For decades, the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action has been at the forefront of the progressive social justice world. We have reached a point in this country where it is no longer enough that we work to change public policy, we must also change the policy makers in Washington and restore some form of checks and balances in America.
In order to take back our democracy, JALSA has formed a 501(c)4 organization, JALSA Impact, that will engage the progressive Jewish community of Massachusetts in organizing to elect candidates in the 2018 midterm elections who will uphold our values and treat every individual in our country with dignity and respect. We will target races throughout the nation which will benefit from our volunteer assistance, on which we can have a meaningful “impact.”
Our 2018 Candidates:
From Left to Right:
FL-26- Debbie Mucarsel-Powell- Debbie immigrated from Ecuador to the United States with her family as a young girl, working her first job at age 15 to help her family make ends meet and pay her way through college. She has dedicated more than twenty years to improving access to healthcare, protecting the environment, and increasing educational opportunities.
IA- 1-Abby Finkenauer- Abby, a first-generation college graduate and Iowa State Representative is a proven advocate for working families. Her father was a Union Pipefitter Welder, her mother worked for the Dubuque Community Schools. The Hawkeye State has never before elected a Democratic woman to Congress, and she’s poised to make history as the first.
NY-19- Antonio Delgado- Antonio is a child of upstate NY and campaigning for gun safety and the need to create sustainable jobs and training programs. He believes in universal health, and a tax code that treats middle class families fairly, as well as a sensible approach to student debt.
TX-23- Gina Ortiz-Jones- After graduating from Boston University with a BA and MA in Economics, and a BA in East Asian Studies, Gina entered the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer. If successful in November, Gina will make history: it will be the first time a lesbian, Iraq War veteran, and first-generation Filipina-American is elected to a U.S. House seat in Texas.
NC-13- Kathy Manning- Kathy served as a partner at Smith, Helms law firm for 16 years, where she founded their immigration law practice and worked in litigation. Kathy left to start her own firm and was also the first woman to serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of North America. She graduated from Harvard University and University of Michigan Law School.