Seattle United Against FBI Repression, “People from a variety of communities have signed the letter because of their concern about FBI raids around the country on peace activists, labor organizers, Palestinian and Colombian solidarity groups, and socialists.” The raids began on Sept. 24, 2010 in Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. Twenty-three activists have been issued subpoenas to appear before a Grand Jury or face imprisonment.

The letter states, “Here in the Northwest, we have not forgotten the false FBI terrorism charges after 9/11 against the owners of a Somali grocery store and wire service in South Seattle. In 2009, Olympia activists planning nonviolent civil disobedience against the war in Iraq were infiltrated by an Army intelligence agent, who passed information to the FBI, police, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). …We are also disturbed by the FBI’s renewed targeting of the Muslim community with its so-called ‘sting operations.’…These FBI entrapment tactics are creating anti-Muslim hysteria in those communities, which should not be the policy of our government.”

The letter concludes, “We are greatly concerned about these threats to our democracy, our First Amendment rights, and the civil liberties of all people who reside in the United States.” Signers ask for a prompt “proactive response” from President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.[16]

80th anniversary of Social Security

80th anniversary of Social Security celebration in Seattle on Saturday, Aug. 8 2015 at Westlake Plaza, Seattle.

Organised by Robby Stern of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, and Chuck Haunreiter, Washington Community Action Network.[17]



"Pramila inspires us through her gifts, her hard work, and her ability to get things done." — with Jorge Bustamante, Jr., Pramila Jayapal, Michaela Murphy, Leigh Friedman, Alex Wenman and Honey Dotson.


Pramila Jayapal isn’t the only candidate who supported Bernie Sanders in the state’s caucuses in 2016, but she is the one who’s running with a strong endorsement from Sanders, as well as from Congressional Progressive Caucus cochair Keith Ellison, climate activist Bill McKibben, feminist Gloria Steinem, 10 of her fellow state senators and dozens of local officials and activists, and groups like Friends of the Earth, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee, the NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, Emily’s List, the Washington State Labor Council (AFL-CIO), the Progressive Change Campaign Committee,, and Democracy for America.[18]

PowerPAC+ 2016 Endorsements

PowerPAC+ 2016 endorsements;

Far left support

In 2016 Washington State's District 7 seat had become available because Representative Jim McDermott, retired after 37 years in the U.S. House.

After winning the consequent primary Pramila Jayapal's victory in the primary was greeted with jubilation here in the Emerald City as hundreds of her grassroots supporters cheered her at a post-election celebration.

Jayapal told the crowd in the Hale's Palladium Ballroom in Ballard, "You have fueled the flame of our movement with the clear belief that we can and will reclaim our government to work for all of us."

If her words sounded like those of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, it is not surprising. Jayapal is seen as an ideological soulmate of the Bernie Sanders grassroots "political revolution."

Sanders endorsed Jayapal. Her 1,000 campaign volunteers were overwhelmingly Bernie supporters.

Jayapal would face Brady Walkinshaw November 8. Like Jayapal, a serving Washington State senator.

Elena Perez, community organizer for United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 21 told Seattle Weekly at the election night celebration, "Pramila is one of the rare candidates I will do anything for....I trust her implicitly. I feel like if she is in Congress then I'm in good hands."

Jayapal was endorsed by OneAmerica Votes, UFCW Local 21, UNITE HERE! Local 8, the Service Employees International Union, International Association of Machinists District 751, the American Federation of Teachers, and many other labor and community groups. The campaign knocked on 70,000 doors and made 140,000 get-out-the-vote phone calls.

Facebook, August 10 2016

Imogene Williams was one of scores of members of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action who worked hard to Jayapal in the primary. PSARA does not endorse candidates but Williams said she attended a house party for Jayapal at the home of PSARA President, Robby Stern, who personally endorsed her.

"I'm very, very enthusiastic about Pramila," Williams told the People's World. "She is a wonderful candidate to work for. I asked for 400 pieces of her literature to cover my own precinct and the neighboring precinct to the north and distributed all of them.

"Pramila won both of these precincts," Williams said. Walkinshaw will be her contender in November so we have our work to do. Pramila is a truly progressive candidate. Washington is moving forward."

Writing in The Nation magazine, John Nichols quoted Jayapal as saying, "We're building a movement that can clearly stake out a positive vision for the future of America at a time when too many people feel cynical about change, and when too many people are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table."

According to Nicholls, Jayapal argues that "corporations and special interests have their voice in Congress, and they have too many members scared of their power. What Congress needs is a progressive voice who is unafraid to take on these powerful interests-who is willing to fight for all Americans, not just the wealthiest one percent."

Nichols wrote that Jayapal joins "a number of the Democrats ... being nominated for the House [who are] progressives who really could change the chamber and the country."[19]

Radical organizer

David Ayala was, in 2016, a Field Oganizer with the Pramila Jayapal for Congress campaign.

Facing Race conference


The Facing Race conference participants gathered just days after the conclusion of the most contentious election season in decades, November 10-12, 2016 — Atlanta, Georgia.

Both major parties exposed their deep splinters, Trumpism became the new normal and many politicians were forced to deal with issues that communities of color raised to national prominence. In Facing Race's closing plenary on November 12, racial justice leaders speak to the challenges of governance before us, and how the movement can position itself to make the most of the next four years.[20]

These are the activists and thought leaders featured in "Where Do We Go From Here?" listed in alphabetical order:

Judith LeBlanc approval


Communist Party USA member Judith LeBlanc approves of Pramila Jayapal.

Jodeen Olguin-Tayler approval


Freedom Road Socialist Organization supporter Jodeen Olguin-Tayler strongly approves of Pramila Jayapal.

Marxist meme


October 23, 206 Jodeen Olguin-Tayler, Yong Jung Cho, Xochitl Oseguera, Latchmi Gopal, Heather McGhee, Nikki Fortunato Bas, Sarita Gupta, Alicia Garza, Laura Dawn, Agunda Okeyo, Greisa Martinez Rosas, Edith Sargon, Renata Pumarol, Ai-jen Poo, Trina Greene Brown, Naila Awan, Pramila Jayapal, Cindy Wiesner, Brigid Flaherty, Serena Perez and Angel Kyodo Williams, were part of a #GOPHandsOffMe meme.


In 2017 Pramila Jayapal was a new member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Supporting Keith Ellison


In 2017 Reps John Lewis, Rick Nolan, Pramila Jayapal and Luis Gutierrez all endorsed Keith Ellison for DNC Chair.

People's Summit 2017

Pramila Jayapal, Congresswoman was a speaker at People's Summit 2017.

Capitol vigil


March 10, 2017, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national South Asian civil rights organization, along with partner organizations, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Arab American Institute (AAI), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Desis Rising Upand Moving (DRUM), Indiaspora, MPowerChange, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), National Network For Arab American Communities (NNAAC), Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), and Sikh Coalition joining with and Members of Congress, held a vigil on the steps of the Capitol to honor the victims of hate violence in South Asian, Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, and Arab communities nationwide.

“At a time when South Asian, Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, and Arab community members are facing hate violence and harassment on nearly a daily basis, we need real leadership from Washington to stem the tide of injustice,” stated Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director of SAALT. “Waiting nearly a week before commenting on a deadly shooting in Kansas won’t do it. Issuing a second toxic Muslim Ban won’t do it. We need direct action from this administration to forge inclusion, justice, and hope in this quintessential nation of immigrants. SAALT will continue fighting for laws and policies that light a path toward a just and inclusive future for us all.”

Other speakers included Yolanda Rondon, Esq., Staff Attorney, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Amrita Bamrah, SALDEF, James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute, Robert S. McCaw, Director of Government Affairs Department, CAIR. [21]

Members of Congress who joined the vigil included Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA), Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY), and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA).

Letter on US-Mexico security Co-operation


From Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice;

Urgent alert from our friends at CISPES- Los Angeles Chapter : "The US plans to expand cooperation between Mexico and the United States to unfairly and inhumanely target Central American migrants and asylum seekers at the upcoming "Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America".
We asked Representative Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach to author a letter to Secretary Tillerson calling for to put the human rights of Central Americans and all migrants and refugees front and center, and he's circulating a letter now. To have the biggest impact possible we need as many Members of Congress as possible to sign this letter!
Call or email your representative today and ask them to join Mr. Lowenthal as a co-signer.

Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) led 37 Members of Congress, including top Democrats from the Armed Forces, Judiciary and Appropriations committees, in sending a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to raise red flags about “suggestions that the United States deepen security collaboration with Mexico along its southern border [with Guatemala] due to evidence that Mexico’s Southern Border Program has led to wide-spread human rights violations and abuses against migrants and asylum-seekers.”

Signers: Don Beyer (D-VA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Mike Capuano (D-MA), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), John Conyers (D-MI), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington, DC), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Barbara Lee (D-CA) , Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), James McGovern (D-MA), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Adam Smith (D-WA), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Maxine Waters (D-CA), John Yarmuth (D-KY).[22]

Democracy in Color podcast

The Democracy in Color podcast, hosted by Aimee Allison, features today’s best and brightest political political leaders, strategists and thinkers of the New American Majority. We’ve featured Senator Cory Booker; Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal; San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, Stockton, California Mayor Michael Tubbs; BART Director Lateefah Simon; writer Eric Liu; #Goodmuslimbadmuslim co-host Tanzila Ahmed; New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb, and writers Rebecca Solnit and Jeff Chang, among many others. Ellen McGirt, editor of Fortune magazine’s raceAhead, calls it: "The smartest podcast on race I've found in ages. Listen and grow.".[23]

Democracy for America

Pramila Jayapal, U.S. House, Washington 7, was endorsed by Democracy for America in 2018.

AAPI Mobilization to demand a CLEAN DREAM ACT

South Asian Americans Leading Together November 27, 2017.

On Nov 15 and 16, SAALT along with NCAPA, AAJC, APALA, NAKASEC and other national partners rallied on Capitol Hill to press for the passage of a clean, bicameral Dream Act and Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Over 120 Asian American and Pacific Islander undocumented youth and allies, including two young South Asian DREAMers brought in by SAALT, hosted a press conference, rally, and individual meetings with House and Senate leadership. This included Representative Judy Chu, Representative Luis Gutierrez Representative Ro Khanna, Senator Dick Durbin, and Senator Dianne Feinstein, among many others. The young leaders demanded a clean DREAM Act that doesn’t compromise the future of other immigrants or negatively impact our immigration system.

Attending the rally were Al Green, Tulsi Gabbard, Judy Chu, Pramila Jayapal, and Raja Krishnamoorthi. [24]

CAIR support for Bill

Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., introduced her first bill February 2017 that would provide legal counsel to those held or detained while trying to enter the U.S.

The Access to Counsel Act would allow lawyers to provide legal counsel by phone or video if they cannot physically be present. It would also invalidate any documents abandoning legal resident status or applications for admission if detainees have signed them after being denied legal services.

Harris’s Access to Counsel Act is not without congressional support; there are five co-sponsors in the Senate, including Tom Carper, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., introduced the House companion measure, which has 10 co-sponsors. The measures introduced by Indian American congresswomen Harris and Jayapal have also received support from multiple organizations, including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, and the National Immigrant Justice Center.

“As the Trump administration is attempting to close it borders to refugees and asylum seekers, prompt access to lawyers for people who come fleeing persecution is a critical safeguard to ensure they receive the protections guaranteed under U.S. and international law,” said Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director of the National Immigrant Justice Center.[25]

SAALT Congressional Briefing on Hate Violence

March 23, 2017, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national South Asian civil rights organization, held a Congressional briefing to address the uptick in hate violence nationwide and highlight recommendations for change, as outlined in our recent report, “Power, Pain, Potential.” SAALT was joined by eight members of Congressional leadership and community partners in an urgent discussion on combatting the surge in hate violence aimed at South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, and Middle Eastern Americans across the country.

“As President Trump continues to test fire Muslim bans, this administration appears intent on intensifying efforts to ignore and provoke hate violence,” stated Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director of SAALT. “The President has a sworn duty to protect the rights and safety of all Americans. Today’s briefing with Congressional leaders is an important step in making sure President Trump doesn’t escape his responsibilities.”

Our communities have experienced devastating violence in recent months, including deadly shootings in Kansas and Washington State, numerous arson attacks and vandalism of mosques, businesses, and homes nationwide, and mounting fear by our communities across the country.

“SAALT stands ready to work with Congressional leaders to fight hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric impacting our communities across the country,” stated Ms. Raghunathan. “South Asian Americans are the most rapidly growing demographic group, and we are committed to policies at all levels that reinforce the place our communities have in our nation now and as we continue to grow.”

Honorary Co-Chairs of the briefing included: Senator Mazie Hirono (HI); Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT); Senator Ben Cardin (MD) Member Co-Sponsors of the briefing included: Congressmembers Keith Ellison, Andre Carson; Raul Grijalva; Ami Bera; Grace Meng; Mark Takano; Pramila Jayapal; Raja Krishnamoorthi; Ro Khanna. Judy Chu also attended.

Partner organizations include: Sikh Coalition, Washington Peace Center/D.C. Justice for Muslims Coalition, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Arab American Institute.[26]

National Nurses United lobby day


National Nurses United was live — in Washington, District of Columbia. May 8 2018;

Watch U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Keith Ellison, Rep. Ro Khanna and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal address nurses at our annual lobby day. Over 150 nurses from 20 states have been on Capitol Hill today advocating for patient protections.

"Summary Execution" booklaunch

All are invited to attend the Commemoration and Book Launch Party celebrating of the lives and work of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, and the publication of Summary Execution: The Seattle Assassinations of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes by Michael Withey, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 (2018)at the Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Ave.

On June 1, 1981, Domingo and Viernes, two young Filipino activists were murdered in Seattle in what was made to appear a gang slaying. The victims’ families and friends suspected that they were considered a threat to Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his regime’s relationship to the United States. In the days after the murders, they formed the Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes to investigate. In Summary Execution, attorney and author Michael Withey describes the 10-year struggle for justice waged by that committee.


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