Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee:
The NY Times just endorsed a crew of diverse young progressives in NY who can shake up Congress!
School principal Jamaal Bowman against 31-year incumbent Eliot Engel (NY-16). NY Times:
Engel…was criticized for not returning home even as the coronavirus raged through communities he represents, particularly New Rochelle. When he did return for this race, he was caught on a hot mic pushing for a chance to speak during a protest rally, saying, “If I didn’t have a primary, I wouldn’t care.”
His main challenger is Jamaal Bowman, an educator for more than 20 years and a fierce advocate for public schools. Mr. Bowman helped found a public middle school in the Bronx [and] says he wants to see the United States adopt a kind of Marshall Plan for climate change, jobs, housing and education. [Jamaal has HUGE momentum. Donate here!]
Obama administration official Mondaire Jones to fill a seat open for the first time in 3 decades (NY-17). NY Times:
For Mr. Jones, policy is personal. The child of a single mother who relied on food stamps and lived in Section 8 housing, he eventually graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School, and he supports universal child care and tuition-free college. Mr. Jones is a candidate who can finally bring representation to every part of this diverse district, which spans Rockland and Westchester Counties, and includes great wealth as well as pockets of deep poverty. [Mondaire passionately supports a Green New Deal and Medicare For All. Donate here!]
Another open seat with multiple progressives and one truly horrible Dem who might win. (NY-15) NY Times:
Voters have a choice between Ritchie Torres, an unusually effective member of the New York City Council, and the Rev. Rubén Díaz Sr., a candidate opposed to equal rights for women and gay people, who doesn’t belong in today’s Democratic Party. Though the race is filled with other impressive candidates who would very likely make excellent members of Congress, Mr. Torres appears the best positioned to beat Mr. Díaz, an urgent task. [Torres grew up in public housing and had made affordable housing a central issue. He's a young Afro-Latino gay progressive man. Donate here!]
On June 23, New York can continue to shake up national politics…with your help.
Thanks for being a bold progressive.
— PCCC Elections Team