哈姆迪.默罕默德:她将为西雅图港服务的居民带来改变

她是索马里难民的女儿,她毕业于华盛顿大学,并在金县执行长办公室工作15年,曾经担任2020年拜登总统在西雅图地区选举活动的总监。哈姆迪.默罕默德 Hamdi Mohamed 日前正在竞选西雅图港务局专员第三职位,作为第二代难民,她凭借自己的努力,考入了华盛顿大学,进入了金县政府工作。对于参选西雅图港务局专员,她说她的首要任务是发展经济、维护工人权利、保护环境,并确保我们拥有一个安全和欢迎所有人的西雅图港。

西雅图中文电台支持哈姆迪.默罕默德参选西雅图港务局专员第三职位(Chinese Radio Seattle endorses Hamdi Mohamed as the Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 3)

专访西雅图港务局专员第三职位候选人哈姆迪.默罕默德Hamdi Mohamed (2021年10月24日,小元主持,翻译:雪涛)

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小元:亲爱的听众朋友们晚上好,欢迎收听西雅图中文电台美国故事栏目的特别节目。今天我们非常有幸的邀请到西雅图港务局专员的候选人Hamdi Mohamed来参加我们的专访。

Hamdi Mohamed:Thank you for having me。Hi to everyone who is watching。I’m happy to be here with all of you。I am a candidate for the port of Seattle commission position three and excited to be on the program。

(通过翻译雪涛,下同)大家好,观众听众朋友们大家好,很高兴能参加这个节目。我叫海姆迪,我是西雅图港港务局专员的候选人。

小元:我们简单的介绍一下Hamdi,她曾经在金县执行长办公室工作,她也曾经担任拜登我们总统竞选团队在西雅图这个地区的组织的主管。现在她在竞选西雅图港务局专员第三席位,非常高兴的有请到哈姆迪参加我们的节目。

我们首先第一个问题就是我们想请问一下Hamdi为什么会参选西雅图港务局专员这个职位?

(通过翻译雪涛,下同)The first question is why did you decide to run for the port of Seattle commissioner position?

Hamdi Mohamed:Yeah,that’s a great question。I decided to run for the port of Seattle commissioner because I believe the port can lead our state in recovering from the pandemic and that my skills,relationships and expertise can help achieve real results for businesses and Covid ending around the port。

I also decided to run due to the lack of regional representation。So if you look at the ports budget on the largest revenue stream actually comes from SeaTac airport。

是的,这是一个很好的问题。我决定竞选西雅图港专员,因为我相信该港口可以带领我们的州从大流行中恢复过来,而且我的技能、关系网和专业知识可以帮助企业获得真正的益处,结束新冠在西雅图港的传播。

另外由于西雅图港缺乏广泛的地区代表,我也决定参选。如果你看看西雅图港预算,最大的收入流实际上来自 SeaTac 国际机场。

So the last point I was making was the ports largest revenue stream their budget,most of their money comes from SeaTac airport and there has never been a port commissioner who lives in south King County in the areas closest to the airport。And that is a community that I’m part of that is significantly impacted by port operation and so I am also looking forward to being able to bring the voices of south King County to the table。

我刚刚说的最后一点是西雅图港最大的收入来源是 SeaTac 机场,但从来没有一位西雅图港专员住在离机场最近的南金县。这是一个我所在的社区,也是受到西雅图港运营影响最大的社区,所以我也期待能够代表南金县发出自己的声音。

So that kind of sums it up。 It’s the fact that I really think the port can help you recover from the pandemic。I have the skills and relationships to help our port address some of the pressing issues and then to also bring this regional perspective to the tables。

总而言之,我真的认为西雅图港口可以帮助大家从大流行中恢复过来。我有技能和联系来帮助我们的港口解决一些紧迫的问题,然后也将这种南金县的民意带到港务局。

Vote Hamdi

小元:从您的姓氏我们相信您是从穆斯林社区来的,我们很想知道您的父母对您的影响是怎样的。

So we can tell from your last name that you come from the Muslim community。 We are wondering what’s your parents’ impacts on you?

Hamdi Mohamed:Yes,I actually came to the U.S. when I was 3 years old after a civil war broke out in Somalia。And one of my first actually ports of entries was SeaTac airport。 My mom was a SeaTac airport worker。 My father was a truck driver, and I had many siblings who also worked at the airport and my parents sacrificed and did everything that they’ve done for me to be here in the United State, and to be obviously successful, they have a lot of impact on my life and my education。

I’m a graduate from the University of Washington and my mother,my parents really did push me towards education as well。

是的,我实际上是在我3岁那年在索马里爆发内战后来到美国。我的第一个入境口岸就是 SeaTac 机场。我妈妈是 SeaTac 机场的工作人员。我父亲是一名卡车司机 ,我有很多兄弟姐妹也在机场工作,我的父母为我来到美国做出了很大的牺牲,而且他们所做的一切显然取得了成功,他们对我的生活产生了很大的影响, 尤其我的教育。

我是华盛顿大学的毕业生,我的母亲,我的父母也确实督促我读好书,有良好的教育。

Yeah,and I will say also similar to a lot of Chinese parents, immigrant parents who push their children really hard to be successful. My parents experiences and my upbringing really have embedded the values of working communities that are fairly treated and represented。

Well, those experiences drive me today to run for office and have helped me get on this path that I’m on。

是的,和很多中国父母、移民父母一样非常努力地推动孩子取得成功。我父母的经历和我的成长经历确实使公平对待和代表工作社区的价值观深深植入我的心中。

嗯,这些经历促使我今天竞选公职,并帮助我走上了我所走的这条道路。

小元:您能不能跟我们分享一下您在King County 金县执行长办公室工作的经历。

Could you share with us your experience of working at the King County executive office?

Hamdi Mohamed: I have over 15 years of experience working in King County and currently I work for King County executive Dow Constantine as a policy adviser。 I advise on the county’s $12 billion budget,I have led initiatives and invested millions in small businesses impacted by displacement。And most recently during the pandemic,I have been on the county’s Covid response team and have been managing millions of dollars that have went to community organizations and frontline workers。

我在金县有超过 15 年的工作经验,目前我为金县执行长道.康斯坦丁担任政策顾问。我为该县 120 亿美元的预算提供建议,我领导了一些倡议,并为受失业影响的小企业投资了数百万美元。而且 最近在大流行期间,我加入了该县的新冠病毒 Covid 响应小组,并管理着数百万美元的经费,以帮助社区组织和一线工作人员。

And also because I advise on the county, not just their budget but,also internal policies,I implement internal and external policies,sometimes immigration policies。And that also includes development training for over 15,000 county employees。So I also carry that portfolio as well。

因为我为金县提供建议,不仅是他们的预算,还有内部政策,我执行内部和外部政策,比如移民政策。这还包括对15,000 多名金县员工的发展进行培训。所以我也负责这个。

Yeah,what I will say is that my county experience really will help me become a really strong port commissioner,overseeing large budgets,implementing internal and external policy。 Those are all skills that a port commissioner needs and I have those skills and I think that would help me be really successful in the position。

是的,我要说的是,我在县里的经历真的会帮助我成为一个非常强有力的西雅图港专员,监督大量预算,实施内部和外部政策。这些都是一个港口的专员需要的技能,我有这些技能,我认为这些会帮助我在这个职位上真正成功。

小元:您曾经担任拜登总统曾经在我们金县这个地区的竞选的组织的主管,您能不能跟我们分享相关的故事?

 You have been a regional organizing director for President Biden’s presidential election campaign。 Can you share the related stories?

Hamdi Mohamed: So I have been very much a part of the Democrat party and have always worked really hard to ensure that our communities understand the importance of voting and I have run phone banks in multiple languages and have campaigns and went out to the entire communities to let them know the importance of their voice, and I have served on multiple boards and nonprofit organizations。

And that also included as the regional organizing director for president Biden’s campaign。 And during that time,what we were doing is during the 2020 election, we were organizing phone banks, recruiting volunteers,community leader to join our efforts。And so we spent months turning out the vote,organizing phone banks and text banks and virtual events in multiple languages。 And some nights we held phone banks where we were calling over 10,000 people in just 1 hour all across the country to let them know the importance of the Election and to vote for Biden and Harris。 I’m happy to say it was a great turnout and it’s good to know that he is our president today。

我一直是民主党的一员,并且一直非常努力地确保我们的社区了解投票的重要性,我用多种语言的电话催票进行竞选活动,并让整个社区知道他们的声音被听到的重要性,我曾在多个理事会和非营利组织任职。

这还包括担任拜登竞选总统的区域组织总监。 那段时间,我们做的是在 2020 年大选期间,我们在组织电话催票,招募志愿者,邀请社区领袖加入我们的竞选活动。所以我们花了几个月的时间进行投票,组织多种语言的电话、短信催票以及虚拟活动。 有些晚上我们举办电话催票,在短短 1 小时内给全国各地的 10,000 多人打电话,让他​​们知道选举的重要性并投票给拜登和哈里斯。我很高兴地说投票率很高,很高兴知道拜登成为我们今天的总统。

小元:今天我们非常有幸的请到西雅图港务局专员的候选人 Hamdi Mohammed,我们非常高兴有Hamdi参加我们的节目。我的下一个问题就是您对西雅图港务局有什么样的愿景?

 Next question for you is what’s your vision for the port of Seattle?

Hamdi Mohamed: The port is a major economic engine and drive。It is driving force in our community. And so some of my top priorities are economic development, workers rights and protection,environmental justice,and ensuring that we have a safe and welcoming port。So economic development,expanding opportunities for small business, I’d like to establish the first small business recovery task force and increase small business contracting opportunities。

港口是主要的经济引擎和驱动力。它是我们社区发展的驱动力。所以我的首要任务是经济发展、工人权利和保护、环境正义,以及确保我们拥有一个安全和欢迎所有人的港口。首先是经济发展,扩大小企业机会,我想成立第一个小企业恢复工作组,增加小企业获得合同的机会。

 And so workers’ rights and protection under this pandemic are very important, all of our community is really hard。And there are so many folks who are unemployed right now。And this is one of the most important things i’d like to do is establish programs that focus on reentry programs for Covid-19 impacted workers, also investing in specialized schools to prepare our young kids to enter the work force and address some of the labour shortages。And there’s so many job opportunities in the maritime industry at our waterfront and in our airport as well。And a lot of our young kids just do not know about those opportunities。 I serve as an advisor for this new high school called maritime high school。 It’s a specialized high school and it focuses on really exposing young kids to the maritime industry。 That’s an industry that right now is facing huge labor shortages。

第二是在新冠大流行下工人的权利和保护很重要,我们所有的社区都很艰难。现在有很多人失业。所以我想做的最重要的事情之一就是建立一个项目, 专注于帮助受新冠 Covid-19 影响的工人的重返工作计划,并且投资于专门的学校,让我们的孩子为进入劳动力市场做好准备并解决劳动力短缺问题。我们的海滨和我们的海事行业有很多工作机会,机场也是如此。我们很多年幼的孩子只是不知道这些机会。我担任这所名为海事高中的新的高中的顾问。这是一所专门的高中,专注于真正让年幼的孩子接触海事行业。这是一个目前面临巨大劳动力短缺的行业。

For the environment,I strongly support our port being the greenest port in the country and I am committed to expanding the port of Seattle’s efforts to transfer away from fossil fuels to renewable energies while also focusing on creating more jobs and ensuring that those transitions are just and that we’re thinking about workers who work within the fossil fuel industry is going to be top priorities for me and also the port has a huge impact on the environment in the communities around the airport. I’ll just share just quickly research from a big research that the University of Washington found a certain type of pollution in the air in the airport community?

It’s called ultra fine particle pollution and that type of pollution causes things like diabetes,cancer and that type of pollution comes directly from the planes。We have to make sure that we’re protecting our community。 We’re making investments in clean alternative jet fuels。And so those are some of my priorities,for protecting the environment at the port。

第三点是关于环境保护的。对于环境,我强烈支持我们的港口成为全国最环保的港口,我致力于扩大西雅图港的努力,从化石燃料转向可再生能源,同时专注于创造更多就业机会并确保这些转变是公正的。化石燃料行业从业的工人是我们的首要关注对象,同时港口对机场周围社区的环境产生巨大影响。我想快速分享一下华盛顿大学在机场社区的空气中发现某种类型的污染的大型研究的研究结果。

这是一种被称为超细颗粒物污染,这种污染会导致糖尿病、癌症等疾病,而这种污染直接来自飞机。我们必须确保我们正在保护我们的社区。我们正在投资于清洁的替代喷气式飞机的燃料。所以这些是我的一些优先事项,为了保护港口的环境。

In the last area that I want to focus on is ensuring that our port is a safe and welcoming port. That is increasing disability and language access and increasing human trafficking victim detection at all port entries。 The port of Seattle is a hot spot for things like human trafficking。 Washington state is actually because we have an abundance of ports and ensuring language access and that were translating material in multiple languages is important that is some of the ways that we can combat human trafficking and ensuring that if someone is being trafficking that they have the sort of resources that they need and information is in their language to be able to help to protect them。

 The port has this thing called the century agenda,which is like their north star。It’s the ports’ priority and I’d love to include language access there as well,and also being a safe and welcoming port,also means um making our port more accessible to folks who have disabilities,right?That they can move around the port very safe, that our gates are easy to move in and out and that we’re looking at our port from a lens that is ensuring that we are accessible。

And the last point I’ll make is my campaign is one of the only campaigns in the nation with materials in over ten different languages。 And that also included that part of my values is ensuring that all of our communities understand the resources that’s available to them。 I will continue to do that if elected as a commissioner。

最后,我想关注的领域是确保我们的港口成为一个安全的欢迎所有人的港口。便于残疾人和国际旅客使用,增加各种语言的使用,并增加所有港口入口处的人口贩运受害者监测。西雅图港是人口贩运等犯罪活动的高发地。华盛顿州拥有丰富的港口,我们只有确保语言通达并提供多种语言翻译材料,来实现我们打击贩卖人口的目的,并确保如果有人被贩卖,他们拥有所需的他们的语言资源和信息,从而能够帮助保护他们。

西雅图港有一个叫做世纪议程的方案,就像他们的北极星。这是港口的首要任务,我也很想在那里提供语言服务,同时使之成为一个安全和欢迎所有人的港口,也意味着让我们的港口残疾人更容易进入。他们可以非常安全地在港口周围活动,我们的登机口很容易进出,我们从而确保我们的港口是可以进入的。

我要提出的最后一点是我的竞选活动是全国仅有的以十多种不同语言提供材料的竞选活动之一。我的价值观包括确保我们所有的社区都了解他们作为选民可以获得的资源。在我当选为西雅图港的专员后,我将继续这样做。

小元:我想了解一下您提到的要帮助小企移除障碍,那么您认为我们金县当地小企业发展最大的障碍是什么?

 I have a question about the small businesses,so you mentioned that you want to remove the existing barriers for the small businesses。And my question is,what is the largest barrier for small business in Seattle and King County?

Hamdi Mohamed: Yeah,when it comes to the port,when I talk to a lot of our small businesses and business chambers, what they share is they have difficulties being able to get a port contract。And so that is one big barrier for them is understanding how do you get a port contract and so。Some of the things I hope to do is make that readily available,ensuring that materials are accessible to our community。And that as a port commissioner,I am meeting with those small businesses regularly to better understand what are those barriers and issues that they are facing to help address that。

 I think one of the ways that we can do that is by establishing the first ever small business recovery task force at the port, so that task force can be made up of policy leaders,small business owners and other even community members to help us figure out what are the barriers and they can also help us come up with these solutions。

So we can make investments appropriately to help support them。

是的,谈到港口,当我与我们的许多小企业和商会交谈时,他们的共同点是他们很难获得港口合同。所以这对他们来说,一个很大的障碍是了解如何获得港口合同。我希望做的一些事情是使之随时可用,确保我们的社区可以获取(如何申请合同)的材料。作为港口专员,我定期与那些小企业会面,以更好地了解他们面临的障碍和问题是什么,并帮助解决这些问题。

 我认为我们可以做到这一点的方法之一是在港口建立第一个小企业恢复工作组,该工作组可以由政策领袖、小企业主甚至其他社区成员组成,以帮助我们解决问题找出障碍是什么,它们也可以帮助我们提出解决方案。

小元:我的下一个问题是有关新冠病毒大流行疫情的,就是说如果您当选之后,新冠的疫情还没有结束,而且在继续蔓延,你有什么计划啊来对抗这种病毒的蔓延?

My next question is about the pandemic。So if the pandemic continues after you are elected,do you have any plan about how to fight against the pandemic?

Hamdi Mohamed:Yeah。 I don’t think the pandemic is going away anytime as we are living in a sort of new reality。And so I imagine issue connected to the pandemic and Covid-19 will continue and as a reality when I am elected, some of my platform priorities really center around protecting workers,ensuring small businesses have the support that they need, making sure our port a safe and welcoming port。And those are all issues that are still somewhat connected to the pandemic。

 If you look at the unemployment rates right now,they’re really high in certain parts of our region。And some of the folks who have been impacted the most have been workers who are from communities of color。So I am really ensuring that they have the support that they need to recover from this pandemic。And even if it continues that were ensuring that they have the support that they need to continue to be able to be part of the workforce and have job will be a priority for me。 Also as we ensure that our port is safe, that means connecting king county public health and ensuring that we have a health strategy and plan at our port to ensure that people can travel safely, that they can come to our state in a way where they feel protected the issues surrounding the pandemic will,I think continue to exist even if like it when I am elected。

我不认为大流行会很快消失,因为我们生活在一种新常态中。我设想新冠大流行和新冠病毒在我当选之后还会继续存在,我的首要工作将是围绕保护工人,确保小企业获得他们需要的支持,确保我们西雅图港是一个安全温馨的港口。而这些都是与新冠大流行有一定联系的问题。

 如果你看看现在的失业率,我们某些地区的失业率真的很高。一些受影响最大的人是来自有色人种社区的工人。所以我真的需要确保他们获得他们从这场新冠大流行中恢复所需的支持。如果这种情况继续下去,确保他们能继续成为劳动力并保有工作将是我的首要任务。另外我们要确保我们的港口是安全的,这意味着联通金县公共卫生部门并确保我们在港口制定健康战略和计划以确保人们可以安全旅行,人们可以以一种他们认为在大流行期间得到保护的方式来到我们的州。

小元:您跟您的竞选对手之间最大的差别是什么?

 We want to know what’s your biggest difference between you and your opponent。

Hamdi Mohamed: Good question。 I am the only candidate endorsed by all nine king county democratic party organizations。I’m the democrat in this race, too。I have also been endorsed by every environmental organization that has endorsed in the race。 I am endorsed by congressional leaders like congressman Adam Smith, I can count on US congresswoman Pramila Jayapal。 These are all key relation that will help me address some of the most pressing issues。

好问题。我是唯一被九个金县民主党组织背书的候选人。我也是竞选西雅图港第三席位的民主党人。我也被所有的环保组织背书。我得到国会议员亚当.斯密等国会领袖的支持,我还可以指望美国国会女议员普拉米拉.贾亚帕尔。这些都是帮助我解决一些最紧迫问题的关键支持者。

Other key distinctions are voting record。My opponent voted to use taxpayers money to file a legal challenge for the $15 minimum wage。And I proposition one and I was a strong supporter of $15 minimum wage。Also my opponent voted against the Duwamish valley community resource center, which was a workforce development center。 And that vote was January 2021。She was the only four commissioner who voted no to that leasing of the Duwamish valley community resource center。And if I was the port commissioner,I would have voted with the other port commissioners and support of that workforce development。

其他主要区别是投票记录。我的对手投票决定使用纳税人的钱对 15 美元的最低工资的法案提出法律挑战。我提出一个建议,我是15美元最低工资的坚定支持者。我的对手也投票反对 Duwamish 山谷社区资源中心,这是一个劳动力发展中心。那次投票是 2021 年 1 月。她是唯一四位投票反对 Duwamish 山谷社区资源中心租赁的专员之一。如果我是港口专员,我会和其他港口专员一起投票并支持该劳动力发展中心的建立。

小元:如果我们的听众想要支持您,他们应该怎么做?

Next questions, how can our listeners and voters support you and what should they do?

Hamdi Mohamed: Please tell your friends,family,and community about the port race。 Let them know how critical it is that we elect someone who will truly make the port working for all of us and will make the port more accessible and its resources more access to all of our communities and multiple languages。 Please let them know about our race and they can visit my website hamdiforport.com to learn more about my vision as well。

如果您可以支持我,请告诉您的朋友、家人和社区有关西雅图港务局专员竞选的消息。让他们知道我们选择一个真正让西雅图港为我们所有人服务的专员的重要性,他/她能使西雅图港更易于访问,并使其资源更易于向所有人开放,包括我们所有的社区和使用多种语言。请让他们了解我们西雅图港专员的竞选,他们也可以访问我的网站 hamdiforport.com 以了解更多关于我的愿景。
如果他们愿意投票,他们可以登录我的网站hamdiforport.com。

小元:您能说一下为什么金县的选民应该投票选您?

 Could you say a few words about why our voters in King County should vote for you?

Hamdi Mohamed:I have both the professional experience and the living experience to be able to support communities and around the port。 I care deeply about are small businesses, workers’ rights,and ensuring that our ports operations are more accessible to all of our communities。 You need someone like that on the port commission。And so that is what I would tell。The listeners are unique to me and I hope to earn their votes this year。

我有这个职位相关的专业经验和生活经验,我能够支持西雅图港周围社区。我非常关心小企业、工人的权利,并确保我们的港口运营向所有的社区更加地开放。您需要西雅图港务局委员会里有这样的人,我就是这样的人选。听众对我来说是独一无二的,我希望今年能赢得你们的选票。

小元:今天我们非常有幸的请到西雅图港务局第三职位的专员的候选人Hamdi Mohamed哈姆迪姆哈默德来参加我们的节目。在节目的最后您有没有什么特别的话,对我们King County就是金县的华人选民社区说几句话?

Our last question for you is do you have any special words for the Chinese community in the King County?

Hamdi Mohamed: yes, I have gotten a lot of supports from the Chinese community in the Seattle area I am proud to say that Chinese radio Seattle has endorsed our race and that is an honor to me to have that support。 Our Chinese community add tremendous diversity to the local economy,the global economy and the social fabric of our community。 I am looking forward to partnering with our Chinese community at the port of Seattle,some of the top international trading partners include China and I will work hard to continue that partnership and expand opportunities to do more business with China and our Chinese community here local with the port of Seattle, we are the 4th largest cargo port in the country and so really maintaining those partnerships with China and even the diaspora who’s here is important。

And so I’m looking forward to being a partner with you all in the future。

是的,我得到了西雅图地区华人社区的很多支持,我很自豪地说西雅图中文电台支持我们的选举,我很荣幸得到你们的支持。我们的华人社区为当地经济、全球经济和我们社区的社会结构增添了巨大的多样性。我期待与我们西雅图港所在的华人社区,包括中国在内的一些最大的国际贸易伙伴合作,我将努力继续这种伙伴关系,并扩大机会与中国和我们在西雅图港当地的华人社区开展更多业务,西雅图港是美国第四大货运港口,因此真正保持与中国和在这里的华人社区的伙伴关系非常重要。

所以我很期待在未来成为你们的合作伙伴。

小元:代表西雅图中文电台,我们非常荣幸的支持Hamdi Mohamed的参选西雅图港务局第三职位的专员,我们祝你预祝你精选成功。

On behalf of Chinese Radio Seattle, we are honored to endorse you as the Port of Seattle commissioner position 3. I want to say good luck for your campaign。

小元: you have our endorsement。It’s our honor.

我们支持竞选西雅图港务局第三职位专员,这是我们的荣幸。

Hamdi Mohamed:  mine as well。Thank you so much。 Thank you to the listeners。

这也是我的荣幸,感谢您,感谢各位西雅图中文电台的听众朋友。

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