Bhojwani Sayu- US Sindhi- New American Leaders Project.

Responding to the passage of anti-immigrant legislation in several states, the nonpartisan Candidate School was developed by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the New York-based New American Leaders Project as a way to increase immigrant representation.

Organizers say the project is the first in the nation focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership.

“This is contributing to a new phase of American democracy that can be both more representative of, and responsive to, the nation’s demographics,” she said.

Upcoming Candidate Schools are being planned in Michigan, Arizona and California.

At the school in Chicago, at the DePaul University Conference Center, political hopefuls gathered for a two-day session that included workshops on writing and delivering a stump speech, campaigning and combating racism.

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