Tomas Kennedy August 26 2020·
This was an important conversation happening right now on the inhumane conditions immigrants face in detention and how COVID-19 has made those conditions worse.
With Maria Bilbao, Tomas Kennedy, Rep. Anna Eskamani, Evan Jenne, Rep. Dotie Joseph, Romina Montenegro, Daniella Levine Cava, Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, John Potes, Yariel Gonzalez, Rep. Donna Shalala, Mayra Ramirez, Bud Conlin, Andrea Ruiz-Sorrentini, Victoria Mesa-Estrada, Paula Munoz, Karina Ganies, Rebecca Talbot, Bobby Bracy, Daniel Yim, Sean McCrackine.
In Philadelphia July 2019, at the largest Netroots Nation conference to date, with 3,700 participants, the first day featured a panel discussing this very shift in dynamics. A session titled “Young Women of Color Winning Elections” highlighted four elected officials, all young women of color, who spoke to the role that racism and sexism played in their campaigns and the personal and systemic challenges they continue to face now that they hold public office.
Moderated by the political director of People for the American Way, Lizet Ocampo, the group of speakers featured: West Virginia House of Delegates member Sammi Brown of District 65, Phoenix Elementary School Board member Elora Diaz, Democratic State Rep. Summer Lee of Pennsylvania’s 34th District, and State Rep. Anna Eskamani of District 47 in Florida’s Orange County.
Each of the women addressed the need to challenge prevailing ideas about what a “politician” or a “winner” supposedly looks like. Eskamani, the first Iranian-American elected to the Florida legislature, asserted that there is a double standard women of color face when running for office. “[We are] often accused of identity politics,” she said, noting that there is power in being your authentic self. Eskamani advised activists and candidates to “never want to fit into a box,” especially when opponents are attempting to classify you as the “other.”
NIAC 2020 endorsement
First Wave of 2020 Endorsements.
The 2020 Election may be the most critical vote in our lifetime. It is more important than ever that Iranian Americans and our allies have a powerful voice at the ballot box.
That’s why we are excited to announce NIAC Action’s first 2020 endorsements – our largest ever single wave of endorsements!
We have an opportunity to elect more Iranian Americans into office than ever before.
And we have our best chance ever to send the first Iranian American to the U.S. Congress!
We have identified twelve champions of our community – incumbent members of Congress who have worked to prevent war and end Trump’s ban on our families, and Iranian Americans who are ready to make an impact in all levels of government. With your help, we can elect them to office and bring real change in 2020.
By making a donation to NIAC Action PAC, you can help elect these champions of our community and send a powerful, united message that Iranian Americans will not be ignored on the political stage.
Anna Eskamani – Incumbent, Florida House of Delegates (D, HD-47 – Orlando).
Representative Eskamani is one of the first Iranian-American women to be elected to office and a progressive champion in her state of Florida. NIAC Action was proud to join President Barack Obama and several other high-profile national organizations in endorsing her in 2018. Anna is the recipient of NIAC’s “Rising Star” Award and a consistent champion of the Iranian-American community..
In response to a Politico article bemoaning the dangers of a lack of POC staff working on Democratic Party campaigns.
Corryn Grace Freeman December 4 at 12:52 PM ·
I call bullshit... Here is a list of some of the phenomenal POC campaign staff I know at every level just within my network. Feel free to add the one's you know and I'll happily send to POLITICO
Jack Lofgren IV, Anurag Pal, Karen Andre, Ashley Green, Ashley Bryant, Dorien Paul, Siottis Jackson, Angie Nixon, Eunic Ortiz, Melissa Morales, Jazz Johnson, Ernest Lee Boston, Jr., Reginald Abraham, Anna Vishkaee Eskamani, Ida Vishkaee Eskamani, Jalisa Washington Price, Alida Garcia, Alicia Stallworth, Jones Alicia, Bertisha Jones, Asa R. Rogers-Shaw, Valencia Gunder, Stephanie Ighodaro, Victoria Elliott York, Marilyn Davis, Stefanie Brown James, Quentin James, Marcus Switzer, Alexis Camille Crews, Bianki Collection, Jamaa Bickley-King, Jamarr Brown, Max Clermont, Elbert Garcia, Antonio Lewis, Al Barrentine, Mila Al-Ayoubi, Tomas Kennedy, Francesca Menes, Nancy Metayer.
These are just the ones that I came up with without thinking... I'm sure I have a ton more. There are also resources like Inclusv that have thousands of POC campaign staff.
Sunrise slate 2018
Sunrise Movement August 2 2018:
We're thrilled to introduce you to our first-ever round of candidate endorsements: the #SunriseSlate2018!
These candidates are some of the earliest adopters of the #NoFossilFuelMoney pledge and, if elected, would lead the fight against oil and gas lobbyists in state capitols and Washington, DC. They’re putting forward big policy solutions to the climate crisis, like championing a Green New Deal and supporting a just and rapid transition to a 100% renewable energy future that leaves no community behind.
Learn more and support our efforts here! https://www.sunrisemovement.org/2018-endorsed-candidates — with Katie Muth for PA Senate, Deb Haaland for Congress, Alessandra Biaggi, Kaniela Ing, Jess King for Congress, Julia Salazar for State Senate, Dana Hamp Gulick for PA 97th, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Anna Eskamani, Abdul El-Sayed, Danielle Friel Otten for PA District 155, Cynthia Nixon for New York, Benjamin Jealous, Jumaane D. Williams, Ilhan Omar for Congress, Randy Bryce, Zellnor Myrie for New York and Rashida Tlaib For Congress, Penelope Tsernoglou Michigan State House, Michele Wherley Pennsylvania State House. .