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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. 

Historians And AOC Agree That Detention Centers Look Like Concentration Camps But Conservatives Don’t Want To Hear It

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Historians And AOC Agree That Detention Centers Look Like Concentration Camps But Conservatives Don’t Want To Hear It

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In the years since Donald Trump took up the role of president of the United States, the front pages of newspapers and media sites have depicted images of starving children behind bars and parents being separated and detained from their infants. Social scientists and historians specializing in internment camps and have said that today’s U.S. detention centers look pretty similar to the dawn of earlier historical atrocities and yet the question of what these images evoke are still being questioned.

Conservatives aren’t happy with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez once again after the novice representative for New York’s 14th congressional district likened Trump’s actions to the early phases of the Holocaust.

During a recent streaming on Instagram Live, Ocasio-Cortez said that “The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border.”

“The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are — they are concentration camps,” Ocasio-Cortez said to an Instagram Live audience on Monday. “And if that doesn’t bother you … I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that we should not, that ‘never again’ means something… The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the home of the free is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it.” The phrase “never again” has become used by Jewish people when talking about the Holocaust.

During her stream, Ocasio-Cortez also pointed to the thousands of migrant children were being held in facilities that had been used to detain Japanese Americans during World War II. 

Ocasio-Cortez’s reference relates to last week when the Department of Health and Human Services, which is meant to care for unaccompanied migrant children, announced that it would begin to use Fort Sill Army Base, located in Oklahoma, to hold minors. The base was formerly an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. It was also used previously by the Obama administration as a base for detaining migrant children.

Ocasio- Cortez referred said that how we proceed in addressing the current “crisis” as a country will work as a reflection as to whether or not we are losing our principles and values to an “authoritarian and fascist presidency.”

“I don’t use those words lightly. I don’t use those words to just throw bombs. I use that word because that is what an administration that creates concentration camps is,” Ocasio- Cortez said. “A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist, and it’s very difficult to say that, because it is very difficult to accept the fact that that is how bad things have gotten, but that is how bad things have gotten.”

In response, Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, accused the democrat of disrespecting the Jewish people killed during the Holocaust.

“Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this,” the Wyoming Republican tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez quickly responded “Hey Rep. Cheney, since you’re so eager to ‘educate me,’ I’m curious: What do YOU call building mass camps of people being detained without a trial? How would you dress up DHS’s mass separation of thousands children at the border from their parents?”

We Are Loving The Respect And Credit These Grads Are Giving Their Farm Working Parents For Their Sacrifices To Give Their Kids The World

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We Are Loving The Respect And Credit These Grads Are Giving Their Farm Working Parents For Their Sacrifices To Give Their Kids The World

Graduation ceremonies are a little slice of life and society. Behind every cap and stole there are stories of heroism and struggle not only involving the graduates but often having to do with their parents. Moms and dads all over the world have done their best to see their children enjoy better opportunities in life. As the value of labor has shifted from privileging manual work and trades to giving more to those who work with information, traditional occupations such as farming have been affected by a decline in wages and by the crushing shadow of big companies (nowadays it is very hard for any farmer to subsist on their own). That is why stories that involve farmer parents seeing their kids graduate from university are so inspiring. If you have worked in the fields as a picker or even if you have done some gardening under the blistering sun you know how much of a toll working in a field can take on your body. If you haven’t, look to a father’s or uncle’s or Abuelo’s hands and focus on the callous surface that endless hours of working with la tierra has done to the skin. Every wrinkle tells a story of survival and proud trabajo

In honor of farmers worldwide, and to celebrate Farm Workers Day, we have chosen some inspirational snippets of life featuring graduates and their farmer parents, who worked with their hands so their offspring’s mind could thrive. There are not enough ways to say gracias, are there? 

This graduate who honors her farmer parents

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Merced Anna Ocegueda is a Latina college senior who graduated from University of California, Merced, earlier this year. This 22-year-old psychology major posted this picture on Twitter. As they say, una imagen dice + que mil palabras. Her parents are still wearing their picking equipment. Her post went viral and soon newspapers started knocking in the door. Ocegueda told The Fresno Bee: “My parents came here for a better future and a better life for their children. “The educational opportunities weren’t great. My parents encouraged me to better my education so I wouldn’t have to work in the fields like them.” 

For Selena Huapilla-Perez graduation she dressed up in her cap and gown and posed in the fruit fields alongside her parents to honor their sacrifice as farmers. ⁣

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In a post about her gruadtion, Huapilla said “I always tell my parents, my sisters and brother that this belongs more to them than to me.” This year she graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Michigan State University. ⁣

This recent grad went above and beyond to make her dreams come true, thanks to her hard work, and her parent’s struggles.

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Erica Alfaro, a 29-year-old, dedicated her master’s degree with her parents and celebrated with a powerful photoshoot where they work.

This Brazilian queen who thanked her farmer parents during her graduation ceremony

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It is a moment worthy of a few tears. A Brazilian student stops the party, descends the stairs and calls her parents. Everyone claps. They all know that her family is de origen humilde and that they have moved Heaven and Earth for her to be there. You can watch this tender and empowering moment here

Farmer parents sure teach some good ethics and excellent saving skills

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If precarious conditions can teach you anything is that you gotta take care of what you got. Farming is such a serendipitous occupation (a flood or a tornado can wipe out the years harvest and any earnings for the coming months, as many farmers have recently experienced throughout our climate-change-stricken planet), that those que trabajan en el campo know that life is better with no debt. What a great lesson. Hard work, dedication. 

De tal palo tal astilla

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So who is proud of who? The farmer father who sent his son to college or the son whose father sent him? Well, it is both. Struggle can either bring people closer together or split them apart. We hope it is always the latter. 

Can you spare a minute and read this amazing story?

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India is a country where social mobility is almost impossible. Many regions of the Southeast Asian country still live under a caste system that basically translates in zero opportunities for those who are born with nothing or with very little. That is why this story from the amazing storytelling collective Humans of Bombay is so powerful. It is the story of a father who had to migrate to the city from his farming village. There, he leads a simple life but makes sure his son goes to university. The son’s attitude will melt your heart. Does the story sound familiar? We are sure it resonates with many Latino families across the United States. 

The son of a Filipino farmer who got a full scholarship at Harvard

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The Philippines is one of the most unequal countries in the world, an impoverished nation that up until today has failed to keep up with other Asian economies. As much as 15% of Filipinos work overseas as domestic workers or construction workers. Those who live in the country need to work extra hard just to make ends meet. So the story of Romnick Blanco, the son of a rice and vegetable farmer, is the stuff that dreams are made of. He received a full scholarship to study at Harvard after excelling at his high school in Manila. By the way, he had to cross a river every single day to go to school

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His father was a cocoa farmer and his mother sold coal, he is now a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania

 
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Conditions for farmers in Africa are tough, as multinational corporations pay low wages for prices products such as cocoa.  Shadrack Osei Frimpong is a Ghanian dynamo who excelled at school and made his way to the United States. He is now giving back to his community, establishing a tuition-free girls’ school in his village. What an inspiring young man. Those who succeed despite a tough beginning are often the most generous and amazing human beings. African youth face many challenges, including guerrilla warfare, human trafficking and disease, so it is amazing to see ow someone from a rural area could actually work towards better conditions not only for himself, but for his whole community. 

Last but not least, this Indonesian son of farmers who graduated from Columbia University in New York City

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Robinson Sinurat is the fifth child of a family of seven. His parents did not finish their schooling because of financial struggles, so the odds were stacked against Robinson. He knew that he wanted to study physics, so he borrowed money from a friend to pay for university fees in Indonesia and ate only once a day. After graduating from college he worked in an NGO in the capital city of Jakarta, where he started studying English to apply for graduate school. His academic and professional accomplishments caught the eye of Columbia… and the rest, as they say, is history. You can read all about his improbable journey here.

This hombre hermoso from Thailand whose dirty clothes speak of a tough life

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The contrast is striking. This Thai farmer almost looks shy in front of the camera. The moraleja is clear: be very, very thankful for everything that your parents have done for you. 

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