Rashida Tlaib is one of the first two Muslim women in Congress along with Ilhan Omar, and the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress. Thanks to wikipedia for that sentence. I have been writing these political talent crushes for a few weeks now and I realize that politics is incredibly complicated.
Good politicians are complicated people with complicated ideas regarding the complicated problems complicated people elected them to try and fix.
Rashida Tlaib is the eldest of 14 kids. I think that tells you something important about her in context of her becoming a public servant. If I was the eldest of 14 kids, and I was an adult, I would live alone on a mountain top by myself. I would not have spent my entire career helping other people. When Tlaib vacated her seat in the Michigan House due to term limits, she went to work for Sugar Law Center, a Detroit area nonprofit focusing on the legal rights of workers in low income jobs.
And then in the aftermath of the 2016 election, Tlaib decided to run for the US House, and after winning her primary, she ran unopposed for Michigan’s 13th congressional district and won.
The thing about Tlaib, aside from her gender, religion, and that she’s Palestinian-American, that really scares some people (FOX) is that she is a member of the DSA.
And what is the DSA? Well, my friends that is a rabbit hole of a question that I am not going to attempt to answer. I am going to quote directly from their website and put in some hyperlinks and let you do the rest. Suffice it to say, DSA membership exploded from about 7000 people pre-2016 election to 50,000 people as of August, 2018.
Tlaib supports Medicare for All and a 15 dollar an hour minimum wage. She also strongly supports the movement to abolish ICE. She plans to spend as much time as possible in her district rather than DC. Her dedication to working class issues is not something she put on in the run up to the 2016 election, these are problems she has been working on her entire career.
Talking about running for office while raising her two children on her own, Tlaib said, “yesterday, my son didn’t have school…so it was kind of a laundry day. So I made campaign calls while I did laundry for my D.C. fundraiser.”
No matter what, the laundry must get done.