Friday, August 14, 2020

LA Times Op-Ed: Kamala Harris’ Immigrant Family Story Is an Inspiring Reminder of Why We Need to Vote out Trump

U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has published a powerful op-ed for the Los Angeles Times regarding the importance of Senator Kamala Harris' immigrant family story in the race for president. She connects her own immigrant background to that of Senator Harris, discusses their shared "common aim for equality and justice," and recounts their important work together as "two of only 79 women of color to have ever served in Congress."

The piece is well worth a full read, but here is an excerpt:

"This week, when Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) became the first Black woman and the first South Asian American woman to be on a major party's presidential ticket, joy erupted — in my family, in Asian American, Pacific Islander and Black families across this country, and in millions of homes across Asia and Africa. I am proud of her Indian immigrant roots and her Blackness.

We Asian immigrants to America have learned so much from the struggles of Black women who have paved the road to justice with their steps. Sen. Harris’ multiple identities and experiences not only bring important perspectives to the table, but also allow so many others to see new possibilities for their own futures."


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