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For Immediate Release


Press Release

People’s Action and Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorse Mandela Barnes for Senate


People’s Action and Citizen Action of Wisconsin today announced their endorsement of Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes to represent Wisconsin in the United States Senate. The groups cited Barnes as one of the top opportunities for progressive champions to win in Republican-held turf in 2022, cheering his strong positions on jobs, labor, and climate issues. Barnes is running a movement politics, people-powered campaign and will work to advance the People’s Action People’s Platform once elected.

“As the son of a teacher and a UAW worker, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is one of us,” People’s Action Director of Movement Politics Brooke Adams said. “He’s the candidate who will unite everyday people of every race and background–rural and urban–in Wisconsin to defeat Ron Johnson in November.”

“We do not have to guess about Mandela’s values–we have been working with him since his early days as a social justice organizer,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin.  “He was a founding member of our Southeastern Wisconsin chapter where he helped us build grassroots power and served on our Board of Directors. Most importantly, he supports our bold progressive platform, and will prioritize our two top issues: making health care a fundamental right and transforming the economy to avert runaway global warming in a way that dramatically improves economic and racial equity. If elected, Mandela would become the third former Citizen Action of Wisconsin board member in Congress, joining U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Mark Pocan.” 

As a result of this endorsement, Citizen Action of Wisconsin and People’s Action will mobilize their members and volunteers on Barnes’ behalf, including using their proven deep canvass strategy to reach persuadable voters across the state. These organizations will be crucial to Barnes’ victory in the general election, as they are building power in rural areas as well as urban areas. Bridging the urban/rural divide is a requirement for a winning Democratic senatorial campaign this year.


People's Action builds the power of poor and working people, in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through issue campaigns and elections.

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