2020-07-01 11:22:17

Jamaal Bowman on NY Primary Upset, Rent Strikes, Police Brutality & Opposing West Bank Annexation

As a surge of progressive candidates of color see victories in Democratic primaries across the country, we speak with former Bronx middle school principal Jamaal Bowman about his upset victory over New York Congressmember Eliot Engel, the 16-term Foreign Affairs Committee chair.

Bowman ran on a Green New Deal, Medicare for All platform and recently joined protests demanding an end to racism and police brutality.

He says his upset over Engel came down to mobilizing people who are "disenfranchised and ignored" by the political establishment.

"We didn't just target those who consistently vote in primaries. We targeted everyone," he says. Looking forward, he describes his support for Palestine, a rent strike and police accountability.

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