Racial Justice

Rep. Porter Announces Asian-American Olympic Athlete as Virtual Guest to President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today announced that she has invited Sakura Kokumai, a martial arts champion who was recently the target of anti-Asian harassment in Orange County, as her virtual guest to President Joe Biden’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress. Earlier this month, Kokumai was training for the 2021 Olympics when she was verbally assaulted at Grijalva Park in Orange, Califo... Read more »

Solidarity with our AAPI Community

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Dear Friend, I’m proud to represent Orange County, which is home to a vibrant Asian-American community. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders not only enrich our communities—they help them flourish. Celebrating and supporting this diversity is core to our Orange County values. I have been deeply disturbed by the rise in hate crimes committed against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communit... Read more »

Rep. Porter Reintroduces Bill to Reduce Violence Against Individuals with Mental Illness and Disabilities

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), along with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), and Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), today reintroduced legislation to reduce violence against individuals with mental illness and disabilities. The Mental Health Justice Act would make it easier for state and local governments to send trained mental health professionals ... Read more »

Reintroduced Porter Legislation Will Honor Orange County Tuskegee Airman

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) reintroduced a bill this week to honor Orange County veteran Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Friend by naming a local post office for him. Before passing away in June 2019, Lt. Col. Friend was one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, who took to the skies during World War II as the first African-American military aviators. He also served in Korea and Vietnam. “Dur... Read more »

My New Bill: The Mental Health Justice Act

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Dear friend, I believe that every American should be treated equally—with justice, dignity, and respect under the law. That’s why I’ve helped lead the effort in Congress to provide first responders with the resources they need to manage and de-escalate emergency situations that involve a person suspected of experiencing a mental health crisis. Throughout this summer, in the wake of the protests su... Read more »

Reps. Porter, Cárdenas, Pressley, and Scanlon Introduce Bill to Protect Individuals with Mental Illness, Disabilities from Police Violence

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), along with Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), today introduced legislation to reduce violence against individuals with mental illness and disabilities. The Mental Health Justice Act would support the creation of mental health first responder units that would be deployed in lieu of... Read more »

Reps. Porter, Lofgren, and Chu Push to Expand Language Assistance for California Voters with Limited English Proficiency

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U.S. Representative Katie Porter (CA-45), Committee on House Administration Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chairwoman Judy Chu (CA-27), today urged California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to help voters get the in-language materials and language assistance they’ll need this fall. The Congresswomen led more than twenty of their California colleagu... Read more »