‘The Squad’ fundraiser in Detroit ahead of the primary

Dressed in T-shirts bearing slogans ranging from “Rashida’s Got Our Backs” to “Abort Court,” roughly 400 supporters from across the state lined up hours earlier to attend a fundraiser for progressive Democratic congresswomen who understand the self-styled “Team.”

Michigan U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib joined forces with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilham Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon at Cass Technical High School in Detroit to rally supporters and raise money for nine days only. ahead of Michigan’s primary election on August 2.

Tlaib of Detroit will face Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, Lathrup Village Mayor Kelly Garrett and former state Rep. Shanelle Jackson of Detroit for the Democratic nomination in the race to keep her seat.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, is also expected to campaign for Tlaib this Friday in Pontiac.

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Artists and community members kicked off the event with a recitation of Sojourner Truth’s speech, “Ain’t IA Woman”; a dabke dance performance; and a rendition of Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman,” which brought the pleasantly excited crowd to their feet, clapping and dancing. As the congresswomen entered the auditorium stage, the audience shouted well wishes for Tlaib’s 46th birthday, which coincided with the event.