Special Edition of Black Westchester Power Hour – Influence of AIPAC & Attempted Crucifixion of Congressman Jamaal Bowman

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Welcome to a special edition of People Before Politics Radio’s Black Westchester Power Hour with Damon K. Jones and AJ Woodson talking about the CD-16 Congressional Showdown between Congressman Jamaal Bowman and challenger County Executive George Latimer and the influence of dark money from AIPAC to remove Bowman and other members of ‘The Squad.’

Black Westchester Magazine and the People Before Politics show have highlighted the negative impacts of Political Action Committees (PACs) on Black communities:

1. **Influence of Special Interests**: Some PACs receive funding from corporate interests or wealthy donors whose priorities do not align with the needs of Black communities. This can lead to policies and candidates that do not effectively serve the best interests of Black constituents.

2. **Polarization**: PACs often contribute to the polarization of American politics. They may finance attack ads and negative campaigning, which can further divide communities along racial and partisan lines.

3. **Distortion of Priorities**: In certain cases, PACs may redirect attention and resources away from issues that are crucial to Black communities, prioritizing the interests of their donors or other political objectives.

4. **Excessive Spending**: The influence of money in politics, often facilitated by PACs, can overshadow the voices of ordinary citizens, including Black communities, who may lack the same financial resources needed to engage effectively in the political process.

AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief and co-owner of Black Westchester, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Rap Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for discussing this topic!! AIPAC is the only PAC whose sole purpose is protecting a foreign government.

  2. While I don’t think AIPAC is the only PAC lobbying for a “foreign government,” their name says it all. As registered lobbyists they lobby for what is their interest — support for Israel. Their money and free lunches are not arm twisters. . . All lobbyists do the same – it’s what they do. Are there no PACS that promote the interests that would serve the Black community? How about the National Black Professional Lobbyists Association (NBPLA)? In 2022, NAACP leaders Hilary Shelton, Portia Reddick White, and Patrice Willoughby were named among the country’s top lobbyists. All lobbyists and lobby organizations have special interests – if you feel they have undue influence, support a lobbying group that reflects what you think is important and write/petition/use your voice!

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