Sen. Kamala Harris is First Black Woman and First Asian American Vice Presidential Nominee on A Major Party Ticket

Kamala Harris (middle) pictured at a campaign event. (Photo credit: Ebony)

Ending months of speculation, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden announced today that he has selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate. With that choice, Harris becomes the first Black woman and the first Asian American to run for the vice presidency on a major party ticket.

To paraphrase Biden during the passage of the Affordable Care Act, that’s a “big fucking deal”.

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AAPI Run: David Kim, Candidate for Congress, CA-34

David Kim, Candidate for Congress CA-34

Once again, a record number of Asian Americans and a growing number of Pacific Islanders are running for public office at the local, state, and national level.

Every week, Reappropriate will profile progressive AAPI candidates for higher office, as well as officials serving in public office. Check back at Reappropriate throughout 2020 to learn more about these candidates and find out how you can get more involved in their campaigns.


What is your full name?
David Kim

What office are you seeking?
I am running for Congress in California’s 34th District.

The district includes Downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown, Boyle Heights, Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Little Tokyo, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Westlake, MacArthur Park, Historic Filipino Town, Little Bangladesh and surrounding neighborhoods.

When is the election date?
The general election will take place on November 3, 2020.

What is your party registration (if any)?
I am a registered Democrat.

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AAPI Run: Jackie Leung, Candidate for OR House of Representatives, District 19

Jackie Leung (Photo credit: Jackie for Oregon)

Once again, a record number of Asian Americans and a growing number of Pacific Islanders are running for public office at the local, state, and national level.

Every week, Reappropriate will profile progressive AAPI candidates for higher office, as well as officials serving in public office. Check back at Reappropriate throughout 2020 to learn more about these candidates and find out how you can get more involved in their campaigns.


Jackie Leung is endorsed by Run for Something, which recruits and supports talented, passionate young people who advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench. Since its launch on inauguration day 2017, they’ve recruited 16,000 young people to run for office.


What is your full name?
Jacqueline “Jackie” Leung

What office are you seeking?
I am running as the Democratic candidate for Oregon House of Representatives, House District 19.

When is the election date?
November 3rd, 2020 (General election). I won the primary on May 19

What is your party registration (if any)?
Democrat

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AAPI Run: Radhika Kunnel, Candidate for NV State Assembly, District 2

Radhika Kunnel (Photo Credit: Radhika Kunnel for Nevada)

Once again, a record number of Asian Americans and a growing number of Pacific Islanders are running for public office at the local, state, and national level.

Every week, Reappropriate will profile progressive AAPI candidates for higher office. Check back at Reappropriate throughout 2020 to learn more about these candidates and find out how you can get more involved in their campaigns.


What is your full name?
Radhika Kunnel

What office are you seeking?
Nevada State Assembly District 2 – open seat.

When is the election date?
November 3rd, general election.

What is your party registration (if any)?
Democrat

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BREAKING: ICE Rescinds International Student Rule Requiring In-Person Classes

File Photo: A gavel, and a balance placed upon on open book.

Just one week after ICE announced they would require international students to attend in-person classes in order to remain in the country, the Trump administration has rescinded the controversial rule. In their earlier announcement, ICE had said that students on F-1 or M-1 visas would be required to leave the United States if they enrolled for courses held entirely online. Students attending universities holding courses entirely online in the fall would be forced to depart the country or transfer to a different school. This despite the fact that the number of new COVID-19 infections continues to rise, and that the CDC considers in-person college classes to significantly heighten the risk of coronavirus spread.

ICE’s announced rule was met with swift backlash from immigration rights activists as well as the nation’s colleges and universities. Within a day of the announcement, Harvard and MIT filed the first of eight lawsuits against ICE challenging the rule; others to sue ICE over the rule include John Hopkins University, the University of California, and 17 states as well as the District of Columbia. Over two hundred students, schools, local governments, and organizations also came together to file 13 amicus briefs in the Harvard and MIT lawsuit — all in support of Harvard’s and MIT’s position.

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