WASHINGTON — Following this week’s news on the Supreme Court’s leaked majority opinion striking down Roe v. Wade, it is more important than ever to have pro-choice Democrats present at all levels of government, especially in Congress. This is why Common Defense, the nation’s largest grassroots veterans organization, is proud to endorse Jessica Cisneros, the Democratic challenger in Texas’ 28th district.
Common Defense candidates are those who we believe are most likely to capture the grassroots energy of this political moment and who we can trust to champion a policy agenda of economic, social, and global justice. Cisneros meets the moment, and her race has direct implications for abortion rights and access to health care. Rep. Henry Cuellar, the incumbent in the race, is one of the last anti-choice Democrats left in the House of Representatives and is out of touch with the needs of the people.
About Jessica Cisneros
Jessica was born and raised in the border town of Laredo, Texas. As a child, she saw families like hers torn apart by broken policies passed by Congress. When she saw her parents struggle to keep a small business afloat, while politicians in Washington protected large corporations and a broken immigration system divided her community, Jessica knew it was time for a change. As the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and a human rights lawyer, Jessica is fighting to build an America for all of us — no matter who we are, or where we come from.
“Regardless of where we live or what we look like, we all deserve the freedom to make our own personal health care choices, including decisions around reproductive care. In order for this to be possible, we must elect candidates into office who are willing to defend this freedom and protect the right to abortion. Jessica is one of those candidates, and that’s why we at Common Defense are proud to support her,” said Naveed Shah, Common Defense’s Political Director.
Common Defense is distinct from other veteran political organizations in that we endorse and support candidates who reflect the progressive values of our 250,000 members, regardless of whether the candidate served in the military themselves. Our work in 2022 focuses on organizing and training veterans and military families in these districts in order to give them the chance to speak out and challenge the status quo, and to change the false narrative that all veterans are conservatives. The military community is not a political prop to be exploited, and we will not endorse an agenda of greed and hate.