Project Description

The Jewish Vote is a home for New York Jews seeking to secure a pluralistic city that works for all of us through the power of the Jewish vote. We are intellectuals, day school kids, bubbes, queers, geeks, resistance moms, carpenters, bartenders, lawyers, nurses, farmers  — deeply rooted cosmopolitans and proud members of the diaspora. We are Black and Brown, Latinx and Asian, Mizrahi, Ashkenazi and Sephardi, immigrant and US-born. In 2018, our Jewish votes and voices helped elect a new generation of reformers and radicals, Jews and non-Jews like Biaggi and Salazar and Myrie and Williams. In 2020, we will defeat Trump and elect another cohort of visionary leaders to represent us at every level of government. Together we will build a future with Medicare for All, universal rent control, a Green New Deal, publicly funded elections, fair wages and working conditions for all workers, and an end to mass incarceration and criminalization of people of color. The Jewish Vote will be at the forefront of efforts to hold accountable both the Democratic Party and the Jewish establishment, who too often serve the interests of the donor class at the expense of the rest of us. The Jewish Vote endorses candidates who will fight alongside us to achieve all of this and more.

The Jewish Vote will make endorsement decisions along with local members based on our comprehensive assessment of the candidate and race. If a candidate does not support any of the elements below, it may not be disqualifying, but she must explain her current position and indicate whether she is open to change.

The Jewish Vote is a vote for the many, not the few.

We are building democracy that serves the people, not corporate interests.

We believe in building a political movement that is powered by our neighbors, community members, and voters. We are pushing for politicians to be accountable to we the people, not Wall Street, real estate, police unions, or corporate donors. Our candidates:

  • Reject corporate, real estate, carceral, and fossil fuel money
  • Actively seek small donor dollars and support the public financing of elections
  • Support the expansion of voting rights & measures to give everyone meaningful access to voting

We explicitly reject white nationalism, antisemitism, and right-wing extremism

As Jews, we understand that antisemitism is fundamental to white nationalism, and we recognize the relationship between hatred of Jews, racism, sexism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of hate. We will not allow our very real fears to be weaponized and manipulated by Trump and the GOP; we refuse to serve as a wedge. We insist on standing in solidarity with all the groups targeted by Trump and his white nationalist base. We know that an inclusive pluralist multiracial democracy is our only hope. Our candidates:

  • Are explicit in resisting the politics of hate and fear, specifically including antisemitism
  • Stand against the rise, at home and abroad, of authoritarian regimes grounded in racial, ethnic, and religious nationalism
  • Reject the idea of increased policing and prosecution as the only way to keep our communities safe from hate violence

Our elected leaders must govern in partnership with changemakers

Just as we as Jews work alongside and as part of social movements seeking dignity and freedom for all, we elect leaders with a strong commitment to governing alongside advocates and communities most impacted by policies. Our candidates: 

  • Commit to meet and consult with advocates and directly impacted groups on laws, policies, and budgets 
  • Protect protest and reject the new McCarthyism. They commit to rejecting attempts to criminalize, bar, and surveil any form of protest or political speech

We fight to protect immigrants

We elect leaders who will protect immigrants and refugees, as previous generations stepped forward to protect many of our immigrant parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. Our candidates commit to: 

  • Defund and block participation in Trump’s deportation machine. They are committed to abolishing ICE in its current form and actively blocking the agency’s access to schools, workplaces, hospitals, courts, and public spaces
  • Support laws, policies, and budgets that protect immigrants, including universal free right to counsel and removal of gatekeeping from public programs and services based on immigration status

We fight for healthcare and long term care for all

We believe in a society where everyone gets the full healthcare and long-term care they need, regardless of ability to pay. Jews in New York have been among the key advocates for the rights of elder care and domestic workers, women workers who have become crucial caregivers for our community and loved ones, young and old alike. Our candidates fight for Medicare for All, the New York Health Act and a caring economy in which women, seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers, care workers, and all of us are valued, protected, and able to provide and receive care with dignity and respect.

We fight for Homes for All

For too long the interests of real estate developers have been prioritized over those of our neighbors and communities. Our candidates recognize housing as a human right. They fight for universal rent control, a #HomesGuarantee platform, stronger protections for tenants including the right to free counsel, and permanently affordable housing for all. They fight for ending homelessness through guaranteeing secure and stable housing for all. They actively fight for policies to undo the disproportionate harm our housing policies have had on communities of color, including collateral damage in education and nutrition. They support community ownership, development and control of housing and other institutions through Community Land Trusts.

We fight to change the criminal legal system 

We are electing candidates who will hold the police accountable and dismantle unjust systems of mass criminalization and incarceration. Our candidates:

  • Support policies that decarcerate and decriminalize, including: working to end money bail, legalizing marijuana and expunging convictions, and ending the criminalization of poverty (e.g. fare evasion enforcement), homelessness, and sex work
  • Demand accountability for police & support greater transparency throughout the system
  • Support decreasing the overall size and scope the police & carceral system and instead investing in housing, education, jobs, and the programs that support people to thrive

We fight for a Green New Deal

Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and it requires bold action. Our candidates fight for real climate justice, hold corporations responsible, and push for a Green New Deal. That means 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030, a guaranteed living wage job for anyone who needs one, and a just transition for both workers and frontline communities. They actively push to divest from fossil fuels, and fight for policies that support the people most harmed by climate change- people of color, poor people, refugees, elders, youth, and people with disabilities.

We fight for workers against corporate power

Jewish immigrants and workers organized for fair conditions and power in the workplace. We are electing candidates who will work to undo the massive increase in corporate power and income inequality. We support leaders who support workers by showing up in solidarity, and with policy, law, and the power of budgets and procurement. Our candidates support living wages, safe working conditions, and the expansion of fair scheduling & leave. They support unionization, worker ownership and governance; the right to strike, and protections for whistleblowers. They support expansion of labor rights to historically excluded groups such as domestic workers, and oppose any efforts to remove protections from workers through re-classification or misclassification. They reject the race to the bottom of unaccountable economic development policy, tax breaks, and giveaways to corporations. 

Our elected leaders have a progressive vision for foreign policy

As Jewish New Yorkers, we pursue justice arm-in-arm our neighbors here at home. At the same time, we stand in solidarity with struggles for liberation beyond our city, including in Israel/Palestine, recognizing the deep connections between issues on the local and global levels. If we are going to realize our vision for a just society with dignified housing, education, and healthcare for all, we must pursue a grassroots internationalist vision and put a stop to never-ending wars. Our candidates commit to:

  • Implementing a foreign policy which focuses on democracy, human rights, equity, self-determination, diplomacy, and economic fairness.
  • Working with democratic forces around the world to build societies that work for and protect all people. In Israel and Palestine, that means ending the occupation and ensuring freedom and dignity for all.
  • Refusing relationships with authoritarian leaders or organizations, at home and abroad.