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.
“Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is a terrific candidate,” Freedman added, “and we urge progressives to join us in helping her campaign and giving her their votes on September 4th.”
Amatul-Wadud has also been endorsed locally by Indivisible National, Williamsburg Indivisible, Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, and Rise Up Western Massachusetts Indivisible.
“I am delighted to have been endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America,” said Ms. Amatul-Wadud. “I greatly admire PDA and the people it supports. As I’ve said before, there is an urgent need to protect our rights in the midst of a hostile Trump administration. Organizations like PDA have provided communities with the vital tools necessary to thrive in the face of the challenges we‘re encountering. I’ve also met with families, and 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 I am committed to improving 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 incredibly grateful to Progressive Democrats of America for their confidence in me and for choosing me as a candidate they support.”
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, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and State Representative Carlos Gonzalez for her dedication and positive community impact in the city of Springfield. This June Amatul-Wadud accepted the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts’ LIPPI Alumna Achievement Award for her leadership in the community.
District 1 voters in Massachusetts will have an opportunity to cast their votes for Amatul-Wadud on the primary ballot on September 4th, 2018.