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Congressional Candidate Amatul-Wadud Announces Two Debates

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud’s campaign announces that she will debate Rep. Richard Neal twice in the coming weeks:

  1. On August 22, 2018 at 12:30PM on WWLP. The 30-minute live debate will include prepared questions posed by moderator Rich Tettemer, WWLP anchor, and will be available online after the broadcast.
  2. On August 30, 2018, on WGBY-Public Television in partnership with the League of Women Voters. The debate will air from 8:00PM - 8:30PM (ET) with a link to the program made available following the broadcast. The 30-minute format will include prepared questions posed by moderator Carrie Saldo, host of WGBY’s “The Connecting Point.”

Amatul-Wadud stated, “It was my greatest hope to provide voters with at least one town hall debate where they would be able to directly engage in the process. Since the congressman declined the invitation by the Berkshire County NAACP, this did not occur. However, we are pleased to participate in these debates, which will give voters two opportunities to hear from candidates in a face-to-face forum.”

Amatul-Wadud has pledged to hold at least four town halls a year while in office. 

In the News/Press Releases

Amatul-Wadud Hold Press Conference to Discuss Bigotry

August 10, 2018

Dear friends: 

As a Muslim woman, I practice the religion of Islam, an Abrahamic faith like Judaism and Christianity. As a lawyer, I have represented thousands of clients, including religious congregations which have been victims of crime and harassment. I have stood up for them in our courts, defending their rights and championing their voices. As the granddaughter of African American Christians, I have grown up in a family that modeled respect for my mother’s decision to become Muslim, and raise me accordingly when I was four years old. 

My upbringing enriched me with the agency to stand up for religious freedoms at a time when attacks on worshippers grew increasingly bloody and violent. When Dylann Roof massacred black worshippers in their South Carolina church, I called for him to be charged with a hate crime. When Yusor, Razan Abu-Salha, and Deah Barakat were executed in their home by a man who hated the girls’ visibly Muslim identities, I stood in solidarity with their family. Dr. Abu Salha, the father of the girls, asked that his emotional reflection on the death of his only children, reducing us to tears, in a conference on Islamophobia I helped organize in Albany. Hate stole the lives of three young people. 

Rep. Neal Undermines Retirement Security While Taking Campaign Contributions ...

Rep. Neal Undermines Retirement Security While Taking Campaign Contributions from the Insurance and Financial Services Industry

(July 30, 2018 - Chicopee) On February 23, 2018, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal boasted his appointment to a new Joint Select Committee on Solvency and Multiemployer Pensions. In a press release, Rep. Neal said, “fundamental to the American dream is the opportunity to enjoy a secure retirement after decades of hard work. But today, our nation faces a retirement crisis as millions of pension plans are nearing insolvency. I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to find bipartisan solutions that ensure Americans who worked hard and followed the rules don’t live in fear of the rug being pulled out from under them in retirement.”

Although Rep. Neal claims he is committed to resolving the retirement crisis, his congressional record shows quite the opposite. During his long tenure, Rep. Neal has taken numerous steps to undermine retirement security for Americans, all while raking in significant campaign contributions from the insurance and financial services industry.

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud Rejects Corporate PAC Contributions, Supports Overturn of Citizens United

(July 25, 2018 - Chicopee) “My job as your congresswoman will be to fiercely defend democracy. I am the only one in this race qualified to do that with a clear conscience and strong resolve because I am not beholden to any interests besides the interests of the people,” said Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, candidate for US House of Representatives for Massachusetts’ First District.

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC in 2010, billions of dollars have poured into federal, state, and local elections. Citizens United opened the gates for billionaires and corporations to flood limitless sums of money into our political system. “Voters are concerned that the loyalties of their representatives are divided between the constituents they are elected to serve, and the corporations who so generously fund their campaigns,” said Attorney Amatul-Wadud. “Voters worry that our voices are not being heard because the average citizen cannot compete with the millions of dollars that corporations have given to our Congressman’s campaign,” she added.

National Women’s Political Caucus Endorses Tahirah Amatul-Wadud for Congress

Washington, DC (July 24, 2018) -- After being recommended by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC), Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District of Massachusetts, has been endorsed by the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Rep. Neal votes for bloated Pentagon budget while accepting $303K from defense contractors (7/18/18)

Support the campaign of Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a progressive primary to watch - CNN (6.28.18)

Progressive Democrats of America Endorses Tahirah Amatul-Wadud

Chicopee, Mass. (June 21, 2018) -- Candidate for Congress, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, has been endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America, a leading national progressive grassroots-driven activism organization.

“We at Progressive Democrats of America are delighted to have endorsed Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, candidate for Congress from the First Congressional District of Massachusetts,” said Russell Freedman, PDA State Coordinator. ”Tahirah is a progressive who understands the needs of the people in the First Congressional District for good jobs. She understands that healthcare is a right not a privilege and must be available to all people. She understands that we must take aggressive action to deal with climate change and criminal justice reform. The First Congressional District needs a progressive champion who is willing to talk to her constituents and represent them in Congress,” stated Freedman.

Rep. Neal Takes $200k in Campaign Contributions from Pharmaceutical Industry

While Constituents Struggle with High Prescription Costs

Springfield, MA (June 14, 2018)-- On June 1, 2018, households across Western Massachusetts’ District One were inundated with a mailing by the American Life Sciences Innovation Council (ALSIC). The mailer announces that Rep. Neal is to be congratulated as a ‘champion of health care innovation.’ ALSIC, a profit-driven special interest group whose priorities include curtailing FDA regulations, ending Medicare Part D rebates, and pushing for more expansive patent rights, has awarded Rep. Neal as its champion because he is exactly that - a champion for special interests and corporate money.

Previously In the News:

  • Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Candidate for US House of Representatives, Issues Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Uphold the Muslim Ban

  • Tahirah thanks the organizations and people supporting the campaign with official endorsements.

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Amatul-Wadud Appears on "The Take with Sue O'Connell" (NECN)

On Wednesday, May 2, Tahirah appeared on The Take with Sue O'Connell aired by New England Cable News (NECN) where she talked about how she is excited to be the candidate bringing "people-centered policies" and that she is "unapologetic about centering the needs of our communities and families".

If you missed it, watch the full interview here.

Keep Tahirah's message going strong.

Why I'm Running

Serving The Community

I have been a part of this community for over 30 years and enjoy working tirelessly to make Massachusetts a better place for the future of our children and their children.

United By A Common Goal

I believe in the value of being connected, developing relationships and uplifting our district.

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud marches in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Holyoke

Focus on the District

I will work hard to advance and support policies that unapologetically protect the people, families and businesses in our vast district. 

TV & Radio Appearances

Connecting Point - WGBY57

“I want every family to feel that they can take care of their chronically ill child, parent or themselves without worrying about being crushed by debt or not being able to afford available medical care." (Aired Feb 23)

The Bill Newman Show - WHMP

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud visits the Bill Newman show to talk about her campaign, why she's running, goals for the community, affordable high speed broadband access, and more.  (Aired Feb 27. Begins at 29:00 min).

Campaign Announcement: Tahirah for Congress

"We need representation that reflects that someone is...listening...engaging...qualified, interested, willing, relentless, persistent, brave, fearless and beholden to no one...". 

I am that person for the 1st Congressional District of Massachusetts. Join me. 


Video: Tahirah on Faith

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud talks about her beliefs, religiously diverse family, and love for cultivating connections in her community.