Pramila Jayapal, a “bold progressive fighter,” is running for the open seat in the highly democratic 7th district of the state of Washington. Born in India and raised in India, Indonesia and Singapore, Pramila has worked for over 20 years in international and domestic social justice, and she is considered to be a leading national advocate for immigrant, civil, and human rights. Jayapal brought her passions to the state of Washington, and founded OneAmerica, the state’s largest organization for immigration advocacy. After countless success stories at OneAmerica, Jayapal became co-chair of We Belong Together, a campaign dedicated to bringing women into the immigration reform sphere. Jayapal was formally recognized by NOW for her achievements in issues regarding women of color and immigrants with the Olga Vives Award in 2014.
Jayapal is not shying away from voicing her opinions in this election, as she has already condemned Donald Trump and people of similar values for “whipping up hate and fear across the country,” and knows that real people need to be a part of the democratic system. She has spoken out about the Planned Parenthood attacks, and believes that “now more than ever, we can’t settle for being on defense.” When elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Jayapal “will fight to expand access to women’s health care, and that includes access to abortion care.” Jayapal understands that the issues women face are intersectional, and she has actively worked to bring what many seem to think are separate movements together in her community. Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, believes that Jayapal “will be a powerful progressive voice for those who are being left behind: low- and middle-income women and their families, communities of color, and immigrant families… and she’ll hit the ground running with a progressive agenda that brings urgently needed change to the people who need it most.”
For more information about Pramila Jayapal, see her campaign website at PramilaForCongress.com