Springfield, Massachusetts (April 20, 2018) -- Candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, has been endorsed by Rise Up Western Massachusetts, an Indivisible Group serving the greater Springfield area.
“Tahirah’s progressive platform, inclusive messaging, and active support of local issues mirrored our group’s priorities and resonated with our members,” Jackie Neiman, co-founder of the Rise Up Western Mass chapter, said of the newly endorsed candidate.
“I am excited to have been chosen by Rise Up Western Mass as its candidate in this 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 throughout my hometown, and the district. I am committed to being a champion for all of our families and 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 deeply grateful to Rise Up Western Mass for its confidence in me and for choosing me as its candidate.”
She is a civil rights and family law attorney, and resident of Springfield since childhood. Amatul- Wadud has served the community through political activism since she was 17 years old. 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 women to seek office in the U.S. House of Representatives, Amatul-Wadud’s candidacy has garnered a considerable amount of national interest and community support.
Over the course of her career Amatul-Wadud has received a number of commendations for her service to the Greater Springfield 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 2015, as a result of her interfaith community building efforts, she was invited to the Obama White House to participate in a convening entitled Celebrating and Protecting America's Tradition of Religious Pluralism. 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. The awards were given to honor her empowering impact on women and girls of the city and, as the mayor’s citation noted, to acknowledge Amatul-Wadud’s dedication to “utilizing her experience as a catalyst for change,” in Springfield.
Ms. Amatul-Wadud most recently presented on a panel on at the 2018 Fair Housing Conference in Springfield, a symposium focused on improving affordable housing accessibility for the community regardless of race or economic status.
Rise Up Western Mass Indivisible is registered with the national Indivisible movement, and is based in the First Congressional District of Massachusetts. Rise Up works to engage residents of the greater Springfield area in Hampden County in the democratic process. Rise Up members support, and aim to become themselves, strong leaders who are intelligent, courageous, inclusive, and brave.
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