Kerri Evelyn Harris

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Kerri Evelyn Harris


Kerri Evelyn Harris is a Delaware activist.

Background

Kerri Evelyn Harris is a veteran, advocate, and community organizer.

I’ve dedicated my life to public service. I live in Kent County, work in New Castle County, have a daughter in Capital School District, and organize throughout Delaware to make sure every person has a voice in the policies that affect their daily lives.

Kerri Evelyn Harris childhood comes from a diverse, multicultural family that instilled values of equality, opportunity, and respect for all people, regardless of background. My parents were advocates and organizers who taught us the value of public service. My family history shaped the person I am today, and instilled these core values that continue to drive me.
I first answered the call to service in the aftermath of 9/11. As a loadmaster in the Air Force, I transported troops and equipment from Dover to bases across the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. I witnessed the cost of war. I saw soldiers suffering from PTSD who were unable to make the trip back overseas. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity rebuilding houses along the Gulf Coast. I was an airman by day and a volunteer construction worker by night. It was one of the most meaningful times in my life.
I returned to civilian life in the depths of the Great Recession, and like millions of Americans I struggled to make ends meet. I worked odd jobs—from cutting grass to frying chicken at a chain gas station—and by the grace of God, we were able to keep ourselves housed, clothed, and fed. By day I worked on cars in an auto body shop, but when time allowed, I volunteered with the local Red Cross, at homeless shelters, and coached my daughter’s soccer team. My parents taught us to always be of service to others, even in the midst of our own struggles, and those lessons kept me moving forward even in times of hardship.[1]

Activism

Kerri Evelyn Harris answered the call to service within my Delaware community. As the Program Director for Achievement Matters, she lead a team working with youth to close the educational achievement gap. Through the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, she teaches young people how to fight for social change. Harris also works with the Center for Popular Democracy on solutions to the opioid crisis, healthcare, immigration, and taxes, and as the Kent County Coordinator for Network Delaware, she is "organizing to increase engagement throughout Delaware".[2]

US Senate campaign

In 2018 Kerri Evelyn Harris primaried Senator Tom Carper.

Winnie Wong support

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Democratic Socialists of Delaware endorsement

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Justice Democrats

Kerri Evelyn Harris DE SN was endorsed by Justice Democrats for 2018.

Ocasio-Cortez support

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is deploying members of her growing campaign staff to help another liberal upstart seeking to unseat a longtime Democratic incumbent.

Early July Ocasio-Cortez this week decided to send at least three paid campaign staffers to Delaware to help Kerri Evelyn Harris, an Air Force veteran and community activist who is challenging three-term Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, in a Sept. 6 primary.

Harris, a political novice based in Dover, Delaware, began her campaign in February, seeking to run to the senator's left. She is only the second Democrat to challenge Carper since he joined the U.S. Senate in 2000.

There is no reliable polling to gauge Harris' viability in Delaware, where just a few thousand Democrats voted when Carper faced a primary challenge in 2012. If she wins, Harris would be Delaware's first biracial lesbian woman to serve in Congress -- and the first-ever to serve in the U.S. Senate.

At least three of Ocasio-Cortez's paid staffers will move temporarily from New York to Delaware by next week to help Harris ahead of her Sept. 6 primary against Carper, according to Corbin Trent, an Ocasio-Cortez spokesman. Another New York-based staffer will help with Harris's digital outreach, according to Drew Serres, a spokesman for Harris.

The spokesmen acknowledged that the move is partly a thank-you to Harris and five members of her campaign team who traveled to New York to campaign for Ocasio-Cortez in the closing days of her primary against Crowley.

In the weeks since her victory, Ocasio-Cortez has leveraged her newfound star power and influence to endorse like-minded liberal Democrats running for office up and down the ballot. Among others, she has endorsed Brent Welder, a congressional candidate in a Kansas City-area district challenging GOP incumbent Kevin Yoder; Abdul El-Sayed, a Michigan gubernatorial candidate running for an open seat; and Julia Salazar, of Brooklyn, is hoping to unseat incumbent Democratic State Sen. Martin Malave Dilan.

Like Harris, these candidates are all aligned with Justice Democrats, a group co-founded by Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks and other leaders of the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, who are seeking to recruit and support leftists willing to run for open seats or challenge incumbents - even if those incumbents are Democrats. The candidates generally seek to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, support "Medicare for All" and want to drastically slash college tuition costs.

Harris was among the nearly 600 people arrested last month during a demonstration in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington to protest the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that led to the separation of immigrant families that illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.[3]

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  3. [https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-deploys-campaign-staff-to-help-another-liberal-democrat/CBS News ED O'KEEFE CBS NEWS July 12, 2018, 5:00 AM Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez deploys campaign staff to help another liberal Democrat]

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