NewsIndiaTimes – that’s all you need to know News India Times January 26, 2018 8 U.S. Affairs By StaffWriter ndian American Beej Das of Massachusetts recently announced in a campaign press release that he has raised $425,000 for his Congress run this year and currently has $550,000 cash on hand, according to the Lowell Sun. Das is running against Lori Trahan and 13 more democrats, to replace 3rd Congressional District Rep. Niki Tsongas’ seat, according to the Lowell Sun. “I’m incredibly grateful for the number of individuals who believe in my campaign enough to support it financially. I’m partic- ularly proud that more than half of our donations in the fourth quarter are small donations under $200. We were deter- mined to raise the necessary funds for a competitive race that will allow us to run a grassroots campaign and meet as many voters as possible,” Das said in the release. According to his website, the issues Das is focusing on include education, the econ- omy, immigration, healthcare, taxes and regulations, and veterans and the military. “Politicians constantly paint a picture of a clash between their own good ideas and their opponents’ evil ones. This isn’t nor- mal but it has become politics as usual. We must change the national dialogue to accommodate differences but still act upon shared beliefs and goals,” Das states on his website. “Our federal system was designed that Mississippi and Massachusetts were not supposed to necessarily be similar but they are expected to share a common thread. We can fix the dysfunction inWashington by bridging between differing viewpoints and finding common ground. If we are true to the principles our Founding Fathers established, we will constructively engage with each other and do more together,” he adds. Das is a “constitutional lawyer by train- ing, but an entrepreneur at heart” and has “built an innovative hotel company” which has over 100 full-time employees in three states, according to his website. Both of his parents came from India in the early 1960’s to study and build a better life for themselves, they eventually received their Ph.D.s at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and his mom became a professor at Lowell State College while his dad became one of America’s top engineers, according to his website. Das’ love for business started at the age of 12 when he accompanied his dad in var- ious projects. “I started helping dad when I was twelve. I wrote software, designed and authored user documentation and provid- ed technical support for our clients, including GE’s engine division in nearby Lynn. Needless to say, I learned the funda- mentals of structures and engineering well before I could drive. I worked at dad’s com- pany, Das Consulting, Inc. in Lawrence, through high school and college. It was while working there that, at age fifteen; I won a bid for a large contract for the United States Navy for advanced linguistic systems at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, becoming the youngest person in history to do so,” he states on his website. Das received his Political Science degree fromMiddlebury College inVermont after he attended UMass Lowell and grew fond of politics in 1988 when he was the President of the Young Democrats as well as an early volunteer for Gov. Michael Dukakis. He then went on to study law at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor before becoming a “federal law clerk to Hon. Judge Benson Everett Legg of the United States District Court for Maryland where I helped decide cases ranging from civil rights, affirmative action and discrimi- nation, commercial disputes, intellectual property, to drugs and other criminal mat- ters,” according to his website. Das then returned to UMass Lowell to teach classes on the sociology of law and started a career at a leading Boston law firm before joining the hotel business. Beej Das Raises $425,000 For Congress Run In Massachusetts I Courtesy:Twitter Beej Das By StaffWriter -NEWYORK I ndian American Omar Vaid is running for the 11th Congressional District seat which is currently being held by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-Staten Island, Southern Brooklyn), and has been gaining a lot of attention on social media, according to Voices of NY. Being a Muslim-American, Vaid has spo- ken a lot about President Donald Trump’s travel ban throughout his campaign and is focusing on a number of issues including the improvement of transportation, educa- tion, Medicare, lowering prescription drug costs, affordable housing, climate change, gun laws, veter- an’s benefits, women’s rights, worker’s rights and building strong unions, protecting social security, protect- ing net neutrality, unity and foreign policy, according to his website. Vaid is the son of Gujarati par- ents and while growing up in Illinois and Florida, “he embraced his family’s rich cul- tural heritage as well as that of his school- mates and friends,” according to his web- site. Vaid received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Central Florida and moved to Brooklyn in 2006 to start a career in the movie indus- try. He then moved to Bay Ridge two years later and joined the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 52 in 2009, but ended up moving out of Bay Ridge due to transportation issues, accord- ing to his website. Now, Vaid works with props and set dec- oration for NewYork productions, along with working on the TV shows “Luke Cage” and “The Get Down.” According to his website, Vaid has also spent the “last decade directly working with teamsters, welders, electricians, car- penters, mechanics and manufacturers to make sets and scenes possible. He votes with his dollars and for this reason, buys largely from a network of local business owners and small suppliers and believes that ‘Made in America’ and strong allied trades are key to our future prosperity and the perseverance of the American Dream” and believes that “diversity is an asset and that all voices must be included.” According to Ballotpedia, Vaid will be running against Michael DeCillis, Michael DeVito Jr., Zach Emig, Radhakrishna Mohan, Max Rose and Paul Sperling in the Democratic primary while Rep. Donovan will be challenged by former Rep. Michael Grimm in the Republican primary. Omar Vaid Running For Congress In New York Courtesy:Twitter Omar Vaid By StaffWriter I ndian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Seattle announced on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that she will not be attending President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Jan. 30 due to “racism and hatred” in theWhit House, according to the Seattle Times. “With all the racism and hatred coming out of thisWhite House, I will NOT be attending Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. Instead, I’m joining mem- bers of Congress like John Lewis and MaxineWaters (and) we will use the occa- sion to focus on the State of OUR Union, our opposition to his agenda, and we will lift up a progressive and inclusive vision of our country. I hope you’ll join us,” she wrote on Monday. Jayapal, the first Indian American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives released a statement in which she credits her success to the mes- sage, work and courage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Dr. King put his life on the line for jus- tice. If he were still with us during these trying times, he would be marching along- side us — pushing to raise the minimum wage and eradicate poverty, ensure health care for all, resist militarism, and combat racism,” she said in the news statement. Jayapal also did not attend Trump’s inauguration last year and told PTI that she disagrees with Trump’s approach which is “narrow and self-serving.” “This president has consistently indicat- ed that he has no interest in leading a uni- fied country. He has gone out of his way to play to a small and shrinking base of voters by using language that diminishes and demeans vast swaths of people in our own country and around the world. His path is dangerous. His path is destructive. His path cannot be normalized. I will not nor- malize it. This is our own form of non-vio- lent resistance,” Jayapal told PTI. “He does and says things that none of us, as parents, would condone for our chil- dren. He consistently uses language that is outright racist. He actively uses the highest office of the land to promote hatred as a political tool for his own benefit. As a brown immigrant female member of Congress, I feel the impact of these words personally, as well as collectively,” Jayapal told PTI. “Racism And Hatred” Keeps Pramila Jayapal Away From Trump’s State Of The Union Address At End Of The Month ayapal\’s campaign/via IANS Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal