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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Clapped Back On Twitter After GOP Leader Refused To Call Her By Her Name

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is currently a congresswoman (the youngest ever, actually) representing New York’s 14th district. She is a Latina who is not afraid to speak her mind. But being outspoken has unfortunately put her on the receiving end of a lot of hate. 

She is one of the most well-known politicians of our time, yet her colleagues want to pull a Mariah…

According to John Bresnahan on Twitter, GOP Leader, Kevin McCarthy is acting like he doesn’t know Ocasio-Cortez and refers to her as Congresswoman AOC. Reminder, she has been working in her current position for seven months, soon to be eight and is constantly on national headlines.

McCarthy did not respond to Bresnahan’s tweet, but Ocasio-Cortez replied with a smart remark and poked fun at the situation while also highlighting the immense amount of disrespect.

For those who do not know, Ocasio-Cortez’ initials are AOC, which she uses as her Twitter handle. However, you wouldn’t refer to your colleagues by their username on social media.

When you’re in public you don’t just say, ‘hey @[insertusernameyouthoughtofinhighschoolandneverletgoofhere], how’s it going?’ 

Users on Twitter came to laugh about the whole ordeal with Ocasio-Cortez.

But, just in case it wasn’t obvious that AOC is NOT her real name.

TBH, he probably has trouble rolling his Rs.

Pssst, the reason so many people call Ocasio-Cortez AOC is because they can’t pronounce her full name. 

If you’re going to refer to her by her initials, then at least get them right. It makes you wonder if she’s ever been in the same room as someone who has called her that. Imagine being in a meeting with her and referring to her as Miss OAC. Yikes. Awkward, right? 

It’s honestly not a very difficult name to say or pronounce. People were able to pronounce Daenerys, just saying.

Users slammed Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter for giving the tweet any attention.

No matter what she says on twitter, she will always be met with pushback. Even through Ocasio-Cortez was trying to make light of the situation, many people replied to her rudely and claimed she was complaining about it and asking for attention. 

The joke completely went over this person’s head. Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t think she’s important. She KNOWS she is a force to be reckoned with. You know you’re doing something right when you have a bunch of trolls in your replies trying to bring you down. 

Wow, I didn’t know that being referred to your actual name was a privilege.

Many of the replies under Ocasio-Cortez’ subtweet were also vile and rude. These comments claim that there are much “better” names to call the young politician, such as bartender and other derogatory names. 

Ocasio-Cortez once stated in a tweet that “ words matter, and can have consequences for safety.” Although no comments directly threatened her, it is important to remember that many of them are rooted in misogyny and are inherently violent. 

One thing I have learned is to NEVER let anyone butcher your name or take its pronunciation for granted. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel bad about your name. Whether it be in an academic setting or at the workplace, always stick up for your name, you deserve that. If people can take the time to say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, then they can say your name. 

*When you make a joke online and people come to bully you about it because they don’t know it’s a joke*

Twitter users came to Ocasio-Cortez’ side and defended her against the trolls. 

Twitter handles aren’t names. We aren’t that deep into our social media that we call each other by our internet names (at least not yet.) 

But the situation is so much more than just a string of 3 letters. 

Yes, AOC is what Ocasio-Cortez is often referred to as on social media and by the press. Her initials are instantly recognizable and we know exactly who they are referring to when see the letters, AOC. After all, referring to someone by their initials can be cool and fun sometimes because you can bring out a whole new persona out of them that you never knew existed. Let’s take RBG, for example. The initials stand for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Many people call her RBG and have even nicknamed her notorious RBG, but you would not go up to her and call her that. She’s worked too hard her whole life to not be called Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by her colleagues. 

No one can deny the importance of a name. Names represent who we are. When you refer to someone by their name, whether it be the one given to them at birth or not, it is letting them know that you see them. You are acknowledging their presence, what it took for them to get to where they are today, and most importantly that they are welcome there. 

In this case, calling Ocasio-Cortez by her name would mean to recognize her worth as more than just the new person in Congress. Even though others in Congress might not support her views or agree with her completely, she managed to get a seat in the government despite her age, background, and lack of income because people believed in her vision for a better future. It’s like when you and a co-worker hold the same position in a job and they still baby you because of your age. She is not a child, nor is she a naive newcomer who doesn’t know what she got herself into. She is a fierce Latina fighting for what she believes in and should be treated with respect. 

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story


Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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