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Why We Need To Vote for Biden and Harris On The Working Families Party Line – An Op-ed by Jamaal Bowman

Thanks to the Working Families Party, there will be more bold, Black progressive leadership that is unafraid to stand up for New York’s working people in Congress

Congressional Candidate Jamaal Bowman speaking at rally for police reform on steps of Mount Vernon City Hall, Saturday, October 17, 2020 [Black Westchester]

This June, I won a hard fought Congressional primary against the Democratic establishment — and I couldn’t have done it without early support from the Working Families Party. For two decades, the WFP has sent candidates like me to the halls of power. But the Working Families Party’s success in electing progressive leaders has terrified conservatives and billionaires — so now, they’re threatening the WFP’s ballot line. We need the Working Families Party to keep championing candidates like us in New York and nationally — which is why we need New Yorkers to join us and vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the Working Families Party ballot line.

Not too long ago, corporate interests ruled New York politics. The Working Families Party was built to challenge this corporate grip on power — by building a multiracial, multigenerational movement and recruiting working people to run for office. The WFP helped launch the careers of state leaders like Attorney General Letitia James and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. In 2018, a slate of six WFP-backed candidates took down the turncoat Democrats of the IDC, creating the conditions for the historically progressive legislative session of 2019 — delivering massive tenant protections, landmark climate legislation, protections for immigrants and women, and more. 

And the Party’s commitment to a movement-powered New York never stopped at Albany. The WFP went hard to send me to Washington this year because the party knows we need to fight for transformative policies like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal at all levels of government. And the WFP knows we need a multi-racial progressive slate of leaders to deliver this change. From bringing in grassroots supporters to building progressive coalitions behind my campaign to offering critical campaign strategy and expertise, the Working Families Party was essential to my victory. The party understands the strength and possibility of Black leadership in this moment — and that’s why it is so committed to building a multiracial democracy with people of color at the front.

The WFP’s work isn’t just limited to pushing blue districts to the Left — the party also works overtime to build Democrats’ power nationally. Over the course of the last 20 years, votes on the Working Families Party ballot line have delivered the margin of victory for New York Democrats in districts that might have gone red. In 2018 when Anthony Brindisi flipped NY-22 blue, he won the competitive district by 4,473 votes — and he received a crucial 4,651 votes on the WFP line. In 2014, then-Congresswoman Louise Slaughter won her district by a margin of 871 — with a crucial 9,539 votes on the WFP line. From William Owens to Sean Patrick Maloney, Congress members representing New York have been pushed to victory by crucial WFP votes across the state. And without those votes, Democrats would have fewer House seats today. 

Voting WFP doesn’t only protect our ballot line — it also shows the national Democrats that New York demands better than the status quo. We know that voting Trump out alone won’t be enough to save our planet, protect Black people, or grant healthcare to every American who needs it. Our progressive movement needs to be stronger than ever post-November, because that’s when our real work begins: holding the establishment’s feet to the fire. By casting your ballot for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the Working Families Party line, you commit to staying in the fight for the policies that working people deserve.

In just a few short months, I will begin serving my first term in Congress. I’m representing New Yorkers who are all too familiar with underfunded schools, police violence, and unaffordable healthcare— and I’m not afraid to demand the bold changes needed to fix these broken systems. For too long, people like me have been shut out of Albany and Washington. But thanks to the Working Families Party, there will be more bold, Black progressive leadership that is unafraid to stand up for New York’s working people in Congress. And we need to keep growing our movement — so join me and vote for Biden and Harris on the Working Families Party line. 

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1 Comment on Why We Need To Vote for Biden and Harris On The Working Families Party Line – An Op-ed by Jamaal Bowman

  1. What is the Working Party?
    Who is funding it?
    Seems like the Working Party is helping Trump’s efforts to divide and conquer.

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