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California Senator Kamala Harris delivers keynote at Madeleine Albright Luncheon

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California Sen. Kamala Harris delivered the keynote address at this year’s Madeleine Albright Luncheon.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — California Sen. Kamala Harris, the first Indian American woman ever elected to Congress’s upper chamber, was selected to deliver the keynote address at this year’s Madeleine Albright Luncheon, held annually in the nation’s capital to inspire the next generation of female leaders.

Nearly 250 attendees packed a venue at Washington D.C.’s Ritz Carlton Hotel for the event, meant to promote the political empowerment of women worldwide. It was hosted by the National Democratic Institute, a non-profit organization founded in 1983 “to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.”

Sen. Harris, during her address, credited her Indian grandmother, Rajam Gopalan, and mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan, for serving as the finest role models and inspirations in her quest to lead America’s populous.

“I come from a long line of tough, trailblazing, phenomenal women,” she said. “My grandmother would go into villages in India with a bullhorn, telling poor women how to access birth control. My mother came to the U.S. at the age of nineteen to study endocrinology at the University of California, Berkeley, and eventually became a leading breast cancer researcher.  There’s no way I could have begun my political journey without strong role models like them to inspire me.”

Harris began her crusade of raising the bar higher when she became the first woman to be elected District Attorney of San Francisco. She recalled how the naysayers told her it was something that could not be achieved.

“It’s not your turn. It’s not the right time,” she said people told her, adding, “it’s going to be really hard.”

Her advice?

“Do not listen,” she said. “I did not listen.”

Harris ultimately served two terms as San Francisco’s top cop before running for the same position of the state of California. She, again, became the first woman elected to the position of the country’s most populated state.

Now, she serves proudly in the United States Senate.

“From this platform – and every step along the way – I have tried to live another lesson my mother taught me: ‘You may be the first, but make sure you aren’t the last,’” she said.

Albright, who was in attendance of the event that bears her name, served as the first female Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton. She is now a distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and chairs the NDI.

A vocal critic of President Trump, Albright noted, “the cause of supporting democracy has never been more important. Here in the U.S. and around the world, the principles of NDI are being tested,” she said, referring to the rise of nationalism, and an erosion of confidence in national and global institutions.  “Almost everywhere, new technologies are making it easier for the public to express anger, but not for governments to solve problems,” she said.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at 87. She was the oldest sitting member of the court. Justice Ginsburg was only the second woman named to the Supreme Court. A cultural and feminist icon, Ginsburg was appointed to the Court by President Bill Clinton, and her passing will set off a showdown in the coming weeks before the November election. In a message left this week as her health waned, Ginsburg said “my most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shortly after Ginsburg’s death was announced said the Senate will conduct a vote to replace her and President Trump is expected to put forth a nominee to fill the seat in the coming days.

An Indian American doctor filed a federal lawsuit against the Aurora, Colorado police department after one of their police officers pointed a gun at him on his own property while he was trying to park his car. The incident was captured on video. The officer, Justin Henderson, has been suspended for 40 hours without pay and will be required to attend de-escalation training. 45 year old Dr. Paramjit Parmar, who is known in Aurora for his aid to refugees, believes race affected how he was treated and said Henderson’s punishment is “terribly inadequate.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Recall efforts against Kshama Sawant moves forward

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — The recall effort against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant can move forward after a ruling by a King County judge. Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers said four of the six accusations against Sawant are legitimate. They include misuse of city resources, misuse of her position by letting protesters into City Hall, relinquishing her duties of office to an outside political organization and leading a protest to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house despite her address being protected due to threats from her time as a U.S. Attorney. 

Now, the group of residents leading the recall must get about 11,000 valid signatures before the recall gets on the ballot. Sawant in response said this battle is just the latest attempt by corporate interests and Mayor Durkan to derail her efforts to reform the city and announced she will lead a grassroots campaign to fight the charges.

Meanwhile, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is facing heat as well from U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who suggested prosecutors consider filing charges against her over the mass protests this summer that led some protesters to establish a police-free zone in downtown Seattle. In a tweet, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara offered his help to Durkan pro-bono.

Indian Prime Minister Modi turned 70 years old and received birthday wishes from around the globe, including from President Trump, who called Modi “a great leader and loyal friend.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indiaspora & AAPI data survey Indian American voters

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — At a virtual event featuring the former CEO of the Democratic National Committee, Seema Nanda, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Republican Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani, non-profit Indiaspora teamed up with AAPI Data to reveal the growing political power of the Indian American diaspora. The joint report says 66% of Indian Americans currently favor Vice President Biden, and 28% favor President Trump. The study shows an enormous rise in political engagement from the community. There are 1.8 million Indian Americans in the U.S. who are eligible voters and both sides of the aisle recognize the need to further engage Indian Americans, who AAPI Data notes is now the largest part of the Asian American community, surpassing Chinese Americans.

Eric Trump, President Trump’s son, took part in an Indian Voices for Trump event in suburban Atlanta. It was an indoor rally with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Trump was on hand to win support from the community in a vital state that will be tightly contested this fall. Georgia, like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Texas are considered in play and have growing Indian American populations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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