The Bronx and Westchester are at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis and we need a leader who's in touch with the pain of our communities right now.
Jamaal Bowman is an award-winning Bronx middle school principal living in Yonkers. He was raised in public housing in New York City and has been an educator in public schools for the past twenty years. As principal, Bowman created health clinics, afterschool programs to keep kids safe from gun violence, and helped low-income students get to some of the best colleges in the country. Bowman has already delivered results for thousands of families in our district and now he wants to make sure every child in the district has the same opportunities he did.
This crisis is hitting our families hard. Nearly 40 percent of Black and Latino Americans have already missed a rent or utility bill due to the pandemic. That’s why Jamaal Bowman is fighting to:
* Keep workers on payroll by providing grants to businesses
* Expand Medicare to cover all coronavirus care and protect health care workers
* Suspend rent and mortgage payments
* Provide emergency monthly cash assistance of $2,000 for every American
No one knows when this pandemic will end, but we can decide what this country will look like when it’s over and when we defeat Trump. We’re doing everything we can to protect our communities in this crisis. We deserve a representative who will do the same.
New York Nurses Union Endorses Progressive House Challenger. Huffington Post. May 19, 2020.
“Its reference to Bowman’s participation in a protest outside a hospital highlights a key distinction between Bowman and Engel. Bowman was able to join the demonstration because he has remained in the district, which includes parts of the Bronx and Westchester County, throughout the pandemic. Engel has stayed in his family’s home in Potomac, Maryland, a ritzy suburb of Washington, D.C.”
Working Families Party, Jumaane Williams endorse Jamaal Bowman’s challenge to Rep. Eliot Engel. New York Daily News, February 11, 2020.
“Jamaal is ready to go to Washington to advocate for public education, racial justice, the end of mass incarceration and a Green New Deal,” Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said in a statement. “Unlike too many Democrats in Congress, Jamaal won’t just say he supports the right solutions – he’ll be a leader in fighting to get them passed.”
Bronx Principal to Challenge Eliot Engel, Powerful House Democrat, From the Left. New York Times. June 18, 2019,
“Jamaal Bowman, a middle school principal from the Bronx, said Tuesday that he would take on Representative Eliot L. Engel, the 16-term New York Democrat who leads the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joining a rapidly multiplying slate of liberal primary challengers to powerful incumbents in 2020.”