“Ghebreghiorgis, a second-generation American of Eritrean descent, supports the cornerstones of the progressive agenda, including Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He is campaigning against Engel’s foreign policy record and what he calls a “history of militarism” at a time when communities in his district were suffering.
“I taught in some of the most underfunded schools that one could ever imagine,” Ghebreghiorgis told The Intercept. “The vast majority of the schools’ budgets were coming from property taxes. You see some of the challenges that these schools are faced with: overcrowding, violence, administrative neglect. And it was very challenging teaching in these environments and to know that you have someone like Engel who’s not garnering votes from the majority working-class people of color areas of the district, which are actually the majority, and actually amplifying a very, very hawkish foreign policy record that’s been very, very disturbing. To be able to live in a community that’s been disinvested in for so long, and to see that we’re spending billions of dollars a year to kill people abroad.””