(Washington, D.C., May 15, 2020) The Asian American Action Fund (AAAFund) is proud to endorse Nabilah Islam in her bid to represent Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. Islam, a 30-year-old Muslim woman raised by working-class Bangladeshi parents, is running on a platform calling for Medicare for All, student loan forgiveness, and a just immigration system. If elected, she will be the first Bangladeshi woman to serve in Congress and the third Muslim woman in Congress.
“AAAFund is excited to back Nabilah Islam’s historic campaign for Georgia’s Seventh Congressional District,” said Irene Natividad, AAAFund Endorsements Co-Chair. “Nabilah has poured almost a decade of her life into tirelessly advocating for the people of Georgia and for progressive ideals. She knows Georgia’s Seventh District, her own community, inside and out, and she understands how to lead. Nabilah will take to Washington that same energy and integrity and continue her fight, on behalf of all Georgians, for economic equity, accessible healthcare, and immigration reform.”
“I am the proud daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants who worked in warehouses and fry lines to build a good life for our family here in Georgia. Like so many children of immigrants, I understand firsthand that this country is at its best when families like mine can thrive and pursue their dreams, ” said GA-7 Congressional Candidate Nabilah Islam. “I’m running for Congress because our government needs to celebrate that vibrant diversity — not lock kids up in cages and ban Muslims for setting foot on our land. The Asian American Action Fund has been creating space for my family’s community to thrive for years, and I couldn’t be prouder to have their support.”
Islam filed the first-ever petition with the FEC to spend campaign funds on health insurance. If the FEC rules in her favor, Islam will remove a major financial obstacle preventing working-class candidates, women, and people of color from running for office.
Like millions of Americans, Nabilah owes nearly $30,000 in student loans—and like nearly a quarter of her district, she has no health insurance. Nabilah’s running for Congress because she knows, firsthand, that incremental change doesn’t work. Georgia’s 7th needs bold, progressive solutions: Medicare for All, student loan forgiveness, and an economy that actually works for working people.
The Asian American Action Fund is a Democratic political action committee founded in 1999. AAAFund’s goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in every level of local, state and federal government in the United States.