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It’s The 21st Century And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Using Social Media To Call Some Things Out

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a household name for every liberal leaning Latino and young progressive. Her simple presence in Congress is breaking records. She’s the youngest person ever elected to Congress and just celebrated her 29th birthday. She refused to take any contributions from corporations and said the average donation amount was $17 from working class people who believe in a representative who refuses to represent corporate values.

Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t even been sworn in yet and she’s giving us all an insight into what it’s like to be a freshman in Congress via Instagram stories and essentially live tweeting the whole process while we all look on.

Social media has become Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ secret weapon in holding the Trump administration accountable and exposing what it looks like from the inside.

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She’s already leading the charge on a Green New Deal which would prioritize climate change as a legitimate threat to the American people. She’s even clapping back at Republicans who post fake news on Twitter.

She’s still the AOC we all fell for–a relatable, accessible, strong woman of the people.

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Her fire has only exploded since being elected. Days after the election she’s hosting protests and storming Nancy Pelosi’s office demanding for climate change justice. She has not taken her victory for granted and is ready to fight for the issues that her constituents are concerned about.

Already, she’s leveling with Trump on why math isn’t relative.

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Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out a new report that shows “$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions ‘could not be traced, documented, or explained.’ $21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon. And that’s before our premiums.”

Orientation week for this Congresswoman looks no different than my college orientation.

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Except for that she’s there to make legislation happen for all of us. The effect? Her absolute transparency during the process is raising the bar for all elected officials. No special interests own her, so she’s Instagram polling her followers on policy. This is genius.

She and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar have become fast “partners in justice”.

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Both are probably the most progressive Congresswomen-elect, seeking to erase student debt, challenge the U.S. contribution to climate change and gain Medicare for all during their time in Congress.

The two are undeterred by the chatter from the other side of the aisle as they strategize how to work together.

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Omar is working on a bill that would repeal an outdated law that prohibits headwear in Congress, essentially robbing her of her religious right to wear a hijab. Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez has had to clapback at a conservative reporter who tried to discredit her story by pointing out the brand clothing she was sporting.

She swiftly responded, “If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside. If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh & take a picture of my backside. Dark hates light – that’s why you tune it out.”

Social media is for trolling FOX News.

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Apparently, FOX News had a whole segment on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ shoes, during which they both praised and insulted the congresswoman elect. Someone on Twitter pinged Ocasio-Cortez to let her know that a four-person panel discussion on her shoes was going down.

Her response? She was not bothered.

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In June, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a photo of her shoes, worn through the soles to show how the campaign won “bc we out-worked the competition. Period.”

Ocasio-Cortez isn’t white-washing her Latinidad for anyone.

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She’s still saying her sana-sana’s for buena suerte in the Congressional Office lottery. I didn’t even know this was a thing, but I was saying my sana’s right there with her.

Ultimately, Ocasio-Cortez’ social media use is pulling our generation into the democratic process in a way nobody else has done before.

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The beauty is that she doesn’t need to wait to have the House floor to have a platform. With 1.43 million Twitter followers, she’s already just a few hundred thousand followers away from usurping Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are listening to her talk about the colonialism of Puerto Rico.

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That’s right. Ocasio-Cortez has openly called Puerto Rico a “colony” of the United States before her election and she continues to do while baking cookies on Instagram. Her opinion: the root cause of Hurricane Maria’s devastations (besides climate change) must be to give Puerto Rico authentic self-determination.

To this date, the territory’s residents do not have the right to vote in federal elections.

Chipotle chilis and restructuring the prison bail system just go together.

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True story: we’re all shooketh. @sarahephilips tweeted, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making black bean soup on Instagram live and Shaun king asked how a pressure cooker works and AOC is explaining it to him and I’m …. what is happening”

Republicans are attempting to belittle a freshmen Congresswoman but it’s just not working.

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Why? Because Republicans are more interested in inciting and complaining and Ocasio-Cortez is here to “teach & inspire.” Way to turn the administration base policy on its head. Fight fire with water.

Not only is she sharing soup with iconic organizers, she’s clapping back all day.

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When Jim Hanson tweeted, “Things will be much simpler when our Democrat Socialist overlords simply tell us who will live and who will die #DeathPanels rock,” Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time in replying:

“Actually, we have for-profit ‘death panels’ now: they are companies + boards saying you’re on your own bc they won’t cover a critical procedure or medicine. Maybe if the GOP stopped hiding behind this ‘socialist’ rock they love to throw, they’d actually engage on-issue for once.”

I mean, girl quoted CARDI B.

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She is us. She isn’t adopting any elitism or entitlement in her new role and is the public servant our generation deserves.

She is reveling in the Trump administration’s alarm at her presence.

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Her strength and defiance in the face of the political pundits trying to demean her is inspiring. She is the role model young Latinos in this country need to know that they can step up and take over the world around them.

She also has no problem questioning the world of politics in the Trump White House, like on climate change.

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Okay, we know she has a lot of questions and in no particular order, but kind of. Ocasio-Cortez is leveling up on prioritizing climate change. Finally. Our generation has arrived in government and because all y’all won’t be around to live through the apocalypse, we’re literally screaming for something to change.

READ: Here’s What You Need To Know About Political Newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

She wants to know why members of Congress get to enjoy such cheap healthcare but regular Americans pay twice as much.

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Healthcare has been a major issue in politics the last few years. Everyone is demanding affordable healthcare but our government has fought against it and tried to take it away when we started getting it. Ocasio-Cortez knows the struggle of trying to afford basic healthcare and she’s ready to fight for better access for all Americans.

There’s also a serious question about the need to send troops and not caseworkers to the border.

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The people coming to the border are seeking asylum, a legal act according to international and federal law. The first step to seek asylum is to arrive to the U.S. border and present yourself. Instead of meeting troops and tear gas, these people need to be confronted with caseworkers ready to help them with their asylum claim.

One thing’s for sure, Ocasio-Cortez is America’s MVP.

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If you haven’t followed her on social media yet, you’re missing out on watching a young Latina powerhouse put conservatives in their place in the most epic, singularly Latina way possible.


READ: Here’s What You Need To Know About Political Newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Turns Out ‘Machete’ Director Robert Rodriguez Is Behind ‘Rain On Me’

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Turns Out ‘Machete’ Director Robert Rodriguez Is Behind ‘Rain On Me’

As a director, Robert Rodriguez never fails to deliver.

From the hits of the”Spy Kids” franchise to “Machete”, the seasoned Mexican-American filmmaker has built a career on high-action movies that always deliver colorful punches. It’s why, when it was recently revealed that he added Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s latest music video collaboration to his lineup of films we were pretty surprised. And awestruck.

“Rain on Me,” is the latest Gaga X Ariana Grande collab to go viral and the first music video to be directed by Rodriguez.

Over the weekend, the second single from Gaga’s upcoming sixth studio album Chromatica dropped much to the delight of fans. The song, which visits the genres of dance-pop, disco, house, and electropop has been described by Gaga as a “celebration of tears” and has already received quite a bit of praise from users online. According to Rolling Stone, “In addition to Grande, the 16-song Chromatica will also feature contributions from Elton John and South Korean group Blackpink.”

Of course, over the weekend, fans could not get enough of the video.

Or the chemistry between the collaborators.

Check out the music video below.

Puerto Rico Is Planning To Vote On U.S. Statehood Once Again And Here’s Why So Many Are Against The Idea

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Puerto Rico Is Planning To Vote On U.S. Statehood Once Again And Here’s Why So Many Are Against The Idea

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Puerto Rican’s are no stranger to referendums. Since 1967, they’ve had five chances to make their opinions known on U.S. statehood and each and every time, their voice hasn’t been listened to. Congress has failed to take up the issue after each referendum and local leaders are often guilty of using the referendum simply to drudge up support for their candidates.

But this upcoming referendum is different in that it comes at a crossroads for Puerto Rican politics. The island has been plagued by natural disasters, political scandals, and unprecedented hate crimes. Even Bad Bunny is letting his thoughts out on the referendum and many others have lots to say on the issue.

For the first time in the island’s history, the referendum will ask a single question: Should Puerto Rico be immediately admitted as a U.S. state?

On Saturday, Puerto Rico’s pro-statehood Republican governor, Wanda Vázquez, announced yet another vote on the question (the sixth since 1967 and the third since 2012). It’s a move that comes amid growing frustration with the island’s territorial government and its relationship with the mainland.

However, it’s a question that also outraged the island’s independence supporters and members of the main opposition Popular Democratic Party – which supports the status quo.

But it’s a gamble that members of the governor’s pro-statehood party are confident will pay off given that Puerto Rico has struggled to obtain federal funds for hurricanes Irma and Maria, a string of recent strong earthquakes and the coronavirus pandemic amid growing complaints that the island does not receive fair and equal treatment.

“Our people will have the opportunity once and for all to define our future,” Vázquez said. “It’s never too late to be treated as equals.”

The upcoming referendum is just the recent in a long line of previously failed ones.

In the past, voters have been asked more than one question and presented with various options, including independence or continuing with the current territorial status – but none of them have ever been as direct as the upcoming one scheduled for the November 3 general election.

However, many on the island see the referendum as little more than a political move by the governor’s New Progressive Party to get voters out on Nov 3 – to boost her party’s candidates.

The New Progressive Party has been rattled with scandal after scandal and many are ready for change.

The past few years have not been good for the party – or the island for that matter. A string of devastating hurricanes, a severe debt crisis, ongoing corruption scandals that even forced a pro-statehood governor to resign, earthquakes, and now a global pandemic – have all led to challenging times in Puerto Rico. To some observers, the idea seems to be: Let’s dangle the illusion of a yes or no statehood referendum (nonbinding) that is already dead on arrival?

Many also feel that Gov. Vasquez is not truly authorized to make such a decision since she was never actually elected to the office. Instead, she became governor after Ricardo Rosselló was forced to resign following massive protests.

Meanwhile, the Republican government on the island doesn’t even have the support of the Republican-led federal government. The Trump administration’s blunt response was basically, “The first priority for all Puerto Rico leaders should be getting their financial house in order.”

This coming November, there will be plenty of incentive to vote “no” and punish the Vázquez administration. Even prominent figures such as Bad Bunny are jumping into the fray against her leadership.

What would statehood mean for Puerto Rico?

Statehood would award Puerto Rico two senators and five representatives, but it’s unlikely a Republican-controlled Congress would acknowledge the referendum because Puerto Rico tends to favor Democrats.

Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but cannot vote in U.S. presidential elections. And while the island is exempt from the U.S. federal income tax, it still pays Social Security and Medicare and local taxes and receives less federal funding than U.S. states. Many believe the island’s territorial status has contributed to its struggle to recover from the hurricanes and earthquakes, as well as worsened its economic crisis, largely caused by decades of heavy borrowing and the elimination of federal tax incentives.