Chicopee, Mass. (June 6, 2018) -- Candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, has been endorsed by Indivisible, a leading national progressive grassroots-driven activism organization. “Tahirah’s a first time candidate and deeply rooted community activist. She’s a Springfield based attorney dedicated to fighting for residents of Massachusetts and will be a fierce advocate…” stated the official endorsement announcement. Amatul-Wadud has also been endorsed locally by Williamsburg Indivisible, Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, and Rise Up Western Massachusetts Indivisible.
“I am excited to have been endorsed by Indivisible. I have long admired the work of this organization and the communities it supports. There is an urgent need to protect our rights in the face of a hostile Trump administration and Indivisible has provided communities with every tool necessary to thrive in the face of the challenges we have,” said Ms. Amatul-Wadud. “I’ve met with families. I’ve heard their stories throughout my hometown and the district. I am committed to being a representative who is a champion for all of our families and to improve our quality of life,” she said.
Amatul-Wadud explains the importance of this race, “We are living in one of the most consequential political times of our nation’s history. Because of our campaign, we are already being heard and changing the course of our future. We are restoring hope where, until recently, hope seemed elusive. I am deeply grateful to Indivisible for its confidence in me and for choosing me as a candidate it supports.”
Amatul-Wadud launched her political campaign in December 2017 with three consecutive events in Shelburne Falls, Pittsfield, and Springfield. With the combination of her “unapologetically progressive,” people-centered platform and her unique position as the first African American Muslim woman to seek office in the U.S. House of Representatives, Amatul-Wadud’s candidacy has garnered a considerable amount of national interest and community enthusiasm.
Over the course of her career Amatul-Wadud has received a number of commendations for her service to the Western Massachusetts community. She has advocated before lawmakers in support of agricultural bills, equal pay for women, immigration reform and anti-bigotry resolutions at the district, state, and federal level. In 2018, in collaboration with Springfield Women Organize she received two commendations and was recognized by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and offered by State Representative Carlos Gonzalez for her dedication and positive community impact in the city of Springfield. This week Amatul-Wadud accepted the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts’s LIPPI Alumna Achievement Award for her leadership in the community.