Among the guests at President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address Tuesday night will be an activist for DACA immigrants, rocker Bono, and the young man who disarmed a dance hall bomber in Monterey Park, Calif. Here is a partial list of guests at the speech.
-Bono, lead singer of the Irish rock group U2, for his activism in the fight against AIDS and other global health campaigns.
-Oksana Markarova, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States. She was invited to last year’s presidential address shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and she will return this year.
-Deanna Branch, of Milwaukee, whose son was diagnosed with lead in his blood from contaminated water in the home. The Biden administration seeks to replace all of the country’s lead pipes in the next decade.
-Mitzi Colin Lopez of West Chester, Pennsylvania, an advocate for people who came to the United States as children without immigration documents and who have benefited from the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
-Doug Griffin of Newton, New Hampshire, who lost a daughter to a fentanyl overdose. The Biden government seeks to boost efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in the country.
-Brandon Tsay of San Marino, California, who disarmed the man responsible for the shooting deaths of 11 people in Monterey Park, California, in January.
-RowVaughn and Rodney Wells, the mother and stepfather of Tire Nichols, who died last month due to a beating by police officers in Memphis.
-Amanda Zurawski of Austin, Texas, who developed sepsis and nearly died due to delayed medical care at 18 weeks pregnant due to Texas’ strict abortion ban.
-Maurice and Kandice Barron of New York, whose 3-year-old son survived a rare version of pediatric cancer. Biden seeks to attract attention to his initiative to find a cure for cancer.
-Lynette Bonar of Tuba City, Arizona, a medical company executive looking to build the first cancer center on a Native American reservation.
-Kristin Christensen and Avarie Kollmar of Seattle, mother and daughter who have shared their story of caring for their husband and father, a Marine veteran wounded in the line of duty.
Source: El Nuevo Herald