Posted by Shadi Matar on October 11, 2016 in Blog

image002.jpgInterview with Arab American voter Jehan Hakim. Jehan is a Community Advocate with the Asian Law Caucus team in California. She was previously featured on #IAmArabAmerican.

Q: When was the first time you voted?

The first election I voted in was when I turned 18 in 1999.

Q: What does voting mean to you?

Voting means that my voice, my narrative, is included in the national dialogue. What I believe in has the opportunity to be included in my community and my country.

Q: What are you most hoping for heading into November 8th?

I am looking forward to equity and criminal justice reform, economic equality. I am looking for progress. I want a leveling of the playing field just a bit.

Q: What do you believe are the most important issues for your local community, your state, and the U.S. in this election?

Locally I think that rent control and minimum wage are big issues affecting the San Francisco Bay area. Statewide I think more funding for schools and debt relief programs for college students. Nationally we need to focus on creating a criminal justice system that sees justice for all citizens.