Is a future darling of the progressive movement about to move from the principal's office to Capitol Hill? Jamaal Bowman hopes so. The veteran principal of a New York City public school recently left the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School to run full-time against Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., in the Democratic primary.
The majority of American children have been traumatized by the American political and economic system. And if you’re black, brown, or poor, the trauma is more pronounced.
Progressive candidates challenging Democratic members of Congress in primaries are increasingly making foreign policy a central theme of their campaigns in the wake of President Donald Trump’s killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
The grassroots group that backed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's run for Congress is trying to send another local candidate to Washington, D.C. in New York's 16th District. Jamaal Bowman is always thinking outside the box. He wants universal health care and free public college. He's so focused on defeating Rep. Eliot Engel that he recently resigned as a school principal to campaign full-time.
On January 19, Jamaal joined the People Before Politics Show to discuss Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how he has been an inspiration to Jamaal, how Rep. Engel has "neglected and underserved" NY-16 by voting against the district and accepting controversial sources of funding, Jamaal's thoughts on criminal justice reform, his New Deal for Education and funding for Title I schools, the Green New Deal, and the Bronx hip-hop community and culture.
In this interview with the 950 Lounge, we hear from Jamaal why he chose to run for Congress versus other elected office, his love for hip-hop music and how it has guided him as an educator and as a Black man in America, the importance of having working-class people get involved in politics, the impact of concentrated poverty, and why he can be the change NY-16 needs.
In a crowded primary field, Jamaal is setting himself apart with high fundraising numbers and genuine progressive views that call into question Rep. Engel's positions on core issues such as immigration, war, and the economy, particularly during a post-AOC period in political campaigns.
Though a Federal Elections Commission (FEC) rule states that candidates can use their campaign funds to pay themselves a salary, candidates, particularly working-class candidates, can't leverage the rule until two months before their primary election. We learn a bit about Jamaal's work campaigning while having a full-time job, the financial challenges a working-class candidate like Jamaal faces when running for public office, and why he launched his campaign for Congress.
In this episode, amusements and managing editor Lyta Gold sits down with Jamaal Bowman, the founding principal of one of New York City's most successful public middle schools, and who is now running for Congress in New York's 16th district.
IN MAY 2018, Ivanka Trump celebrated the U.S. embassy opening in Jerusalem against the backdrop of Israeli troops gunning down 60 Palestinians in Gaza.In some quarters of the Democratic Party, the killings were sharply condemned. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., called the shootings a “horrific slaughter” and added, “We are witnessing the use of unabated brutality and force against civilians to stifle civil unrest.”
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Meet the next round of young upstarts taking on Congress from the left. Do you know how hard it is to get six congressional candidates in a room together on one week’s notice? Honestly, it was pretty easy. We suggested a Wednesday afternoon for a photo shoot, and they all made it work, within hours of the request. To say this would have been difficult with sitting members of Congress is an understatement. You’d have to tell them there’s 60% off at Brooks Brothers – or at least promise that it would be aired on CNN.
One of the main pillars of middle school principal Jamaal Bowman's congressional campaign is his call for "restorative justice" — sinking money into communities, rather than turning to incarceration. Bowman, a Justice Democrat, has called to repeal the 1994 Crime Bill, a piece of legislation backed by his opponent, 16-term Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel, because he says the 25-year-old bill has unfairly discriminated against people of color, resulting in the rise of mass incarceration in the United States. For Bowman, there are better methods to clean up his community.
WBAI 99.5 FM Driving Forces Host Jeff Simmons interviews Jamaal Bowman, who is running against Congressman Eliot Engel in NY's 16th Congressional District, and Boris Santos, who is challenging New York State Assemblymember Erik Dilan in the 54th Assembly District in Brooklyn.
Three progressive challengers to establishment House Democrats won endorsements for their 2020 campaigns from climate action group 350 Action on Tuesday. The U.S. political action arm of the international advocacy groupcalled candidates Jamaal Bowman of New York's 16th district, Jessica Cisneros of Texas's 28th district, and Alex Morse of Massachusetts's 1st district "progressive climate champions, promising the climate leadership required to address the crisis and take us into the climate decade."
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A Bronx educator got a big endorsement for his challenge to longtime Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel on Sunday. Zephyr Teachout, the liberal law prof who gave Gov. Cuomo a run for his money in 2014, announced her support of Jamaal Bowman, seeking to channel Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who shocked the Bronx and Queens establishment by beating Joe Crowley in 2018.
Jamaal Bowman is challenging powerful incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel in the Democratic primary for New York’s 16th Congressional District in 2020. The district, which covers the northern Bronx and the southern half of Westchester County, has been represented by Engel since 2013. Bowman, a former Bronx middle school principal, has the backing of the Justice Democrats, a progressive political action committee who previously recruited Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. He has also earned the support of actress and former gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon.
SIX IN 10 registered Democrats in New York’s 16th Congressional District aren’t sure who they’ll vote for in the June 2020 primary — despite longtime incumbent House Foreign Affairs Chair Eliot Engel’s place on the ballot — according to a new poll from Data for Progress. The burgeoning uncertainty over Engel’s reelection is just the latest example of an upending of politics as usual in the Democratic Party.
Engel below 30%; challenger Jamaal Bowman surging with eight months to go. A new poll from Data for Progress shows six-in-ten registered Democrats in New York’s 16th District are undecided on who to vote for in the 2020 Democratic primaries for Congress. When registered Democrats were asked who they would vote for if the primary were held today, 60% of respondents said they weren’t sure, 29% said Engel, and 10% were for Bowman. The poll also showed Andom Ghebreghiogis at 1%. Respondents who said they were “definitely not” going to vote in the upcoming congressional primary were excluded.
Conservative Democrat Eliot Engel’s grip on New York’s 16th congressional district appears to be slipping. We talk to Justice Democrats–endorsed contender Jamaal Bowman about the need to break with establishment politics.
Challengers to several members of New York City's congressional delegation have brought in substantial fundraising hauls, according to records filed this week with the Federal Election Commission. Prominent Democratic incumbents including Reps. Eliot Engel, Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney and Yvette Clarke have all drawn challengers running as insurgents, seeking to repeat the upset that propelled Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to victory over former Rep. Joe Crowley last year.
Candidates report major success in Q3 fundraising haul from small-dollar donors. Building on the success of the 2018 upsets by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, Justice Democrats primary challengers have recently published third-quarter fundraising numbers and are reporting success. All candidates have outraised Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s first-year total fundraising effort, which amounted to only $60,000 in all of 2017.