I never thought I’d run for office. Before running for the Washington State Senate in 2014, I had spent 20 years as an activist. I had always believed that we needed to push for change on the outside, through community organizing and advocacy. Along with my activist friends, we collectively demanded change, including from elected officials, while at the same time turning up our very pure noses at what we perceived to be a far too unrepresentative government.
This past weekend, at a rally celebrating the 80th anniversary of Social Security and the 50th anniversary of Medicare, two people identifying as Black Lives Matters activists got up on stage to challenge Senator Bernie Sanders on race and racism.
We talk with state senator Pramila Jayapal, who introduced Sanders Saturday afternoon before the rally was disrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters.
Chris Hayes talks to Washington State Senator Pramila Jayapal about whether Sen. Bernie Sanders can close the gap between between African-Americans and the predominantly white liberal activists-class that is Sanders' base.
Many people have been e-mailing and asking me how I am thinking about what happened yesterday at the event on social security and medicare, when some protesters identifying as Black Lives Matter got up on stage to challenge Bernie Sanders on race and racism, and ended up shutting down the event so Bernie could not speak. I'm struggling but in the spirit of community, here's what comes to mind.
David Hyde speaks with Senator Pramila Jayapal, the former leader of the immigrant rights organization OneAmerica who now represents Seattle's 37th Legislative District, about what it's been like to transition from activism to elected office.
Pramila Jayapal’s office is on the second floor of the modest civic building that houses Washington state senators in Olympia. Neat marble floors, plain white walls. Various certificates and plaques dot the room. The standard, muted space of a local politician.
On Sunday, March 8th, Washington State Senator Pramila Jayapal will be visiting the Hindu Temple Cultural Center in Bothell, Washington to stand in solidarity and show support after a vicious hate crime was committed there in February.
Statement of Senator Jayapal:
For several years, negotiations have stalled in the Washington state Senate on a transportation package that would fund necessary investment in Washington’s roads, bridges, ferries and transit. Two weeks ago, a deal was proposed and moved forward by the top two Republicans and two ranking Democrats on the transportation committee.
The proposed transportation package recognizes that Washington badly needs infrastructure investment, the jobs that come from it, and additional transit options. It also includes many policy compromises on both sides.
OLYMPIA – During the week of Jan. 26, Miguel Perez of Seattle served as a page in the Washington State Senate. Sen. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, sponsored Perez’s weeklong experience in the Legislature.
“It was my pleasure to sponsor Miguel,” said Jayapal. “He was engaged and helpful and I hope he enjoyed his week with us in the Senate.
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