Brenda Jones, Congress, Detroit discussed on All Things Considered


In a modest Detroit neighborhood proceeded to leave his campaigning door to door, she says, greeting constituents in person during a pandemic can be a bit tricky because we had taken pictures. So I said, no. Put your mascot known. So she came down Wi just did more of Ah, selfie from her door. So that worked out fine. The only Palestinian American woman ever elected to Congress, two leaves become a political star. She found funding to improve drinking water and marched with those Oh, testing police brutality but to leave his best known as one of the four first term ultra progressive women of color in the U. S house who call themselves the squad. It's not like we only look different. We also talk differently. We also served differently. We feel differently. All I can do is represent my community and they're asking me to speak loudly and very unapologetically to lead did just that. When she famously and rather colorfully vowed to impeach President Trump before she was even sworn in. But her challenger in the upcoming Democratic primary says calling Trump names does not help fix Detroit's problems. City Council president Brenda Jones says she's running because voters want a different tone in Congress. It will allow me to not embarrass the people in the 13th Congressional district. The majority African American district is one of the poorest in the nation hit hard by job losses and the Corona virus. Jones announced in April. She had tested positive for Cove in 19 and is relying on direct mail and virtual campaigning tough task in a city where many cannot afford Internet at home. But Joan says she's already spent years building a reputation for helping poor communities. I'm interested in studying squad myself of squad of the people that had the poorest district In the United States of America. That would be my squad. Jones actually served in Congress for a month and 1/2 filling the seat vacated by John Conyers amid allegations of sexual harassment. She lost it to lead by 1% in a crowded field buying for the full two year term since then, to leave his raised both our national profile and millions of dollars of campaign cash. Some Jewish groups threatened to back whoever ran against to leave after she called for a boycott of Israel. Yet Jones has praised Louis Farrakhan, known for his anti Semitic remarks. So the editor of the Detroit Jewish News, Andrew Lapin, says those donors are staying on the sidelines despite their opinion of to leave an enemy of Israel and enemy of the Jewish people. All someone who should be stopped at all costs. But because Jones is perceived as being very close to Farrakhan, many Jews kind of see this race is between a rock and a hard place..

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