Bernie Sanders Endorses School Teacher Jamaal Bowman for NY-16 Primary

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[Jamaal Bowman\Senator Bernie Sanders]
Senator Bernie Sanders: “Jamaal understands that low-income families are locked out of opportunity...In Congress, he will lead the fight for investing in our public schools, ending mass incarceration, and addressing the housing crisis."
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Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed Jamaal Bowman in the NY-16 Democratic primary, throwing his support behind the surging progressive challenger in the upcoming election on June 23rd.

One of the biggest endorsements in Democratic politics, Senator Sanders’ support is the latest sign that the momentum in this race is with Jamaal Bowman.

“Jamaal Bowman is a public school teacher and principal in the Bronx who is running for the U.S. House in New York's 16th District to unseat a 16-term incumbent Democrat,” said Senator Bernie Sanders. “Jamaal understands that low-income families are locked out of opportunity and a decent life due to a system that is rigged to benefit the wealthy. In Congress he will lead the fight for investing in our public schools, ending mass incarceration, and addressing the housing crisis. He is someone we can trust to be a powerful advocate for a progressive agenda in Congress.”

“I am deeply honored to have the endorsement of Senator Sanders, someone who has been fighting for civil rights, racial and economic justice and on behalf of working people for his entire life,” said Jamaal Bowman. “Bernie is not just a leader of our party, but the leader of a movement. He led the way for the kind of campaign we’re running here in NY-16 – one fueled by small-dollar, grassroots donors, not corporate and lobbyist money. This is such a validation of the hard work of our grassroots campaign.”

In the last week, Jamaal Bowman has also been endorsed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, and New York City Councilman Brad Lander. In addition, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Our Revolution, and Citizen Action also recently announced their support for Jamaal.

About Jamaal Bowman

Jamaal Bowman has been an educator and advocate for public schools for over 20 years and most recently served as principal for the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action (CASA), a public middle school he founded in 2009 in the Baychester neighborhood of The Bronx. Dr. Bowman is running for New York’s 16th Congressional District and is rejecting all corporate PAC and lobbyist contributions. He is a life-long New Yorker who now lives in Yonkers with his wife and their three kids.

Jamaal Bowman has been endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Justice Democrats, the Working Families Party, Democracy for America, the Sunrise Movement, New York State Senator Robert Jackson, New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, New York City Council Member Brad Lander, Zephyr Teachout, Diane Ravitch, Cynthia Nixon, Tiffany Cabán, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, New York Communities for Change, Make the Road Action, Community Voices Heard Power, Brand New Congress, New York Progressive Action Network, Somia El-Rowmein, Dr. Rosa Rivera-McCutchen, Jennifer Scarlott, Terry Gipson, Center for Popular Democracy Action, Blue America PAC, Badass Teachers Association, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, RootsAction, NYC Kids Pac, 350 Action PAC, The Jewish Vote, the Yemeni American Association, Women for Justice, Indivisible Nation Brooklyn (INBK), Council of School Administrators (CSA), and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators.

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