A Conversation with Pramila Jayapal
Seattle, WA 98109
Crosscut invites you to join us for a one-on-one conversation with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. Crosscut staff reporter Melissa Santos joins Congresswoman Jayapal to discuss issues including the federal and state coronavirus response, the movement for social justice, climate and the environment, economic inequality, and the upheaval around the country and in our region. Find out what issues are top of the agenda for the progressive caucus, and hear her views on how the fall elections might shape the future of our country.
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About the speakers:
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and its surrounding areas. Congresswoman Jayapal is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and on the House Education & Labor and Budget Committees. She is also the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Immigration Subcommittee Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific Asian Caucus; and a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Representative Jayapal has focused on immigration, income inequality, and expanded collective bargaining rights for workers. She has worked on healthcare issues and is the author of the College for All Act. She has also prioritized clean energy and climate justice legislation. Congresswoman Jayapal is the first South Asian American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and one of only 14 naturalized citizens currently serving in the United States Congress.
Melissa Santos is Crosscut’s staff reporter covering state politics and the Legislature. She came to Crosscut from The Seattle Times editorial board, where she wrote columns and opinion pieces focusing on state government. Prior to that, she spent eight years as a reporter at The News Tribune in Tacoma, including five years covering the state Capitol.