TC congratulates Pramila Jayapal who won her bid for State Senator (37th district) in Washington State. Pramila won 66.3% of the vote and is the first Indian immigrant elected to the Washington State Legislature! Pramila chatted with TC after she was honored as a Champion of Change at the White House.
Pramila Japayal, who was recently honored as a Champion of Change at the White House in Washington D.C, met with Talking Cranes to talk about her work as as advocate for immigration reform and a champion of human rights.
At the age of 16, Pramila Jayapal came to America to pursue an education at some of America's best insitutions and developed a successful career in public health. Then September 11th happened. Pramila observed a spike in hate crimes and racism against Arabs, Muslims and South Asians and decided to get involved. What began as a campaign for a hate free zone in Washington State where she lived, soon evolved into a civil rights crusade for immigrant communities.
One America, the organization that Pramila led for eleven years, spearheaded immigration reform in Washington State and soon grew into one of the largest immigrant advocacy organizations in the country. To read Pramila Jayapal's account, click on the link below.
On May 6th, the White House recognized Pramila by honoring her as a Champion of Change, an award that pays tribute to individuals who make strong contributions to their communities and countries for a secure and successful future. She is one of two Indians who received the honor; the other was Aparna Bhattacharya, Director of Raksha (Atlanta, GA) , a non-profit advocacy group which supports the South Asian community.
Since 2011, when she stepped down from One America, Pramila has worked as a Distinguished Taconic Fellow at Center for Community Change and Distinguished Fellow at the University of Washington Law School. Her fellowship focuses on The Embrace Project which examines ways to 'harness the potential of a new diverse Amerca'.
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