Congressman Bowman Endorsed By Fellow Educators


On the 59th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, Congressman Jamaal Bowman received endorsements from representatives from the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), leaders of the New York Working Families Party (NYWFP), and Citizen Action New York, in addition to local school parents, students, and activists organizing for stronger public schools.

Zakiyah Shaakir-Ansari, Co-Director of AQE, Bronx parent & Education Advocate Thomas Sheppard, Co-Director of NYWFP Jasmine Gripper, Parent & Greenburgh School Board Trustee Jamaal Thomas, Tanesha Grant & her Daughter-Harlem parent and grandmother, and Jamell Henderson of Citizen Action New York joined Rep. Bowman, Wednesday morning in front of One World Middle School at Edenwald (3750 Baychester Avenue in the Bronx) to show their support and share why they felt he should be re-elected to continue serving the 16th Congressional District.

“As an educator, I’m proud to be endorsed by AQE, and I’m excited to continue working with my fellow educators in fighting for stronger public schools in New York and across the country,” Congressman Bowman shared.

“Congressman Jamaal Bowman stands as a dedicated friend and ally of Alliance for Quality Education, earning our wholehearted endorsement for re-election,” said Alliance for Quality Education. “His unwavering advocacy for stronger public schools mirrors our collective goal to dismantle systemic racism and economic oppression in New York State’s public education system. Our endorsement is a rare expression of confidence, as we’ve backed only two other candidates in our 20+ year history. Congressman Bowman has proven himself to be a true and unwavering education warrior for New York’s public schools. During his tenure as principal at Cornerstone Academy for Social Action, he organized student walkouts and collaborated with AQE to host teach-ins in support of Black Lives Matter at Schools for two consecutive years. He quickly established his position again, during his brief time in Congress. We look forward to playing our role in helping send him back to Congress to continue championing increased funding for NYS’ public schools, supporting our dedicated teaching workforce, and pushing and passing legislation that improves education opportunities from birth to higher education.”

Rep. Bowman and AQE were joined by leaders of the New York Working Families Party and Citizen Action New York at today’s announcement outside One World Middle School at Edenwald.

In just three years in Congress, Rep Bowman has established a record of strengthening public schools and delivering progressive results for NY-16. Rep. Bowman has delivered over $1 billion in new investments for the district in affordable housing, safety, public schools, jobs, and health care. As Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy, Rep. Bowman helped write and pass the CHIPS and Science Act, which includes his legislation on STEM education. Rep. Bowman was also involved in negotiations to successfully pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes tax credits to fund new public school facility upgrades and reduce school district energy bills. 

In addition to AQE, Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s re-election campaign is endorsed by: 

  • Rep. Yvette Clark
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • Congressional Black Caucus PAC
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC
  • State Senator Jamaal Bailey
  • NYC Comptroller Brad Lander
  • NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
  • NYC City Councilmember Kevin Riley
  • Hastings-on-Hudson Mayor Nicola Armacost
  • Mamaroneck Trustee Leilani Yizar-Reid
  • Hastings-on-Hudson Trustee Doug Alligood
  • Mamaroneck Trustee Manny Rawlings
  • New Rochelle City Councilmember Shane Osinloye
  • Former Westchester County Legislator Damon Maher
  • Former Mount Vernon City Councilmember Lisa Copeland 
  • SEIU 1199
  • National Nurses United
  • Working Families Party
  • Justice Democrats
  • Sunrise Movement
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • The Jewish Vote
  • Make the Road NY
  • Citizen Action of NY
  • NY Progressive Action Network
AJ Woodson
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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,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

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