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It may be 2019, but just this month, the Cherokee Nation named its first delegate to Congress! Kimberly Teehee, who’s currently vice president of government relations for the Cherokee Nation and former senior policy adviser for Native American Affairs under Obama, was approved by the Cherokee Nation’s council in this historic act.
To say this was a long time coming would be an understatement. An 1835 treaty promised a delegate to the Cherokee Nation, but that role hadn’t been filled—until now. (That’s almost 200 years, if you’re counting.) Delegate Teehee’s role is a huge win for the Cherokee Nation and #PeopleLikeUs!
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In a devastating decision on Wednesday, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to stop migrants from seeking asylum in the United States if they passed through another country on their way to the U.S. This is a huge loss and will have a major impact on people fleeing unspeakable danger and violence.
Previously, people had the right to seek safety in the United States no matter how they arrived. As Justice Sonia Sotomayor noted in her dissent, the Supreme Court’s action will “upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution.”
Note to the Court: Seeking asylum is a right. This decision and the Trump administration’s practice are not only inhumane and an affront to #PeopleLikeUs and all Americans, but also go against our nation’s values. Last time we checked, the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty is still, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
As the saying goes, behind every great candidate is a team of Boss Ladies. That’s why we’ve teamed up with IGNITE to prepare the next generation of Boss Ladies! Starting in Seattle on September 28, our Boss Ladies trainings will help young women of color prepare to join and run winning campaigns. Become a badass Boss Lady—get your ticket today!
Can’t commit to being a Boss Lady? We’ve still got you covered! Join us for another newly launched, one-of-a-kind training, Ready to Rise, in Houston, Texas on October 5. This one-day training is based on our signature Ready to Lead program and will teach #PeopleLikeUs how to use our unique New American stories and run successful campaigns. Hotel and registration scholarships are available, but they’re going fast—submit your application now!
Have you heard? Our two signature events, the New American Hero Awards and Power and Policy, are coming up! Join us in Washington, DC on November 14 for the 7th annual New American Hero Awards, honoring U.S. Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (VA-42), and New York State Assemblywoman and NAL alumna Catalina Cruz (District 39) for their work to create a democracy that works for and represents all people. Then on November 15, attend Power and Policy, our annual national policy summit. This signature event brings together those both inside and outside the government who are fighting to dismantle systemic barreirs oppressing communities of color and immigrant communities.
Early bird tickets for both Power and Policy and the New American Hero Awards are available now but going fast, so be sure to purchase your tickets now! And if you plan to attend both events, be sure to follow the code in your confirmation page for a special, added discount!