Mr. Bowman beat Representative Eliot Engel, a 16-term incumbent, in a race that pitted the Democratic Party’s progressive wing against the establishment. After a little-known candidate named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned a powerful Queens congressman in a 2018 primary, Democratic Party leaders were determined to never be surprised the same way again, vowing to protect incumbents and clashing with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and other upstarts for pushing for more progressive candidates. On Friday, it became clear that those efforts had failed, as another unlikely challenger, Jamaal Bowman, shocked the Democratic establishment by defeating Representative Eliot L. Engel, overcoming the attempts of old-guard party elite like Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to save a 16-term incumbent.
Jamaal Bowman es la nueva voz de la izquierda demócrata, socialista e insurgente en Estados Unidos tras imponerse en las primarias de su partido en Nueva York sobre el veterano congresista Eliot Engel.
Jamaal Bowman, a 44-year-old middle school principal who had never run for office, is the prohibitive favorite in the race against Rep. Eliot L. Engel, a 31-year congressman who is chairman of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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Jamaal Bowman, Democratic candidate for Congress from New York's 16th district (parts of The Bronx and Westchester), talks about his run for Congress and the issues that matter to voters in his district, now that the AP has declared him the victor in the primary contest.
When it comes to beating an incumbent member of Congress in a primary, many have tried and many have failed. But Jamaal Bowman is an exception. In his first campaign for office this year, the principal at a middle school in the Eastchester section of the Bronx knocked off veteran Rep. Eliot Engel. With a progressive platform and the backing of several left-wing groups, the 44-year-old political novice pulled off the biggest upset in New York since a certain bartender in the Bronx beat then-Rep. Joe Crowley. Bowman lives in Yonkers in the heart of a diverse district that includes parts of the North Bronx and southern Westchester.
Longtime Representative Barbara Lee has been a force on Capitol Hill for decades, first as a staffer and now as a member of Congress representing California’s Bay Area. Lee, who’s now in her 12th term, is one of the body’s most outspoken progressive lawmakers. Bowman is a New York educator and the Democratic nominee for New York's 16th congressional district. The former principal of a Bronx middle school, Bowman is the latest young progressive to challenge the Democratic Party establishment.
Last week (October 28th), we asked RZA, hip-hop icon, to interview Congressional hopeful (and Wu-Tang superfan) Jamaal Bowman. The resulting FRONTPAGE feature is a riveting discourse on how we save America. We're resharing today because we want to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Jamaal, who is now officially the Democratic Representative for New York's 16th congressional district!!
It hasn’t fully sunk in, but Jamaal Bowman’s victory in the 2020 primaries election set in motion a chain of events he couldn’t have imagined. “I’m feeling really good about what I’m hearing and what I’m seeing,” Bowman told AL DÍA, a mere five days before Election Day, which will determine whether he will be the next congressman to represent New York’s 16th Congressional District.
Candidate for New York's 16th congressional district in the 2020 election, Jamaal Bowman sat down w/ Ebro in the Morning to discuss early voting, mail-in voting so far, whether Trickle Down Economics actually works, plans to defund the police, whether there are plans to add justices to the Supreme Court, and more.
Maria and Julio are joined by Jamaal Bowman, 2020 Democratic nominee for Congress in New York’s 16th District. They unpack Bowman’s path to running for Congress, and discuss how the Black Lives Matter movement fueled his victory. They also talk about the role of progressivism in the Democratic Party and how Democrats are engaging with voters.
With so much happening in the country right now, it can be easy for our politicians and the media to overlook the fact that violence is exploding in our streets. But I would argue that we cannot separate what’s happening—a pandemic that has killed more than 175,000 Americans, continued brutality and murder with impunity by police officers, and the second worst economic collapse since the Great Depression—from this increase in violence.
Since the pandemic began, vital programs that enable children to receive free meals, such as the National School Lunch Program, haven’t been reaching the families in need of support.
Rabbi Weiss, I hope this finds you in good health and in good spirits. Thank you for writing your letter. It was very informative, and will help me to be the best representative I can be for everyone in our district, if I am fortunate enough to win.
I am grateful for you sharing your feelings and perspective. As a black man living in America, there is nothing I value more than people struggling for the rights enshrined in their democracy in solidarity with other peoples. My experiences in this country shape my values and guide my thinking on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as the rising tide of anti-Semitism in America.
Public educator Jamaal Bowman wants to win the congressional seat of hawkish 30-year incumbent Eliot Engel. Justice Democrats, the group that helped elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are with him.
In Congress, Jamaal Bowman, a middle school principal, is seeking to unseat Rep. Eliot Engel (D), a foreign policy hawk who has represented parts of the Bronx and Westchester County since 1989. 
Jamaal Bowman, a longtime principal in the east Bronx and a challenger for U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel in his congressional seat, rallied with health care workers at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers demanding better protection as the state works to “flatten the curve,” that is, slowing the infection rate, as to not overwhelm hospitals any more than they already are.
“That’s what our nurses are doing,” Bowman said. “They are on the front lines. They’re not protected. They’re getting sick. They’re putting their families in harm’s way. That’s what I’ve been hearing from doctors and nurses across the district.”
The scene was not entirely out of the ordinary during the current public health crisis. What made it unique is that the educator was Jamaal Bowman, who is seeking to unseat Rep. Eliot Engel (D) in New York’s congressional primary election on June 23. Engel has represented parts of the Bronx and Westchester County since 1989. Bowman is spending long days on the phone with potential donors and prospective voters, hosting video chats to keep the public engaged, and trying to help stranded residents get the help they need. All the while, he and his wife, confined to their home in Yonkers, just outside New York City, find the time to home-school their two young children.
“Campaigning, formally and informally, is nonstop,” Bowman told HuffPost. “This is the home stretch, and we’re trying to do everything in our power to connect with as many voters as possible.”
A few miles up the road, in the 16th District, Jamaal Bowman, a public school principal from Yonkers who is challenging Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel in the primary, was going for a walk with his kids, multitasking his campaign work with child care. In-person campaigning had shut down early for him too; the state put another city in the district, New Rochelle, on lockdown a few days earlier. He knew the writing was on the wall when he’d try to talk to voters. “I was going up to people and they weren’t really comfortable talking,” he said. That night, he was logging in to a chat session on Zoom with a dozen or so members of the Sunrise Movement, the youth-driven climate action group.
The group — which was instrumental to pushing the concept Green New Deal into the political mainstream and helped Bernie Sanders consolidate the left behind him in the presidential race — told POLITICO on Wednesday it is endorsing Holyoke, Mass., Mayor Alex Morse, who is running against Rep. Richard Neal, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, along with Jamaal Bowman, a Bronx middle-school principal who is taking on Rep. Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Both challengers also backed by Justice Democrats, the group that launched now-Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign against another powerful Democratic congressman, Joe Crowley, in 2018.
Luke Hayes, a former Obama operative now helming the congressional campaign of Jamaal Bowman, a progressive trying to unseat Eliot Engel in New York, is also navigating the coronavirus crisis in real time. Engel’s district includes the city of New Rochelle, which has emerged as ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak. Phone banking—allowing volunteers to call and text voters remotely—has become a priority.
“We are training our canvassing volunteers on phone banking and texting as ways to engage with voters,” Hayes said. “This has certainly presented an unanticipated challenge to organizing. It is forcing us to think creatively about how we can continue to organize, even if we can’t do it in person as much as we’d like to.”
Jamaal Bowman, a congressional candidate who is challenging Rep. Eliot Engel and a former principal at Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School in the Bronx, said the city has been “a month too late on this, maybe more” in adequately responding to the coronavirus.
“It’s about closing a school in terms of the traditional schedule and maybe moving to a summer school schedule or something like it where we can still provide services to those who are most vulnerable,” Bowman said. “It’s about a holistic approach to providing child care and health care and food to those who need it most.”
As a working-class black male educator, I experienced the horrors and the trauma of how his police department treated people like me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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