Jun 2019
Jun 2019

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) hires several Indian Americans for his 2020 presidential campaign

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has hired several Indian Americans for his 2020 presidential campaign, said to the largest contingent among the Democratic aspirants.

Sen. Booker, 50, the first African American Senator from New Jersey, announced his 2020 presidential bid on February 1, 2019.

Currently, there are nearly two dozen Democratic presidential aspirants, who will be pitted against each other in the party's primary elections beginning early next year.

Prominent among them include former Vice President Joe Biden, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard; Senators Kamala Harris, Michael Bennet, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

From his national press secretary Sabrina Singh, State operations director New Hampshire Shwetika Baijal to Iowa political director Rishi Bharwani; Sen. Booker already has hired more than half a dozen Indian Americans for his presidential campaign.

"I'm proud to be building a campaign that reflects the rich diversity of our country. Being inclusive of the voices of members of the Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community have always been and will always be a top priority for me and my campaign," Booker was quoted as saying in newsreports.

Among other Asian members in his campaign team are Deepak Jonnalagedda, Iowa Field Organizer; Sobaika Mirza, Director of Human Resources; Jen Kim, States Chief of Staff; Philip Kim, Nevada State Director; Yash Mori, Videographer and Meena Yi, Director of Design.

"The makeup of the Cory 2020 campaign staff reflects the diversity of this country, and I'm really proud to be a part of it," campaign spokesperson Sabrina said.

"It's an honor to work for someone who not only believes in inclusive policies for the country, but who hires and empowers a diverse group of people in his staff," she said.

Before joining Cory 2020, Sabrina worked at the Democratic National Committee as the deputy communications director. She is a first generation Indian American.

Baijal previously was a vice president at 50+1 Strategies; while Bharwani was the campaign manager for Amber Gustafson in Iowa.

Prior to Cory 2020, Jonnalagedda was a field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party and Mirza most recently served as Senior Operations Officer at Avaaz.

Mori previously was a digital staffer for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

There are presently more than 20 million people of the Asian descent residing in the United States, which amounts to more than 6 percent of the population. The Asian American population is the most rapidly growing ethnic group in the country and is expected to increase to over 40 million individuals by 2060.

May 2019

UCLA psychology-major Jahanvi Srinivasan releases award-winning song on Spotify

Jahanvi Srinivasan, a 4th-year psychology major at the University of California, LA, has released her award-winning song, “Little Help” on leading music app, Spotify.

Titled, “Little Help,” Srinivasan, who wrote the song, said it was about asking for help during times of struggle – a message she hoped other students related to. By utilizing unadorned instrumentals and a straightforward message, she believed the audiences could connect with her.

“My music draws inspiration from the things I see around me and the things that I feel and experience,” she says. “I have been writing for a little while now, but this was the first song I decided to record and release, and it's about mental health and asking for help when you need it. I hope the message is poignant enough to reach everybody.”

Srinivasan recently performed her single and won an award at the prestigious Spring Sing, UCLA’s largest annual alumni event that attracts over 10,000 people and several celebrity judges.

“It’s not a super fancy song. It’s a simple melody, it’s a simple message,” Srinivasan says of the song. “But I think it’s something that people don’t talk about that much and it’s something that is important to me.”

Learning music from when she was nine, Srinivasan comes from a pop music background, having been exposed to the genre on English radio stations in India. 

Srinivasan said her song was inspired by personal experiences. She felt sad and anxious during her second year of college, and was exasperated by home being so far away. She set out to convey her feelings through music. She said mental health is important to her, and that she felt other college students could relate to what the song is about – feeling downcast and not knowing how to feel better.

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