Canvassing for Pramila, My Voice Was Heard
This post was written by OneAmerica Votes member Abdirhman H. Mohamed (OJ).
As an immigrant from Somalia, I know that my community needs a representative that speaks for my community and who is from my community now more than ever. That’s why I was proud to volunteer to canvass for Pramila Jayapal for Congress and tell my neighbors and friends about a champion for immigrant and refugee rights.
Pramila has stood with my community for more than a decade. After the September 11th attacks, when Muslims were being targeted by hate groups, she stood up for us and made sure we knew that we weren’t alone. She’s fought for the right of our children to be educated to the highest standards and has campaigned tirelessly for immigration reform that leaves no family behind. When my community needed support, we always knew we could count on Pramila to stand up and fight for us.
I work in transit, and I’ve seen every day the efforts that Pramila has put in to ensure that our communities are connected to one another and that everyone has access to safe and reliable transportation.
Walking around my neighborhood in Tukwila and knocking on doors, I felt an immense sense of pride and connection to my community. We talked about the issues that matter to us most and thought about real solutions that will better our lives. When you take time to listen, that is how a true community is built.
When I think about the attacks on my community that are beginning again with Donald Trump, it makes me feel that my community needs a champion in Congress now more than ever. And I know that Pramila will continue to fight for the rights of immigrants, refugees, women and workers, just like she has been for the past 15 years. Pramila has stood with my community through some of our toughest challenges, and now, I stand with her.