PRESS + UPDATES
KRISTIN RELEASES STATEMENT ON STABBING AT MONTGOMERY BLAIR HIGH SCHOOL
November 8, 2021
At 10 a.m. this morning, my alma mater, Montgomery Blair High School, went into lockdown after one student was stabbed by another student in the school’s parking lot.
This reflects a policy failure. Read Kristin's statement here.
KRISTIN'S TESTIMONY TO COUNTY COUNCIL ON RENT STABILIZATION BILL 30-21
September 14, 2021: Favorable Testimony
Fewer than half of rent relief applicants have had their applications processed, and thousands of Montgomery County renters are in arrears. The County Council must act now to ensure landlords do not dramatically increase rent and levy late fees when current protections expire.
Read my testimony here.
ACTIVISTS PROTEST SUPREME COURT
ABORTION DECISION IN FRONT OF KAVANAUGH'S HOME
By Dan Schere for Bethesda Magazine
“What they have shown in this moment is that they do not care about constitutionality. They do not care about precedent that has been set and confirmed. They are not here to do the job of the Supreme Court. So, this is a danger to every fundamental right in this country,” Mink said.
KRISTIN RELEASES OPEN LETTER ON MCPS COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Letter to MCPS Acting Superintendent and Board of Education
As the parent of an MCPS kindergartener and a former MCPS teacher, I am concerned that our schools' current COVID-19 protocols fall short of where they need to be to minimize disruption to in-school learning and keep all of our students as safe and healthy as possible.
Read my open letter here.
PROTESTERS SHUT DOWN MATT GAETZ & MARJORIE TAYLOR GREEN'S PRO-JAN. 6TH EVENT
Behind the Scenes with Kristin
On July 27th, I helped shut down a press conference being held by some of the most toxic GOP congressmembers.
After receiving a tip about this event the night before and with the support of my workplace, the Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action, I reached out to local activists and community volunteers. Together, we sprang into action. (Including hiring a live go-go band to roll up on the back of a flatbed truck!) Video and article at link.
STUDENTS FOR MINK LAUNCHES WITH WELL-ATTENDED, STUDENT-LED ORGANIZING MEETING
Behind the Scenes with Kristin
Nearly 30 students attended the first organizing meeting of Students For Mink, the youth wing of this campaign. From social media to Spanish language outreach to canvassing, the kids are already working in teams to get amazing things done for this campaign and our community!
If you know a student who'd like to join the action, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KRISTIN'S TESTIMONY TO THE COUNTY COUNCIL ON THRIVE 2050
June 29, 2021: Favorable Testimony
Thrive Montgomery 2050 is a framework for development in Montgomery County. Development is a key county-level tool in implementing racial justice, climate justice, and economic justice, and as such, this plan is a crucial one. While there are some improvements we should push for, it's important to get this plan passed so we can move forward with the work. Watch video of my live two-minute testimony here. Read my testimony here.
DEATH THREAT TARGETS MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL CANDIDATE AND HER FAMILY
By Cory Smith for NBC Washington
. . . The sender claims to be keeping track of Mink on Facebook and wishes violence upon her children and husband.
We caught up with her at the #WeCantWait march and rally she helped organize, near Capitol Hill this afternoon. She says these are the people who matter, not some anonymous person behind a keyboard.
WOMEN DOMINATE EARLY FIELD OF NEW CANDIDATES FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
By Rebecca Tan for The Washington Post
. . . After the confrontation, Scott Pruitt leaned away from politics, while Mink leaned in. She spoke at more rallies, often with children in tow. In 2020, she left her job as a middle school teacher to work at the Center for Popular Democracy. Now, she's seeking an at-large spot on the council.
“After a while, you’re making those calls to legislators and you’re like, this would be a lot easier if I just had a seat at the table,” said Mink. The child of a Chinese immigrant, she will become the council’s first Asian American member if elected.
KRISTIN MINK ANNOUNCES RUN FOR COUNTY COUNCIL
Posted by Patrick Herron for The MoCo Show
Kristin Mink, a first-generation Chinese American, lifelong Montgomery County resident, and former MCPS teacher, announced today that she is running for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council.
Mink inspired people across the country in 2018 when she saw Trump’s corrupt Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, out at lunch and confronted him. The video of her, with her toddler on her hip, telling Pruitt to “resign before your scandals push you out” made national news, and he resigned three days later.
Now, she’s aiming to bring the same strength and integrity to the County Council.
KRISTIN'S TESTIMONY TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION ON GETTING POLICE OUT OF SCHOOLS
March 4, 2021: SROs Out Of Schools
Police have no place in schools. They have no proven benefits, do significant and well-documented especially to Black and brown students., and eat up funding that should go instead to counselors, restorative justice programs, and more.
Read my testimony, delivered before my campaign launch, here.
2 MILLION PIECES OF PPE AND HUNDREDS OF RIDES TO VACCINE APPOINTMENTS
Behind The Scenes with Kristin
In March 2020, while still teaching middle school (virtually), I co-founded Masks For America, a volunteer-run nonprofit that crowdfunded, sourced, and delivered PPE to frontline workers and high-risk communities. This included personally driving trucks across states at night to make deliveries.
We worked primarily with labor unions and mutual aid groups to get PPE directly into the hands of those who needed it most urgently.
This March, it became clear that transportation was a major barrier for many who wanted to get vaccinated, especially in Montgomery County when we had no mass vax site, and especially for those most at risk.
So I began raising funds to provide free rides to and from vaccination appointments. I partnered with a local, Black-owned transportation company called Next Destination Transportation.
A church was defaced with ‘Trump Nation, Whites Only.’ The community had a different message.
By Colby Itkowitz for The Washington Post
. . . On Nov. 14, Mink learned that a church in Silver Spring, the town where she was born and raised, had been the target of a hate crime. Outside the church, on the back of a banner in Spanish, was scrawled the message: “Trump Nation. Whites Only.”
Two days later, when Rev. Harvey was leaving for the night, he noticed a new banner had materialized: “Silver Spring Loves and Welcomes Immigrants!” Harvey calls it their miracle banner. Later, he found out that Mink had mobilized her network, and within a day they’d collected the funds to rush-order the new banner.