My name is Ram Villivalam and I am currently serving my second term as the Indo-American Democratic Organization’s President. As mentioned in my previous messages, I have had the previlige of being part of this incredible organization for several years.
IADO has just celebrated 38 years of political engagement and activism. Along with our successes, we have also experienced challenges when engaging our South Asian community. Although progress has been slow, it has been meaningful. Today we have seen more South Asian’s run for elected office not only in Illinois but across the United States. The South Asian community can be proud to have it’s very first Indian American Congressman, Raja Krishnamoorthi.
We see the difficulties facing our community. I challenge you to engage 10 new South Asian Americans in the political process for the 2016 Primary Elections from voting, volunteering, or financially supporting these efforts. We have been incredibly successful in the business sector, medical field, IT field, engineering field, and legal field. It is high time we make sure we build upon the voice we have in the political process. Invest in this effort. It could be your time, resources, ability to advocate. There is not a single South Asian American in this room who didn’t work for the minimum wage or have a parent work for the minimum wage at some point in their life. There is not a single South Asian American in this room who hasn’t experienced discrimination at some point in their life. There is not a single South Asian American in this room who does not have the core value of taking care of our seniors and ensuring our youth get a quality education.
These values are embedded in who we are and are an integral part of the Democratic Party platform…
I look forward to working with you to achieve IADO’s mission. I am very excited to work with our 2017-2018 IADO Board of Directors.
Thank you so much for your support.