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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representing the 7th District of Washington

Civil Rights

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April 11, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, joined by Reps. A. Donald McEachin and Nanette Diaz Barragán, led 28 members of Congress in denouncing Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for his comments that "diversity isn't important," "I don't care about diversity," and "I don't really think that's important anymore." In the letter, members urged Zinke to rethink his comments and focus his efforts on increasing diversity to keep up with the rapidly changing demographics of our nation. Jayapal, McEachin and Barragán are co-chairs of the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force that works to address the disproportionate impact of climate change on communities of color and other marginalized groups.
November 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, co-chairs of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) led 68 of their fellow members of Congress in expressing concern about increased detention rates of pregnant immigrant women and recent miscarriages in detention centers across the United States.

October 18, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to decisions by U.S. District Court Judges Derrick Watson of Hawaii and Theodore D. Chuang of Maryland to temporarily block the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban 3.0 from taking effect.
October 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) convened local stakeholders in support of the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act.
October 10, 2017 Press Release
In a letter, led by Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Ruben Kihuen (NV-04) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), members of Congress are demanding the Trump administration terminate efforts to surveil and collect social media data on immigrants and American citizens.
September 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal spoke on the House floor today in support of the Seattle Seahawks and their decision to protest racial injustice during the national anthem before Sunday’s NFL game against the Tennessee Titans.

Full remarks below, video available here.

August 16, 2017 Press Release

SEATTLE – Today, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) to announce a resolution of censure against President Donald Trump for his August 15, 2017 remarks reasserting earlier comments that “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and excusing the behavior of white supremacists and participants in the ‘Unite the Right’ rally.  The resolution censuring and condemning President Trump is set to be introduced on Friday, August 18, 2017, when the U.S.

August 15, 2017 Press Release

SEATTLE – In the aftermath of the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally and the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal – joined by 31 members of Congress – introduced a resolution urging President Trump to strongly condemn white nationalists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups responsible for the violence, and to remove from the White House and the Trump administration individuals, including Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka, who support white supremacists.

June 19, 2017 Press Release

SEATTLE – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement on the police shooting of Charleena Lyles:
“The shooting death of Charleena Lyles is an extraordinary tragedy. In the wake of this trauma, we must support the Lyles family in their grieving and healing. The Seattle Police Department and its oversight bodies must conduct a thorough and transparent investigation in such a way that builds community trust, using the policies and procedures developed through Department of Justice reforms.