NJ Senate Candidate Patricia Campos-Medina Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza

Jan 10, 2024 | Press Release

“I Am The Only Candidate In This Race Who Lived In A War Zone… I Am Calling for An Immediate Ceasefire.”

Califon, NJ— U.S. Senate candidate and longtime New Jersey labor leader Patricia Campos-Medina today announced her support for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, tying her call for peace to her harrowing experience living through civil war in El Salvador as a child.

“I was a child during the brutal civil war in El Salvador. Growing up I saw the violence of war, daily artillery attacks, dead bodies in the streets, bombings, kidnappings, and disappearances of family members, neighbors, and the deaths of countless civilians. I remember military helicopters landing in my backyard, troops taking over our family home and my immediate family torn apart, with us children suffering displacement and family separation that lasted for eight years.

“I condemn 100% the terrorist crimes committed by Hamas against the people of Israel. The atrocities committed on October 7th against Israeli citizens, women and children are horrendous and a crime against humanity. In defending itself, Israel must follow international law to protect all civilian populations. Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are real, disgusting and totally unacceptable. We must stand for an end to violence against civilians, children, women, and families on any side in any war.

“I also condemn the killing of over 13,000 women and children in Palestine. Today, 70% of casualties in Gaza are women and children according to the United Nations. Half of Gazans are now at risk of starvation. This is a humanitarian crisis, and those numbers are unacceptable.

“I am the only candidate in the NJ race for the US Senate who lived in a war zone. And because I know the trauma of war firsthand, I support a negotiated peace agreement, an end to the violence against innocent civilians, the release of all hostages from Gaza and the release of uncharged civilians being held in the West Bank.

“I am calling for an immediate ceasefire and urge the U.S. government to use every diplomatic and economic power to protect all civilians, women, and children. Diplomatic negotiations are needed to de-escalate this conflict and avoid a broader war in the region.

“I know what war is like and I will always do all that I can to prevent it, to encourage peace and the protection of civilian lives across the globe. I was fortunate to survive a brutal 12-year civil war in El Salvador. After eight years of family separation, my brothers and I eventually reunited with my mom and dad in the United States. But I will never forget the trauma of war. And I will never stop fighting to keep families together, to protect children and invest in peace.”

BACKGROUND

Campos-Medina announced on January 3rd that she is running for U.S. Senate to bring her fight for working families to the United States Senate and bring much-needed representation for Latinos to Washington. A true testament to living the American dream, Campos-Medina fled civil war as a child, was raised by a working-class family, pursued higher education with the robust support of her community, and has spent the last three decades fighting for American workers and New Jersey families as a policy advocate, community organizer, and labor educator.

In a video released last week announcing her campaign, Campos-Medina shares her inspiring journey as a Latina immigrant woman and as someone who intimately understands how issues like the economy and jobs, war, immigration policy and economic community investment impact the daily lives of countless New Jerseyans and their loved ones.

ABOUT PATRICIA CAMPOS-MEDINA

Dr. Patricia Campos-Medina, a nationally recognized labor leader and community organizer, brings a wealth of experience and a proven record of expertise to her candidacy for the United States Senate. With three decades of dedicated service in grassroots and union organizing, electoral campaigns, government affairs, and organizational management, Patricia is a proven champion for working families. Her commitment to higher education and labor education is reflected in her academic journey, from earning a scholarship to attend Cornell University to achieving a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Patricia’s journey as the daughter of immigrant workers escaping civil war informs her dedication to championing education as the key to a brighter future. Her resilience and commitment to diversity and inclusivity stand as pillars in her quest to represent all New Jerseyans in the U.S. Senate. As a policy expert, Patricia has demonstrated leadership in national and state legislative campaigns, where she has tirelessly fought to protect the rights of American workers, ensuring their ability to join unions, advocating for workplace safety, affordable healthcare, and dignified retirements. Patricia Campos-Medina is not just another candidate; she is a Jersey Girl ready to restore integrity, accountability, and trust in our politics, fighting for the opportunities every working family deserves. Visit www.Patricia4Senate.com for more information.