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Here Is Some Inspiration For Your Own AOC-Themed Graduation Cap For The Powerful Chingonas Graduating

Graduation season is here and you might need some inspiration and reassurance from role models you can relate to. We seriously can’t think of a politician that has inspired the Latino community in the United States, and women in every corner of the world, more than Congresswoman Alexandria “The Great”. This amazing young woman from the Bronx of Puerto Rican heritage has made her short but impactful political career out of pure intelligence and ability to debate and stand by her values, which are based on the betterment of communities and in leaving no one behind in the national agenda (this includes, of course, being proactive when it comes to the environment and the many threats it is currently facing). 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes in community and in holding the powerful accountable for their wrongdoings. This has certainly caused quite a stir in the echelons of Washington power and has inspired a multitude of jovencitos who want to follow on her steps. Alexandria has a BA from Boston University, she graduated cum laude from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2011, majoring in international relations and economics. So when old white dudes try to mansplain her in Congress… well… they simply can’t. She is academic at heart, so she can come back with facts and logical argumentation. ESO ES TODO, AOC! We can’t wait to see where her political career will lead her: maybe a presidential run in the future? Who knows, so far the sky has been the only limit for this rising star of the Democratic Party. 

It is no surprise, then, that in this graduation season AOC has inspired students. Some might even honor her in their graduation caps! There are some pretty cool designs that need to be showcased.

 If you are graduation soon you might even get some inspo here! You will need to get creative, visit the crafts shop and maybe watch one or two YouTube tutorials, but we are sure you will do a fantastic job. You can even share the results on our social media channels! 

The first rule of politics: subvert the narrative!

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AOC has been demonized by some Republicans that think she stands against their ideals. This mockup MAGA hat sends a powerful message and is just so creative. Maybe a nice ironic touch to your graduation cap? 

Alex from the block!

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We love how AOC represents young urban cultures. This design merges the iconic Notorious B.I.G with our Congresswoman. This would be an amazing design to wear on top of your cap. 

Love is in the air

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A simple I LOVE YOU goes a long way. Young female graduates across the country could make a powerful statement throwing this design into the air at the end of their ceremony. Felicidades!

Alex the magnificent superhero

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We wonder if there is any other seating member of Congress who has their own comic book. Why not copy the image of AOC slaying the elephant and making the donkey second guess his options and make it grace the top of your hat? The times they are a’ changing! 

Latina and iconic

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We love the simplicity of this design. Bold colors. We love the Brown beauty in AOC’s face! Get your paint ready and stamp this on top of your cap. 

Barack was HOPE, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez means change

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This iconic style was made famous during the 2008 presidential campaign. If Obama was all about hope, AOC is all about change: change in the system, in how minorities are perceived, in how women can voice their concerns in the topmost spheres of political power. Graduation is also synonym with a big change in your life, so why not matar dos pajaros de un tiroand use this super powerful design. 

Or perhaps this bolder option?

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Nos encanta the look on her face: looking defiantly into the future. It is that attitude that has led her to political success even if she is under-30, and it is the attitude you will need as you step into the workplace post-graduation. A cambiar el mundo. 

Nuestro origen, nuestra identidad

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been quite vocal about the many ways in which she is proud of her indigenous and Black heritage. We love this image that reminds us both of urban cultures and street art, and of the bold, in-your-face aesthetics of boricua art. It is somewhat easy to copy, so get your hands dirty and creative and see how this looks on your cap. It will certainly get tons of attention. 

What about this design, but with your university’s colors? 

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This design is simple and you can even order a print online if you wish. You can adapt the yellow and use your alma mater’s colors. The thing about AOC is that her success story resonates with so many college students: she bartended and worked her butt off to get where she is. 

She is an amazing nerd, and we know it

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We love the simplicity of this, and it could be totally transferrable to a graduation cap design. AOC has created a great presence in Congress: we are sure that many have found themselves temblando de miedo at the sight of her power suit and her glasses. They know they are in for a true old-fashioned grilling. You better get your facts straight before you confront her! 

Giving out Frida vibes

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Frida Kahlo are both icons of Latina feminine identity: smart, creative, idealistic and mujeres hechas y derechas. We love this floral portrait of AOC that gives us all the Frida vibes! 

From the street to your cap!

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This mural popped up in the Lower East Side and we think it is a design you could copy with pastel colors or chalk on your cap. Simple, yet dignified, just like our representante en el Congreso de los Estados Unidos

A few strokes of the brush will do

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This will do…. you can even get your mami to embroider this image if she has time and is willing! 

We are totally in awe of this amazing inspirational quote

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What a quote. AOC has been the target of vicious, sexist and racist remarks ever since she made her appearance in the political scene. She is an example: es valiente y persistente, the qualities you will need as a graduate. May the force of proud Latinos and proud mujerones like AOC be with you, regardless of your age, ethnicity or gender. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Push For A Bernie Sanders Presidency Might Just Be The Fight We Need

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Push For A Bernie Sanders Presidency Might Just Be The Fight We Need

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As the 2020 presidential election draws ever nearer, the stakes are growing significantly higher for the candidates of both major parties—and quickly. In the case of the Democrats, the top four candidates (Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg) are all closely ranked in New Hampshire and Iowa, and it’s no secret that Iowa is a particularly important state when it comes to forecasting election season. This week, the Des Moines Register poll showed Sanders with a mild lead in this Midwest state, a stat that bodes well for him in the coming months—well, at least, it might. At this point in the game, it’s really impossible to guess what’s to come, especially in the midst of the chaos surrounding our military conflict with Iran and the impeachment of President Trump.

In addition to a millennial-friendly position on a wide range of issues—from healthcare reform to student loan forgiveness—many folks are speculating about Senator Sanders’ success resulting from his endorsement by none other than AOC herself.

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Sanders back in October, and ever since, she’s stood alongside him in several early-voting states, drawing major crowds in Nevada, California, New York, and, of course, Iowa. Sanders’ approach to policy may already pique the interest of the millennial generation, but AOC is, herself, a millennial—she speaks to this age group from her own perspective as a progressive young person, appealing to her peers with firsthand knowledge of what matters to them most. She’s impassioned, savvy, likeable. And she’s not just exciting the millennial demographic—she’s appealing to all kinds of Democrats.

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a leader in the progressive movement,” said Jeff Weaver, longtime adviser to Sanders. “She is broadly popular, frankly, among Democratic voters. She is particularly strong with young voters, voters of color. She’s an important national voice and adding her weight to the political revolution is a real coup for us.”

It’s definitely clear that AOC and Sanders are making waves across the country, establishing powerful connections with legions of unlikely and diverse Democratic constituencies. And as they continue to generate energy and excitement, people are starting to wonder: Will AOC ultimately inherit the progressive movement headed by Sanders? Will she occupy the White House one day?

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Again, no one can answer these questions right now. But in the meantime, the political duo is leaving a powerful imprint on enthusiastic delegates, paving the way for what might end up being a highly productive race for the Democratic socialists. With that said, it’s important to remember that Joe Biden is currently favored in Nevada and South Carolina, placing him and Sanders in a sort of limbo, hovering at a similar point  in the race. But if one of them ends up gaining early momentum, either candidate could potentially emerge as a singular favorite by the time Super Tuesday arrives in March.

Waleed Shahid, a former aide to both Sanders and AOC, acknowledged the pair’s recent visit through California, saying that Sanders would benefit from further establishing himself within the Super Tuesday state—a move that would allow him to expand his already strong position among Latino voters. (In surveys of Latino Democrats, Sanders typically polls first or second.) And AOC is, without a doubt, boosting his ratings among this demographic: to make sure their message is being heard, she’s been delivering campaign speeches entirely in Spanish to Latino crowds.

Even if there’s no way to predict AOC’s future role in the Democratic party, there have been hints as to what might come to pass if Sanders is chosen as the Democratic candidate for this year’s election.

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In an election endorsement interview with The New York Times Editorial Board, Sanders said that it was “a little bit premature” to name a running mate, as the first nominating contest is still weeks away. But he continued by saing, “I think Joe [Biden] has had eight years as vice president: probably enough.” He added, “I believe in diversity. I believe and know that my administration and my cabinet will look like America looks like. I’m not going to tell you who it’s going to be.”

While Sanders may be trying to keep his plans on the down low (he isn’t wrong, after all—it is a bit early to start naming potential running mates), it’s clear that he and AOC have a similar vision and a sincere, collaborative chemistry. Plus, he did tell ABC in November that she would “play a very, very important role — no question” if he becomes president. He has even taken to occasionally citing remarks by AOC during his speeches, reiterating that they share a parallel perspective for the future of our country. At this point, all we can do is speculate about a Sanders/AOC ticket. Ya veremos!

AOC Said In Any Other Country She And Joe Biden Would Not Even Be In The Same Party

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AOC Said In Any Other Country She And Joe Biden Would Not Even Be In The Same Party

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New York Magazine profiled the superstar progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fondly known as AOC. The 30-year-old The Bronx native was not afraid to vent her frustrations with Vice President Joe Biden and the right-leaning centrists who seem to dominate the Democratic Party. 

AOC shared the same concern as many progressives: that centrists control the party at a crucial time for democracy and have a misguided approach to governing during a time when the Republican Party refuses to cooperate. 

AOC said she and Joe Biden don’t belong in the same political party.

When reporter David Freedlander asked her what she thought her place might be should Joe Biden become president, her response was candid, to say the least. 

“Oh God,” she said. “In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are.”’

Freedlander describes AOC as the tenacious hopeful many estimated her to be. She sees no reason to comprise on her values and will fearlessly stand against what’s popular. Notably, in 2019, she was the only Democrat to vote against funding the government because that would mean funding ICE. This might seem like it should be the standard — a leader with a strong sense of justice — but in a representative government, it is more common for Democrats to acquiesce to popular sentiment (i.e. centrist and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waiting for public approval to impeach the president, rather than what the law dictates). 

AOC feels these Democrats cave too easily on the demands of the more conservative members of the party.

“For so long, when I first got in, people were like, ‘Oh, are you going to basically be a tea party of the left?’ And what people don’t realize is that there is a tea party of the left, but it’s on the right edges, the most conservative parts of the Democratic Party,” the representative of the New York’s 14th district said.

AOC describes tension within the party with one side successfully attempting to pull it right, and the other side also quite successfully trying to pull it left (i.e. the rise of progressives like the Squad, Elizabeth Warren and AOC’s 2020 pick Bernie Sanders).  

“So the Democratic Party has a role to play in this problem, and it’s like we’re not allowed to talk about it. We’re not allowed to talk about anything wrong the Democratic Party does,” she said. “I think I have created more room for dissent, and we’re learning to stretch our wings a little bit on the left.” 

AOC says that she learned from her own experiences that fear has begun to dominate how politicians govern.

The freshman congresswoman recounted an incident where she wanted to sit in on a meeting in Pelosi’s office. It was about the Green New Deal, but other members of the squad chickened out at the last minute. AOC wasn’t sure if she should go? Would the move infuriate the eventual House Speaker? 

“I was terrified,” AOC told New York Magazine. “I learned a lot about how fear shapes the decisions of elected officials: ‘I know this could be bad, and this could make someone mad, and I don’t know exactly how they would drop the hammer on me or what hammers would be dropped.’ It felt like the right thing to do, and when you say that people think it’s a form of naïveté and that it’s childish, but I don’t think it was.”

Much of the conflict exists between the moderates and progressives because of what is at stake. While moderates appear more concerned with winning elections to expand the party’s power, according to AOC, progressives seem more concerned with policy-making. That means they aren’t afraid to challenge other incumbent Democrats in elections. However, Freedlander notes that moderates have challenged far more incumbents than progressives lately. 

Progressives are too threatening to some of the more seasoned Democrats.

“As a consequence of my victory, many people are inspired to run for office, and in a body where 70 percent of the seats are safe red or safe blue, that de facto means a lot more primaries,” she said. 

Dissent is a healthy party of democracy, that is why it is protected by the First Amendment. The differences between moderates and progressives can be good: healthy competition can breed better results. However, it can be confusing for voters when such a large spectrum of values and priorities exists within one party. The person who wants Sanders to win probably has little in common with a candidate like Biden. The massive disparity forces voters to either compromise their values or become apathetic. 

“Democrats can be too big of a tent,” AOC said summing up the issue.

But if there’s one way to change politics, it is by changing the attitudes of voters. AOC wants to get more people involved, and she wants to do it by making politics more understandable. 

“Politics should be pop because it should be consumable and accessible to everyday people,” she said. “I think that’s what populism is about.”