Our Revolution, the progressive political action organization and successor to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, is endorsing Democrat Mary Lupien for Rochester City Council. Lupien, a community organizer and teacher who lives in the Beechwood neighborhood, is just the second candidate in New York State to be endorsed by the organization in 2017.
“Mary Lupien understands through firsthand experience that the status quo isn’t working for the families of Rochester, and her campaign offers progressive solutions to lift up workers and expand opportunity,” said Shannon Jackson, Our Revolution Executive Director. “Mary’s passion for and experience in advocating for the marginalized communities and raising awareness about climate change will make her a powerful voice for fairness in the Rochester City Council.”
Our Revolution, a national 501(c)(4) organization, was launched in 2016 by the Sanders presidential campaign to continue its work. Its main goals are to revitalize American democracy by supporting progressive causes, empowering progressive leaders, and elevating political consciousness; the group’s local chapter, ROCitizen, announced its endorsement of Lupien in May.
The organization’s other New York endorsement came earlier this year, when it supported Democrat Christine Pellegrino in her race to represent the state’s Ninth Assembly District on Long Island. Though 60 percent of the district had supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, Pellegrino defeated her Republican opponent in the May election by 16 points.
“From the beginning, we’ve modeled our campaign after that of Bernie Sanders — we’re progressive and grassroots, we’re fighting for social justice, and we’re working to combat inequality,” said Lupien. “The support of Our Revolution validates our hard work to this point. I’m so grateful to have their endorsement.”
Lupien’s campaign recently gathered and submitted 1,957 signatures of registered city Democrats who want her name on the ballot for the Democratic primary for Rochester City Council. That total, nearly twice the required number, virtually ensures her a place on the ballot come Sept. 12.
A substitute teacher in the Rochester City School District, Lupien was among the leaders of Monroe County for Bernie Sanders in 2016. A resident of the Beechwood neighborhood in Rochester, she has spent the last decade fighting for social justice as a community organizer and volunteer. Locally, she has also received endorsements from the current City Councilwoman Carolee Conklin, Working Families Party, ROCitizen, Greater Rochester National Organization of Women (NOW), Rochester Regional Joint Board, Workers United and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 282.