State Rep Gene Wu (D-Houston) joined two new Muslim legislators to announce the formation of Texas’ first Asian American and Pacific Islander legislative caucus.
said to CNHI News. “We will show the world how beautiful our community is, and we will show the world what we stand for — we stand for unity, we stand for diversity and we stand for togetherness.“
The announcement took place on the same day Rise AAPI, a new non-profit dedicated to empowering the AAPI community, announced its formation. The group kicked off with the first AAPI Legislative Day at the Capitol.
The group discussed the obstacles and opportunities AAPIs face this legislative session. The Statesman Journal reports the number of AAPIs in the legislature is a third lower than the number needed to reach parity with the community’s population.
“It is no secret that the AAPI population is on the rise, and we are excelling in a lot of fields except government,” said Lalani ( D-Sugar Land) to CNHI News. ”Let’s start excited, let’s stay engaged because we contribute to the social, economic, cultural, intellectual and spiritual fabric of Texas.”
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