Here’s Why AOC Spent The Weekend Behind The Bar Serving Up Drinks To Patrons During Queens Pride
Before Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines as a political force, the New Yorker was waiting on people. She has made no secret about the fact that she comes from a hard-working family, and she is no different. She knows what workers have to endure day in and day out because she has been one of them. Now almost a year since her victorious election, she’s showing her Capitol Hill colleagues that she’s not afraid to get dirty in the name of a good cause.
On Friday, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez returned to bartending to bring awareness to tipped workers who are demanding the increase of minimum wage.
The Congresswoman served up some drinks to patrons of a restaurant in
Jackson Heights, Queens in New York.
“The federal tipped minimum wage is $2.13 an hour. That is unacceptable,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said to customers, according to ABC News. “Any job that pays $2.13 an hour is not a job. It’s indentured servitude. All labor, all labor, has dignity and the way that we give labor dignity is by paying people the respect and the value that they are worth at minimum.
One thing that was clearly noticeable at the special event: she’s still got it.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “I was nervous that I may have lost my touch — still got it! That muscle memory doesn’t quit.”
Aside from tending bar, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was taking orders as a waitress.
“As a person who actually worked for tips and hourly wages in my life, instead of having to learn about it second-hand, I can tell you that most people want to be paid enough to live,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said.
She added on Instagram, “It’s far too easy to exploit tipped workers otherwise— which is why sexual harassment and labor violations run rampant in an industry that is up to 70 percent women and 40 percent single mothers. #RaiseTheWage will help countless people and families worry a little less and live more dignified lives. Let’s get it done.”
While we love seeing her back to her NYC roots, we’re happy to know she’s doing a whole lot more dirty work back in D.C.
Bartending wasn’t the only thing AOC did this weekend.
Later on in the weekend, AOC got sick but refused to let illness get in the way of showing up for Pride week. The New York Democrat turned to good ol’ Vaporu to crush her cold and turn up at Pride on Sunday.
“Couldn’t let this suit go to waste. Thanks to some extra rest, medicine + vaporu we were able to rally + join everybody for a bit at Pride today,” she tweeted Sunday afternoon in a post that included a photo of herself wearing a light blue crushed velvet pantsuit.
She later shared a video of herself with a box Dayquil and Nyquil calling it the “most Puerto Rican Dayquil.” “It’s got Vicks VaporRub on the pill,” she wrote before adding that the box would make her “abuela” proud.