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Second Generation Endorses Debbie Bookman

COATESVILLE, PA) – Second Generation, a federal political action committee that seeks to empower immigrant communities in the political process, announced today its endorsement of Debbie Bookman, Democrat for Chester County Prothonotary. 

“As a woman of color, a survivor of domestic violence, and a first generation American, Debbie understands the need for government services to be accessible, inclusive, and transparent,” said Joe Khan, Chair of Second Generation. “Having triumphed over great adversity, Debbie now leads the way for all of Chester County, especially those who need a champion in government.” 

Debbie is currently a member of the Coatesville City Council, where she was elected as a write-in candidate by the people of Coatesville. As a Councilwoman, she has been a persistent advocate for making government more transparent, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of marginalized communities. 

“My parents always considered themselves blessed to be able to come to America from the Caribbean to make a better life for themselves,” said Bookman. “I am so grateful to receive the endorsement of Second Generation. With their help I will be able to carry on my parent’s legacy of helping others.” 

Through endorsements and financial resources, Second Generation promotes the political engagement of immigrant communities that have not been fully included in the political process where they live.  SecGen’s inaugural slate is recently propelled the historic victories of several trailblazers, including Philadelphia City Council candidate Jamie Gauthier. 

For more on Debbie and how to support her campaign, visit here.

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Second Generation Endorses Natasha Bagchi
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(HORSHAM, PA) – Second Generation, the federal political action committee that seeks to empower immigrant communities in the political process, announced today its first endorsement in the November general election. 

Joe Khan, Chair of Second Generation, announced that the PAC’s Board unanimously voted to endorse Natasha Bagchi for Horsham Township Council.

“We applaud Natasha’s courage in taking on corruption and fighting for a safe environment,” said Khan. “This daughter of South Asian immigrants has energized communities of color and other marginalized groups by giving them hope at a time it is sorely needed. We are proud to stand with Natasha as she fights for Horsham families like hers.” 

Bagchi is one of two Democrats seeking a seat on Horsham Township Council, which is currently controlled by Republicans.  This is her first campaign for public office. 

“America can be a fair and inclusive country, but there needs to be tremendous efforts from groups like Second Generation to pave the way and make it a reality,” said Bagchi. “I proudly accept this endorsement so that we can build on the vision of our founding fathers by working with all communities, immigrant or not, to drive out hate and fear and push in respect and love.” 

Bagchi is a marketing executive who focuses on programs to help cancer patients during treatment. She and her husband Indranil are long time Horsham residents whose children have played for Horsham Soccer, swam for HHAA, and played basketball for H-Hoops. Natasha also volunteers to help other children by fighting child trafficking and hunger in America. 

Through endorsements and financial resources, Second Generation promotes the political engagement of immigrant communities that have not been fully included in the political process where they live.  Second Generation’s inaugural slate recently propelled the historic victories of several trailblazers, including Philadelphia City Council candidate Jamie Gauthier. 

For more on Natasha and how to support her campaign, visit here.

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Rodriguez & Yu Join Second Generation Board

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Contact: Executive Director Ryan Alsayegh (ryan@secgenpac.org)

(Philadelphia, PA) – Second Generation, the federal political action committee that empowers marginalized immigrant communities, announced today the appointment of Emily Rodriguez and Kay Yu to its Board.

“We owe so much of this year’s success – from the electoral victories of SecGen candidates Jamie Gauthier and Anthony Kyriakakis to our voter engagement in Philadelphia’s immigrant communities – to our diverse and dynamic Board,” said Joe Khan, Chair of Second Generation.  “Emily and Kay are amazing women who will help us build on the accomplishments of our inaugural election cycle and expand our reach as an organization.”

Emily Rodriguez is dedicated to building resilient democracy everywhere, a passion sparked in Venezuela where she lived as a teenager. Throughout her career, she has trained activists and election observers around the world, including in El Salvador, Turkey, Ghana, Liberia, Lebanon, Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria. Before joining a DC-based think tank which focuses on how global challenges play out in Europe and the United States, Emily spent almost a decade in Philadelphia working in domestic politics, strategic communications, and organized labor. Fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian (and working on German and Turkish), the Pennsylvania native holds a master’s degree in international development from Sciences Po Paris and a bachelor’s degree from American University’s School of International Service. Emily has been a political partner with the Truman National Security Project since 2013.  “Emily is not only a superstar,” said Khan, “she is also an ideal person to help our federal PAC expand upon the important work we did in Philadelphia last May.”

Kay Yu is an award-winning attorney, arbitrator, and legal scholar. An immigrant who became out of status as a small child, Kay has dedicated her career to advocating for traditionally marginalized communities. She is a graduate of Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center, and served as the Chairperson of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.  In 2018, Kay was recognized by the Philadelphia Bar Association as a recipient of its acclaimed Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award and was named Attorney of the Year by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania. The following year, Second Generation gave its first ever endorsement to Kay’s trailblazing campaign for judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  “We were so proud to support Kay earlier this year, and even more grateful that she now continues to pave the way for others,” said Khan.

Board members Majid Alsayegh, Maryam Deloffre, Dr. Asif Hussain, Siobhán Lyons , Andy Toy, and Shailah Yazdani joined Khan in welcoming Rodriguez and Yu to the Board. Second Generation is a nonconnected federal political action committee whose mission is to promote the political engagement of immigrant communities that have not been fully included in the political process where they live.

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Second Generation Endorses Anthony Kyriakakis
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(Philadelphia, PA) — Second Generation, the federal political action committee that empowers marginalized immigrant communities, announced today its endorsement of Anthony Kyriakakis in his campaign for Court of Common Pleas Judge in Philadelphia. 

“Anthony is without a doubt one of the most qualified candidates for judge I have ever had the pleasure of knowing,” said attorney Joe Khan, Board Chair of Second Generation. “He has followed his American dream by always remembering where he came from and his obligation to lift up others as he rises.”

Kyriakakis’s legal experience includes serving with distinction as a federal prosecutor, a criminal defense lawyer for the indigent, a civil litigator, and an appellate law clerk. Thanks to a scholarship from his father’s union, he became the first in his immigrant family to attend college, graduating magna cum laude from Yale and cum laude from Harvard Law School. He now teaches sentencing law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. 

“As the son of two immigrants, I understand the struggles that immigrant families face as they seek better lives for themselves and future generations,” said Kyriakakis. “I am honored to accept the endorsement of Second Generation, and I will ensure that all parties in my courtroom, including those from marginalized communities, are treated equally, and with fairness and dignity.

Kyriakakis is the only 2019 judicial candidate who has received the “Highly Recommended” rating from the Philadelphia Bar Association and the endorsement of Philadelphia’s Democratic Party.  He and his wife Aleni have been active in their local civic association, playground friends group, and several community organizations. They reside in Center City with their two young children.

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Second Generation Endorses Marwan Kreidie
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(PHILADELPHIA, PA) – Second Generation, the federal Political Action Committee dedicated to empowering marginalized communities, announced today its endorsement of Marwan Kreidie for Philadelphia City Commissioner. 

“We founded this organization to champion the immigrant groups who have been left out of the political process,” said Joe Khan, Chair of Second Generation. “Marwan has dedicated his life to this same cause, and is running for City Commissioner to continue fighting for the full inclusion of these marginalized communities.”

Since Kreidie’s family settled in Philadelphia after fleeing a civil war in Lebanon, he has spent a lifetime in service of others. After serving as Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Civil Service Commission for eight years, he was nominated by Governor Ed Rendell and confirmed by the State Senate to serve as Chairman of Pennsylvania’s State Civil Service Commission for a 6 year term.  A community organizer and expert in civil service reform and implementation, he also has served on the transition teams for Governor Tom Wolf, and Philadelphia Mayors Michael Nutter and Jim Kenney.

“I am proud to receive the support of Second Generation because I am a coalition builder who fights for those who cannot always fight for themselves,” said Kreidie.  “As City Commissioner, I will use the full power of my position and office to bring together diverse communities to create a more informed, enfranchised, and engaged Philadelphia."

Krieidie is a founding member Philadelphia Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, United Voices, and the Arab-American Community Development Corporation, where he serves as Executive Director and for which he received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership award.  He and his wife Monika are the proud parents of three children, all of whom have attended Philadelphia public schools.

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