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ESTE ES SAM

Mis hermanas, mi hermano y yo nos criamos en el Valle de Roanoke, Virginia, donde vino a parar mi
familia, después de haber dejado atrás, a finales de los 60 del siglo XX, una Palestina destrozada por la
guerra, en busca de una nueva vida. Yo crecí en una tienda de esquina en los barrios de Hurt Park y Blue
Stone, donde aprendimos el valor de la comunidad y cómo enfrentar uno a uno los retos que nos presenta
la vida.

Siendo parte de una minoría religiosa y étnica en el suroeste de Virginia, aprendí la importancia de crear
puentes donde fuera posible. Nuestros vecinos podían necesitar comida antes de fin de mes, por lo que
nuestro negocio familiar les ayudaba como pudiera, porque creíamos en el valor de servir a nuestra
comunidad.

Con el apoyo y el amor de Layaly, mi compañera de vida, me sentí llamado al servicio público. Ansiaba
elevar las voces de la gente común de Virginia, forjando al mismo tiempo coaliciones duraderas. En 2008,
me postulé para el Congreso como el candidato más joven de Estados Unidos. Era un idealista que tenía
mucho que aprender y mi filosofía era simple: Trata a las demás personas como quieres que te traten a ti.
Layaly y yo hemos sido bendecidos con tres hijos maravillosos: Jennah, Amirah e Issa. La inocencia y la
sabiduría de mis hijos son mi ancla y mi esperanza. Ellos son gran parte del motivo por el que estoy
trabajando para crear un futuro mejor para todas las personas en Virginia.

A lo largo de mi vida, me han guiado los valores de respeto, justicia y libertad con los que me eduqué.
Roanoke College me dio un conocimiento más profundo del mundo, y una maestría en Hawái me dio a
conocer culturas sobre las que no sabía nada.

He trabajado en el área de la sanidad creando maneras más humanas de cuidar a nuestros mayores y de
mejorar la salud de madres e hijos en el este de África. Mientras intentaba implementar nuevos programas
con mis equipos, nos enfrentamos a continuos problemas, pero nos enfocamos en ayudar y empoderar a
las personas una a una.

En 2014, la maravillosa gente de Roanoke me brindó la oportunidad de representar a nuestra comunidad
en la Cámara de Delegados de Virginia. En seguida comencé a trabajar en la eliminación de las
donaciones de comités de acción política (PAC) con intereses especiales, empezando con la iniciativa
“Impact Center”, que busca empoderar a nuevos líderes, y dando ejemplo de una nueva forma de entender
la política con nuestra iniciativa “Democratic Promise”, que busca crear buena voluntad invirtiendo en
nuestros barrios.

Más abajo hay una lista de nuestro trabajo, pero, independientemente de lo que hayamos conseguido,
siempre tengo la misma sensación: No es bastante. Nos queda más trabajo por hacer.

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OUR WORK

Introduced first bills on career & technical education and criminal justice reform through expungement. Submitted constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United limiting the crippling influence of money in politics. Passed renewable energy tax credit for businesses. Launched New Chapter Housing Initiative to assist returning citizens integrate into the community. Lauched The Impact Center helping over 1,000 activists and candidates across Virginia win through the science of trust and coalition building. Passed ‘Volunteer Cares’ legislation supporting medical professionals who provide charitable healthcare services to receive continuing education credits. Pledged not to accept donations from special interest PACs and lobbyists to help shift the culture in Richmond. That year, 13 new legislators were elected on a similar pledge. Piloted Democratic Promise which aims to build trust in our institutions by building goodwill with voters through having volunteers connect those in need with government services. Introduced repeal of the “rate freeze” which gouged electric rate-payers by utilities. Introduced “You Write the Bill”: Participatory lawmaking workshop for Virginians. Launched Green New Deal Coalition pushing for intersectional environmental, social, and economic justice. Empowered 20+ state level campaigns through our Impact Center Initiative. Introduced the first Green New Deal Act in Virginia focusing on the intersection of environmental, economic, and social justice. "You Write The Bill" constituent-driven idea to protect victims of domestic violence by improving fair housing becomes law. Bill passes integrating socio-emotionallearning into K-12 education, stressing the importance of a strong emotional foundation for children. "Safe Drinking Water Act" signed by the Governor finally establishing maximum contaminant levels for the cancer-causing & deadly "forever" chemicals in drinking water. To learn more about many of the challenges our teachers and school staff face, Sam began substitute teaching to bring first hand experience to Richmond. Working with the Roanoke Constituents, Del. Rasoul introduced a law to require the release of unedited video and audio footage after any officer-involved shooting. Helped organize the distribution of 20,000 masks and sanitizers in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the VirginiaHealth Department, the Medical Reserve Corp, and the City of Roanoke Drawing on his health care experience, Del. Rasoul introduced three bills that will help improve access to healthcare for millions of Virginians. Campaign staff voted to form a union and will be represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 666, a first in the history of Virginia lieutenant governor campaigns. After partnering with the VA Teen Democrats and VA Teen Republicans, Del. Rasoul passed legislation giving students one excused absence for civic engagement.
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OUR WORK

Introduced first bills on career & technical education and criminal justice reform through expungement. Submitted constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United limiting the crippling influence of money in politics. Passed renewable energy tax credit for businesses. Launched New Chapter Housing Initiative to assist returning citizens integrate into the community. Lauched The Impact Center helping over 1,000 activists and candidates across Virginia win through the science of trust and coalition building. Passed ‘Volunteer Cares’ legislation supporting medical professionals who provide charitable healthcare services to receive continuing education credits. Introduced “You Write the Bill”: Participatory lawmaking workshop for Virginians. Launched Green New Deal Coalition pushing for intersectional environmental, social, and economic justice. DECEMBER 2017 Introduced repeal of the “rate freeze” which gouged electric rate-payers by utilities. Piloted Democratic Promise which aims to build trust in our institutions by building goodwill with voters through having volunteers connect those in need with government services. Pledged not to accept donations from special interest PACs and lobbyists to help shift the culture in Richmond. That year, 13 new legislators were elected on a similar pledge. Empowered 20+ state level campaigns through our Impact Center Initiative. Introduced the first Green New Deal Act in Virginia focusing on the intersection of environmental, economic, and social justice. You Write the Bill Participant’s bill on the VAFair Housing Laws around victims of family abuse passed. Bill passes integrating socio-emotionallearning into K-12 education, stressing the importance of a strong emotional foundation for children. "Safe Drinking Water Act" signed by the Governor finally establishing maximum contaminant levels for the cancer-causing & deadly "forever" chemicals in drinking water. MARCH 2019 To learn more about many of the challenges our teachers and school staff face, Sam began substitute teaching to bring first hand experience to Richmond. Empowered 20+ state level campaigns through our Impact Center Initiative. Introduced the first Green New Deal Act in Virginia focusing on the intersection of environmental, economic, and social justice. You Write the Bill Participant’s bill on the VAFair Housing Laws around victims of family abuse passed. Bill passes integrating socio-emotionallearning into K-12 education, stressing the importance of a strong emotional foundation for children. "Safe Drinking Water Act" signed by the Governor finally establishing maximum contaminant levels for the cancer-causing & deadly "forever" chemicals in drinking water. Empowered 20+ state level campaigns through our Impact Center Initiative. Introduced the first Green New Deal Act in Virginia focusing on the intersection of environmental, economic, and social justice. You Write the Bill Participant’s bill on the VAFair Housing Laws around victims of family abuse passed. Bill passes integrating socio-emotionallearning into K-12 education, stressing the importance of a strong emotional foundation for children. "Safe Drinking Water Act" signed by the Governor finally establishing maximum contaminant levels for the cancer-causing & deadly "forever" chemicals in drinking water. JUNE 2020 Helped organize the distribution of 20,000 masks and sanitizers in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Health Department, the Medical Reserve Corp, and the City of Roanoke Working with the Roanoke Constituents, Del. Rasoul introduced a law to require the release of unedited video and audio footage after any officer-involved shooting. Drawing on his health care experience, Del. Rasoul introduced three bills that will help improve access to healthcare for millions of Virginians. Campaign staff voted to form a union and will be represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 666, a first in the history of Virginia lieutenant governor campaigns. After partnering with the VA Teen Democrats and VA Teen Republicans, Del. Rasoul passed legislation giving students one excused absence for civic engagement.
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Nuestro Trabajo

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Presentamos los primeros proyectos de ley sobre la educación profesional y técnica y sobre la reforma de la justicia criminal a través del borrado de antecedentes penales. Presentamos una enmienda constitucional para revocar “Citizens United” y limitar la influencia paralizadora que tiene el dinero en la política. Aprobamos una desgravación fiscal por energías renovables para el comercio. Lanzamos la iniciativa “New Chapter Housing” para ayudar a las personas que se reintegran en la comunidad. Lanzamos la iniciativa “Impact Center” para ayudar a más de 1000 activistas y candidatos/candidatas en Virginia mediante la ciencia dela confianza y la formación de coaliciones. Nos comprometimos a no aceptar donaciones de comités de acción política (PAC) con intereses especiales y lobbies, para cambiar la cultura en Richmond. Ese año, 13 de los nuevos legisladores fueron elegidos bajo el mismo compromiso.