Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal speaks to standing-room only crowd Thursday
Story & Photos by Maureen Hoffmann
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was introduced by Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta to a standing-room-only gathering at a Town Hall held in the Burien Community Center on Thursday evening, April 20.
It was a largely supportive and enthusiastic crowd, with a few hecklers on the sidelines.
The first question came from two young girls from the “Bully Busters,” a group of Seattle 6th graders who started an anti-bullying campaign. Ms. Jayapal knew them and welcomed them, then addressed their question about efforts to change the bullying stance we witness across the country.
The Congresswoman also took questions which covered the expected range of topics including education, healthcare, medication costs, the federal budget, immigration, and specific bills.
Councilmember Debi Wagner and former Burien Mayor Arun Jhaveri were among those that posed questions.
One Highline High School Freshman asked her about not only college-level education and tuition costs, but education in the broader sense. She applauded him for being so engaged as a freshman, thoughtful and present at the meeting.
There were those who had been to her other Town Halls, who appeared to want to grandstand, but Ms. Jayapal recognized them and courteously indicated that she would take questions from people that had not previously had the opportunity to ask questions.
As the Town Hall wrapped up, the Congresswoman moved around the room to meet and chat with community members.
Here’s raw video from a live Facebook feed of the event: