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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.

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

AOC Is Teaming Up With Other Congresswomen To Give Domestic Workers Equal Employee Rights And We Are Here For This

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AOC Is Teaming Up With Other Congresswomen To Give Domestic Workers Equal Employee Rights And We Are Here For This

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After over a decade of lobbying, The National Domestic Workers Alliance’s (NDWA) work is on the verge of paying off. This week, Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced legislation that would establish the first-ever National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. 

The bill would effectively include domestic workers as worthy of the same rights as other American workers–including “paid overtime, safe and healthy working conditions, meal and rest breaks, earned sick time, and freedom for workplace harassment,” according to NDWA.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal is leading the charge to ensure this bill is passed into law.

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“Did you know most domestic workers are not covered by federal anti-discrimination and sexual harassment laws? Well we’re pushing back to change that,” tweets Rep. Jayapal. “My #DomesticWorkersBillofRights will give domestic workers the protections they deserve!”

The bill would grant basic worker’s rights to 2.5 million people in the U.S.

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Of those 2.5 million people, 91 percent are women, mostly women of color. Given that domestic workers aren’t required to be paid even minimum wage, and that their work doesn’t include benefits like health insurance, it’s important to make sure every worker earns a living wage. According to NDWA, 70 percent of domestic workers are paid less than $13 an hour.

The workers who do the heavy lifting in the shadows of our economy may finally be recognized as worthy of rights.

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NDWA has worked hard over the years to make it easier for domestic workers (home care workers, nannies and house cleaners). They even created a web app that would allow clients to contribute to a PTO and benefit fund for domestic workers. This bill would ensure that the government is advocating for every worker, so that domestic workers don’t have to fight so hard to advocate for themselves.

Members of the group broke off to meet with their representative.

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“We had a powerful meeting with @timkaine where our members in Virginia shared stories about abuse and exploitation in the workplace,” the organization tweeted. “Every single worker deserves to work safely and with dignity. Onward to a National #DomesticWorkersBillOfRights!”

The group met with AOC, who opened up about how the bill would help “little girls like [her].”

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“My mom was a domestic worker,” she tells the group. “As a child I grew up reading books on the staircases of other people’s homes, and doing homework on other people’s dinner tables, because my mom was pursuing domestic work so that I could go on field trips and have a future.”

For AOC, this bill is about reparations for a group of people who often go unseen in this world.

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She praised the group for their advocacy, saying, “When you all are fighting for this, you’re fighting for little girls like me. You’re putting a shirt on a little girl like me’s back. I can’t tell you the reparations it has to see people who are used to being unseen and that’s what this bill does.”

The group also live-tweeted a conversation between several domestic workers and Rep. Jayapal.

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The stories were shocking. A nanny named Thaty shared her experience, saying that “being a nanny takes so much hard work. I don’t know many people who can handle caring for 5 kids under 5 years old! But our work is still considered unskilled. We need to bring our work out of the shadows — so everyone can know what we do and how hard we work.”

Jayapal touched on something deeper than granting legal rights–this issue is about overdue respect.

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So many families rely on domestic workers to come home to a clean home, safe and cared-for children, and more. They’re often not seen as employees but rather, “the help.”

But “The Help” encounter medical issues and injuries while on the job, without any legal protections.

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Domestic workers are not included in federal protections for workers injured while on the job. So when Sylvia shared that she never fully recovered from a bad fall on the job, and though it impedes her ability to continue to work, she just has to grimace through it.

That same Sylvia is an inspiration. She told Rep. Jayapal that her experience “meeting workers who felt too vulnerable at work to raise their own voices forced me to be brave enough to raise my own voice, for me and for them. That’s why I’m part of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.”

We’re rooting for you!

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As Latinos, so many of our own moms, tías or abuelas have driven this industry that, frankly, serves as the backbone to our economy. They offer support to middle and upper-class families who have money but don’t have time, and their work supports our families. Time to give some respect.

Lindsey Graham Returns From Trip To Migrant Detention Center And Shows He Has Zero Empathy For Them

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Lindsey Graham Returns From Trip To Migrant Detention Center And Shows He Has Zero Empathy For Them

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As Trump doubled down on his tweets to AOC and other minority female congresswomen – telling them to go back to “their own countries” – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had just returned from a visit to two migrant detention centers. But he was quick to make his way on to Sunday morning talkshows to speak about his experience in the detention centers but also to Trump’s recent openly racist tweets at a group of sitting congresswomen.

On Sunday, Graham was on Fox News spewing hateful and hurtful language.

In his visit to the detention centers, Graham, along with the rest of his group, was seen as having shown no sympathy for any of the migrants. He stood there stonefaced. And now we have a better understanding of why.

In his appearance on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures, Graham gave voice to his body language, saying: “I don’t care if they have to stay in these facilities for 400 days. We’re not going to let those men go that I saw.”

You can watch the exhange below:

Graham, who said that “this was not a concentration camp that I saw,” also repeated an unsubstantiated myth broadcast by the president and the Department of Homeland Security during the last government shutdown: the idea that the southern border represents a point of entry for terrorists. “A terrorist could easily get in this group,” Graham said. “We have terrorists coming through the southern border because they find that’s probably the easiest place to come through. They drive right in and they make a left.” But as a State Department report from September 2018 found, there is “no credible evidence indicating that international terrorist groups have established bases in Mexico, worked with Mexican drug cartels or sent operatives via Mexico into the United States.”

Though let’s not forget, Graham did try to pass a bill that would of mandated that migrant minors be held in detention for 100 days.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has introduced legislation aimed at changing the asylum seeking process. Specifically, Sen. Graham’s new bill would target Central American migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border to legally seek asylum. Many of the Central American migrants are fleeing deadly discrimination, sexual exploitation, and rampant gang violence. Sen. Graham’s bill seeks to make asylum a harder and lengthier process.

After his shocking statements on migrants, Graham then weighed in on Trump’s blatantly racist attack on a group of congresswomen, including AOC.

Not only did Sen. Graham fail to condmen Trump’s disgusting comments, Graham decided to add fuel to the fire. Instead, he called the group of congresswomen (which included AOC, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts) a bunch of communists.

He then added, “they hate Israel, they hate our own country. They’re calling the guards along our border, the border patrol agents, ‘concentration camp guards.’ They accuse people who support Israel of doing it for the Benjamins. They’re anti-Semitic. They’re anti-America.”

Shortly after Graham made the comments, Trump shared them in a tweet, writing, “Need I say more?”

Many on social media were rightly wondering if this man even has a conscience?

I mean when someone is capable spewing this much hate on a round of Sunday morning talk shows, it’s a legitimate question to ask.

Can we all look back on the days when Graham was a staunch #NeverTrumper?

And now one organization is putting up billboads all over his homestate to remind voters of his flip flops.

Some of the memes this generated though are all too real…

Sadly, this just seems really disturbing at this point. The former #NeverTrump Graham seems to have gone all in on racist, hateful, hurtful policies, words, and so much more.

READ: Sen. Lindsey Graham Is Proposing A New Bill To Hold Minors In Asylum For 100 Days And Twitter Slapped Him With The Best Hashtag

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