Yesterday I got a big surprise: Politicker NJ listed me on their “Power List” for 2014, citing everything NJ Working Families has done to elect progressive candidates and promote progressive policies like earned sick time.
It’s an honor to be named alongside some amazing labor leaders and partners. And I’m certainly proud, but not of myself. I’m proud of you. Working Families activists and supporters are a powerful engine for change, and by any measure you are on a roll:
- You helped bring down disgraced Port Authority Chairman David Samson, one of Chris Christie’s closest allies.
- You raised your voices in town halls and called Christie to account for his repeated betrayals of the public trust.
- You helped elect Ras Baraka as Mayor of Newark, repudiating Chris Christie’s plans to privatize public schools in New Jersey’s largest city.
- You pushed legislators to pass a budget that would have raised taxes on corporations to protect essential benefits for the middle-class.
- You passed local earned sick time laws in six more New Jersey cities, making “the biggest wave of paid sick day victories ever.”
Together, we’re showing the establishment that real power doesn’t come from political operatives or pricey consultants. It comes from working families banding together and organizing to build stronger communities and hold elected officials accountable.
I know we can make 2015 even bigger than 2014. If we roll up our sleeves we can elect even more progressive champions to office, ensure all New Jerseyans can earn sick time to care for themselves or loved ones, and pop Chris Christie’s presidential aspirations like a balloon full of hot air.
Thanks for everything you do,