A Message from Geena

Dear friends and neighbors,

My name is Geena Pham. I’m a public school teacher and an advocate for environmental and racial
justice. I’m running to be your State Senator and, if elected, I would become the first Asian American
ever to serve in the RI General Assembly. I’m running for office because my students, like everyone,
deserve a safe and dignified future.

I never imagined that I would one day run for State Senate. I grew up in public housing, and I was the
first person in my family to graduate college. My mother is a refugee who worked seven days a week to
ensure that my brother and I had food on the table and a high-quality education. Through her, I learned
the value of hard work, integrity, and humility.

Growing up in Arlington, Massachusetts, I came to understand the importance of living in a community
that prioritizes high-quality education, but not all children are given the same opportunities that I was.
I’ve worked in over half a dozen schools with widely varying socioeconomic statuses. I’ve seen firsthand
how economic and racial disparities between school districts impact my students. When teaching at
wealthier schools, I was able to order supplies and books for my students without question or
hesitation. I was able to refer students to guidance counselors, after school programs, college
preparation courses, and mental health services. I’ve also worked in schools where the money for books
and supplies doesn’t exist unless it comes from my own pocket and where students struggle alone
against racial discrimination, pollution, and housing insecurity.

Every person deserves a safe and fulfilling life, but each day, I watch my students grapple with the
uncertainty and danger in their future. I see their bodies freeze with anxiety when we discuss climate
change, environmental destruction, and sea level rise. I notice the fear in their eyes when they ask me
why the people in charge are allowing this to happen. It’s a question I’ve asked myself time and time
again. Why aren’t our politicians acting faster and more boldly to address the climate crisis?
As a teacher, my job is to ensure that my students have the tools they need to thrive. But my students
are not given the resources they need to succeed. I’m running for State Senate because I refuse to
abandon my commitment to their future. I’m going to the General Assembly to advocate for them.

As your State Senator, I will work to strengthen our public school system, invest in affordable housing,
and ensure that all Rhode Island residents have clean air, clean water, and clean energy. I will champion
racial equality and uplift historically marginalized communities. I will work tirelessly to protect
reproductive freedom and eliminate gun violence.

Between now and the election on October 5th, I hope to meet you and hear about the issues and values
that are important to you. I plan to knock doors after school every day from now until Election Day, and I
sincerely hope that you and I have a chance to connect in person. Please feel free to visit my website
phamforri.com or email me at phamforri@gmail.com to learn more about me and my vision for our
state.

I’m excited to get to know you!
Geena Pham