Sumangala ('Sumi') Kailasapathy Oral History Interview
Sumangala ('Sumi') Kailasapathy is a public accountant and former City Council Member representing District 1 of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sumi has a history of political activism that dates back to her upbringing in Jaffna.
CNN Coverage of City Council Member Sumi Kailasapathy
CNN profile of Ann Arbor City Council Members in article titled "Take a knee protests go from the sidelines to City Council chambers", including Sumi Kailasapathy, taking a knee during National Anthem in support of NFL protests against police brutality. Sumi Kailasapathy represented the 1st Ward on the City Council of Ann Arbor.
Sumi Kailasapathy Interview with Boston Lanka
In this interview, Sumi Kailasapathy explains how and why her campaign messaging for City Council Member of Ann Arbor draws from her experience living through the armed violence in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. She speaks on how these experiences are what drives her politics, particularly in advocating on behalf of historically marginalized communities.
Sumi Kailasapathy Campaign Sign
Sumi Kailasapathy served on the City Council of Ann Arbor. The story behind her decision to run, her tenure in City Council, and how her politics were inspired by her time enduring armed violence in Jaffna, Sri Lanka were detailed in her interview for the Archival Creators Fellowship project on Ilankai Tamil Feminism.