On March 19, Jewish community leaders and elected officials gathered to rally and canvass in support of Brandon Johnson. The event, organized by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs Votes, turned out dozens of volunteers who collectively knocked on 1,750 doors in Lakeview and Uptown. SEIU Local 73 members with JCUA and the Jewish Federation were in attendance.
Emily Kaufman, Early Childhood Educator with JCC and Local 73 union steward, spoke to the packed room about how Brandon Johnson’s policies align with Jewish community values. “Our Haggadah reads ‘Let all who are hungry, come and eat.’ Brandon Johnson embodies these values through his dedication to ending the housing crisis in Chicago. As a Jew, I believe that impacting even just one person’s life can change the world and I am proud to represent the members of SEIU Local 73,” said Kaufman.
State Rep. Will Guzzardi, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, State Sen. Robert Peters, and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky also attended the day of action.