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KamalaHarris is the author and focus of the book. The Truths We Hold is a book that discusses her political positions in the context of her life and career experiences. She opens and frames her book around the positions of the Trump Administration and attempts to show the ways...

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Kamala Harris is the author and focus of the book. The Truths We Hold is a book that discusses her political positions in the context of her life and career experiences. She opens and frames her book around the positions of the Trump Administration and attempts to show the ways in which her policies and ideas are different and better for America.

Kamala's elementary school class in Berkeley, California was the second in the city to be desegregated with busing. She spent time with her parents at Civil Rights marches as a little girl. Her interest in justice and politics came from these early experiences and were sharpened by her work in the justice system. She uses these stories to show where her beliefs were formed rather than just explaining what they are.

Doug Emhoff is Kamala's husband. They met through a set-up via their friend Chrisette. He was living in Los Angeles at the time and was the managing partner for his law firm. As spouses, they share many of the same political beliefs, and Kamala is able to gauge what kind of day it will be by the sounds he makes as he reads the news in bed. He's clearly both a friend and a support to Kamala.

Amy Resner is a woman that Kamala met when she was an intern in the district attorney's office in Alameda County. 30 years later, they're friends. Her children are Kamala's godchildren. She's one of the friends who work in social justice and law; many of Kamala's friends are in similar fields. This mirrors her parents, who had a circle of friends involved in Civil Rights and justice issues when she was a child.

Shyamala Gopalan is Kamala's mother. She was born in Southern India and moved to the United States to attend graduate school at Berkeley. She's a hard-working person who keeps Kamala and her sister working hard as well. It's obvious that her belief in hard work and human dignity are the basis for many of Kamala's beliefs as well. When she has colon cancer, it creates even more of a reason for Kamala to be concerned about the healthcare system in America and fight for more equal access to all citizens.

Donald Harris is Kamala's father. Though he participated in their lives, their mother took the main responsibility in raising them after the divorce. He met Shyamala while participating in the Civil Rights movement at Berkeley.

Maya is Kamala's sister. In 2008, she worked as the vice president of democracy, rights, and justice at the Ford Foundation. Her life path follows the same trajectory as Kamala's. This makes it even more clear that the influence of their family and environment have a hand in making them who they are as adults.

Rajam Gopalan and P.V. Gopalan are Kamala's grandmother and grandfather. She was a community organizer who worked to help the women in her village. He helped win India's independence and was a senior diplomat in the Indian government. Their background shows that Kamala was brought up in a family where working toward fairness and equality was a normal, accepted thing to do.

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