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Pressley, The 'Squad' Launch Joint Fund To Back Progressive Candidates

US Congresswoman from Mass. Ayanna Pressley speaks to a group of  Elizabeth Warren supporters at a campaign event at West High School in Iowa City. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
US Congresswoman from Mass. Ayanna Pressley speaks to a group of Elizabeth Warren supporters at a campaign event at West High School in Iowa City. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Rep. Ayanna Pressley and the other members of the “the Squad” — the four Democratic freshman women of color who have frequently been the target of political fire from President Trump — are forming a joint fundraising venture to bolster their reelection campaigns and boost other progressive candidates.

The Squad Victory Fund will support the re-election campaigns of the four freshman congresswomen of color, as well as their leadership political action committees that support other progressive candidates. The four lawmakers are also all endorsing one another.

In a statement, the lawmakers said the move is an effort to support a broad, grassroots movement at a time when the nation is grappling with a convergence of racial, health, economic and social justice crises.

“We find ourselves in unprecedented times that call for unprecedented organizing, unprecedented mobilizing, and unprecedented legislating,” Pressley said in the statement. “Alex, Ilhan, and Rashida are bold, activist leaders who share a deep commitment to the communities they represent. Together, we’ll continue to do the work of ensuring that those closest to the pain are closest to the power, and we’ll continue building this movement to make real, positive change in pursuit of racial, economic, education, and environmental justice.”

Last year Pressley launched her leadership PAC, the Power of Us, to help boost Democratic candidates — including those challenging incumbents.

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Kimberly Atkins Twitter Senior News Correspondent
Kimberly Atkins is a senior news correspondent for WBUR, covering national political news from Washington, D.C., with a New England focus.

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