SEATTLE – July 5, 2016 – Washington Community Action Network (Washington CAN) has given a sole endorsement to Pramila Jayapal for the open 7th District U.S. House seat. Jayapal has been a strong voice in the fight for social justice for many decades.
“This was a very easy decision for us,” said Washington CAN Board Chair Deana Knutsen, “She has been an energetic, vocal and consistent advocate for immigration reform, living wages and reproductive justice, just to name a few.”
Jayapal, who is currently a member of the State Senate, was a leader in Seattle’s fight to raise the minimum wage and led the fight against xenophobia and racism after 9/11. She founded the group “Hate Free Zone” which is now called OneAmerica, the state’s largest immigrant rights group.
“I’m honored to receive this endorsement from my long-time supporters at Washington CAN,” said Jayapal. “I have worked alongside this organization in the movement and admire what they have accomplished. I am proud to have their sole endorsement.”
Washington CAN’s membership includes more than 28,000 members in the 7th Congressional District. The district spans northwest to Shoreline and Edmonds, southwest to Burien and Vashon Island, and through most of Seattle.
“Pramila has a great track record of getting things done,” said Washington CAN member Joelle Craft. “I’m impressed with her work in the State Senate; she would be a great asset to Washington state in DC.”
Jayapal plans to continue her fight for immigration reform. Her other priorities include living wages, tuition-free college and preventing cuts and expanding Medicare and Social Security.