We Might See Shanta Parasuraman Nominate Hillary!

We Might See Shanta Parasuraman Nominate Hillary!

Big news: At the Democratic convention next week, one lucky supporter will be onstage to formally nominate Hillary as the party’s presidential nominee! President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, and other national leaders will all take the stage — and so will one of you.

Thousands of people from across the country sent in videos to enter our nomination contest. We’ve narrowed it down to five amazing finalists—and one of them will be flown out to Philadelphia to give a speech onstage at the convention!

One of the five finalists is Shanta Parasuraman, 26, is an actress, singer, dancer, and musician who’s performed in national touring productions and aspires to create socially and politically-conscious theater. She recently voiced the role of Kamala Khan in the audio adaptation of Marvel’s “Ms. Marvel,” and she loves strong women like Kamala—and Hillary!

Learn more about the other finalists here.

Hillary Picks Tim Kaine as Running Mate

Hillary Picks Tim Kaine as Running Mate

I’m thrilled to share this news: I’ve chosen Tim Kaine as my running mate.

Tim is a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation’s history.

But his credentials alone aren’t why I asked him to run alongside me.

Like me, Tim grew up in the Midwest. During law school, he too took an unconventional path — he took time off and went to Honduras to work with missionaries, practicing both his faith and his Spanish.

When he returned to the states and graduated from Harvard Law, he could have done anything. But instead of going to some big corporate firm, he chose to fight housing discrimination as a civil rights lawyer in Richmond. He and his wife joined a church, built a home centered around their faith, and raised three beautiful children. Then, after 17 years of practicing law, Tim ran for city council — and won.

Tim says his experience on city council taught him everything he knows about politics. To the people in Richmond, an underfunded school wasn’t a Democratic or Republican problem. It was simply a problem that needed fixing, and his constituents were counting on him to solve it. So Tim would do it. He’d roll up his sleeves and get the job done, no matter what.

He’s a man of relentless optimism who believes no problem is unsolvable if you’re willing to put in the work. That commitment to delivering results has stayed with him throughout his decades-long career as a public servant. So I could give you a laundry list of things he went on to accomplish — as mayor of Richmond, governor of Virginia, and in the United States Senate.

But this is what’s important: Tim has never taken a job for the glory or the title. He’s the same person whether the cameras are on or off. He’s sincerely motivated by the belief that you can make a difference in people’s lives through public service.

That quality comes through in every interaction. To know Tim is to love him. When I was talking to people about this decision, I couldn’t find anyone — Democrat or Republican — who had a bad thing to say about him. From his staff over the last 20 years to his colleagues in the Senate, Tim’s beloved.

He is a genuinely nice person, but Tim is no one’s punching bag. He will fight tooth and nail for American families, and he’ll be a dogged fighter in our campaign against Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

I want you to know that I didn’t make this decision lightly.

I’ve had the privilege of seeing two presidents and two vice presidents up close. I want a vice president who can be my partner in bringing this country together. I want someone who will be able to give me their best advice, look me in the eye, and tell me they disagree with me when they do.

But what matters most is a simple test that’s not so simple to meet: whether the person could step in at a moment’s notice and serve as president.

I have no doubt that Tim can do the job.

I want him by my side on the trail and in the White House.

~ Hillary

Delegate Profile: Ray Buenaventura

official photoFilipino American Ray Buenaventura is a delegate from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ray is a former Mayor & current Councilmember of Daly City, Calif. He also has a private law practice.

What should know about you?
I volunteered for Hillary in Iowa, Texas, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and California.

Why do you support Hillary for president in 2016?
I believe that she has the experience, the wisdom, the heart, and the guts to get things done.

Which of Hillary’s platforms resonate with you most and why?
Healthcare, Criminal Justice Reform, Immigration.

If Hillary is elected in 2016, what kind of lasting impact will her Presidency have on AAPI communities across the U.S.?
She will work toward immigration reform and will make sure the AAPI community has a seat at the table.

Why do you believe AAPIs support Hillary for President in 2016?
Because she has demonstrated a commitment to reaching out to the AAPI community and a proven record of knowing and understanding our issues.

This is part of a series of profiles of AAPI delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention compiled by Ivy Wei. If you’re a delegate, we’d love to profile you!