The Jewish Vote was founded in 2018 as a home for electoral engagement for Jewish New Yorkers angry at Trump-loving Republicans, corporate Democrats, and rising antisemitism and white nationalism. That year, we helped elect movement-aligned and accountable candidates across New York City and New York State - including former JFREJ staffer Julia Salazar - which led to the historic defeat of the IDC alongside the elevation of the first Black woman majority leader in NYS Senate history. Since then TJV has supported other insurgent campaigns, including Jumaane Williams for NYC Public Advocate and Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney. As we look towards 2020 and 2021, let’s explore how TJV and its allies can build on these victories to make NY a model for movement engagement in elections, putting true progressives into positions of influence throughout the city and state. Let’s imagine the role that a powerful and insurgent Jewish Left can play in the broader fight for thriving democracy and shared prosperity, from the municipal level to the global level.
Nelini Stamp, National Organizing Director, Working Families Party
Julia Salazar, New York State Senator
Waleed Shahid, Communications Director, Justice Democrats
Katie Unger, Labor researcher, Steering Committee of The Jewish Vote