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Here’s What AOC Has Done Since Taking Office

Before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became a Congresswoman earlier this year, she was just a bartender, living off tips in the Bronx. She became interested in politics after her father died without leaving a will and AOC was locked into a long probate battle. She told The Intercept that the experience helped her learn “firsthand how attorneys appointed by the court to administer an estate can enrich themselves at the expense of the families struggling to make sense of the bureaucracy.”

It’s been just three months since she’s been sworn into office and she’s following through on her campaign promises to work for the people. That simple cause has shaken the core of politics to the point that the GOP has found their new ‘radical’ obsession. Here’s a headliner grounded in facts, comadres.

AOC was sworn into Congress on January 3, 2019.

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Of course, AOC invited her mami, Blanca Ocasio-Cortez to be by her side during the swearing in. AOC represents New York’s 14th congressional district, which includes parts of The Bronx and Queens.

Her very presence marked one of the first Democratic Socialists to take a seat.

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AOC and Rashida Tlaib are the first two members of the Democratic Socialists of America to have a seat in Congress. That means she advocates for progressive economies that closely resemble Finland and Sweden, not Cuba and Venezuela as her haters claim.

On Day 1, she participated in a climate change protest outside Nancy Pelosi’s office.

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This is pretty earth-shattering for a freshman Congresswoman to be calling out her own party. AOC is breaking the system and staying rooted in the people.

Since then, she’s drafted and proposed a Green New Deal, which will basically save the human race.

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In order to pay for the Green New Deal, AOC has been making lots of FOX News headlines for proposing a 70 pertcent marginal tax rate on incomes above $10 million. Let it be known that this rate had been in effect for decades before the GOP changed the law.

She published her Green New Deal proposal to a Google Doc.

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Millenials taking office means politics becoming accessible to everyone. Literally, every single American with access to the internet could view her edits, and send her feedback.

She’s coining new terms to advance her the people’s political agenda.

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It doesn’t matter what you believe if the end result of that belief is worsening wildfires, hurricanes and heat waves. Thank goodness AOC is here to put out these ignorant-fueled political fires.

And is clapping back harder than ever. 👏

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They will look for anything to hold against her. This was in response to a conservative outlet reporting that she left a Green New Deal protest in a 19 mpg van. Her tía loaned her the van for the day. 🙄

In fact, her social media savviness is so impressive that she was appointed to teach Congress how to use social media.

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Sign me up for that class, AOC. Please distill your wisdom and only share with those of us who are worthy. It’s basically a superhero power these days.

AOC recently interrogated Michael Cohen to the point that he implied Trump may have committed tax and bank fraud.

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When Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, appeared before the Oversight Committee, AOC pointedly asked him if he ever inflated property values for bank or insurance purposes. Some folks asked why she never became a lawyer, and she responded that she couldn’t afford it.

AOC has also invited the American people on a tour of her Congressional orientation.

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Nope, she didn’t suddenly become an elusive politician overnight. She’s still making her mac ‘n cheese on Instagram Live taking your questions.

During her first month in office, dozens of supportive post-it notes were placed on her nameplate.

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The Superintendent of House Office Buildings removed the post-it notes because they obscured the braille on her nameplate. Nonetheless, it’s the thought that counts.

She’s bringing her Latinidad into every room.

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She actually went up in front of Congress and sang the ‘sana, sana, colita de rana’ song for good luck! That means she had the 40th pick of offices to choose from.

She’s also calling bull on the pushback Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is receiving for her advocacy for Palestinian people.

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Did Rep. Omar poorly word her statement calling out the state of Israel’s financing of American politics? Yes. She did not yell out “Go back to _____” to anyone. We still don’t know which GOP member yelled that at AOC.

AOC is actually calling her constituents.

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Oh, did we mention that her entire campaign was funded by the people? Not a single dollar from lobbyists means that we know that she’s hired by the people and not by corporations.

She’s solving the problems local to her district.

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All politics are local politics. This is what Congress members should be doing for their constituents.

AOC might be the first ever congressperson to actually pay her interns a living wage.

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Why is that important? That means that people who don’t have the privilege of a trust fund can make their way into politics. It opens the door for a much more diverse set of experiences.

In a nod to suffragettes, AOC wore all white to Trump’s State of the Union speech.

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The first Black woman elected to Congress wore white on her first day, along with Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to run for president. Hillary Clinton wore the white suit to Trump’s inauguration.

AOC was a key speaker in the Women’s March held in January 2019.

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At the 2019 Women’s March, AOC rallied for intersectional feminism that’s based in a new concept of justice. “Justice is not a concept we read about in a book. Justice is about the water we drink. Justice is about the air we breathe. Justice is about how easy it is to vote. Justice is about how much ladies get paid.”

Well done, AOC. Keep up the good work.

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Her willingness to continue to fight for her conjsituent’s needs and wants is something to admire.

READ: AOC Fights Back Against Allegations She’s A Hypocrite When It Comes To Protecting The Environment

Venezuelan Blackout Claims 21 Lives, Opposition Leaders Blame Maduro Regime

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Venezuelan Blackout Claims 21 Lives, Opposition Leaders Blame Maduro Regime

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Venezuela was thrown into darkness over the weekend as power failed across the South American government. Power went out abruptly on Thursday night leading to chaos and desperation in a country already facing a prolonged and debilitating crisis. The blackout worsened the already troubled mess gripping Venezuela. So far, 21 people have died because of the blackout according to opposition leaders.

Power outages have left Venezuela crippled since they were first reported on Thursday afternoon.

Venezuelans continue to flee the failing South American country with no hope for a future in their homeland. Some parts of Venezuela have been without power for almost five days. The power outage is the last straw for some Venezuelans who have been holding out for Venezuela’s success and President Nicolás Maduro’s inevitable defeat.

The power outage has devatasted the already strained and failing healtchare system in Venezuela.

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María Corina Machado, an outspoken member fo the opposition party, tweeted about the reality of what the power outage looks like for the vulnerable people in Venezuela.

“And the babies in incubators? And the patients in intensive care? And those who require dialysis today? And those who need to keep their chemotherapy medications in the refrigerator? You are responsible for these deaths,” Machado tweeted. “You will face justice.”

One video of a woman carrying her 22-pound 19-year-old daughter’s body is showing the human toll the crisis and political struggle is causing in Venezuela.

According to Daily Mail, Elizabeth Díaz watched her daughter die in her arms during the power outage. The daughter was suffering from cerebral paralysis and severe malnourishment when she fell ill on Saturday. Despite going to two different medical facilities, Díaz was turned away by medical professionals due to the power outage and walked to a local morgue. Her daughter’s body is still in the morgue since she can’t afford a burial for her daughter.

Venezuelans living abroad has tweeted the impact the power outage has had on their family’s lives.

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The Venezuelan blackout is being blamed on mismanagement and corruption within the Maduro regime that has crippled the Venezuelan economy. Venezuelans have taken to the streets in recent years demanding that Maduro step down as the country’s president but he has refused to let go of power.

Maduro and his government officials are blaming the blackout on an orchestrated cyber attack led by the U.S. government and the opposition.

“The power outage and the devastation hurting ordinary Venezuelans is not because of the USA,” tweeted Mike Pompeo, the Secretart of State, in response to Maduro’s claims of U.S. interference. “It’s not because of Colombia. It’s not Ecuador or Brazil, Europe or anywhere else. Power shortages and starvation are the result of the Maduro regime’s incompetence.”

Doctors are working in the dark to help patients in need during the blackout.

The Venezuelan government has not given citizens nor the international community an indication of how long the power will remain out in the country. Videos of women giving birth in dark hospitals throughout the country are being shared on social media.

There are reports that newborn babies and vulnerable patients are dying in hospitals in Venezuela due to the lack of power.

The blackout was reportedly caused by a failure at the San Geronimo B substation.

San Geronimo B produces 80 percent of the electrical power for Venezuela and the substation has been down since Thursday. There is no idea when the substation will be back online. Employees are the substation were sent home indefinitely as the country stayed dark throughout the weekend.

President Nicolás Maduro is claiming that the government is fighting to get the elctical system back online.

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“We continue to wage a strong battle to free the National Electrical System,” Maduro tweeted. “Progressively, we are working to prevent and protect the system from attacks intending to block the reconnection. With hard work, love, and resistance, we will overcome.”

Interim President Juan Guaidó took to Twitter to share is concern about the ongoing crisis.

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“Without light, water, food, the desperation can lead people to a limited state of taking sustenance for themselves,” Guaidó tweeted. “The reports coming out of various cities are consistent of the usurping regime continues to impede on the solution of the crisis.”

There is no end in sight, according to some experts, and the world waits to see if Venezuela will find their way out of this power crisis.

READ: The Crisis In Venezuela Is Worsening. Here’s What You Should Know Right Now

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