WASHINGTON — Common Defense, a grassroots organization of progressive veterans with more than 250,000 members, is proud to announce their final slate of candidate endorsements for the 2022 midterm elections.
Cheri Beasley (NC, U.S. Senate)
Barbara Lee (CA-12)
Mark Takano (CA-39)
Katie Porter (CA-47)
Mike Levin (CA-49)
Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)
Raul Grijalva (AZ-07)
Angie Craig (MN-02)
Sharice Davids (KS-03)
David Segal (RI-02)
Common Defense-endorsed candidates are individuals who we believe best capture the grassroots energy of our political moment to champion a policy agenda rooted in economic, social, and global justice. We are proud to announce this slate of endorsees because Common Defense is deeply committed to and engaged in grassroots organizing, and these candidates are running and leading with these values at the forefront.
“From health care to climate change to jobs, these candidates know what it means to put people first leading on issues that directly impact veterans’ lives across the nation,” said Naveed Shah, Political Director at Common Defense. “They are leading on issues that directly impact veterans’ lives across the nation, and their leadership is sorely needed in Washington. I am incredibly proud to endorse them.”
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.
Common Defense is a grassroots, veteran-led organization that was founded in 2016. We empower veterans to stand up for our communities against the rising tide of racism, hate, and violence, to organize against the entrenched powers that have rigged our economy, and to champion an equitable and representative democracy, where “liberty and justice” truly is for all. For too long, politicians from both political parties have attempted to use veterans as unwilling political props, and Common Defense serves as a home for veterans to organize and speak for themselves and support the candidates who truly share our values.