JVPA endorses Siegel for Congress

July 13, 2020
Contact: Sonya E Meyerson-Knox | sonya@jvp.org | 929-290-0317

Washington DC (July 13, 2020): Jewish Voice for Peace Action (JVPA) is proud to endorse Mike Siegel for Congress! As a former public school teacher and a civil rights lawyer with a deep commitment to workers’ rights and justice, Mike brings 20 years’ experience working for the public good to his campaign to represent the constituents of TX-10 with a progressive vision for the future.

He is proudly running on a platform to expand labor rights, healthcare for all, housing for all and a sustainable future for our environment, and will fight for a U.S. foreign policy rooted in human rights and democracy for all people, including freedom and equality for all Palestinians and Israelis. 

Mike Siegel: “Fundamentally, Congress must fight for democracy and human rights and a robust commitment to diplomacy. We must hold ourselves, as a nation, to a higher standard… And at all times, we must care for the basic needs of the people.”

Mike was raised in an interfaith family that always put social justice first, and is dedicated to lifting up local and broader struggles for communal safety and equality for all people.

“I’m Jewish on my father’s side, Protestant on my mother’s side, and married to a Muslim woman,” said Mike. “I was raised in a family that put social justice first. The dinner table included lively discussions about the need for human rights and justice for the Palestinian people, and how to simultaneously guarantee the safety and security of Jewish people living in Israel.”

In 2018, Mike nearly unseated Representative Michael McCaul, a Republican incumbent who has long supported hawkish U.S. foreign policy, closed borders and anti-immigrant policies, and more. Mike is committed to fighting for healthcare, good jobs, clean air and clean water, and accountability for corrupt officials. JVP Action is proud to help bring a  progressive voice to Congress to represent Texas! 

“I will use my position, as a lawyer and candidate and ally of movements for human rights and social justice, to lift up local and broader struggles for community safety,” said Mike. “As a person of Jewish descent, I feel a special obligation, not only to oppose anti-Semitism and violence toward Jewish poeple, but also to fight for dignity and respect for people of every background and belief.”

Stefanie Fox, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace Action: “Mike Siegel’s Jewish upbringing is part of what drives his fight to stand against oppression both at home and abroad, to lift up the working class, and to build a truly sustainable and just future for this planet. We’re proud to be in this work with him – and excited to see another strong progressive voice in Congress!”

Beth Miller, Government Affairs Manager at Jewish Voice for Peace Action: “Mike Siegel is the kind of progressive voice and ally that we need in Congress. He will bring a commitment to human rights, dignity, and equality for all people – no exceptions.”

JVP Action staff are available to speak with the media

JVP Action is an independent, non-partisan, 501(c)(4) organization formed as the political and advocacy arm of Jewish Voice for Peace. JVP Action is building a multiracial, intergenerational movement of Jews and allies to transform U.S. policy towards justice in Israel/Palestine.

Jewish Voice for Peace is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP has over 500,000 online supporters, over 70 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.