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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. 

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AOC And Chuck Schumer Announce Funeral Benefits For Covid-19 Deaths

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AOC And Chuck Schumer Announce Funeral Benefits For Covid-19 Deaths

More than 27 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for Covid-19 and more than 468,000 have died. The avoidable death toll has caused emotional and financial pain to hundreds of thousands of families across the country. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Chuck Schumer are teaming up to get people benefits to cover unexpected funeral costs.

Rep. AOC and Sen. Chuck Schumer are highlighting funeral benefits to reimburse the families of loved ones who died from Covid-19.

The U.S. government passed a Covid economic relief bill in December to offer some support to the struggling economy. The bill gave some relief to Americans, including $600 relief checks. The previous administration made a show of wanting $2,000 checks before allowing the $600 to go through. The Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan is fulfilling that promise by getting $1,400 checks to Americans to deliver the rest of that $2,000.

Another allocation in the package is $2 billion to reimburse people for some of the funeral costs for Covid victims. According to Bankrate, the average cost of a funeral is around $7,640. This is a tough amount of money for people to come up with without an economic crisis brought on by a pandemic.

Americans can apply for up to $7,000 in reimbursement to cover funeral costs because of Covid.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez understands the financial burden a sudden death in the family can cause. It is something that more than 400,000 families in the U.S. are dealing with as Covid continues to spread and kill thousands of people in the U.S. daily.

“I lost my Dad when I was about 18 years old, and the funeral expenses haunted and followed my family along with many other families in a similar position for years,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said at a news conference announcing the funds. “When you suddenly lose a loved one, you’re talking about an expense of four or five, seven, 10 thousand dollars.”

The benefits are retroactive to the beginning of the pandemic.

AOC is quick to respond on Twitter and confirmed that the funeral benefits are indeed retroactive to January 2020. This offers all families who lost a loved one last year to be eligible for a reimbursement of those funeral costs.

The death toll of Covid is expected to continue to climb as vaccines are rolling out and the race against variants is ongoing. Some new strains of the virus spread faster and there is still work to be done to see if they impact the effectiveness of current vaccines.

The money to cover the reimbursements has been allocated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The two New York politicians teamed up to make this possible with $260 million of those funds going to New Yorkers.

Communities of color are still facing a disproportionate share of the Covid burden.

According to a study by the American Heart Association, access to a hospital plays a big role in why communities of color are disproportionately impacted by Covid. One of the most glaring reasons for the devastation in non-white communities is that hospitals are predominately in white communities.

“Our findings suggest that in order to address disparities in the burden of COVID-19 among vulnerable patient groups, we must focus on structural reasons for the higher rates of viral transmission and hospitalizations for Black and Hispanic patients,” Dr. Fatima Rodriguez, lead author of the study, which was funded by the AHA, said in a statement.

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Rep. AOC Opens Up About Being A Sexual Assault Survivor And Capitol Riots In Powerful IG Live

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Rep. AOC Opens Up About Being A Sexual Assault Survivor And Capitol Riots In Powerful IG Live

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most recognizable faces of Congress, used an Instagram Live video to share her experience in the Capitol riot. The congresswoman from New York also shared with the audience that she is a victim of sexual assault.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finally broke her silence about her experience during the Capitol riot.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was in the Capitol on Jan. 6 when a group of angry far-right extremists stormed the building. The Congress was in the process of certifying the election results to certify President Joe Biden’s victory. In the chaos, people died and members of Congress were rushed to secure locations to keep everyone safe.

There has been a lot of chatter that some Republican members of Congress are responsible for the attack. Some members of Congress have accused colleagues of giving rioters tours the day before the attack and two senators are facing calls to resign or expulsion over their connection. Sen. Josh Hawley and Sen. Ted Cruz are facing sustained nad bipartisan calls to resign after appearing to encourage the insurrection on Jan. 6.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez openly shared that she is a survivor of sexual assault. The moment comes at the beginning of the video as he breaks down the way some of her colleagues have talked about the riot.

“They’re trying to tell us to forget about what happened. They’re trying to tell us that it wasn’t a big deal. They’re trying to tell us to move on without an accountability, without any truth telling, or without actually confronting the extreme damage, physical harm, loss of life, and trauma that was inflicted on, not just me as a person, not just other people as individuals, but on all of us as a collective and on many other people,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says in the IG Live. “We cannot move on without accountability. We cannot heal without accountability. So, all of these people who want to tell us to move on are doing so at their own convenience.”

AOC highlighted how these tactics and this rhetoric is similar to that of an abuser. She calls out those using this rhetoric as hiding from what they did for their own convenience and how it something she has heard before.

“I’m a survivor of sexual assault and I haven’t told many people that in my life,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says as her voice cracks and she tears up. “When we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other and so whether you have a neglectful parent or whether you have someone who was verbally abuse towards you. Whether you are a survivor of abuse, whether you experience any sort of trauma in your life, small to large, these episodes can compound on one another.”

During that moment, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez hid in a colleagues office and feared for her life. In a previous Instagram Live video, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez spoke about how she had a moment when she feared for her life but could not say anything due to security issues. Her latest IG Live is open and free to discuss what happened and it is a terrifying ordeal.

At first, AOC took shelter in her office and had to hide in the bathroom as the attackers broke into her office.

“I just hear these yells of ‘WHERE IS SHE? WHERE IS SHE?’” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez recalls. “This was the moment where I thought everything was over. I thought I was going to die.”

“I felt that if this was the journey my life was taking, I felt that things were going to be okay — and that I had fulfilled my purpose,” Rep. AOC said through tears.

According to AOC, her legislative director Geraldo Bonilla-Chavez, told her to come out of the bathroom and that there was a Capitol police officer there who secured her office. Yet, something seemed off so the two fled to get to another secure location. That’s when they ended up in Rep. Katie Porter’s office.

This is when AOC changed into sneakers and gym clothes so she could run and blend if she had to. She continues to say that a real split between Democrats and Republicans has led to an environment of fear and that on the day of the insurrection, she never felt sully safe or secured.

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