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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Unapologetically Bringing Puerto Rico To The Halls Of Congress

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, lovingly nicknamed ‘AOC’ has already terrified the GOP to the point of scrutinizing her every move, clothing choice, and even a goofy dance video. AOC never goes on the defense. Our favorite Congresswoman has been on the offense to get legislation passed that will protect us and generations to come from climate deniers, wall builders and more.

Her Latinidad is one of her greatest strengths and feeds into this force of nature that just won’t quit. All the while, she seems to be having fun with it.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t magically gone from a 28-year-old woman to a 65-year-old vieja overnight.

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She won’t be told how to dress, try as they might. She’s keeping it real for us in every single way. She is not one to be told what she can and can’t do because she is speaking for her constituents, not special interests.

The only fashion statement she’s made thus far has been a nod to Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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In her own Twitter captioned words she says:

“Lip+hoops were inspired by Sonia Sotomayor, who was advised to wear neutral-colored nail polish to her confirmation hearings to avoid scrutiny. She kept her red.

Next time someone tells Bronx girls to take off their hoops, they can just say they’re dressing like a Congresswoman.”

Even during the heights of her victory, she’ll never lose the sobering reality of Puerto Rico’s status.

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That’s right. While those of us on the mainland were able to pull for her with our votes, the entire island of Puerto Rico can never vote in federal elections. It is something that has been mentioned more and more often in recent days and there is energy to fix that.

AOC is bringing the ancestral powers of la Sana Sana into her legislation.

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Well, at least into the location of the office where she’ll be drafting all that legislation. Everyone does a lucky dance or wears a lucky pin, but AOC is repping all of us with the generations-long superstitious suerte canción.

She claps back at Fox News in Spanish just to mess with them.

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After a Twitter user tapped AOC to let her know a four person panel on Fox News was discussing her shoes, she just tweeted out Aventura’s lyrics, “No, no es amor / Lo que tú sientes, se llama obsesión.”

Her shoes were going on display at Cornell along with other items of clothing from women who were successful in politics, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Coretta Scott King.

“We did not come to play.”

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The overwhelming majority of the freshman class of Democratic Congresspeople are women, LGBTQ,  and nonwhite. Ocasio-Cortez has even gone up against veterans in her own party to make the Green New Deal a reality, and force Nancy Pelosi to take climate change much more seriously.

Every time the GOP tries to dehumanize her, she reminds them that she’s not here to play any games.

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Ocasio-Cortez is not letting anyone talk down to her. Instead, she claps back with grace and civility needed in politics today.

She’s here with us and for us with the rallying cry of Cesar Chevaz y Dolores Huerta.

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“Si, se puede” was the rallying call for a wildly successful campaign to unionize migrant farmworkers in the U.S. back in the 1960’s. Today, AOC is using it as the rallying call for all of us who care about the children dying at the border, in detention facilities, and in rampant climate-change fueled fires and floods across the U.S.

AOC brought her mom to her swearing in.

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Caption: “What can I possibly say except thank you? So many people sacrificed so much for this to happen – my mother most of all..

My mamá was born + raised in Puerto Rico. She practically raised her siblings in poverty while her own mother worked nonstop to provide food and shelter. She met my father, a Bronx boy visiting isla family, at a young age. They married + moved to NYC – she didn’t even speak English. My parents started from scratch: new languages, new life, new everything. Then came me, and they moved to start over again so I could have an education. Mami mopped floors, drove school buses, + answered phones. She did whatever she needed to do, for me. When my father died, she was left a single mother of 2, and again she had to start over. After he passed we almost lost our home, so we sold it and started over. & over. & over.”

You’re not done crying yet. AOC really loves her mom.

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Caption continued: “This week I was sworn in as the youngest woman in American history to serve in the United States Congress. I hope that record is broken again soon. As I raised my hand for the oath, my mother held the holy book & looked into @SpeakerPelosi’s eyes. Afterwards, the Speaker said to her “you must be so proud,” and my mother began to cry.”

She celebrates Three Kings Day!

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She celebrates it in both Spanish and English. Give us a Congresswoman who leaves the decorations up until a week into the New Year, gracias.

She bakes cookies while talking about colonial sugarcane fields in Puerto Rico.

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That’s right. AOC sees sugar and feels the need to speak up on her IG Live to talk about how US companies are profiting off the land of Puerto Rico, rather than the impoverished citizens themselves. Otra vez, this is what colonization looks like.

AOC is educating conspiracy theorists with straight facts about Puerto Rico.

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It’s like, hi, hello, let me tell you about how Puerto Rico is not a socialist country. It’s not even a country at all. It is a part of the US and needs to be treated that way and given the respect is deserves.

Plus, it’s pretty clear that AOC is in Congress to create legislation to protect Puerto Rico.

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She has a five point plan on her campaign website that discusses the ways that she’ll work to change how the United States relates to Puerto Rico.

Some even hope that she’ll work to grant Puerto Rico statehood.

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Good thing we have a new lawmaker in town whose going to change those laws that prescribe second-class citizenship to so many people. ICYMI, the Jones Act hamstrings the Puerto Rican economy in a way that no other American communities face, implementing additional fees and taxes on imports and more.

At the very least, she’s fighting like hell to rectify the damage Wall Street has made to Puerto Rico’s economy.

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Yup, all this debt is circa 2008 irresponsible and unjust behavior mounted by vulture funds. The Marshall Plan will help give Puerto Rico modern infrastructure and renewable energy systems, AKA a return on their taxes.

She refuses to white wash history.

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Yeah, that’s because she learned the brown history from all our own parents that they keep out of the white history books. Bet there are young, white “woke” kids just learning this stuff now because history books just can’t be trusted to tell the whole truth.

She’s on the side of truth and justice, not politics and image.

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I mean, she’s been entirely transparent. Last year she was a bartender, probably talking passionately with people about all the injustices and why people in power aren’t using their power to change it. I’m here for her in every way.

Just this week, she’s reporting the news in Puerto Rico that nobody else will.

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Domestic violence has skyrocketed on the island, along with a growing opioid crisis. There’s no therapy. As this crisis grows, of course, others do as well and women are paying the price.

The world is a scary place right now, but AOC is not muting herself to fit into the political status quo.

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She’s brown, red-lipped and proud and thank God for that. Follow @AOC on Twitter to get all the juicy clapbacks at conservatives that you can use on your crazy tios, and @Ocasio2018 on Instagram for posts about mamis that will make you cry.

More than anything, call your reps and tell them what you want them to focus on. Care about Puerto Rico’s collapsing society? Call. Care about children dying in detention centers. Whatever it is, let’s all be more like AOC and own our power in this world, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll survive it.


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These Latinos Are Going To Play A Major Role In Disrupting Politics In 2019 And Beyond

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These Latinos Are Going To Play A Major Role In Disrupting Politics In 2019 And Beyond

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One of the biggest misconceptions in U.S. politics is implying that all Latino voters have the same political inclination. First and second generation, Mexicans, Cubans, Venezuelans, Dominicans, and Puerto Ricans are often thrown into the same basket, which is a grave political mistake.

Truth is that the Latino vote is diverse: some voters defend migrant rights while others question what they call “cue jumpers”. Some align with what the Democrats do in terms of foreign policy, while others defend the hard line that Republicans often have against regimes such as Maduro’s in Venezuela or the echoes of the Castro dynasty in Cuba. Truth is that the Latinos make up about 17 percent of the U.S. population. According to the Pew Center, 69 percent of Latinos voted for the Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections, while 29 percent voted for Republicans, and Latinas voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in a 73-26 percent ratio versus Republicans.

The race is on.

Leading up to the 2020 presidential election (believe us, it is closer than you might think!), here’s 20 Latino politicians you should keep your eye on.

1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, United States Representative

Political Party: Democratic Party

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Did you know? She is the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. She is also one of the most vocal opponents to the Trump Era. She has not been afraid of speaking out against the POTUS, even calling him a racist in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

2. Julian Castro, Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Political Party: Democratic Party

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Did you know? He is one of the many Democrats who is waiting to hear on what Joe Biden plans to do for 2020. He was one of the youngest and most dynamic members of the Obama administration. He has announced an interest in running for the presidency in 2020.

3. Antonio Villaraigosa, Former Mayor of Los Angeles, Co-Chair of Mercury Public Affairs

Political Party: Democratic Party

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Did you know? He was adored by Angelenos during his tenure. Even though he has not expressed his desire to run for office in the near future, he works as a policy consultant and we would not be surprised if he came back to the political arena soon.

4. Filemon Vela Jr., US. Representative for Texas

Political Party: Democratic Party

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Did you know? He has been some of the most vocal people against President Trump’s immigration policies. The fact that he speaks out against injustice in a state like Texas, where immigration is a hotly contested topic, speaks volumes of how much he is willing to risk politically to follow his ideals.

5. Cristóbal Alex, president of Latino Victory

Political Party: leaning towards the Democratic Party

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Did you know? He is one of the main actors when it comes to mobilizing the Latino vote. Together with actress Eva Longoria, he founded Latino Victory, described as “a progressive political action committee working to grow Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government.”

6. Mario Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund

Political Party: conservative, Republican-leaning

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Did you know? He is a key member of grassroot efforts to empower Latino voters. He does so through the Hispanic Leadership Fund, which, according to its website “is the first center-right non-partisan national Latino advocacy organization governed exclusively by Latino political and public policy professionals.” He is a constant feature in TV interviews when it comes to Latino issues, so we will see plenty of him leading up to the 2020 elections.

7. Carlos Curbelo, former United States Representative for Florida

Political Party: Republican Party

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Did you know? Unapologetically conservative. He is one of the main targets for Democrats. He is young, Catholic and the son of Cuban exiles. He takes on hot issues like immigration without budging but lost his seat in the 2018 midterm elections to Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

8. Lincoln Díaz-Balart, former United States Representative

Political Party: Republican Party

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Did you know? He is one of the strongest political voices in the generally conservative Cuban-American community in Florida. He has created a powerhouse duo with his brother Mario Diaz-Balart.

9. Mario Díaz-Balart, United States Representative and Transportation, Housing + Urban Development Subcommittee Chair

Political Party: Republican Party

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Did you know? He has a solid and constant Twitter presence contrary to many old-guard Republican politicians. Together with his brother Lincoln he is one of the leaders of the Cuban-American community. He knows that political families appeal to some voters and we are sure to hear much more from him in the coming months.

10. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, former United States Representative from Florida

Political Party: Republican Party

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Did you know? A veteran politician who was the first Cuban American and first Latina to be elected to Congress. We all know how important Florida is in elections (remember Gore vs Bush?). Yes, here she is a few years ago with salsa queen Celia Cruz. She championed trans right in a conservative state when her son transitioned.

11. Ruben Gallego, United States Representative

Political Party: Democratic Party

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Did you know? This U.S. Representative for Arizona is only 39 years old. He is a Harvard graduate who is bound to become a rising star in his party due to his charm and bright mind. He was even a Marine, so he has got it all.

12. Vicente Gonzalez, United States Representative

Political Party: Democratic Party

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Did you know? He has become one of the fiercest opposers to the border wall. In a statement, he said: “It is increasingly worrisome that the president is not kept accountable for his rhetoric – be it online or on any platform. No, Mr. President, you cannot shut down the Southwest Border as a bargaining chip for your useless border wall proposal. The American people need to understand that this action would have vast, terrible implications for American consumers and businesses.”

13. Susana Martinez, former governor of New Mexico

Political Party: Republican Party

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Did you know? She has it all to climb the ranks of the Republican Party after she just finished her tenure as governor of New Mexico. She is a woman and she is a Latina, which appeals to an elusive electorate for the GOP.

14. Brian Sandoval, former governor of Nevada

Political Party: Republican Party

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Did you know? He just ceased to be governor of the almighty state of Nevada, which generates millions and millions of taxes. He just joined MGM Resorts as an executive, where he will have a lot of political leverage in the upcoming elections, particularly given Trump’s history with casino ownership.

15. Albert Morales, Senior Political Director at Latino Decisions

Political Party: former Democrat

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Did you know? He is based in D.C. as the mastermind of Latino Decisions, a company dedicated to Latino political opinion research. They have worked with people like Hillary Clinton gathering data on the Latino vote. Morales will be key in defining strategies for various candidates, most likely Democrats.

16. Darren Soto, United States Representative

Political Party: Democratic Party

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Did you know? He is of Puerto Rican origin, which makes him more than appealing to Florida voters. One of his key platforms is gun control. People like Darren will be key for Democrats in the hotly contested swing state come 2020.

17. Marco Rubio, United States Senator

Political Party: Republican Party

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Did you know? After being defeated by Donald Trump in the 2016 primaries he has no intention to run for 2020 and has expressed his support of the current President. As the prospect of Trump not ending his presidency has gone from lunacy to distant probability, Rubio could become one of the frontrunners to challenge the Democrats. Do not count out the possibility.

18. Joaquin Castro, United States Representative

Political Party: Democratic Party

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Did you know? No, you are not seeing double and we didn’t make a mistake. Joaquin is the twin of Julian (scroll up to No. 2 in this list). They were born to a Chicana political activist, so social justice and human dignity run through their veins. Latino Kennedys, anyone?

19. Eva Longoria, activist

Political Party: Democratic Party

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Did you know? Yes, she is better known for her role in Desperate Housewives, but she is a political powerhouse. She has a degree in Chicano studies from Stanford, leads various NGOs to support Latinos and women, and has spoken at the Democratic National Convention. She will certainly get her voice heard as we head up to 2020.

20. Nanette Barragán, United States Representative

Political Party: Democratic Party

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Did you know? The representative from Long Beach, California went to the border with fellow California politician Jimmy Gomez to meet with migrants at the border. The two representatives sat with the migrants in the cold and demnaded access to the processing center that Border Patrol said was at capacity. They were denied entry to verify Border Patrol’s claims.


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  1. Gigi says:

    When your Puerto Rican relatives and neighbors start paying taxes and vote to become a state, they too can have a vote. Voting rights are restricted to the states, with all the responsibilities that go with it. EXCEPT, this year, the Demoncrats went down to probably organize lists of voters for 2020, with false addresses in America for more ballot harvesting. 1 vote, with ID must be the voting standard.