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Jamaal Bowman is a Democrat running for Congress to fight for an America where all of us have what we need to thrive.

Jamaal is a middle school principal and has been a teacher and public school advocate for twenty years. He has seen firsthand how low-income families are being locked out of opportunity by a system that’s rigged for the wealthy and privileged few.

Jamaal was born and raised in New York City and spent his early years in public housing and later in rent-controlled apartments. He didn’t have much growing up but his mother provided him all that he needed: love, a stable family, and a sense of community.

Jamaal now lives in Yonkers with his wife and three kids. His approach to being a teacher and principal at a Bronx middle school has been grounded in service, love, and empowering each person to transform our communities. Over the past ten years, he has led community organizing efforts against standardized testing, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the corporate-driven privatization and chronic underfunding of our public schools.

Together, we are fighting for leadership that represents and serves the communities of the Bronx and Westchester.

The current representative of the district, Eliot Engel, has been in Congress for thirty years. During that time, he has voted for the war in Iraq, deregulating Wall Street, and building more prisons at a time we needed resources in the community for our children and families.

Over the past thirty years, our communities have seen the cost of housing, health care, child care, and education skyrocket, while wages are stagnating for most working families and the rich keep getting richer. It’s time for a Democrat who will fight for schools and education, not bombs and incarceration.

Less than 1% of Eliot Engel's donations in 2018 came from small-dollar donors. While Eliot Engel takes thousands of dollars from large corporate PACs, Jamaal isn’t taking a dime of corporate PAC or lobbyist money.

Jamaal is fighting for an America that finally belongs to all of us -- not the wealthy few.

Help send Jamaal to Congress to represent NY-16

A Champion for Children

Invest in children, families, and community schools. Close the opportunity gap. End annual high-stakes testing. Free public college and trade school. Cancel student debt.

Restorative Justice

Legalize marijuana. End cash bail, solitary confinement and excessive sentencing. Hold police to the highest standards. End the school-to-prison pipeline.

Housing as a human right

Dramatically decrease rent burdens. Equitable zoning. Upgrade public housing. End homelessness.

Green New deal

Green jobs in all of our communities. Repair and upgrade our infrastructure. Move toward 100% clean energy. Federal jobs guarantee. Support unions. Fight asthma caused by pollution.

Medicare for all

Eliminate copays, deductibles and premiums for all Americans. Vision, dental, mental health, and long-term care. Expand Social Security.


Fight for families

Universal child care: day care should be a free extension of public school system. Advocate for peace and diplomacy. Provide for our veterans. Dramatically increase maternity, family, and sick leave. Expand Social Security.

Immigrant Rights

Abolish ICE. Take on Trump’s deportation machine. Fight for DREAMers, humane border policy, and a path to citizenship.  
Know your rights.

Women's 
Rights

Pay equity. Defend Planned Parenthood and women’s health services. Reproductive justice.

Fight inequality

Make the wealthy on Wall Street pay their fair share. Support small businesses. Repeal Citizens United. Reject donations from corporate PACs and lobbyists.
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