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In an unprecedented move, four of DC’s leading progressive organizations announced together their first round of early endorsements for the 2020 election cycle, signaling their goal to shift the balance of power on the Council to members who will fight for everyday DC residents rather than wealthy donors and big money special interests.

DC Working Families Party, the Jews United for Justice Campaign Fund, Black Lives Matter DC, and DC for Democracy today jointly announced their first round of endorsements of DC Council candidates. All four groups endorsed Janeese Lewis George for Ward 4.

“In interviews with both Janeese Lewis George and Jordan Grossman, our team was struck by their genuine passion, depth of experience, and commitment to racial and economic justice and equity,” said Sarah Novick, DC Director of the JUFJ Campaign Fund. “Both candidates have a bold vision to tackle DC residents’ most pressing needs, from building much more deeply affordable housing to approaching violence as a public health crisis to standing for strong ethics on the DC Council. Our Jewish community believes DC must be a place where we all have a voice in democracy and have what we need to thrive. A vote for these candidates is a vote to move the District in that direction.”

“We do not take making endorsements lightly. Janeese and Lorenzo are the first endorsements Black Lives Matter DC has ever made,” said April Goggans, a Core Organizer with Black Lives Matter DC. She added, “Both Janeese and Lorenzo’s policy and budget priorities around public safety, policing, and addressing intra-community violence are informed by values and principles that not only align with ours but will result in real safety in Wards 4 and 7.”

“Janeese is why the Ward 4 race is our best chance to tilt the DC Council towards our values of economic and social justice and people-powered democracy. She’s an unapologetic progressive who has built a campaign with the grassroots strength and strategic smarts that are essential to beat an incumbent. And having fought long and hard for Fair Elections, we’re delighted her campaign is fueled by small-donor democracy, not wealthy special interests.” said Jeremiah Lowery, Chair of DC for Democracy

“I grew up in Ward 4 and have experienced firsthand the struggles of a changing city,” said Ward 4 candidate Janeese Lewis George. “Ward 4 deserves a Councilmember fighting for our families, who will be a leader in the citywide effort to address housing affordability, school equity, health care access, public safety, and immigration justice. Instead we have Councilmembers who are bought by private interests and that’s simply no longer acceptable. Collective power is how we will all fight back against this and I’m incredibly proud to be Ward 4’s first Fair Elections candidate and to be in solidarity with JUFJCF, DCWFP, BLMDC and DC4D in this work.”

Visit workingfamilies.org/district-of-columbia, jufjcampaignfund.org, twitter.com/DMVBlackLives and  dcfordemocracy.org, to learn more about the work of DC Working Families Party, the JUFJ Campaign Fund, Black Lives Matter DC and DC for Democracy. 

Paid for by the Committee to Elect Janeese Lewis George, PO Box 56667, Washington, DC 20040, Latifa Lyles, Treasurer. A copy of our report is filed with the Director of Campaign Finance of the District of Columbia Board of Elections.