JULY 6, 2020 — The North New Jersey chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has voted to endorse three candidates for Congress: Arati Kreibich in NJ05, Hector Oseguera in NJ08 and Larry Hamm for U.S. Senate.
Residents across New Jersey are struggling under the combined burden of the coronavirus pandemic, a looming housing crisis and continued police brutality. The current political atmosphere demands new and better leadership, and the primaries are the people’s one chance to be heard.
“Arati, Hector and Larry have committed themselves to achieving social and economic justice, enshrining healthcare as a human right and taking aggressive action on climate change,” said Allison Howard, co-chair of DSA’s Hudson County branch. “The numerous crises of 2020 present a watershed moment for New Jersey and the U.S. as a whole. We need congresspeople who will fight for a brighter, more equitable future, not the interests of the Democratic Party’s large donors.”
All three candidates are home-grown leaders — not empty suits propped up by the state machine. Their backgrounds and achievements include:
· Kreibich immigrated to the U.S. when she was 11 and has served as a Councilwoman in Glen Rock. There she led the launch of the DEAL program, which is an initiative to achieve town-wide clean energy consumption, and a plastic bag ban.
· Oseguera was born in Hoboken and educated at public schools in Hudson County, including High Tech High School. He has volunteered for Bernie Sanders’ and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaigns, and helped Hudson Civic Action end Hudson County’s 287(g) agreement with ICE.
· Hamm is a Newark native and founder and current Chairman of the People’s Organization For Progress (POP), a statewide grassroots organization that works for racial, social and economic justice and peace. His most recent actions include leading weekly Justice Mondays protests against police brutality for the past 100 weeks.
New Jersey primary election will be mostly Vote-By-Mail this year. All mail-in ballots must be postmarked by July 7.