Hapas in Office
If Donald Trump has done any good in his presidency, it’s that he’s activated civil engagement among the public, particularly with young people and women. We’ve marched, we’ve protested, we’ve donated... and if you haven’t done those things, then go call your Congress person right now!
In case you haven’t heard, there are midterm elections happening all over the country in 2018. Governor races, mayoral races, Senate and House races are taking place in November of this year. we wanted to get a jump-start by highlighting The Hapa Congress Members.
It just so happens that they’re all women, and March just happens to be Women’s History Month! It’s also no coincidence to me that all three of these women are Democrats. Two of them are also military veterans. So let’s celebrate these three ladies and send your #PowerToThePolls.
wants none of your sh*t! Tulsi is finishing up her first term in the House of Reps, and she holds one of those seats on the line in 2018. She’s a hard-line Democrat who’s made the Syrian Refugees crisis a mainstay of her platform. She’s also a vet who’s fought in the Iraq War and is one of the names that’s been dropped for the 2020 election. She’s half-Samoan and practices Hinduism. If you're a Hawaiian Hapa, make sure to get out and vote for this Hapa-In-Charge! @TulsiGabbard @TulsiPress
isn’t here for your sh*t!! An Army vet with many awards and a Purple Heart, Tammy lost both her legs in battle. She’s gone on to become an outspoken Congresswoman who’s had to put up with a lot of nonsense. Whether it’s about being half-Thai or a disabled woman, she’s heard it all. It’s infuriating to hear some of what her own colleagues have said to her. She supports gun reform, abortion rights, comprehensive immigration reform, and the Affordable Care Act. Duckworth is the second Asian-American woman in Congress after Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI). @SenDuckworth
has no time for your sh*t!!! You probably already know her as one of the African-American women in Congress (along with everyone's favorite Auntie Maxine!), but Kamala Harris is also half-Indian, making her the first South Asian-American to serve in Congress. She’s been a vocal opponent of the current administration, and is one of the names being bantered around for #2020. Although a junior senator, she has a long history of public service. Hell, before she was a Senator, she was the Attorney General of California! She supports DACA, healthcare reform, criminial justice reform, and so much more. Keep an eye on Kamala; she’s got a bright future ahead. @KamalaHarris
These three women are inspiring a generation, but they’re not the only Hapas in office. Tag @TheHapaMag with your Hapa representatives, and remember to vote on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.
Melissa Slaughter has lived in all four time zones in the contiguous United States. A former actor in Seattle, WA, Melissa now resides in NYC as a content creator. She is the producer of the We're Not All Ninjas podcast, which she also hosts with fellow Hapa Mag writer, Alex Chester. Melissa also writes for online blogs Nerdophiles and On Stage Blog. Find her @NotAllNinjasPod.