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Apr 2019
Apr 2019

Avra Reddy, 19, elected to City Council in Madison, WI

Avra Reddy, a 19-year-old student at the University of Wisconsin, has been elected to the Madison City Council in the April 2 elections in the city.

Reddy would represent District 8 in Madison, which covers most of the University of Wisconsin campus, meaning a majority of the district’s constituents are students.

She’s perhaps the youngest to be elected to the 20-seat Madison City Council in Wisconsin. She is also the district’s first female alder in more than 20 years and the first woman of color to ever represent the district, newsreports said.

She defeated Matthew Mitnick, also a Freshman at UWisc. Both Reddy and Mitnick are described as “Nonpartisan” when they were running. Reddy secured more than 53 percent of the vote to Mitnick’s close to 44 percent, according to Ballotpedia.

Originally from neighboring Illinois, Reddy moved to Madison to work on the 2016 election. At 16 years old, she was living on her own in a new city, a city that she would soon fall in love with. She knew that Madison was the only place she could ever dream of living during her college years. Since coming to Madison, Reddy has been an active member of the community whether she is advocating for a better community to being involved in countless student activities.

“It is really important to get a student into the seat because only a student can know what students want and can feel what students feel,” Reddy said.

Reddy said her campaign was focused on four major points — affordable housing, public safety, sustainability and combating homelessness. She acknowledged that a crucial part of achieving the goals she outlined will involve working with other members of the council, the mayor and community leaders.

Reddy said she is working to bring greater representation on the city level by getting young people, people of color, women, and students involved in the process.

Apr 2019

Set in NYC, Kal Penn’s new NBC comedy series will be called ‘Sunnyside’

Set in New York City, actor and comedian Kal Penn’s new immigration-themed comedy series on NBC will be titled “Sunnyside.”

The comedy pilot was recently greenlighted by NBC.

In an exclusive report, Deadline writes that the show, starring and executive produced by Penn, writer-producer Matt Murray, “The Good Place” creator/executive producer Michael Schur and Universal TV, has cast the seven co-leads opposite Penn, one of whom is actress Kiran Deol, who was born in Britain but raised in Boca Raton, Florida.

“I finally get to have a brother and it’s @kalpenn,” Deol wrote on Twitter, sharing Penn’s tweet.

 “Can’t wait to start shooting with our hilarious, talented cast! Welcome to Sunnyside!” Penn wrote on Twitter alongside a link to a Deadline story.

“Sunnyside,” according to the report, will center on former New York City Council Member Garrett Shah, a fictitious politician played by Penn who finds his calling when he encounters six recent immigrants “in need of his help and in search of the American Dream.”

Five of the seven actors lined up for the pilot are immigrants themselves.

The Deadline report included an image of Penn seen at the Sunnyside mural at the corner of 40th Street and 47th Avenue in Queens, NY.

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