This move comes as progressive Democrats push to tilt the left-wing party to be even more progressive, as though it is not progressive as it is.
Rana Abdelhamid, a community organizer, non-profit founder, and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, stated that she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.
“I am honored to announce that I am running for Congress to bring a new generation of leadership to NY-12,” Abdelhamid said in a statement.
New York’s 12th congressional district includes the east side of Manhattan, western Queens, and part of Brooklyn. The district’s per capita income is among the highest in the nation. Former President Donald Trump’s Trump Tower is located in this district.
“We deserve a representative who shows up for us, too,” Abdelhamid said in a campaign video released on Tuesday. “Representative Maloney has spent nearly 30 years taking millions of dollars from the developers and Wall Street banks, profiting off our suffering,” she exclaimed.
Abdelhamid outlined that she would run for full COVID relief for working families and small businesses, for jobs in line with the aims of the progressive “Green New Deal” framework, “Medicare for All,” affordable housing, and a halt to “mass incarceration.” She also promised that she wouldn’t take “a dime of corporate PAC money.”
Justice Democrats say their PAC exists to support candidates who don’t take corporate PAC donations.
“Now it’s time for more leaders in the Democratic Party who don’t represent corporate donors, but the voters of the Democratic Party: women, people of color, young people, and working-class people of all backgrounds to help build our progressive movement,” the progressive group states on its website.
“Our goal is to build a mission-driven caucus in Congress by electing more leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman, who will represent our communities in Congress and fight for bold, progressive solutions to our current crises.”
The group says their “bold vision” for America also includes the “Green New Deal,” “Medicare for All,” as well as methods like taxing the rich, free public college and trade school, and universal basic income, among others.
Justice Democrats famously helped Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) defeated the Number 4 Democrat in Congress, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.)—a 10-term incumbent. Justice Democrats also supported the campaigns of the three other ‘Squad’ members, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).
In 2020, the Justice Democrats also helped Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) defeat 16-term incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.).