Asian Americans Run for Something: Gayatri Agnew | Candidate for AR State House of Representatives, 93rd District

This year, a record number of Asian Americans are running for public office at the local, state, and national level. Reappropriate has partnered with Run for Something — a non-profit launched in 2017 to support grassroots campaigns to elect progressive candidates — to profile these progressive Asian American candidates for higher office. Check back at Reappropriate throughout 2018 to learn more about these candidates and find out how you can get more involved in their campaigns.

What is your full name?
Gayatri Jane Agnew

What office are you seeking?
Arkansas State House of Representatives District 93 in Bentonville, Arkansas. There is no primary in this election and this is my first time running for office.

When is the election date?
The election will occur on November 6th, 2018.

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

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Asian Americans Run for Something: Poonam Gill | Candidate for IN House of Representatives, 88th District

This year, a record number of Asian Americans are running for public office at the local, state, and national level. Reappropriate has partnered with Run for Somethinga non-profit launched in 2017 to support grassroots campaigns to elect progressive candidates — to profile these progressive Asian American candidates for higher office. Check back at Reappropriate throughout 2018 to learn more about these candidates and find out how you can get more involved in their campaigns.

What is your full name?
Poonam Gill

What office are you seeking?
Indiana House of Representatives, District 88. I am running unopposed in the Democratic primary and will then run in a competitive general election. Indiana is an open primary state.

When is the election date?
Primary – May 8, 2018.
General Election – November 6, 2018.

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Asian Americans Run for Something: Tram Nguyen | Candidate for MA State Rep, 18th Essex District

This year, a record number of Asian Americans are running for public office at the local, state, and national level. Reappropriate has partnered with Run for Somethinga non-profit launched in 2017 to support grassroots campaigns to elect progressive candidates — to profile these progressive Asian American candidates for higher office. Check back at Reappropriate throughout 2018 to learn more about these candidates and find out how you can get more involved in their campaigns.

What is your full name?
Tram T. Nguyen

What office are you seeking?
Massachusetts State Representative of the 18th Essex District

When is the election date?
Nov. 6th, 2018

What is your party registration (if any)?
Democrat

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Asian Americans Run for Something: Zahra Suratwala | Candidate for DuPage County Board, IL

Zahra Suratwala

This year, a record number of Asian Americans are running for public office at the local, state, and national level. Reappropriate has partnered with Run for Somethinga non-profit launched in 2017 to support grassroots campaigns to elect progressive candidates — to profile these progressive Asian American candidates for higher office. Check back at Reappropriate throughout 2018 to learn more about these candidates and find out how you can get more involved in their campaigns.

What is your full name?
Zahra Suratwala

What office are you seeking?
DuPage County, Illinois — Board Member in District 1 (Democratic Primary)

When is the election date?
Primary election is March 20, 2018. General election is November 6, 2018.

What is your party registration (if any)?
Democratic
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Why NIFLA v. Becerra is a Watershed Moment for Women of Color

The U.S. Supreme Court building.

By Guest Contributor: Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director, NAPAWF

This week, as the Supreme Court begins hearing NIFLA v. Becerra, we need to remember what is at stake. This is a case that could redefine public accountability for organizations that provide false information or mislead women about their reproductive health options under the guise of religious freedom.

For years, fake women’s health centers have exploited women by masquerading as real health clinics, often locating next to real clinics, adopting nearly identical names, and even clothing their non-medical staff in scrubs – all to give the impression of being accredited health providers. The plaintiff in the case now before the Supreme Court, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), joins these fake women’s health centers in trying to overturn the Reproductive FACT Act – a commonsense California law which requires these storefront operations to explain that they are not a licensed medical facility and provide information on how to find one.

This law was enacted to curb the harm caused by fake health centers and reduce the delays in getting real care that women experience when they are duped by these blame-and-shame tactics. Women need accurate information about their options when it comes to pregnancy and family planning – not politically-motivated shame, coercion, or misinformation. We need to expose the truth about these fake centers before their lies endanger the health and safety of any more pregnant women – especially low-income pregnant women, women of color, and immigrants.

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