The vaccine is our ticket back to normalcy. Our state is hitting milestones with vaccination rates and appointments. If you haven’t received your vaccine yet, you can find appointments here.
Ending Child Hunger
One in six children in Minnesota don’t know where their next meal will come from. I introduced the Universal School Meals Program Act which will provide free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack to all school children regardless of income. The legislation will also eliminate school meal debt and strengthen local economies by incentivizing local food procurement. Read more here.
Ending Police Violence
This week’s verdict was only a small step on the path towards justice and accountability. While the conviction was a necessary condition of justice, it is not sufficient. For centuries, Black people have faced violence at the hands of the state in our country. For centuries, systemic inequalities in the form of housing, income, education, and criminal justice have plagued our country — holding us back from our creed of liberty and justice for all. …
This week, our community endured another shooting of a young Black man, Daunte Wright. My heart aches for the continued injustices that plague our community. This violence is a basic part of police interactions with communities of color. It must stop. I stand in solidarity with members of our community who are fighting for justice and won’t back down my efforts in Congress to end police violence and white supremacy in all of its forms.
I encourage you to reach out to my office to share your concerns with me. …
This week, after a year of lockdowns and losses, over 1.1. million Minnesotans have been vaccinated! About 20% of Minnesota’s total population has been fully vaccinated, meaning they have received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single shot of Johnson & Johnson vaccine . On Tuesday, Governor Walz and FEMA announced the state fairgrounds in Falcon Heights will have the capacity to vaccine 100,000 Minnesotans for the next 8 weeks.
Last week, we had another busy district work week. I’m always grateful to be back home and connect with members of our community. Here’s some of the highlights I wanted to share with you:
Tiny Homes Visit: I visited the Avivo Village, a tiny home community shelter in Minneapolis. Because of the CARES Act that passed last year, this shelter has provided safe refuge for many of our community members who are facing housing insecurity.
This week, the trial of Derek Chauvin began. For too many of us, watching this trial has been retraumatizing. Our community and the whole country are loudly demanding justice. I will continue to fight to end police brutality and hope the family of George Floyd gets the justice they deserve. I spoke to the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder ahead of the trial about our community’s hopes and expectations.
Condemning Hate Against the APPI Community
This week, our country endured another mass shooting that took the lives of ten people in Colorado. We can’t let this tragic loss of life continue and allow Senate Republicans to cower to the gun lobby. People need more than just our thoughts and prayers in this moment — they need meaningful gun reform legislation implemented. In the House, we recently passed legislation to require universal background checks on all gun sales. It’s imperative we get this bill passed in the Senate and signed into law. …
I know the past few days have been incredibly challenging for our AAPI community. Unfortunately, these attacks aren’t new. We’ve seen an uptick in anti-Asian incidents in the past year — mostly against women. It’s important for all of us to remember that an attack on one community is an attack on all of us. Together, we must denounce all forms of white supremacy and bigotry wherever we find it.
For years, we have been fighting against gun violence and mass shootings. Yesterday, we passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. This legislation will require universal background checks on all gun sales. Like many of you, I have been moved by the courage and determination of countless Minnesotans who have fought for decades to end gun violence. I’m proud to be a cosponsor of this bill and look forward to it hopefully becoming law.
As the trial of Derek Chauvin begins next week, I wanted to share some of the work we are doing on the federal level to combat police brutality. From George Floyd to Jamar Clark to Philando Castile — our communities have felt the pain of injustice for far too long. It is time for us to not only provide justice to these families, but to everyone else who has experienced injustice within our criminal justice system. This week, the House took action and passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
This legislation will eliminate qualified immunity…
Representing Minnesota’s 5th District in the People’s House.