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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

#Reconstruction
agenda

It's time to complete the work of Reconstruction.
1. Reconcile With Our History.
2. Get off Our Necks.
3. Let Us Breathe.

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A NEW DEAL
FOR EDUCATION

We need a New Deal for Public Education to repair the wounds of our history and fulfill the promise of our multiracial democracy.

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A NEW DEAL
FOR HOUSING

I will fight for  policies that will stem the rise in homelessness, keep families in their homes, and put more in working people’s pockets.

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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.

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Medicare for all

Eliminate copays, deductibles and premiums for all Americans.

Vision, dental, mental health, and long-term care.

Expand Social Security.

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Immigrant Rights

Abolish ICE. Take on Trump’s deportation machine.

Fight for DREAMers, humane border policy, and a path to citizenship. Know your rights.

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Women's 
Rights

Pay equity.

Defend Planned Parenthood and women’s health services.

Reproductive justice.

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Combating Antisemitism

Hatred has no place in our communities. We must combat antisemitism and bigotry of all forms. Let's create a flourishing democracy where we all feel safe.

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PROGRESSIVE
FOREIGN
POLICY

Diplomacy and Peace Over War

Reduce Pentagon's War Budget

21st Century Marshall Plan

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STAND WITH
SENIORS

Expand Social Security.

Cut Prescription Drug Prices in Half.

Protect Pensions.

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Fight for families

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

JUSTICE REFORM

End The School-To-Prison Pipeline

Ending Excessive Sentencing and Mandatory Minimums

Legalize and Regulate Marijuana, End the War on Drugs
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GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

We are the only industrialized country in the world where mass shootings occur on a daily basis. America’s gun violence epidemic disproportionately impacts communities of color and inflicts deeper trauma in the lives of people who are already struggling.

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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.

LGBTQ Rights

Fight for federal legislation against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, military, government, and around the world. Oppose religious exemptions that deny services to LGBTQ people.