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Tune in to learn about politics/policies impacting Texas South Asians and hear from South Asians making an impact in America.

    WiseUp with Texas House Candidate Salman Bhojani

    WiseUp with Texas House Candidate Salman Bhojani

    Areeba Amer talks to Salman Bhojani, a democratic candidate running for Texas State House District 92 (Mid-Cities of DFW).  Salman is a former City Councilman of Euless, a South Asian American and a small business owner. In this episode, he shares his passion for local government and more! 



    Learn more about Salman on his campaign website, here.  Learn more about WiseUp TX, volunteer, or donate on our website.   



    Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play and the WiseUp TX website. Also tune in on Radio Azad - download the app or 104.9 FM in Dallas. WiseUp TX is non-partisan and does not support any candidates or political party.  But, we love to hear from South Asian candidates, and other candidates who want to talk to our South Asian followers! WiseUp TX interviews candidates who (1) reach out to us (2) are running in regions with Asian population density and/or (3) are of South Asian decent. For the general election, WiseUp TX makes an effort to reach out to key opponents.

    • 12 min
    WiseUp on Why 2022 Is a BIG Election Year

    WiseUp on Why 2022 Is a BIG Election Year

    WiseUp TX Podcast Host Punam Kaji recaps everything we covered in 2021!  It was quite a year, kicking off with the inauguration of the first woman, Black, and South Asian person to be Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris.  Then, we focused on local elections before taking a summer break. The fall podcast season focused on laws that came out of the Texas Legislative Sessions, and the creation of new maps (redistricting).  In this episode, Punam focuses on why 2022 is a BIG election year (Governor, Congress, and Texas Lawmakers are all up for re-election).  Punam asks you to reflect: How will you get involved in 2022?  Let's make it a year for record-breaking South Asian voter turnout.  Let's vote all the way down the ballot as informed voters!  

    Thanks for listening and enjoy the holidays.  Tune back in 2022 for much more! 

    WiseUp TX is a nonpartisan nonprofit and does not support any candidate or political party.

    • 10 min
    WiseUp on the New District Maps & the Growing Asian Population with Prerna Bhat

    WiseUp on the New District Maps & the Growing Asian Population with Prerna Bhat

    Hear from Prerna Bhat, a member of the TX AAPI Redistricting Coalition, who testified six times in front of the Texas Legislature to advocate for voting maps that will keep the growing Asian community together and not dilute the power of the APA constituency.  During a special legislative session, Texas lawmakers created and passed new voting maps for Texas House Districts, Texas Senate Districts, and US Congressional Districts.  This only happens once every ten years, after new data from the census is collected.  The census showed that 95% of population growth in Texas came from community of color, but the new maps result in more majority-white districts.  Find your new district using this Texas Tribune article. 

    WiseUp TX is a nonpartisan nonprofit and does not support any candidate or political party. 

    • 18 min
    WiseUp on Domestic Violence Awareness with Pam Otal from Daya

    WiseUp on Domestic Violence Awareness with Pam Otal from Daya

    October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but organizations like Daya (Houston) provide resources to domestic violence survivors in the South Asian community year-round.  Pam Otal is a WiseUp TX board member and the Outreach & Volunteer coordinator for Daya (Houston). On this episode, Pam joins host, Punam Kaji, and shares how domestic violence impacts the South Asian community, and what orgs like Daya are doing to educate the community to help solve the issue and assist survivors in need. 

    South-Asian Centric Domestic Violence Resources:

    Daya - Houston  

    Chetna - DFW 

    Awaaz - San Antonio 

    AFSSA - Austin 

    Learn more about WiseUp TX here. 

    WiseUp TX is a non-partisan non-profit and does not support any political party or candidate. 

    • 16 min
    WiseUp on the Ballot for the Nov 2, 2021 Election

    WiseUp on the Ballot for the Nov 2, 2021 Election

    Hey friends! Early voting is happening right now thru October 29, and election day is Nov 2nd.  What are we voting on?  Amendments to the Texas Constitution, plus there could be some local elections and local propositions on your ballot.  Tune into this short episode and learn about the 8 Propositions amend the Texas Constitution that you will find on your ballot.  Punam Kaji and Areeba Amer break it all down in less than 20 minutes. 

    WiseUp TX is a nonpartisan nonprofit and does not endorse any candidate or political party.

    Learn more about WiseUp TX here.

    • 16 min
    Interview with Louis Bedford, Voting Rights Attorney

    Interview with Louis Bedford, Voting Rights Attorney

    This summer, Texas lawmakers passed new voting laws.  In this episode, WiseUp TX podcast host Punam Kaji interviews Louis Bedford, a voting rights attorney. He explains the impact of the changes in voting laws. Also learn about redistricting (the drawing of maps), a process that only happens every 10 years. Hear about how these changes to the voting process in Texas could impact communities of color like the South Asian community.  

    WiseUp TX is a nonpartisan nonprofit and does not endorse any candidate or political party.

    Learn more about WiseUp TX here.  

    • 19 min

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