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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Unapologetically Bringing Puerto Rico To The Halls Of Congress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, lovingly nicknamed ‘AOC’ has already terrified the GOP to the point of scrutinizing her every move, clothing choice, and even a goofy dance video. AOC never goes on the defense. Our favorite Congresswoman has been on the offense to get legislation passed that will protect us and generations to come from climate deniers, wall builders and more.

Her Latinidad is one of her greatest strengths and feeds into this force of nature that just won’t quit. All the while, she seems to be having fun with it.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t magically gone from a 28-year-old woman to a 65-year-old vieja overnight.

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She won’t be told how to dress, try as they might. She’s keeping it real for us in every single way. She is not one to be told what she can and can’t do because she is speaking for her constituents, not special interests.

The only fashion statement she’s made thus far has been a nod to Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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In her own Twitter captioned words she says:

“Lip+hoops were inspired by Sonia Sotomayor, who was advised to wear neutral-colored nail polish to her confirmation hearings to avoid scrutiny. She kept her red.

Next time someone tells Bronx girls to take off their hoops, they can just say they’re dressing like a Congresswoman.”

Even during the heights of her victory, she’ll never lose the sobering reality of Puerto Rico’s status.

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That’s right. While those of us on the mainland were able to pull for her with our votes, the entire island of Puerto Rico can never vote in federal elections. It is something that has been mentioned more and more often in recent days and there is energy to fix that.

AOC is bringing the ancestral powers of la Sana Sana into her legislation.

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Well, at least into the location of the office where she’ll be drafting all that legislation. Everyone does a lucky dance or wears a lucky pin, but AOC is repping all of us with the generations-long superstitious suerte canción.

She claps back at Fox News in Spanish just to mess with them.

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After a Twitter user tapped AOC to let her know a four person panel on Fox News was discussing her shoes, she just tweeted out Aventura’s lyrics, “No, no es amor / Lo que tú sientes, se llama obsesión.”

Her shoes were going on display at Cornell along with other items of clothing from women who were successful in politics, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Coretta Scott King.

“We did not come to play.”

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The overwhelming majority of the freshman class of Democratic Congresspeople are women, LGBTQ,  and nonwhite. Ocasio-Cortez has even gone up against veterans in her own party to make the Green New Deal a reality, and force Nancy Pelosi to take climate change much more seriously.

Every time the GOP tries to dehumanize her, she reminds them that she’s not here to play any games.

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Ocasio-Cortez is not letting anyone talk down to her. Instead, she claps back with grace and civility needed in politics today.

She’s here with us and for us with the rallying cry of Cesar Chevaz y Dolores Huerta.

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“Si, se puede” was the rallying call for a wildly successful campaign to unionize migrant farmworkers in the U.S. back in the 1960’s. Today, AOC is using it as the rallying call for all of us who care about the children dying at the border, in detention facilities, and in rampant climate-change fueled fires and floods across the U.S.

AOC brought her mom to her swearing in.

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Caption: “What can I possibly say except thank you? So many people sacrificed so much for this to happen – my mother most of all..

My mamá was born + raised in Puerto Rico. She practically raised her siblings in poverty while her own mother worked nonstop to provide food and shelter. She met my father, a Bronx boy visiting isla family, at a young age. They married + moved to NYC – she didn’t even speak English. My parents started from scratch: new languages, new life, new everything. Then came me, and they moved to start over again so I could have an education. Mami mopped floors, drove school buses, + answered phones. She did whatever she needed to do, for me. When my father died, she was left a single mother of 2, and again she had to start over. After he passed we almost lost our home, so we sold it and started over. & over. & over.”

You’re not done crying yet. AOC really loves her mom.

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Caption continued: “This week I was sworn in as the youngest woman in American history to serve in the United States Congress. I hope that record is broken again soon. As I raised my hand for the oath, my mother held the holy book & looked into @SpeakerPelosi’s eyes. Afterwards, the Speaker said to her “you must be so proud,” and my mother began to cry.”

She celebrates Three Kings Day!

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She celebrates it in both Spanish and English. Give us a Congresswoman who leaves the decorations up until a week into the New Year, gracias.

She bakes cookies while talking about colonial sugarcane fields in Puerto Rico.

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That’s right. AOC sees sugar and feels the need to speak up on her IG Live to talk about how US companies are profiting off the land of Puerto Rico, rather than the impoverished citizens themselves. Otra vez, this is what colonization looks like.

AOC is educating conspiracy theorists with straight facts about Puerto Rico.

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It’s like, hi, hello, let me tell you about how Puerto Rico is not a socialist country. It’s not even a country at all. It is a part of the US and needs to be treated that way and given the respect is deserves.

Plus, it’s pretty clear that AOC is in Congress to create legislation to protect Puerto Rico.

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She has a five point plan on her campaign website that discusses the ways that she’ll work to change how the United States relates to Puerto Rico.

Some even hope that she’ll work to grant Puerto Rico statehood.

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Good thing we have a new lawmaker in town whose going to change those laws that prescribe second-class citizenship to so many people. ICYMI, the Jones Act hamstrings the Puerto Rican economy in a way that no other American communities face, implementing additional fees and taxes on imports and more.

At the very least, she’s fighting like hell to rectify the damage Wall Street has made to Puerto Rico’s economy.

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Yup, all this debt is circa 2008 irresponsible and unjust behavior mounted by vulture funds. The Marshall Plan will help give Puerto Rico modern infrastructure and renewable energy systems, AKA a return on their taxes.

She refuses to white wash history.

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Yeah, that’s because she learned the brown history from all our own parents that they keep out of the white history books. Bet there are young, white “woke” kids just learning this stuff now because history books just can’t be trusted to tell the whole truth.

She’s on the side of truth and justice, not politics and image.

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I mean, she’s been entirely transparent. Last year she was a bartender, probably talking passionately with people about all the injustices and why people in power aren’t using their power to change it. I’m here for her in every way.

Just this week, she’s reporting the news in Puerto Rico that nobody else will.

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Domestic violence has skyrocketed on the island, along with a growing opioid crisis. There’s no therapy. As this crisis grows, of course, others do as well and women are paying the price.

The world is a scary place right now, but AOC is not muting herself to fit into the political status quo.

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She’s brown, red-lipped and proud and thank God for that. Follow @AOC on Twitter to get all the juicy clapbacks at conservatives that you can use on your crazy tios, and @Ocasio2018 on Instagram for posts about mamis that will make you cry.

More than anything, call your reps and tell them what you want them to focus on. Care about Puerto Rico’s collapsing society? Call. Care about children dying in detention centers. Whatever it is, let’s all be more like AOC and own our power in this world, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll survive it.


READ: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Victory Lap Rallies To Abolish ICE, Erase Student Loan Debt And Keep Organizing

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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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