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Here’s Why Some Green New Deal Opponents Claim AOC Is Anti-Environment

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the face of the Green New Deal proposal, which only happened by chance. It’s a role she came across serendipitously when she saw a group of environmental advocates demonstrating in a sit-in in the hall of the House of Congress. Ocasio-Cortez’s roots are in protests and demonstrations so she listened to the protesters and just like that she became their most visible cheerleader.

A news outlet called out Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to say that she’s allegedly not leading an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

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The New York Post had someone compiling the recipients on Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. They first plastered her words on the environment in which she discussed the dire environmental reports that say doomsday is upon us (in like 12 years). She also recently said people should question the idea of having children if there’s no suitable place for them to live — and conservatives lost it on that one.

So the Post tallied up her usage of taking cars instead of public transportation.

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The New York Post went on to detail every time she has used a car service and compared it to her subway rides. “Since declaring her candidacy in May 2017, Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign heavily relied on those combustion-engine cars — even though a subway station was just 138 feet from her Elmhurst campaign office. She listed 1,049 transactions for Uber, Lyft, Juno and other car services, federal filings show. The campaign had 505 Uber expenses alone. In all, Ocasio-Cortez spent $29,365.70 on those emissions-spewing vehicles, along with car and van rentals — even though her Queens HQ was a one-minute walk to the 7 train. The campaign shelled out only $8,335.41 on 52 MetroCard transactions.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez responded honestly by saying that just because she uses a car service, airplanes, and an AC unit doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to create a better future.

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“I also fly ✈️ & use A/C Living in the world as it is isn’t an argument against working towards a better future,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “The Green New Deal is about putting a LOT of people to work in developing new technologies, building new infrastructure, and getting us to 100% renewable energy.”

AOC is pushing the Green New Deal to combat climate change and has faced opposition from all sides.

Climate change is one of the greatest threats to humanity right now. Scientists have warned that we have just 12 years to change course before we witness more catastrophic events and reach a point of no return when it comes to devastating damage to the planet. The Pentagon has announced that climate change is also one of the greatest threats to national security.

According to a report, a mere increase in the average temperature by 1.5 degrees Celsius could bring catastrophic consequences to human life. Some of the consequences include deadly heat waves, massive water shortages, and devastating coastal flooding.

AOC’s Green New Deal is a major piece of legislation aimed at curbing the ever developing climate change crisis.

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AOC has stayed committed to her fight to curb climate change since she was running for office in the 2018 elections and is not slowing down. Her determination to pass the legislation has caused strife within the Democratic party as senior and freshman members clash over the piece of legislation. The New York Post is the latest attack on the congresswoman and her attempt to answer to one of the nation’s most immediate threats.

READ: The Green New Deal Is What Everyone In Politics Is Talking About. Here’s What It’s All About

Queer Latina Tiffany Cabán Makes History in Queens With New York District Attorney Primary Win

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Queer Latina Tiffany Cabán Makes History in Queens With New York District Attorney Primary Win

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Tiffany Cabán, a queer Latina public defender, declared victory Tuesday night in a tight Democratic primary race for Queens district attorney.

“When we started this thing they said I was too young. They said I didn’t look like a district attorney,” Cabán, 31, said at her election-night party at a nightclub in Woodside, Queens. “They said we could not win, but we did, it y’all.”

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Cabán has currently received 39.6 percent of the vote, while the establishment’s favorite Melinda Katz garnered 38.3 percent. There are still 3,400 absentee ballots that need to be counted, which the Board of Elections said won’t be completed until next Wednesday.

Katz, who was endorsed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Queens Democratic Party chief Joe Crowley, who was ousted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) around this time last year, has refused to concede. She has also already made calls for a recount.

This has not stopped Cabán and her supporters from celebrating a victory.

“We’ve already won without knowing what the final tabulation is,” Maurice Mitchell, the national director of the Working Families Party, which backed Cabán, said. “We’ve already won. We’ve beaten the machine.”

Cabán, a democratic socialist, ran on a platform of “people-powered justice,” which included ending cash bail, not prosecuting subway turnstile jumping, prosecuting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, closing Rikers Island and decriminalizing sex work.

“I am a 31-year-old, queer Latina public defender whose parents grew up in the Woodside Housing projects,” she said during her Tuesday night speech. “And I decided to run. I ran because for too long, too many communities in Queens hadn’t had a fair shot in our criminal-justice system.”

The Puerto Rican public defender received endorsements from progressive leaders like Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Most recently, the New York Times also backed the candidate.

“She is of Puerto Rican descent and is the first in her family to graduate from college. She would bring a perspective suited to one of the world’s most diverse communities, one where elected officials have rarely reflected that reality,” the publication said in its endorsement of Cabán.

Cabán’s likely six-person primary win would have her succeed the deceased Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and shift the borough’s, city’s and country’s tough-on-crime, prosecutorial approach in the DAs office.

Read: In New York, Queer Latina Tiffany Cabán Wants To Bring ‘Genuine Justice’ To The Queens District Attorney’s Office

Here’s Why AOC Called Her Address At Bronx’s Pride “The Most BX” Speech She Ever Gave

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Here’s Why AOC Called Her Address At Bronx’s Pride “The Most BX” Speech She Ever Gave

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made an appearance at Bronx Pride 2019 on Sunday, where she gave an air horn-accompanied address that she called “The most BX pride speech I ever gave.”

As the Puerto Rican congressional freshman, who hails from the borough, shouted LGBTQ  policy points she has advocated for in her five months in elected office, spectators blasted “bwa-bwa-bwa-bwaaah” air horns, a familiar sound to the community that birthed hip-hop.

“They really cued up the horns for our policy points. There’s no place like home,” she later tweeted alongside a couple laughing-crying emojis.

During her short talk, AOC touched on what Pride, a time to commeorate the trans women of color-led Stone Wall riots that birthed the gay rights movement and led to the LGBTQ battles and wins of today, means.

“Pride is about honoring the community workers, the people who work in the clinics, the community organizers, the people who work with LGBTQ youth, the people who are fighting to make sure that it’s not just about marriage equality, but quality of life for all people in the community,” she said.

The congresswoman also highlighted some of the biggest issues impacting queer communities at the moment.

“What does the LGBTQ fight mean in a post-marriage-equality world? Here’s what it means: It’s making PrEP free for all people,” she said, as an air horn blasted. 

In Congress, Ocasio-Cortez has led the fight for affordable PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), which could decrease the spreading of HIV during sexual intercourse, criticizing the CEO of Gilead, the pharmaceutical company behind the PrEP drug Truvada, in May during a congressional hearing over the high cost of the drug.

“It means tackling the homelessness crisis among our LGBTQ youth,” she continued, with the sound of another “bwa-bwa-bwa-bwaaah” following. 

“It means decarcerating our society so that no trans woman and no person ever dies again in custody,” she said, alluding to the death of transgender Afro-Latina Layleen Polanco earlier this month in New York’s Rikers Island, as another round of air horns exploded. 

“It means no one is denied a job because of their gender identity, no matter what it is,” she said to a final blast.

Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the only elected official at Bronx Pride. State Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Senator Chuck Schumer were also in attendance, supporting and taking photos with those who participated in the parade.

Since taking office, the young congresswoman has made issues confronting the LGBTQ community a top priortity.

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