Top Quotes by Pramila Jayapal

By | September 6, 2018

We can never be afraid to stand up for what is right, no matter what others may say. And sometimes, if that means taking a lonely road, if what we are standing for is true, then perhaps moonlight or sunshine will light our way and make it less lonely.

Pramila Jayapal

What Republicans so cynically refer to as ‘chain migration’ is actually family-based immigration – a humane and compassionate policy of reunifying families. It allows spouses to be together, siblings to support each other, and children to be with their parents. It allows the immigrants who are already here to be successful.

Pramila Jayapal

The vast majority of immigrants – regardless of the conditions of war and poverty that may wrack their home countries – come and contribute to their new home country: building our roads, caring for our homes, children, and elders, and serving as doctors, lawyers, employers, and innovators.

Pramila Jayapal

Rather than name-calling and arguing about whether it is appropriate or not to employ radical tactics, we progressives need to start listening to each other.

Pramila Jayapal

When bosses, leaders, and powerful men and women ignore or deny the accounts of harassment victims, they reinforce the idea that harassers are playing the game as they should and that the rest of us should fall in line.

Pramila Jayapal

I am not a woman on Monday, an immigrant on Tuesday, a worker on Wednesday, and a mom on Thursday, I am all of those things all of the time, and I am going to fight for all of those things all of the time.

Pramila Jayapal

We have to remember that disagreeing with people is fine; it is dehumanizing people that is not, and when that happens, we have to be ready to speak up.

Pramila Jayapal

History has always judged silence and complicity harshly in these times of moral consequence.

Pramila Jayapal

After 9/11, I had just become an American citizen, and I remember sitting in front of my TV set watching the news of the attacks, in tears. I remember thinking to myself, ‘Nothing is ever going to be the same in this country for people who look like me.’

Pramila Jayapal

Sometimes when really terrible things happen, something beautiful emerges out of it.

Pramila Jayapal

If there is one thing that resonates for women, it is that regardless of where we come from or what we look like, we want to be fully recognized for the breadth of our contributions.

Pramila Jayapal

When I was a little girl, my dad always said to me that I was going to be this great businesswoman, that I was going to be the CEO of IBM. So that’s what I came into the world thinking, that I was going to go into the business world and make my mark there.

Pramila Jayapal

What makes America great is our commitment to our values of inclusivity and opportunity for all.

Pramila Jayapal

Gays and lesbians gained rights in this country though activism and organizing, creating political space and demanding change so that lawmakers and justices could do what they knew was right. That organizing allowed Americans to get to know gays and lesbians as our daughters and sons, our neighbors, and our friends.

Pramila Jayapal

Racism, sexism, and age-ism are all alive and well in the U.S. House.

Pramila Jayapal

Getting a college degree used to be free or low cost because, as a society, we saw providing higher education to young people as an investment – in them and in the future of our own country.

Pramila Jayapal

We need to incentivize states across our country to spend on higher education and ensure that we go back to allowing people to go to college tuition-free.

Pramila Jayapal

Having a strong race lens means you understand racism is threaded through and institutionalized in all of our systems and our very perceptions, threaded through how someone looks at you, treats you, thinks about you and your potential.

Pramila Jayapal

I like to have my cup of green tea.

Pramila Jayapal

We must be clear: Donald Trump is lying when he conflates immigrants coming across the border with MS-13 gangs.

Pramila Jayapal

Before running for the Washington State Senate in 2014, I had spent 20 years as an activist. I had always believed that we needed to push for change on the outside, through community organizing and advocacy.

Pramila Jayapal

Profiting from student loans is usury, and we just can’t continue to allow it.

Pramila Jayapal

I come from a state in India that is a matrilineal state, Kerala. And so women really are seen as very powerful.

Pramila Jayapal

If you’re an opposition party, you are actively using the power you have to oppose the ideas of the other party.

Pramila Jayapal

My message to women – including women of color – stand strong. Refuse to be minimized or patronized. Let all the small guys out there be intimidated by you.

Pramila Jayapal

I really get my best work done in the morning, so if I have to edit speeches or comments, that all happens before I get to work.

Pramila Jayapal

My message to women – including women of color – stand strong. Refuse to be minimized or patronized. Let all the small guys out there be intimidated by you.

Pramila Jayapal

I really get my best work done in the morning, so if I have to edit speeches or comments, that all happens before I get to work.

Pramila Jayapal

If someone tells me that something can’t be done, that makes me more determined to do it.

Pramila Jayapal

As we say we fight for working people, we have to make sure our policies reflect that.

Pramila Jayapal

I came to the United States by myself when I was 16 years old. My parents had about $5,000 in their bank account, and they used it all to send me here because they truly believed that this country was where I was going to get the best education and have the best opportunities.

Pramila Jayapal

My mother, with a Master’s in English Literature, taught me to appreciate language and that words matter.

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There is no question that we, as a country, need to deal with economic inequality across the country, and we need to make sure we have good-paying jobs for everyone.

Pramila Jayapal

Immigrants contribute more than they take. It is a lie that they take public benefits, because they don’t qualify for just about every benefit.

Pramila Jayapal

It is always easier to have somebody to blame, but immigrants are not the cause of the country’s economic woes.

Pramila Jayapal

I am on the side of the working person across the country.

Pramila Jayapal

The fact that the immigration issue was the first thing Trump took aim at was a good thing for me, because it’s what I spent my life working on. It became a place to see what we’ve become as a country, and how overreach can actually serve to bring those of us on the Left and Democrats together.

Pramila Jayapal

Districts are really different across the country, but the more that people on the progressive Left show power at the ballot box – and reclassify some of the ideas that we’ve called ‘progressive,’ but that are really mainstream ideas, like college for all – the better.

Pramila Jayapal

We on the Left are very good at criticizing people, but we need to build the base to pull people to the Left.

Pramila Jayapal

Can you be a progressive if you’re anti-immigrant but pro-choice? No!

Pramila Jayapal

If you look at the future of the Democratic Party, things like raising the minimum wage – Democrats need to get behind raising the minimum wage and be clear on where we stand on trade deals.

Pramila Jayapal

I want to remind women of color out there to stand your ground, and don’t ever be afraid to speak up.

Pramila Jayapal

My big idea is that democracy can only work properly if you have truly representative people at the table.

Pramila Jayapal

There isn’t really precedent for asylum seekers’ being criminally prosecuted at the border before they’ve had a ‘credible fear’ hearing. You come seeking asylum. Seeking asylum is not illegal.

Pramila Jayapal

Ripping children away from their parents has a particular shameful history, both in this country and around the world.

Pramila Jayapal

Individuals whose asylum claims have been accepted have gone on to become professors, soldiers in our military, artists, and more.

Pramila Jayapal

Every hour that goes by with family separation policies in effect is another hour that mothers weep thinking of their children, another hour that kids are fearfully wondering where their parents have been taken, another hour that trauma deepens.

Pramila Jayapal

We are a country that has always been known for providing opportunities to people. We have lost a lot of that opportunity.

Pramila Jayapal

I was on the committee that helped raise the minimum wage here in Seattle. I introduced a statewide bill to raise the minimum wage in Washington state my first year in the state senate, and I really believe that raising the federal minimum wage, while not the answer to everything, addresses a lot of the issues at the very bottom.

Pramila Jayapal

We have to have a planet to pass on to the next generation, and these issues of climate change and climate justice and the disproportionate burdens that communities of color actually bear from our damaging climate is a huge issue.

Pramila Jayapal

I have my chops in organizing, and I know how to create political space through movement building.

Pramila Jayapal

Trump has hated Amazon for a long time, and I think that that came out in many interviews that he’s done with ‘Vanity Fair’ and with others.

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