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I’m a State Senator, and I’m Not Afraid of Race

August 24, 2015News ClipIt’s way past time for everyone, and certainly anyone who considers themselves a progressive, to center race in our conversations.

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.

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Why the Bernie Sanders Rally Left Me Heartbroken

August 11, 2015News Clip

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.

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Strong reactions after Bernie Sanders protest

August 10, 2015News Clip

We talk with state senator Pramila Jayapal, who introduced Sanders Saturday afternoon before the rally was disrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters.

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Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matter

August 10, 2015News Clip

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. 

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Guest Editorial: Why Saturday's Bernie Sanders Rally Left Me Feeling Heartbroken

August 9, 2015News Clip

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.

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