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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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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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9 Films, Docs and Series About Latinas to Watch Before Women’s History Month Comes to an End

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9 Films, Docs and Series About Latinas to Watch Before Women’s History Month Comes to an End

Whether you want to celebrate Women’s History Month with a movie night or appreciate media about powerful mujeres year-round, you’re probably looking for a few films, documentaries or TV series to add to your streaming queue right now. Regrettably (and shamefully), most of the lists cropping on entertainment news sites don’t feature projects made for, by or about Latinas. With that in mind, we’ve put together some titles centering narratives about Latina trailblazers and heroines from Latin American and U.S. history. So clear your weekend cal and purchase all of your fave movie theater snacks, because you can watch (most of) these films, documentaries and series right from your computer screen.

1. Dolores

If you’re looking for documentaries about Latina heroines, start with Dolores, the 2017 film about the life and activism of Chicana labor union activist Dolores Huerta. The doc, executive produced by Carlos Santana and Benjamin Bratt, and directed by Bratt’s brother, Peter, delves into how the 90-year-old co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later named the United Farm Workers), her famous “Sí se puede” rallying cry and her role in the women’s rights movement. Including interviews with Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and more, Dolores celebrates the history and ongoing activism of one of the country’s most critical civil rights leaders. Watch Dolores on Amazon Prime.

2. Isabel: The Intimate Story Of Isabel Allende

Isabel: The Intimate Story Of Isabel Allende, a three-part docuseries about the famed Chilean author and feminist, is one of the most exciting new drops. The HBO Max series, directed by Rodrigo Bazaes, premiered on March 12, just in time for Women’s History Month. Like all good biopics, Isabel reveals the person behind the icon, portraying Allende’s path from a young woman fighting her way into a male-dominated industry to the most-read Spanish-language author of all time. As the niece of assassinated Chilean President Salvador Allende, the series also gets political, bringing light to her life under the regime of General Augusto Pinochet as well as her own feminist activism. Watch Isabel on HBO Max.

3. Knock Down the House

Knock Down the House portrays the political rise of a Latina icon in the making: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. While the 2019 documentary by Rachel Lears revolves around the 2018 congressional primary campaigns of four progressive women, Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush and Paula Jean Swearengin, the Puerto Rican now-congresswoman is the only one who wins her race (though Bush won in the next election cycle) and thus much of the film focuses on her story. A first-time candidate with a passion for social justice, a degree in international relations and economics, and a job in bartending, the doc shows how a regular, degular, shmegular girl from the Bronx unseated one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress with a progressive platform and a focus on community. Watch Knock Down the House on Netflix.

4. Lorena: Light-Footed Woman

In 2017, María Lorena Ramírez’s name made international headlines when the young woman defeated 500 other runners from 12 different countries at the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo in Puebla, Mexico. Ramírez didn’t just stand out because of her speed but also because she ran without professional gear. Instead, she donned the traditional clothes of the Tarahumara, Indigenous people in Chihuahua, Mexico, including a floral skirt and a pair of huaraches. Capturing the world’s attention, Ramírez became the focus of the 2019 documentary Lorena: Light-Footed Woman, which was directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo. The short doc beautifully tells the tale of a young woman’s athletic training in the mountains where she grew up to become a celebrated long-distance runner while staying true to her culture and traditions. Lorena: Light-Footed Woman is streaming on Netflix.

5. Berta Didn’t Die, She Multiplied!

In Honduras, the most dangerous country in the world for land defenders, Berta Cáceres’ life was taken because of her commitment to the environmental justice struggle. Back in the Central American country, Berta’s assassination hasn’t been forgotten and neither has her fight. The 2017 short doc Berta Didn’t Die, She Multiplied!, directed by Sam Vinal, shows how her work lives on among Indigenous Lenca and Afro-Indigenous Garifuna people of Honduras, who continue to struggle against capitalism, patriarchy, racism and homophobia, for our land and our water. Watch Berta Didn’t Die, She Multiplied! on Vimeo.

6. Celia

Celia reveals the story of one of the most powerful voices and greatest icons of Latin music, Afro-Cubana salsera Celia Cruz. The Spanish-language novela, produced by Fox Telecolombia for RCN Televisión and Telemundo, starts at the beginning, when Cruz was an aspiring singer in Havana, and takes viewers through to her time joining La Sonora Matancera, leaving her homeland with her would-be husband Pedro Knight and gaining massive superstardom as the “Queen of Salsa.” Watch Celia on AppleTV+.

7. Beauties of the Night

In the first half of the 20th century, showgirls dominated the entertainment scene in Latin America. Their glamorous looks and luxe performances were enjoyed by audiences of all ages and genders. But around the 1970s, as VHS pornos took off, these scantily clad talents started to lose work and, as a result, their lucrative incomes. Oftentimes, these women came from low-income backgrounds and didn’t have a formal education, forcing many of the vedettes to also feel like they’ve lost their sense of purpose and impelling some to take on work they didn’t feel good about in order to stay afloat in the industry. In Beauties of the Night, directed by María José Cuevas, we see some of Mexico and South America’s leading showgirls, Olga Breeskin, Lyn May, Rossy Mendoza, Wanda Seux and Princesa Yamal, and how their lives transformed as the work they were once famous for lost its reverence. Watch Beauties of the Night on Netflix.

8. Frida

The 2002 biographical drama film Frida shares the professional and private life of one of the most famous woman artists of all time, Frida Kahlo. Directed by Julie Taymor and starring Salma Hayek, the Academy Award-nominated film touches on many aspects of the late Mexican artist and feminist’s life, from her life-altering accident in 1922 and her tumultuous relationship with muralist Diego Rivera to her bisexual identity, political affiliations and, of course, her time-defying art and self portraits. Watch Frida on Amazon Prime.

9. Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It


With a career spanning 70 years, Rita Moreno is one of the most famous and beloved actresses of all time. The only Latina to have won all four major annual U.S. entertainment awards, an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, her own life is certainly worthy of a film; and in 2021, director Mariem Pérez Riera gave the Puerto Rican star what she deserves with Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It. The documentary, which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on January 29, 2021, features interviews with Moreno, Eva Longoria, Gloria Estefan, Normal Lear, Whoopi Goldberg and more. More than just a celebration of all the barriers Moreno broke, the film also delves into her personal life, including the racism she endured on her road to stardom, the sexual violence she experienced in Hollywood, her struggle with mental health and suicidal ideation and her fight for multidimensional roles for people of color. While Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It isn’t streaming yet, it is set to air on PBS’ American Masters later this year.

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