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Here’s What AOC Has Done Since Taking Office

Before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became a Congresswoman earlier this year, she was just a bartender, living off tips in the Bronx. She became interested in politics after her father died without leaving a will and AOC was locked into a long probate battle. She told The Intercept that the experience helped her learn “firsthand how attorneys appointed by the court to administer an estate can enrich themselves at the expense of the families struggling to make sense of the bureaucracy.”

It’s been just three months since she’s been sworn into office and she’s following through on her campaign promises to work for the people. That simple cause has shaken the core of politics to the point that the GOP has found their new ‘radical’ obsession. Here’s a headliner grounded in facts, comadres.

AOC was sworn into Congress on January 3, 2019.

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Of course, AOC invited her mami, Blanca Ocasio-Cortez to be by her side during the swearing in. AOC represents New York’s 14th congressional district, which includes parts of The Bronx and Queens.

What has AOC accomplished?

Her very presence marked one of the first Democratic Socialists to take a seat.

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AOC and Rashida Tlaib are the first two members of the Democratic Socialists of America to have a seat in Congress. That means she advocates for progressive economies that closely resemble Finland and Sweden, not Cuba and Venezuela as her haters claim.

On Day 1, she participated in a climate change protest outside Nancy Pelosi’s office.

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This is pretty earth-shattering for a freshman Congresswoman to be calling out her own party. AOC is breaking the system and staying rooted in the people.

Since then, she’s drafted and proposed a Green New Deal, which will basically save the human race.

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In order to pay for the Green New Deal, AOC has been making lots of FOX News headlines for proposing a 70 pertcent marginal tax rate on incomes above $10 million. Let it be known that this rate had been in effect for decades before the GOP changed the law.

She published her Green New Deal proposal to a Google Doc.

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Millenials taking office means politics becoming accessible to everyone. Literally, every single American with access to the internet could view her edits, and send her feedback.

She’s coining new terms to advance her the people’s political agenda.

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It doesn’t matter what you believe if the end result of that belief is worsening wildfires, hurricanes and heat waves. Thank goodness AOC is here to put out these ignorant-fueled political fires.

And is clapping back harder than ever. ????

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They will look for anything to hold against her. This was in response to a conservative outlet reporting that she left a Green New Deal protest in a 19 mpg van. Her tía loaned her the van for the day. ????

In fact, her social media savviness is so impressive that she was appointed to teach Congress how to use social media.

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Sign me up for that class, AOC. Please distill your wisdom and only share with those of us who are worthy. It’s basically a superhero power these days.

AOC recently interrogated Michael Cohen to the point that he implied Trump may have committed tax and bank fraud.

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When Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, appeared before the Oversight Committee, AOC pointedly asked him if he ever inflated property values for bank or insurance purposes. Some folks asked why she never became a lawyer, and she responded that she couldn’t afford it.

AOC has also invited the American people on a tour of her Congressional orientation.

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Nope, she didn’t suddenly become an elusive politician overnight. She’s still making her mac ‘n cheese on Instagram Live taking your questions.

During her first month in office, dozens of supportive post-it notes were placed on her nameplate.

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The Superintendent of House Office Buildings removed the post-it notes because they obscured the braille on her nameplate. Nonetheless, it’s the thought that counts.

She’s bringing her Latinidad into every room.

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She actually went up in front of Congress and sang the ‘sana, sana, colita de rana’ song for good luck! That means she had the 40th pick of offices to choose from.

She’s also calling bull on the pushback Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is receiving for her advocacy for Palestinian people.

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Did Rep. Omar poorly word her statement calling out the state of Israel’s financing of American politics? Yes. She did not yell out “Go back to _____” to anyone. We still don’t know which GOP member yelled that at AOC.

AOC is actually calling her constituents.

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Oh, did we mention that her entire campaign was funded by the people? Not a single dollar from lobbyists means that we know that she’s hired by the people and not by corporations.

She’s solving the problems local to her district.

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All politics are local politics. This is what Congress members should be doing for their constituents.

AOC might be the first ever congressperson to actually pay her interns a living wage.

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Why is that important? That means that people who don’t have the privilege of a trust fund can make their way into politics. It opens the door for a much more diverse set of experiences.

In a nod to suffragettes, AOC wore all white to Trump’s State of the Union speech.

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The first Black woman elected to Congress wore white on her first day, along with Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to run for president. Hillary Clinton wore the white suit to Trump’s inauguration.

AOC was a key speaker in the Women’s March held in January 2019.

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At the 2019 Women’s March, AOC rallied for intersectional feminism that’s based in a new concept of justice. “Justice is not a concept we read about in a book. Justice is about the water we drink. Justice is about the air we breathe. Justice is about how easy it is to vote. Justice is about how much ladies get paid.”

Well done, AOC. Keep up the good work.

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Her willingness to continue to fight for her conjsituent’s needs and wants is something to admire.

READ: AOC Fights Back Against Allegations She’s A Hypocrite When It Comes To Protecting The Environment

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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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