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Washington, DC - Last night, Senator Kamala Harris accepted the official nomination to be the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate. APALA celebrates this historic moment where Harris is the first Black person and South Asian person nominated to be a major party’s nominee for Vice President. As the Democratic National Convention wraps up and on the momentum of the Biden-Harris campaign, we are excited to continue turning out AAPIs for the 2020 election and organizing to hold our elected representatives accountable to our demands and needs.
National Executive Board Member Yeon Park, SEIU Local 1021 stated “In 2017, Kamala Harris was the second Black woman in history to be elected to the U.S. Senate and now, just three years later, there are thirteen Black women running for U.S. Senate. It has also been an unprecedented year for Asian American and Pacific Islanders on the presidential stage. Kamala Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, joined Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard as three AAPI presidential candidates. Representation matters when the AAPI community is often left out of voter outreach and underestimated in our political power. But we know that actions matter too and this is our opportunity to show what AAPI working people need!”
National Executive Board Member and SAG-AFTRA Appointee Parvesh Cheena, “I am beyond thrilled for the first woman of color to be on a major national party ticket. Mobilizing our communities to win the election will be just the beginning of our long road ahead! It is our responsibility to build community and organize to hold the Biden Administration accountable to APALA’s values and our vision for collective liberation. This includes defunding the police and reinvesting in resources for our communities; stopping ICE and DHS from harming immigrants and separating families; supporting Medicare for All; fighting climate change and securing environmental justice; and strengthening workers’ rights and protections to organize.”
Join us to turn out AAPIs for the 2020 election!