MV JSA Presents: A Career in Politics with Ro Khanna

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Ilena Peng

Even though spring break had already begun, students, alumni, parents and teachers alike gathered in the MVHS cafeteria on April 8. Yet many still came to listen to politician Ro Khanna talk about his career in politics and stances on various current events.

Students intently watch Khanna as he discusses his stance on phone encryption. Khanna sided with Apple in the controversy, saying that giving the FBI the phone’s passcode would be violating consumer privacy. Photo by Ilena Peng
Students intently watch Khanna as he discusses his stance on phone encryption. Khanna sided with Apple in the controversy, saying that giving the FBI the phone’s passcode would be violating consumer privacy. Photo by Ilena Peng
Alumni Harsimran Kaur (second from left) and her family check in with club president Anusha Agarwal (far right). Each event attendee registered online and checked in upon arriving. Photo by Ilena Peng
Alumnus Harsimran Kaur (second from left) checks in with club president Anusha Agarwal. Each event attendee registered online and checked in upon arriving. Photo by Ilena Peng

Although a few students came for extra credit from various teachers, many came to the event out of genuine interest over hearing Ro Khanna discuss his career in politics, along with his thoughts on issues like the raised minimum wage.

Class of 2012 MVHS alumnus Harsimran Kaur came to the event with her family and although at first she joked that she would rather be sleeping, she later admitted that when she first heard about the event, she was intrigued and had wanted to attend.

 

“It’s a good opportunity for all [MVHS] students to actually listen to some policies that are going on and hear about what actual politicians are doing for the community, [because] he is one of ‘ours’ you know — from Cupertino.”ALUMNUS HARSIMRAN KAUR

Mahmood Hossain, along with his daughter senior Apanuba Mahmood, found the event to be a great opportunity for students to hear an influential figure like Khanna talk. He attended the event because he finds it important for the younger generation to be involved in politics.

“I’ve been always encouraging [Apanuba] to be aware of the social issues, especially the politics,” Hossain said. “Having this kind of exposure is extremely important for her and that’s the reason I wanted her to come.”

He mentions how he hopes that Khanna’s speech would motivate students, particularly those that are or will become 18 before November, to vote in the upcoming election and to take part in their community.

After answering a few questions, Khanna moved on to how students could be involved in his campaign. Afterwards, Khanna stuck around for a few minutes to talk to event attendees.

Ro Khanna

“I’m so excited that so many people are joining our fellowship, getting involved in our campaign,” Khanna said. “Monta Vista has a lot of energy and excitement here and I love Monta Vista students and I hope all of them will get involved in our campaign.”