The electoral arm of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice Action (JFREJ), The Jewish Vote proudly endorses Brittany Ramos DeBarros for U.S. Congress to represent NY-11, and Rana Abdelhamid for U.S. Congress to represent NY-12.
“We are thrilled to throw The Jewish Vote’s electoral power and JFREJ’s organizing power behind Brittany Ramos DeBarros and Rana Abdelhamid,” said Audrey Sasson, Executive Director of JFREJ. “More than ever, we need bold leaders in Congress who are not afraid to challenge patriarchy, corporate power, and white nationalism. These two women of color are not just courageous; they share our vision of a New York, a country, and a world that values care over militarism. They both know what true safety looks like, and are experienced at securing it. The Jewish Vote is proud to back them, and will be even prouder to have them representing New Yorkers in Congress.”
“Across the country, we are facing a moral crisis created by those seeking to divide us by stoking the fires of antisemitism, xenophobia, racism, and Islamophobia,“ Brittany Ramos DeBarros said. “The Jewish Vote has done powerful, transformational work in New York City and I am so honored to receive their endorsement in this race. Together, we are building a diverse coalition unified by a politics of radical love that can flip New York’s 11th Congressional District, and pave the way to a brighter future for all of us.”
“I could not be prouder to receive the support of The Jewish Vote,” said Rana Abdelhamid. “As someone who grew up in a working-class family and who has personally experienced hate-based violence, addressing racial and economic justice is one of my top priorities when I arrive in Congress. I am beyond excited to now have the partnership and guidance of one of the largest Jewish organizations in New York, The Jewish Vote to continue to amplify the importance of addressing these issues.”
“We are ready to come together from Park Slope to Bay Ridge to Staten Island and send a true progressive to Congress: Brittany Ramos DeBarros, an anti-war veteran whose sharp understanding of safety and caring for the most vulnerable among us will make her a vital voice in Congress. I was just redistricted into NY-11, and I cannot wait to tell my neighbors to vote for this progressive woman of color whose commitments to protecting our flooding streets from the climate crisis and building multiracial democracy from the workplace to the ballot box are clear in everything she does,” said Rabbi Barat Ellman, a JFREJ member who lives in District 11.
“Rana Abdelhamid is exactly the kind of compassionate, in-touch, and inspiring leader I want representing me in Congress,” said Jeri Essagof, a JFREJ member who lives in District 12. “From her international human rights background to her community organizing experience teaching women self-defense in the face of hate violence, Rana has both big-picture policy knowledge and a locally-rooted understanding of what we need in NY-12 to live full, healthy, and safe lives as exactly who we are. Jewish or Muslim, queer or straight, Black or Brown or White — Rana has our backs.”
In 2020, the Jewish Vote helped propel insurgent challenger Jamaal Bowman to primary and general election victory in NY-16. The group recently endorsed Rep. Bowman for reelection in 2022, as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14). In 2021, The Jewish Vote’s candidates won 18 out of the 28 City Council and citywide races in which the group endorsed, with all but one winning in the 2021 general election. The continued success of JFREJ’s electoral program — now in its fourth cycle — has made The Jewish Vote a formidable figure in New York City politics, and the ascendent electoral Left nationwide.
In addition to endorsing Abdelhamid, Bowman, Ocasio-Cortez, and Ramos DeBarros, The Jewish Vote is also backing candidates for New York State Senate and New York Assembly. All endorsements can be found here.
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) is the largest grassroots Jewish organization in New York City. JFREJ’s 6,000 members organize with our neighbors and allies to transform New York from a playground for the wealthy few into a real democracy for all of us, free from all forms of racist violence. The Jewish Vote is JFREJ’s electoral arm.