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ICYMI: Over 100 Members of 5th District Jewish Community Publish Letter of Support for Rep. Omar

MINNEAPOLIS—Members of the Jewish Community in the 5th Congressional District published multiple pieces supporting Rep. Omar’s reelection. A group of over 100 Jewish supporters in the 5th have published an open letter in support of Rep. Omar and denouncing the dishonest smears against her from her corporate-backed opponent. David Brauer published a message of support for Rep. Omar in the City Pages; and Benjamin Gerber published an op-ed in The Forward about his close friendship with Rep. Omar.

In the open letter, 5th District constituents write:

We know some folks who want a softer touch in their politicians. But here’s the thing: Martin Luther King was divisive. Hubert Humphrey was divisive. Paul Wellstone was divisive. And even now, Black Lives Matter is divisive — but their protests are now supported by 64 percent of Americans. Sometimes that’s the way change happens. Jews have long been at the forefront of movements for social justice, and our support for Ilhan Omar is rooted in our deepest Jewish values.

We’re proud to have her as our representative. And we’re proud to support her reelection.

You can read the full letter here. Signatory information available upon request.

David Brauer writes:

It comes down to this: Minneapolis’s Fifth District is one of the most progressive districts in America, which should push America toward ideas that broaden justice.

In the end, though, my vote is a positive one, honoring people truly at risk who have poured into the streets to hasten America’s endlessly overdue reckoning, demanding more than the arid comfort of conventional wisdom.

You can read the full article on Medium here.

Ben Gerber writes:

I know Ilhan and I will continue to discuss and disagree on issues big and small, but I also know the person she is — a fierce advocate for the ideas and the country she loves.

You can read the full article in The Forward here.

About Ilhan Omar: In 2018, Ilhan was elected to Congress representing the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota, and was endorsed by the Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) once again in 2020. In her first year in office, she successfully passed 16 bills and amendments through the U.S. House of Representatives. Ilhan introduced the Student Debt Cancellation Act to end the student debt crisis, Homes for All legislation to end the homelessness crisis, and legislation to tackle child hunger by making school meals universal. She also co-sponsored the No Ban Act to combat Donald Trump’s xenophobic Muslim Ban, successfully pushed to extend DED status for the Liberian community in Minnesota, and introduced a War Powers Resolution to prevent war with Iran. 

She is Vice Chair of the Medicare for All Caucus, Whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Midwest Regional Whip for the Democratic Caucus. Ilhan has consistently worked to show that the American Dream is for everyone. This year she was awarded the Profile in Courage Award from the Town Project for her consistent engagement with constituents, even in the face of threats to her safety.