People Like Us is the product of years of recruiting and training first and second-generation Americans to run for office. It reminds us that the barriers we face are both internal and external. If our democracy is truly to represent a multiracial America and work for everyone, people like us need to run for office. But we also need to change the system to create pathways for larger numbers of people of color, immigrants and refugees.
The book features stories from Ilhan Omar, the first Somali American Muslim elected to a state legislature; Sam Park, the first openly gay man elected to Georgia’s General Assembly; Jessie Ulibarri, a driving force behind a variety of issues within the LGBT community while serving on the Colorado State Senate; and more.
We hope People Like Us inspires you to become more politically engaged, run for office, work on a campaign, or contribute to a candidate.
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