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School teacher Geena Pham announces Senate District 3 run

“At the start of each day, I say the pledge of allegiance with my students. We promise them ‘liberty and justice for all’ but we fail to deliver,” said Geena Pham. “I am running because I see my students graduating into a world where everyday people struggle to afford housing, breathe clean air, drink clean water, and find their children quality education. I also see my Black and brown students disproportionately face these challenges. We must build a state where ‘liberty and justice’ extends to all Rhode Islanders.”
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Published on August 17, 2021
By Steve Ahlquist

Public school teacher Geena Pham declared her candidacy today in the upcoming special election for Rhode Island Senate District 3 in Providence. To the best of the campaign’s knowledge, if elected, Pham would be the first Asian-American in the Rhode Island General Assembly.

“At the start of each day, I say the pledge of allegiance with my students. We promise them ‘liberty and justice for all’ but we fail to deliver,” said candidate Pham. “I am running because I see my students graduating into a world where everyday people struggle to afford housing, breathe clean air, drink clean water, and find their children quality education. I also see my Black and brown students disproportionately face these challenges. We must build a state where ‘liberty and justice’ extends to all Rhode Islanders.”

Pham was born to a single mother who immigrated from Vietnam. After growing up in public housing, she became the first in her family to attend college and earned a degree in education at UMass Boston. Pham works as a public high school English teacher in our neighboring state of Massachusetts. In her free time, she volunteers as a board member of Cozy Rhody Litter Clean-up – an organization that brings people together to keep parks and neighborhoods free of litter.

Readers of UpriseRI may remember Pham from when she spoke at the 1000 Paper Cranes Project: Asian Visibility rally and vigil at the State House this past April.

Pham will run as a member of the Rhode Island Political Cooperative and will proudly fight for a Green New Deal, universal healthcare, racial justice, high-quality public education, and a living wages for residents of the East Side.

“I’ve seen the way that Geena is moved by her students to fix our broken schools, fight systemic racism, and combat the climate crisis,” said Jennifer Rourke, Co-Chair of the Rhode Island Political Cooperative. “She is deeply guided by her principles and is undoubtedly the progressive choice in this election.”

In regards to the resignation of Senator Goldin, Pham stated,“I deeply respect the work that Senator Goldin has done in our General Assembly. Senator Goldin courageously challenged the corrupt leadership of our State Senate to fight for the people of Rhode Island. Her years of advocacy for paid family leave, reproductive rights, and better wages have made an everlasting impact on our state. I wish her the best of luck in her new job.”

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