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Addressing Questions About Rep. Richard Neal’s Seniority

(April 5, 2018 -Springfield, Mass.) Candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, issued the following statement regarding the seniority of Rep. Richard Neal:


There seems to be some concern in certain quarters about the effect my primary challenge would have on Rep. Richard Neal’s seniority should the Democrats capture the U.S. House in the November election. Let me address these concerns.


The rules and procedures of the Democratic Caucus governing the selection and leadership of House standing committee chairs and ranking minority members are quite clear:


Other chair/ranking Member nominations are made by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and voted on by the entire Democratic Caucus. In making selections, the Steering Committee considers, pursuant to caucus rules, “merit, length of service on the committee and degree of commitment to the Democratic agenda of the nominee, and the diversity of the Caucus.”*

When I defeat Mr. Neal on September 4 and then secure the general election, the House Committee on Ways and Means will have new Democratic leadership in the 116th Congress with a new chair (if the Democrats are in the majority) or a new ranking minority member. With Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) retiring, the second-ranking Democrat will be Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). Elected in 1986, Mr. Lewis is an African-American and an icon of the civil rights movement. Behind Mr. Lewis, as the currently fourth-ranked Democrat is Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Austin, TX. Mr. Doggett, elected in 1994 has compiled a very progressive record during his tenure on the committee. Under Rep. Lewis or Rep. Doggett, the committee’s Democrats will be in good hands...

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud Receives Endorsement from Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution

(March 30, 2018) Springfield, Mass. - Candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, has been endorsed by Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution “FCCPR”. 

“Tahirah’s understanding of the issues facing the constituents of CD-1 and her commitment to improving their lives gives me hope that we can be represented much more effectively at the congressional level”, said David Greenberg, a member of both CPR’s Endorsement Committee and Coordinating Committee.

“It is an honor to have been chosen by FCCPR as its candidate in this most important congressional race”, said Ms. Amatul-Wadud. “We deserve a representative who truly cares about our families and our futures. I’ve met with families. I’ve heard their stories. I will advocate to improve our quality of life,” she said. “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 it seemed elusive. I am deeply grateful to FCCPR for its confidence in me,” said Ms. Amatul-Wadud. 


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Message of Persistence Matters

(January 15, 2017) “Wait.” “This is not your time.” “Not this way.” “Go home.” “Unwise.”

We are most fortunate for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s urgency in his mission of non-violent direct action, which disrupted the institutional bigotry and hate plaguing our country in the 1960s. Despite sentiments like those above uttered by onlookers - some likely well meaning and some not so well meaning - Dr. King remained resolved and committed to the mission of equality and his dream of universal prosperity.

Western Massachusetts has a particularly special relationship with, and a unique duty to protect, the dream of Dr. King. 

Springfield Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud Launches Campaign for US House of Representatives

(Springfield, Mass., December 18, 2017) Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, an area attorney, will launch her campaign as a candidate for the US House of Representatives for Massachusetts’ First Congressional District. She will publicly announce her candidacy December 19, 2017, in a three stop launch tour throughout the district. The tour begins at McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls at 10:00 am, where she will meet with voters and share with them her progressive platform for change. Ms. Amatul-Wadud will then travel to Dottie’s Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield and meet with voters at 1:00pm to discuss her vision. Ms. Amatul-Wadud is no stranger to Pittsfield. In January of this year she spoke at the historic Four Freedoms For All march and rally where she offered a message of hope and a call for people to unite around common values.

My Daughter's Heart-a-Versary

Today, our 7-year old daughter Mahmooda celebrates her seven year “heart-a-versary” since she received life saving open heart surgery as a newborn. Mahmood has a rare congenital heart defect that was repaired in this procedure. She’s now a happy and healthy 1st grader and is seen here celebrating her birthday recently.

Mahmooda’s recovery was a little bumpy, but the one thing we didn’t worry about as we nursed her to health was health insurance because she was covered under an employer sponsored plan. But what if she - like many families throughout the country - did not have this as a choice?


Our daughter is strong and vibrant. It’s so important to me that families never have to worry about whether they can afford to save their child’s life when faced with a health challenge. For this reason, as a candidate for Congress, I support a single payer health option for all of our families.


Will you join me in fighting for a single payer health option by contributing to my campaign for the First Congressional District of Massachusetts?


Kind regards,  

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud

February 19, 2018

My Daughter's Heart-a-Versary

Dear Friend:

Today, our 7-year old daughter Mahmooda celebrates her seven year “heart-a-versary” since she received life saving open heart surgery as a newborn. Mahmood has a rare congenital heart defect that was repaired in this procedure. She’s now a happy and healthy 1st grader and is seen here celebrating her birthday recently.


Mahmooda’s recovery was a little bumpy, but the one thing we didn’t worry about as we nursed her to health was health insurance because she was covered under an employer sponsored plan. But what if she - like many families throughout the country - did not have this as a choice?


Video: Tahirah on WRSI The River 93.9

  

(January 31, 2018) Watch as Tahirah Amatul-Wadud visits radio station WRSI The River 93.9 to talk about her candidacy and vision for the first congressional district. Listen to full interview here.

Video: Tahirah for Congress Launches in Springfield

(Dec 19, 2017) Tahirah Amatul-Wadud speaks to supporters in Springfield, MA as part of a three-city launch tour which also drew crowds in Pittsfield and Shelburne Falls earlier in the day. 

Video: Tahirah on Faith

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

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