Keady 2020 on the Issues
The Keady 2020 campaign is about building a movement with the everyday people of New Jersey's #Fighting4th Congressional District.
Together, as part of the national political revolution, we are going to fight for:
Medicare for All
Together with a broad national coalition of non-profits, unions, and community organizations, we will fight for the health and well-being of all Americans and support the vision of single-payer, Medicare for All that guarantees quality healthcare to every citizen of our nation.
Green New Deal
Together with the Sunrise Movement, 350.org, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Extinction Rebellion, and Friends of the Earth, we will fight for the Green New Deal to combat climate change, take on the fossil fuel industry, transition to a carbon-free energy system, and create millions of good-paying “green jobs” for this and future generations.
College for All
Together with students and educators from around the country, we will fight for tuition-free public college and trade schools for all, as well as student debt cancellation. We must invest in education, not burden students and families with debt.
Together with Planned Parenthood, the Abortion Access Front, NARAL, National Organization for Women, and the American Civil Liberties Union, we will fight for full access to abortion and reproductive healthcare.
Together with groups like Black Lives Matter, Color of Change, the NAACP, Know Your Rights Camp, and #Cut50, we will center our campaign in the fight to end institutional racism and eliminate it wherever it exists.
Free and Fair Elections
Together we will fight to get big money out of politics, publicly fund our elections from the School Board to the Oval Office, overturn Citizens United, and make sure that the mantra, “one person – one vote” is the political reality for our Republic.
Tax on Extreme Wealth
Together we will fight to close the wealth gap and address income inequality in our nation. We will fight for a progressive tax system that will fairly target the extreme wealth of the top .01%.
Together with the trade union movement, we will fight for living wages, collective bargaining rights, and rebuild America’s middle class.
Reinvesting in Public Education
New Jersey currently has one of the best public education systems in the nation. Together with educators, students, and education advocates, we will fight to continue investing in education best-practices here in the Garden State and around the nation. Every American has a right to a good education.
Jim Keady is a Progressive Leader
For the past two decades, Jim Keady has been deeply committed to advocating for grassroots social, racial, environmental, and economic justice.
Jim has stood in solidarity with women to defend Planned Parenthood, held the line with locked out union workers, and supported students demanding action from our elected officials to enact common sense gun safety reform.
Here's just a small example of where a lifetime of activism and service has taken Jim Keady:
Beyond "Sit Down & Shut Up"
When Hurricane Sandy slammed into NJ, Jim Keady had spent a month in the trenches helping his neighbors get cleaned up. Two years after the storm, Governor Christie was using Jim's hometown of Belmar as a prop for his claimed post-Sandy accomplishments. Jim wasn't having it. He knew that thousands of Sandy survivors were still not home. Jim stood up and spoke out for the Sandy survivors and the rest is NJ political history.
The "sit down and shut up moment" brought so much national attention to the plight of Sandy families, more recovery money went out the door in the following three months than had gone out to those families in the previous two years.
Asbury Park City Council
By running an aggressive grassroots campaign, grounded in progressive values, Jim Keady was elected to the City Council in Asbury Park in 2005. Jim was the only candidate from his ticket win against the entrenched opposition. This made it clear the day after the election that Jim would need to find ways to work with his colleagues to get anything done.
Jim remained true to his role as the loyal opposition, but he was able to find common ground and work with his colleagues to get things done - including affordable housing, job training, and community-driven redevelopment.
Humanitarian Aid Deployments
Ever the man of action, when the refugee crisis exploded in Europe in 2015, Jim Keady booked a flight and went to help. Jim was waist-deep in the Aegean Sea in his wetsuit, helping Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghani refugees get safely to shore, getting them settled in the refugee camps, and advocating for them ever since.
Jim has also made humanitarian aid trips to Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, helping where he could in the wake of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Dorian, the devastating storms fueled by the climate crisis.
Running My Family's Small Business
In 1982, Jim's dad realized a lifelong dream and bought a local tavern in Ocean County. When Jim was in high school and college, he worked at the tavern as a dishwasher, prep cook, line cook, and bartender. When Jim's dad passed away 6 years ago, his mom asked him to come run the family business.
Jim meets a payroll for 25 employees every week, he manages a 6,700 square foot physical plant, and he's responsible for all the operations of a multi-million dollar small family business. Democrats need more progressive small business owners in office and Jim Keady certainly fits the bill.
Athlete and Coach
Jim Keady is a former two-sport high school athlete at Christian Brothers Academy here in NJ04. Jim went on to play Division I soccer as a scholarship-athlete at St. Joseph's University (PA). He continued his playing career professionally with the NJ Imperials of the USISL.
Jim has coached soccer at local high schools including St. Rose and Asbury Park, and he currently coaches at CBA. Jim also coached at St. John's University (NY) at the time, the defending NCAA Division I defending National Champions. He is the former co-owner of both Upper Ninety Soccer Schools and the GK1 Club - with these outfits Jim has coached kids from every town in NJ04.
Educating for Justice
While Jim Keady was an assistant soccer coach at St. John's University (NY), the school started to negotiate a $3.5M endorsement deal with Nike. As part of the deal, Jim would have to wear and promote Nike products. He refused because of Nike's labor rights abuses in their overseas sweatshops. Jim resigned in protest, and became the first athlete in the world to say no to Nike because of their sweatshop abuses.
In solidarity with Nike's workers, Jim moved to Indonesia and lived in slum, trying to survive on Nike's sweatshop wages of $1.25 a day. He lost 25lbs in a month, sleeping on a cement floor with roaches and rats. In 2001, he formed the non-profit organization, Educating for Justice, to advocate for workers. Jim did that work full-time for nearly a decade-and-a-half, until in 2014 he was arrested in Jakarta, detained, questioned, deported, and banned from Indonesia.
Keady 2020 In The News
We are going to raise a lot of hell and make a lot of news fighting for the political revolution in NJ's #Fighting4th Congressional District. Here are some stories from our past accomplishments.
Solidarity with Students Demand Action
Jim Keady speaking in solidarity with students demanding action on common sense gun reform.
Syrian Refugee Crisis
Jim Keady spent the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 on Lesvos, Greece to help refugees from war-torn Middle Eastern countries find new lives in the west.
Exposing Sweatshop Conditions
Jim Keady moved to Indonesia to live among Nike factory workers to shine light on their sweatshop conditions. In one month, he lost 25 pounds.
Hurricane Maria Relief
After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Jim Keady made multiple humanitarian trips to provide aid to the people of the island.
“Sit Down and Shut Up”
Two years after Hurricane Sandy, Jim Keady helped bring a national spotlight to Governor Christie's mismanagement of the recovery effort and got results for Sandy survivors.
"Wear Nike, Drop This Issue or Resign!"
Jim Keady resigned his position as an assistant soccer coach at St. John's University to protest sweatshop labor used by Nike. He later sued Nike and St. John's.
Join the Fighting Fourth
To win this race, we are deploying a grassroots army that will knock on doors, make phone calls, send text messages, and always, always be organizing for the victory.
We are not focused on the polls. We are knocking on doors. We are not focused on the pundits. We are knocking on doors. We are not focused on arguing with people on social media. We are knocking on doors.
This is how we win.
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