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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Victory Lap Rallies To Abolish ICE, Erase Student Loan Debt And Keep Organizing

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Alexandria Ocasio-Ortiz was just elected to represent New York’s 14th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, making her the youngest woman in history, at 29 years old, to be elected to Congress. While that alone is a huge accomplishment, Ocasio-Cortez is just getting started.

In her victory speech Tuesday night, she named abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), erasure of student loan debt and healthcare for all is “what we deserve as a nation.” Meet the freshly minted politician and her policies to change the New York political landscape.

“This is the beginning.”

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During her victory speech Tuesday night, Ocasio-Cortez made it clear that every person who helped secure her values to victory is coming with her to Washington. Given that Ocasio-Cortez refused to accept any campaign contributions from lobbyists or special interests, she truly was buoyed by the community.

Her name on the ballot was a major upset in the primaries, when she unseated a 10-term Democratic incumbent.

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She quickly was made famous nationwide for such a historic upset. Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley raised $4 million more dollars than her campaign did, and yet, her progressive views won The Bronx.

Today, she is the youngest woman in Congress.

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She broke the record of Republican Elise Stefanik, who was elected in 2014 at age 30. Ocasio-Cortez will assume office on Jan. 3, 2019.

Before running for office, she was a bartender at a Mexican restaurant.

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She was born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents and graduated from Boston University. After college, she moved back to the Bronx and waited tables while fighting the foreclosure of her family home after her father died of lung cancer in 2008.

When she found out she was purged from the NY voter rolls and couldn’t vote in 2016, she got pissed.

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Instead of doing nothing, she campaigned hard for Bernie Sanders and then traveled to Flint, Mich. and Standing Rock. Seeing people put their whole lives into their community helped Ocasio-Cortez realize that politics isn’t just for the powerful and rich.

Yet, on election day, she was thinking about the disenfranchised island of Puerto Rico.

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She has not been shy about legitimizing questions around Puerto Rico’s political status. In a tweet back in February, she pointed to the federal government’s lackluster response to starvation, hospital shut downs and delayed death tolls because “the US gov has refused to ANY discussion of PR’s political status – whether that be statehood or independence. This is the result.”

Ocasio-Cortez has a 5-step plan for Puerto Rico.

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She wants to create a Marshall Plan that would move Puerto Rico past recovery mode and into thrive mode, with renewable energy systems and modern infrastructure. She intends to forgive Puerto Rico’s Wall Street debt, which has been accrued by “vulture funds” using irresponsible behavior latent in the 2008 financial crisis.

She also wants to waive and review the Jones Act, which puts an undue burden on the Puerto Rican economy that other American communities do not have to contend with. She also understands that all this injustice is embedded in deep, dark roots that will take a lot to untangle.

Ocasio-Cortez is so working class that she can’t even afford housing in Washington until she gets on Congress’s payroll in January.

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Ocasio-Cortez told the New York Times that she quit her job to run for Congress, and now that she’s won, she has three months without a salary and without real funds to get an apartment.

Of course, she took the opportunity to tell it like it is in a tweet, saying, “There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.”

Ocasio-Cortez is aiming to fight Trump to protect the LGBTQIA+ community in a major way.

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On her campaign website, Ocasio-Cortez writes that advocating for legislation like the Equality Act is more urgent than ever. She wants to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity illegal. Punta.

Included in that effort is to be inclusive when talking about universal healthcare, allowing gender-affirming healthcare to be covered.

Ocasio-Cortez was voted in to #AbolishICE and now she has the power to bring it to government.

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Her campaign website states:

“It’s time to abolish ICE, clear the path to citizenship, and protect the rights of families to remain together. ICE was created in 2003, in the same suite of post-9/11 legislation as the Patriot Act and the Iraq War. Its founding was part of an unchecked expansion of executive powers that led to the widespread erosion of Americans’ civil rights.

As overseen by the Trump administration, ICE operates with virtually no accountability, ripping apart families and holding our friends and neighbors indefinitely in inhumane detention centers scattered across the United States.”

She will endorse the DREAM Act.

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Because America is built on immigrants. And immigrants are people who deserve due process and dignity, two things that ICE has proven over and over again incapable of doing.

ICE was founded under extrajudicial circumstances; it operates under extrajudicial circumstances–it’s gotta go.

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Ocasio-Cortez has gone on record adamantly opposing the existence of ICE and suggesting a replacement organization that aims for safe passage and continued protection of our borders.

Ocasio-Cortez wants to end the war in Iraq.

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She sees America for how the world sees it. On her campaign website, she writes, “America should not be in the business of destabilizing countries. While we may see ourselves as liberators, the world increasingly views us as occupiers and aggressors. Alexandria believes that we must end the “forever war” by bringing our troops home, and ending the air strikes that perpetuate the cycle of terrorism throughout the world.”

She’s going to protect the Bronx with stricter gun control laws.

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America is suffering from gun violence at a rate of 10 times higher than in other high-income countries. Why? Because America has the NRA, a gun manufacturer organization disguised as a civil rights organization.

Ocasio-Cortez wants to ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks, because the Founding Fathers had no idea what was coming.

Ocasio-Cortez is a woman who is for all women.

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She’s here to decriminalize sex work, to support legislation that promotes caregiving and paid family leave, along with access to equal pay across all genders.

Ocasio-Cortez is expanding the notion of reproductive freedom beyond abortion rights, to include marginalized transgender folks.

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She believes that the government should not roll back funding to any health care center that offers birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention or reproductive health care services deemed “immoral” by any religion.

In an interview with Refinery29, she said, “If women and gender-expanding people want to run for office, we can’t knock on anybody’s door – we have to build our own house.”

We’re building this house together, New York.

Ocasio-Cortez wants to make public colleges and universities across the country tuition-free.

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In her victory speech Tuesday night, she described our entire generation’s crippling student loan debt “a ticking time bomb for our economy” and she’s right. Compared to our parents, our inflation-moderated potential for net income is 30 percent less. We need free tuition to actually get ahead in life. Thank you very much.

Her major campaign goal is to achieve healthcare for all.

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She was the only candidate that didn’t accept money from pharmaceutical lobbyists or private insurance companies, meaning she has la ganas to bring single payer health care to the American people.

In Congress, she plans to endorse the Improved and Expanded Medicare for All Act.

Ocasio-Cortez won votes with her progressive policies. She also won votes by being her brutally honest self.

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Caption: “Sometimes people ask me how this feels. To be honest, at least in part, I feel scared. Anxious. Overwhelmed. And that’s okay. It is a surreal experience to go from being virtually anonymous to having an enormous amount of attention overnight. Things went from feeling like folks going out of their way NOT to cover our campaign to feeling like there’s a microscope on my every word, joke, meal, outfit, or makeup decision. Every time a media event like this happens I get NERVOUS. But I also think about how I never got to see anyone like me on any magazines growing up. I never saw a version myself in leadership, or on TV, or anywhere really and think, “That could be me.”

In a district that is 70 percent POC, Ocasio-Cortez is the first woman of color to ever even try running for Congress in the district.

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We are so excited and proud to see women like us in leadership. Please turn this country around. We’re rooting for you, querida.


READ: How Latinos Made History Across The Country During The Midterm Elections

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The Best Part Of Trump’s Tyranical Rant Over The Weekend Was AOC And The Squads Salvaje Clap Back

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The Best Part Of Trump’s Tyranical Rant Over The Weekend Was AOC And The Squads Salvaje Clap Back

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By now, you’ve probably already seen the racist temper tantrum that Donald Trump unleashed over the weekend through a series of tweets the morning of July 14th. Of course, and sadly, it’s no longer that much of a surprise when the commander-in-chief of our country strays away from the norm and goes on a Twitter ramble and attacks a person or says something racist. This time, however, he proved he messed with the wrong people.

Because, in his latest bigoted explosion, the president targeted Congressional women of color.

In a series of tweets, the commander-in-chief accused what he called “‘Progressive’ Democrat congresswomen” of being from foreign countries with governments full of corruption.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came… you can’t leave fast enough.”

The level of xenophobia and incompetence in these tweets is really mind-boggling. Democrats and progressives were quick to denounce the bigoted words of the president but —  unsurprisingly — there was no such outrage from the far-right. 

The presidents tweets were aimed at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as her fellow congresswomen Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Rep. Rashida Tlaib — also known as “The Squad.” It’s from the strong women that we have seen the most powerful responses to the president’s words.

Representative Ocasio-Cortez didn’t hold back in her assessment of Trump and his racist agenda.

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First, AOC pointed out that the country she is from and the country she serves is, in fact, America — the same country our president represents. She then went on to say that Trump was absolutely right, but not in the way he thinks. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez called out the inhuman corruption at our nation’s southern border — corruption that is government sanctioned. Her observation pinned responsibility of this tragedy on Trump and the American government; the government she and fellow congresswomen are trying to hold accountable. 

Representative Ocasio-Cortez went on to point out that she and The Squad were all elected by an America the Trump administration doesn’t want to recognize. 

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Unlike the current American president, these women were elected by popular vote. As such, they pledged to represent ALL citizens in their districts. The Trump administration has shown time and time again that they only care about the wealthy elite and the white conservatives who’s numbers keep them in power. As the representative observed, the president relies on the America that can be manipulated by hate-mongering, not the America that is pushing for inclusion and representation. 

She summed up her clap back by exposing the president for the angry, insecure man he is. 

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The president uses threats and intimidation to manipulate anyone who he sees as a problem. Yet, those techniques have proven ineffective against AOC and The Squad. Together, they have called out the Trump administration for their crimes and deceit. They aren’t afraid of the persona that the president tries to push. In conclusion, she said he can just stay mad about it. We can definitely see the imaginary shrug emoji at the end of this statement. 

AOC wasn’t the only one to reply to the president’s racist tweets; Representative Ilhan Omar had something to say as well. 

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The congresswoman from Minneapolis didn’t hold back when she called the president the “worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen.” She also clearly linked his statements and actions to his approval of White Nationalism. The Trump administration has been notoriously lax about Neo-Nazi and White Nationalist actions in our country and his xenophobic rhetoric continues to be examples of this policy. In conclusion, Rep. Omar quoted Robert Kennedy in saying the only way to oppose the intolerant is with the freedom of diversity. 

Representative Ayanna Pressley kept her response short, vicious and accurate. 

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The Massachusetts representative outright declared that the president’s words were “what racism looks like.” She responded that the defiance and change that she and The Squad represent are what democracy is made of. Representative Pressley ended her response by writing that the only place she and the fellow congresswomen are going is back to DC to fight for marginalized communities. 

Representative Rashida Tlaib took Trumps words as a challenge. 

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Michigan’s Rep. Rashida Tlaib wasn’t pulling any punches in her response. Right off the bat, the congresswoman called Trump a “lawless & complete failure of a President” and declared that he needed to be impeached for his crimes. She went on to tweet that she is proud of her Palestinian roots and her district. Representative Tlaib concluded that if the president continued on his attacks, it would only backfire and encourage the representative to work even harder.

In response to their diafiance, the president went on another Twitter rant full of the same old racism. We’ll be cheering The Squad on and watch to see how this ongoing conflict unfolds. These congresswomen are not backing down and we’re glad to have them in Washington DC to fight for us. When our representation looks like we do as a nation, legislation is passed for the greater good, not for the good of the select few. That’s how it should be. 

AOC Shutting Down Kellyanne Conway For Accusing Her Of ‘Catfighting’ Is What I’m Thriving On Right Now

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AOC Shutting Down Kellyanne Conway For Accusing Her Of ‘Catfighting’ Is What I’m Thriving On Right Now

The House of Congress is sure looking like an episode of “Jerry Springer” lately — and surprisingly enough it’s all coming from the Democratic side. We’re used to political drama from the White House Administration, primarily from President Trump, but now it’s coming from the female Dems, and it sure doesn’t make the party look good. 

Here’s how this mess first began. 

On July 6, Democratic speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, had some fighting words for women in her own party. 

AOC calls Nancy Pelosi ‘outright disrespectful’ for singling out women of color https://t.co/Oe6ii2IRuh pic.twitter.com/VG8sSHzZHY— New York Post (@nypost) July 11, 2019

Rep. Pelosi interviewed in the opinion section of the New York Times, spoke at length about first-time representatives that were elected last year in the primaries including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ayanna Pressley. At the core of the matter was that Rep. Pelosi disrespected the freshmen representatives, primarily about their massive following on social media. 

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Rep. Pelosi said in the publication. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”

Her issue over their growing Twitter followers is that followers don’t constitute more votes in the House, meaning, just because they might have millions of people following them on social media, doesn’t mean they get more votes when deciding on a bill. 

The bill that struck a divide between Rep. Pelosi and the freshmen representatives was about federal aid funding.

Last month, Congress passed a $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package — the final vote was 305 to 102 — several liberal Democrats (including the entire Hispanic Caucus) were furious that they voted to give Trump any money that he could use for whatever he wanted including border security and detention centers. The liberal Democrats want to shut them down completely, not help sustain them. 

“This bill — opposed by the Hispanic Caucus and nearly 100 Democratic members of the House — will not stop the Trump administration’s chaos and cruelty,” the Hispanic Caucus said in a statement provided by the Times. “What happened today is unacceptable, and we will not forget this betrayal.”

That betrayal is still intense between liberal Democrats and Rep. Pelosi and now White House Advisor, KellyAnne Conway is getting in on the action by poking fun at the infighting between the women.

Conway called the turbulence between Rep. Pelosi and the four freshmen Democrats a “catfight.”

During an interview on Fox News, Conway said that Rep. Pelosi’s words in the Times article were a “Major meow moment.” She added that Rep. Pelosi is a “brushing back in a huge catfight,” and “Really ridiculing them.” 

She also added that the liberal Democrats went to the detention centers to “preen around” yet would not vote for a bill to help the situation. 

“You know who suffered?” she asked on Fox News. “The people suffered, our brave men and women at Border Protection, the kids who these Democrats pretend they care so much about.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez took Rep. Pelosi’s comment to heart and said on social media that the veteran politician is singling them in a very disrespectful way.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said Rep. Pelosi’s words about their Twitter followers is not irrelevant but actual public opinion. 

“That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said. “And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”

Rep. Tlaib also spoke against Rep. Pelosi’s words and said to ABC News that it was “very disappointing” that the leader of their party “would ever try to diminish our voices in so many ways.”

In an interview with The Washington Post, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez went further and alleged that Rep. Pelosi didn’t respect them because they are women of color. 

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” said said. “But the persistent singling out. . . It got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful. . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, alleging discrimination by Rep. Pelosi, fueled the fire to this intense feud between tho women, and Rep. Pelosi said her comment was offensive. 

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“Our members took offense at that,” Rep. Pelosi said, according to Fox News. “I addressed that.” She also added that she would continue to have a dialogue about this issue appropriately. 

“I said what I’m going to say in the Caucus. That’s where this is appropriate,” Pelosi said, according to CBS News, “I’m not going to be discussing it any further.”

It is disheartening to hear Rep. Pelosi being so dismissive of the point of view of women who are not only elected officials just as she is but who has also just entered the political forum. You would think she’d be more of a mentor, especially since they’re on the same party. 

For the most part, since Trump’s election, it’s always been the Democrats versus the Republicans, but now it’s becoming a chaotic mess, and we’re hoping — for the sake of unity — that it gets sorted out soon. 

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