Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Is Back To Serving Drinks In NYC, But She Still Has Her Job In DC
One of the most poignant moments in the Netflix documentary “Knock Down The House,” is when the director showed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tending bar. While many know her success story, a New York City girl who worked as a bartender and ran for Congress, we had never seen her doing the work until that documentary came out.
Seeing her behind the bar, getting ice from the basement, working as many people do, was a critical moment.
Here’s a real person who was serving people behind the bar, and is now serving the entire country from Capitol Hill. Now she’s back at it again…sort of.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is going back to do the job she used to, but this time it’s for a good cause.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez will be tending bar to bring attention to the federal Raise the Wage Act. She will be working at a restaurant bar in the Bronx, though organizers have not disclosed the location.
Democrats introduced the Raise the Wage Act in January, mainly by Sen. Bernie Sanders. According to Sen. Sanders’ website, “The bill would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024, index future minimum wage increases to median wage growth and ensure all workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities.”
Aside from serving drinks, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez will also be waiting on tables.
“We’re very grateful for our partnership with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who fully understands the struggles of these workers,” Saru Jayaraman, co-founder, and president of Restaurant Opportunities who is organizing this event told the publication. “As a former tipped worker, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez can shed light on the importance of One Fair Wage to lift up these workers and their families.”