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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. 

Could This Young Woman Of Color Be The Next AOC? This Progressive Political Group Hopes So

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Could This Young Woman Of Color Be The Next AOC? This Progressive Political Group Hopes So

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Inspired by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mckayla Wilkes of Maryland has got her sights set on 2020, challenging House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for his seat. In fact, Wilkes has been influenced so much by AOC’s run for Congress in 2018, she’s now secured backing from Brand New Congress – the same progressive group that supported Ocasion-Cortez’s campaign way back when.

That’s swell and all, but why do we care?

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There’s plenty of reasons to care about Wilkes and who she is: she’s a black, working-class, 29 year-old mother-of-two studying political science in Waldorf, Maryland. When you compare her to Steny Hoyer and his background – essentially an old, white man serving his 20th term in office – you can definitely imagine that Wilkes would be more familiar with the everyday struggles that most of us face, than Hoyer. “He’s not for people that are my family, my friends, my coworkers,” Wilkes said in an interview with Buzzfeed. “It shows in the policies that he sponsors and that he endorses, and it shows in the donors that he gets his contributions from.”

Wilkes has been extremely candid and open about her past and her struggles.

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It’s easy to see that Wilkes is as genuine as it gets, as she’s also been upfront about her past. “I just don’t want any secrets … I want everything to be out there. It’s not like I’m the only person who goes through these things,” she said, having publicly spoke about her time in jail as a teen and young adult. Wilkes has admitted to going through a rough patch, and also spoke about the abortion she had when she was 19: “It’s not like it’s something easy to do,” she told BuzzFeed recently. “It’s not an easy decision to make. But I feel like women should have that right. … My body is not a political playground. There’s no room for [politicians] in the room with me and my doctor.”

Sure, she’s more representative of the population, but what does Wilkes stand for?

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In short, it seems as if Mckayla Wilkes is running on a platform that’s kinda similar to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Things like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, affordable housing, overhauling the criminal justice system and even initiating impeachment proceedings against Trump are all on her to-do list, should she be elected. And yeah: none of these policies are gonna be easy to institute, especially as the Democrat’s current position doesn’t support impeachment. But, whoever said that running for office – and getting things done – would be easy?

She is committed to raising money for her campaign directly from her constituents.

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However, Wilkes is clearly driven by her morals, and isn’t afraid of a challenge. She’s also committed to staying away from PAC money and is seeking funding through other means. It’s meant that, since launching her campaign in June, she’s raised $70,000 from door knocking. To put it in perspective, Hoyer raised just $185 in the first quarter of 2019 from grassroots donations … and over $650,000 from other sources. What this means for Wilkes is that, having fundraised exclusively through donations from the community, her decisions and policies are tied directly to her constituents – and not other interests. More power to her, right?

It sounds like Wilkes is definitely for the people – but what is she up against?

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Well, there is the obvious: Wilkes is running against an incumbent, and one who’s got plenty of funding and connections to boot. It’s not easy to run against someone who’s in that position. Especially when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) made an announcement earlier this year that if an organization supports candidates challenging an incumbent House Democrat, the party would cut them off from business. It means that even simple things like securing advertisers becomes that much harder for someone in Wilkes’ position.

Wilke’s campaign will be a challenging one to win but she’s got her eyes on the prize.

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Chances are that Wilkes’ campaign will face more challenges than what Ocasio-Cortez saw, too. The population of Maryland’s 5th District is 60 percent white. However, New York’s 14th District, where AOC ran for her seat, is 18 percent white. Political pundits speculate that because 2020 is a presidential election year, it’s highly likely that younger and more diverse voters will show up to have their say – which in turn should help Wilkes.

Mckayla Wilkes is no fool, and she knows that she needs to lean into the fact that she not only represents a more diverse face in the race for Congress, but also a deeper, more tangible connection to the average Joe. “That’s … what sets me apart from Hoyer and also the majority of people in Congress,” Wilkes said to the media, “because I would not be able to sleep at night knowing that I’m denying my sister health care or that I’m denying my friend a place to live or that I’m denying my classmate a place to live. So, for me, it’s personal.”

AOC Has Receipts For Abuelas That Breakdowns The Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Reasons Why You’re Not Having Kids

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AOC Has Receipts For Abuelas That Breakdowns The Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Reasons Why You’re Not Having Kids

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is always here to break down complex ideas into digestible ones for constituents. A true public servant, AOC highlighted why millennials aren’t having children in a single tweet. However, while millennials might be the first generation in the United States with a lower birth rate, fertility rates around the world have been steadily dropping. 

It’s no surprise, in a modern world where information is accessible and social services are not, having children is a much easier decision than bringing a child into an unstable world. Population decline has pros and cons. With increasing concerns about water, land, and food scarcity caused by climate change, fewer resources require fewer people in need. Nevertheless, civilizations are meant to proliferate in order to function. Fewer births mean a smaller labor force to ensure the society operates healthily. Moreover, when less young people are able to contribute to social services for the elderly, like Medicare, they suffer as well. 

Now you might be able to see how a simple issue of fewer people having babies, can have a negative domino effect with serious economic implications. Countries like Japan, where birth rates have declined to reach new lows, are already experiencing similar effects. While we each have a right to decide if we have kids or don’t, it is clear that if people were inclined to believe their children might have a future better than theirs, they might choose differently. 

AOC reveals why millennials don’t have children.

“When people chastise millennials for not having or delaying starting their families after growing up in a recession, here’s one big reason why,” AOC said in reference to Washington Post opinion writer Elizabeth Bruening’s near $8,000 medical bill after giving birth. This was the cost after insurance. 

Meanwhile, 40 percent of Americans don’t have more than $400 in their savings account, how can anyone be expected to pay for such a massive expense with or without health insurance? This, of course, doesn’t include the cost of childcare, and the loss of income most women who have children experience after taking leave from the workforce. 

Childcare is too expensive.

TheNew York Times surveyed 1,858 men and women millennials between the ages of 20 and 45. When asked why they are delaying having children or not having children at all, 64 percent said childcare is too expensive, 44 percent said they can’t afford to have more children, and 43 percent financial instability was the cause. All of these reasons are related to money. Moreover, Pew Research has connected lower fertility rates to a poor economy since the 2008 recession. 

The world’s population is expected to nearly stop growing.

According to Pew Research, the world’s population is expected to nearly stop growing by the year 2100. This is the first time such a thing has happened in modern history. The population is expected to reach roughly 10.9 billion by the end of the century, but annual growth is expected to be 0.1 percent, a huge decline. Since 1950 the population has increased between 1 percent and 2 percent — that’s 2.5 billion more people. 

Immigration has often been a remedy for declining populations. But we live in a time where xenophobia is heightened, and even citizens don’t get to live out the so-called “American dream.” 

In the future, everyone is a senior citizen. 

“Between 2020 and 2100, the number of people ages 80 and older is expected to increase from 146 million to 881 million,” according to the United Nations’ 2019 World Populations report. “Starting in 2073, there are projected to be more people ages 65 and older than under age 15 – the first time this will be the case.”

This is not good. When one age group becomes the dominant culture it can have a stronghold on the direction of that society. Consider the fact that the reason why our political landscape looks the way it has (bad) for so long is because the Baby Boomer generation has been the largest voting bloc up until 2018 (any coincidence that’s when the Blue Wave happened?), thus it is their values, priorities, and beliefs that are best represented in the United States. 

“The Latin America and Caribbean region is expected to have the oldest population of any world region by 2100, a reversal from the 20th century,” according to the UN report. 

While we all get older, progress is often instigated by younger generations. This is why Republicans fear college campuses. Without young people to steer us away from unhealthy traditions and values, what will become of us? These are structural issues the government must repair. So if you want to solidify a future for your child or future child, in 2020 vote for a candidate who makes children a priority. (Spoiler: that candidate probably won’t belong to the party that lets little children die in cages.)