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NJ Congressman Andy Kim Helps Clean Up Capitol Building Following Riot

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Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) decided to help out ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) officers to clean up the trash in the aftermath of the Capitol Hill siege on Thursday morning.

A helping hand: The 38-year-old U.S. Representative from New Jersey’s Third Congressional District assisted officers after seeing the mess left by the pro-Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, according to Associated Press.

Representative Butchers Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s Name, Gets Corrected During Hearing

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Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal asked Republican Congresswoman Debbie Lesko to pronounce her name correctly during a Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.

In the video, Lesko retells Jayapal’s comments about zero takeovers in the autonomous protest zone in Seattle to Attorney General William Barr, NBC News reported. However, Lesko pronounced the U.S. Representative for Washington’s 7th congressional district’s name incorrectly twice during her questioning of Barr.

Meet the Woman Who Inspired the Creation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correctly report that Jeanie Jew is a board member of the OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates. The organization has rebranded from the Organization of Chinese Americans.

Given the significance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, it is incredible to look back on how this celebration of the community’s countless contributions to the U.S. originated from a congressional staffer’s idea.

Over 260 Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Fight Coronavirus Racism

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More than 260 civil rights groups have reportedly come forward to urge the U.S. Congress to tackle the growing racism against Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 outbreak with concrete steps.

Cases of Asians and Asian Americans getting discriminated against, harassed and violated for “having coronavirus” have surged in the last few weeks, one of which involved a man who was doused with water in New York City.

Former Miss Nevada United States Could Be the First Korean American Congresswoman

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Nevada has a chance to elect their first Asian American Congresswoman and the first Korean American Congresswoman in the U.S.

Lisa Song Sutton (@lisasongsutton), an entrepreneur and Miss Nevada United States 2014, is seeking to challenge Rep. Stephen Horsford in the state’s 4th Congressional District, which covers the central counties of Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral, Nye and White Pine, as well as the northern Clark County and southern Lyon County.

More Asian Americans Are Going Into Politics Than Ever Before

There are now more Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) than ever participating in American politics, an apparent shift from the inactivity that the group has long been criticized for.

The increase has been observed in both the numbers of candidates and voters. For one, a record number of AAPIs are running for Congress, with up to 59 likely on the ballot this year, according to AAPI Victory Fund President Varun Nikore.

Dan Koh Could Be the First Korean American Democrat in Congress

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Asians are the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in America, but are severely underrepresented at all levels of government. This November, a record number of Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates are running for Congress and trying to change that. In 2017, history was made with 18 Asian Americans elected to Congress. With 468 seats in Congress up for election this year, I hope that we can make history once again by breaking that record of an Asian American in Congress.

Thirty-one-time marathoner and former Chief of Staff for both Boston mayor Martin J. Walsh and Arianna Huffington, Dan Koh, is running for Congress in Massachusetts’s 3rd district. If elected, he would be the first Asian American member of Congress from Massachusetts, and the second-ever Korean-American member of Congress in our country’s history. I had a chance to speak to Dan Koh about why he is running and how the current political climate is calling on young people to take action to stand up for a more inclusive America.