The Progressives of Kane County endorse the following candidates in the 2020 Primary Election | Tuesday, March 17, 2020!
Bernie Sanders for President
Junaid “J” Afeef for Kane County State’s Attorney
Junaid “J” Afeef has been an advocate for criminal justice reform for 25 years. Throughout his career he as advocated for those most harshly impacted by a broken criminal justice system: communities of color, immigrants, and the poor.
Afeef is running on a progressive prosecutor platform which centers around public safety for all. He is committed to the vision that sustainable public safety derives from healthy communities. This why his reform agenda focuses on ending Kane County’s contribution to the national epidemic of mass incarceration.
He is committed to treating addictions and mental health problems as medical conditions and will work with municipalities and other stakeholders to re-direct those afflicted towards treatment wholly outside of the criminal justice system. Over the course of his career as an assistant public defender, a pro bono attorney working alongside the ACLU of Illinois, and as chief legal counsel to various criminal justice bodies including the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, Afeef has committed himself to a public health approach to prevention of violence and other anti-social behaviors. As State’s Attorney he will use the public health approach as well as restorative justice principles to re-invent those aspects of the system that are broken or are sorely in need of innovation.
Afeef brings not only 25 years of experience with criminal law, civil litigation, open and ethical governance, civil rights, and violence prevention, he also brings a set of lived experiences that allow him to see the varied perspectives of Kane County residents. He has lived the life of an immigrant in a working class family. He has personally suffered from hate and discrimination growing up. He has also experienced a life of privileges that afforded him a safe community in which to grow up, great public schools, support from amazing public school teachers, and the opportunity to go to college and more.
Afeef grew up in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. He graduated from Hoffman Estates High School in 1987. He received his bachelors degree in political science in 1991 from the University of Iowa. Afeef received his law degree from The American University’s Washington College of Law. He lives with his wife and four children in Elgin, Illinois. In his free time he helps run and coach a youth wrestling program.
Anthony Clark for Congress IL-7
Following his honorable discharge after 6 years in the military, Anthony became a teacher and has taught in alternative, charter, and CPS schools. As an educator, he has worked with a wide range of promising high school students, with a focus on building generational socio and economic empowerment. Anthony has also continued his education as he has one BA degree and three MA degrees, with the last one being in Educational Leadership.
His experience as a teacher led him to further recognize the systemic issues that exist within our education and justice systems. Believing in restorative justice and a holistic approach to education, Anthony created a Hip Hop Club and created a Hip Hop curriculum focused on social justice that is now a History class at his current high school.
While teaching, Anthony also founded and is the director of the non-profit Suburban Unity Alliance, as well as the co-owner of Neighbors United LLC.
Suburban Unity Alliance (SUA) launched prior to the 2016 presidential election, with a mission to promote equitable community practices that showcase diversity and a vision that each member of a community will have equitable opportunities and experiences no matter their demographic background. SUA has led or collaborated on multiple policies and initiatives to protect Black, Brown, women, Muslim, Jewish, LGBTQIA, immigrant, and community members with disabilities, while his small business focuses on employing and empowering at risk youth.
Anthony’s experiences have given him a much deeper understanding of how policies impact us and how a lack of effective representation leads to a further erosion of our society. It’s one thing to recognize symptoms—it’s an entirely other matter to put boots to the ground and fight to address the root causes that lead to the systemic issues we face.
This realization led Anthony to accept the nominations of.
Brand New Congress & Justice Democrats in 2018 in a run for Congress. Anthony is back in 2020, with the continued support of his community to not only achieve victory in the IL 7 congressional district, but for Bernie Sanders in the presidential election, as this fight is bigger than one person. #notmeus
Rachel Ventura for Illinois 11th District
Progressives of Kane County is proud to announce our endorsement for Rachel Ventura’s congressional campaign.
Ventura has been a strong voice for working people in her short time as an elected member of the Will County Board. We believe that she will be an even stronger voice for residents of Illinois’ 11th Congressional District. Ventura is standing up and speaking out on the bread and butter issues that affect the lives of hard working Americans. She supports increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and indexing it to inflation. She supports Medicare for All, a common sense, simple solution that would ensure every American had affordable healthcare.
Most importantly, Ventura understands the urgency of the climate crisis and the necessity to pass a Green New Deal. Her campaign for Will County Board and U.S. Congress bear a similar theme, “no strings attached,” underscoring the need to reduce or eliminate the influence of special interest money in the political process. Ventura will be a voice for the people.