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Kamala Devi Harris formally accepts nomination for VP

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Kamala Devi Harris formally accepts the democratic party nomination for VP at DNC 2020

MILWAUKEE (Diya TV) — As the nation got ready to take in Day 3 of this unprecedented Democratic Convention, history was made. Kamala Devi Harris became the first person of Indian American heritage to formally accept her nomination for Vice President.

Harris didn’t skip a beat before diving right into the structural racism of our society. She spoke of how little has changed since the 19th amendment was passed, “so many of the Black women who helped secure that victory were still prohibited from voting, long after its ratification.” The first female black and Indian-American VP nominee in history, she noted how these women, fighting for what was right, never gave up, which in turn “inspired us [as Americans] to pick up the torch, and fight on.” Later in her speech, she called on Americans to help defeat Donald Trump and fight for the ideals of this country, saying “You, me, and Joe — together.”

Harris started with her speech with her mother, an Indian immigrant whose shoulders she still stands on today. She spoke of her multiracial background, noting how her Indian mother and her Black father connected over the civil rights movement, and her “stroller’s-eye view of what the great John Lewis called good trouble.” Talking about the importance of family, she embraced her unconventional family, with a Black father, Indian mother, and a White husband. Reminiscing about her mother’s lessons, Harris remarked, “She raised us to be proud, strong Black women. And she raised us to know and be proud of our Indian heritage. She taught us to put family first—the family you’re born into and the family you choose.”.

“Donald Trump’s failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods…And we are a nation that’s grieving,” she said of the President and the nation. This hit home for numerous Americans, as the lives lost are family members: if not in one’s immediate family, then in our huge American family, our nation.

Transitioning to the numerous effects of systematic racism, Harris emphasized that minorities are disproportionately affected with the tragedies caused by the coronavirus. As a Black woman, she spoke directly to the inequality, inequities, and injustices, finally saying,

And let’s be clear—there is no vaccine for racism. We’ve gotta do the work. For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For the lives of too many others to name. For our children. For all of us.

Kamala Harris, DNC Speech Day 3

This racism is ever-present today, attacking Presidents and Vice-Presidential nominees, namely the two black ones. Former President Barack Obama was attacked for a large part of his presidency by the ‘Birther Movement”, which questioned whether Barack Obama was an American citizen. After being nominated by Joe Biden for VP, Kamala Harris received this scrutiny as well. Her citizenship was questioned. And in her speech, Harris skillfully addressed this concern all while staying on message, “I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman—all of five feet tall—who gave birth to me at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California.”

Harris made history for over a billion people in this world who share her Indian heritage. She became the first person of Indian heritage to be nominated for Vice President of the United States by a major party. And come November, another historical milestone awaits, if the Biden Harris ticket wins.

The figure that preceded Harris as the first black person ever to receive a major-party nomination as President or VP, Barack Obama, also reminded America’s of the crises we face: not just systematic racism and the pandemic, but also the foundation of our country. Tonight, I am asking you to believe in Joe and Kamala’s ability to lead this country out of dark times and build it back better. But here’s the thing: no single American can fix this country alone.

Democracy was never meant to be transactional – you give me your vote; I make everything better. So I am also asking you to believe in your own ability – to embrace your own responsibility as citizens – to make sure that the basic tenets of our democracy endure. Because that’s what at stake right now. Our democracy.

Barack Obama, DNC Speech Day 3

The Democratic Convention will showcase the formal acceptance speech of Joe Biden on Day 4 along with a short speech from former Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy. Stay tuned for those and exclusive interviews on Diya TV through out the Democratic Convention.

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Trump becomes first U.S. President to be impeached twice

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach President Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” He is the first President to be impeached twice, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats to vote for the removal of the President, whose term ends January 20th. But the Senate will not convene until January 19th to hold a trial for the president.

A full week after the Capitol was stormed by his supporters, President Trump released a video saying he condemned the mob violence that left 5 people dead and threatened the lives of members of Congress. Trump took on a solemn tone and did not address being impeached, nor acknowledge his successor President-Elect Joe Biden.

After months of massive nationwide protests by India’s farmers, the Indian Supreme Court has put three contentious farm laws on hold until further notice. The court said the decision to suspend the laws “may assuage the hurt feelings of the farmers and encourage them to come to the negotiating table with confidence and good faith.” The farmers argue the new laws passed in September would privatize land and undermine their livelihoods by giving more power to corporations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Impeachment moves ahead despite limited GOP support

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democrats in the House are moving ahead with the second impeachment of President Trump over accusations Trump incited supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. Despite tepid Republican support, the vote will be held Wednesday. Vice President Pence said he would not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump before his final day in office January 20th.

Indian Prime Minister Modi praised the Indian diaspora around the world for all their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Modi says Indians have gone above and beyond with their giving and generosity, especially medical workers on the front lines. He also thanked temples, gurdwaras and other social service agencies for being there for everyone without discrimination.

India authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for use, putting it’s massive manufacturing capacity in the spotlight.  The Serum Institute of India is the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume. It will likely provide almost all the vaccines in India and ship to many other places around the world later this year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Rioters face criminal charges, Capitol Police chief resigns

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Federal investigators are looking to bring criminal charges on everyone involved in the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol and they are also looking at the role President Trump had in inviting his supporters to interrupt the certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s win. 15 criminal cases have already been filed, including one against one man who brought a military semi-automatic rifle and 11 Molotov cocktails. Capitol Police are also under fire for how the building was breached in the first place, leading to the resignation of their police chief. The House & Senate Sergeant at Arms are also being replaced.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are leading the calls for the 25th Amendment to be invoked against President Trump. The 25th Amendment states in part the vice president and a majority of the cabinet can decide that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties” of the office.

Several White House officials resigned in the aftermath of violence at the Capitol. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced their resignations, the first to leave President Trump’s Cabinet since the attack. Trump’s former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, top European and Russian official on the National Security Council Ryan Tully and First Lady Melania Trump’s Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham have also quit.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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