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Diana Saleh wants to bring a fresh perspective to Arlington City Council as a young professional, a Palestinian American, and a Muslim woman. Diana discusses the rich diversity of the populous city of Arlington, TX. She shares her desire to make the city more equitable, starting with creating an accessible campaign through language translation. Arlington City Council elections are on May 1, 2021. Early voting has already begun and runs through April 27. You can...

Rafat Jilani has worked with children for 30 years in schools as a special education teacher and a school psychologist.  Now she is running for Fort Bend Independent School District, Trustee Position 6. Fort Bend’s population is widely diverse, including a significant South Asian population. Jilani believes the board should reflect the diversity of the District. She talks about how she is suited for the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic because of her background...

Brody Mulligan is running for School Board Trustee in the Hurst Euless Bedford School District (HEB ISD). This area in the mid-cities of DFW has a substantial South Asian community, and Brody reached out to the WiseUp TX Podcast to talk to our followers. He has experience as an educator and a founder of a non-profit about government policy reform. In this episode, he shares how he would improve education by expanding pre-K, school lunches,...

Dr. Sana Syed is running for Dallas City Council District 2.  She talks about her desire to tackle challenging issues like homelessness. We discuss her love for the city of Dallas and the district she is running to represent.  She is a South Asian American and Muslim woman excited to engage in the political process and hopefully bring people with her along the way.  Dr. Sana Syed is a corporate executive, a former spokesperson for...

Kamala Devi Harris will be the first woman Vice President of the United States of America.  She is also a woman of color – the daughter of a Jamaican immigrant (father) and Indian immigrant (mother).  This historic moment marks many firsts, and the WiseUp TX Podcast Team shares their thoughts and feelings about the first South Asian American Vice President of the United States.  Tune in! WiseUp TX is a non-partisan, non-profit and does not...

WiseUp TX podcast team members discuss the results from key races in Texas, including the U.S. Congressional Races, the U.S. Senate Race, and the critical Texas State Legislature races!  Election day proved that Republicans maintain a stronghold in Texas politics, particularly on the state level when you look at the Texas House, Texas Senate, and Texas Supreme Court.  The team also discusses the drawing of district maps – an important event that only happens once...

Hear the WiseUp TX podcast team discuss the outcome of the 2020 Elections, and answer the following questions: What motivated the record-breaking turnout nationally and here in Texas?  What have we learned about various minority populations and how they vote? What can we do to keep voters engaged in 2022 and 2024? How can we each help make our country less divisive? Oh, and, will President Trump concede? WiseUp TX is a nonpartisan non-profit and...

The WiseUp TX Podcast Team (Punam Kaji, Azra Siddiqi, Zohaib Qadri, Sana Meghani, and Areeba Amer) discuss the upcoming 2020 election!  The team makes predictions on when we will have a clear outcome for the Presidential election in light of potential delays with mail in ballots.  The team predicts how close the Presidential race will be here in Texas, and talks about the interesting data thus far on voter turnout and engagement. WiseUp TX is...

Sri Preston Kulkarni is a South Asian candidate running for U.S. Congress in Texas’ 22nd Congressional district (Suburbs of Houston such as Sugarland, Pearland, Katy, and Clearlake).  If he wins he will be the first person of color to represent this majority minority district.  He ran in 2018 and started the grassroots effort to get the South Asian community involved in a political campaign.  In this interview, he talks in depth about creating a coalition...

MJ Hegar is running for the United States Senate as the Democratic candidate against longtime incumbent, John Cornyn.  She has served our country as a combat veteran, she has worked in the healthcare industry, and she is a working mom. She talks about how all these experiences led her to run for office and how she thinks he can make life better for Texans! You can learn more about her on her website. WiseUp TX is...

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