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Georgia’s WIN List is proud to endorse Aisha Yaqoob, who brings a distinguished record of activism to register new voters and encourage civic engagement to her campaign for House District 97. This district includes the Gwinnett County towns of Suwanee, Duluth, Sugar Hill, and Buford.
Aisha is the middle child of five and moved with her family to Gwinnett’s Collin Hills community when she was six and then to Suwanee. After graduating with honors from North Gwinnett High School, she attended the University of Georgia where she received a journalism degree in 2013 and a Masters of Public Administration & Policy in 2016.
While in graduate school Aisha founded an organization aimed at increasing voter engagement among Muslim Americans. In 2016, she and her team increased voter turnout statewide for a community which historically had rarely participated in the electoral process. She became a co-organizer of Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women in January 2017 when an estimated 60,000 people peacefully marched in downtown Atlanta. She was selected to participate in the National Labor Leadership Initiative, Southern Program.
Aisha has worked to represent the interest of communities of color at the Georgia State Capitol as an advocate for civil and immigrant rights, working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to push for civil rights for immigrants and people of color. As policy director for a nonprofit legal and advocacy center, she monitors local, state, and federal policies which affect immigrants and works to fight for their rights.
As a beneficiary of the HOPE scholarship, she advocates restoring the HOPE Scholarship to its original full funding for public in-state tuition. On the economic front, she pledges to work to increase the minimum wage, support workers rights and provide more opportunities for low-income families to thrive while at the same time working with business leaders to attract responsible investment which brings well-paying jobs. She is an advocate for efforts to bring MARTA and expanded public transportation to Gwinnett County, while also pushing for increased investment in low fuel emitting vehicles and green technology.
Based on her belief Health Care is a right which should be afforded to all, Aisha pledges to join colleagues to expand Medicaid in Georgia and bring much-needed care back to rural communities. As a woman of color, Aisha will fight to make sure that women’s voices are heard on all issues, but particularly those which affect women’s bodies, reproductive justice, and equal pay. She promises to oppose legislation aimed at discriminating against anyone based on their ethnicity, religion, sexual preference or gender identity, including “religious freedom restoration” bills.
Aisha Yaqoob for Georgia House District 97
- Website: voteaisha.com
- Facebook: @AishaforGeorgia
- Twitter: @AishaForGeorgia
- Instagram: @aishaforgeorgia
Georgia women like Aisha are making history in this midterm election cycle as they run for seats long held by Republicans. With women in record numbers on the ballot this year, WIN List needs your help to elect these women and train the candidates we want to see on the ballot in 2020 and beyond.