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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.


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She Faced Close Encounter And Feared For Her Life

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She Faced Close Encounter And Feared For Her Life

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We are getting a better look into what happened at the U.S. Capitol when Trump supporters stormed the building. There have been stories of politicians with military history saving lives and horrific revelations. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently let the world know that she had a moment when she feared for her life.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is speaking out after the violent day at the Capitol building.

In an hour-long Instagram Live video, Rep. AOC spoke frankly about what happened while far-right Trump supporters stormed the building. The unruly mob turned a usually ceremonious and boring function of Congress, certifying the electoral votes, into one of the darkest days for our democracy. For Rep. AOC, it was almost the end of her life.

“As for myself, I had a pretty traumatizing event happen to me. I do not know if I can even disclose the full details of that event due to security concerns,” she said in her Instagram Live while recounting the insurrection of Jan. 6. “I can tell you that I had a very close encounter where I thought I was going to die and you have all of those thoughts where, you know, at the end of your life, and all of these thoughts come rushing to you. That’s what happened to a lot of us on Wednesday. I did not think, I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive. Not just in a general sense but also in a very, very specific sense.”

Rep. AOC also used her Instagram Live to talk about the traitorous acts she witnessed.

At the beginning of the video, Rep. AOC highlights the Republicans who helped create the dangerous insurrection. She did not hold back on naming some of the people she holds responsible for inciting the mob through rhetoric and political ambition.

“Wednesday, as you know, the president, frankly assisted by members of Congress, incited an attack on the United States Capitol,” Rep. AOC says in the video. “This is known as an act of insurrection, an act of sedition. Frankly, he is a traitor to our country, a traitor to the United States and I don’t think there’s another way you can put it. I don’t think there’s another way to put, there’s no other way to put it.”

She continued adding: “If you are Senator Ted Cruz or Senator Josh Hawley, and frankly if you are many members of Congress, you cast that vote not out of genuine belief, but you cast it out of political ambition. That is what they did. They incited an attack on the Capitol and many many many members of Congress were almost murdered. Many Congressional staffers were almost killed. Many children, children of members of Congress, were there. Children.”

Rep. AOC is not the only member of Congress sounding the alarm about colleagues making this happen.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., came forward to tell people about how she saw Republican members of Congress allegedly working with the rioters.

“We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results,” Rep. Sherrill said during a live webcast Tuesday. “And so not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material, I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 — a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy; I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s chief of staff reported her own terrifying moment.

Sarah Groh told Boston Globe that she and her husband were in Rep. Pressley’s office and barricaded the door with furniture. That was when she tried to use the panic buttons for help, which she had done before. Despite never changing offices, Groh said that all of the panic buttons were gone.

READ: Ted Cruz Among Senators Facing Backlash And Calls To Resign After Mob Breaches US Capitol

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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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During the 2020 election, Latinos were a massive electoral voting bloc. In fact, for the first time ever, the Latino vote outnumbered the Black vote. According to the Pew Research Center, there are now 32 million eligible Latino voters and that accounts for 13 percent of all eligible voters. 

And, Latinos helped deliver the presidency to Joe Biden. So it can be expected that the community has high expectations for Joe Biden to deliver on his campaign promises of immigration reform.

During a recent speech about his first 100 days in office, Joe Biden outlined his priorities once he’s sworn in on January 20th, and said he would “immediately” send an immigration bill to congress.

Joe Biden promises swift action on immigration reform as soon as he takes office.

Over the weekend, President-Elect Joe Biden promised he would take swift action when it comes to immigration reform and rolling back many of the cruel and dangerous policies put into place by the Trump administration.

“I will introduce an immigration bill immediately,” he said in a news conference on Friday.

Although he didn’t go into detail regarding the proposed legislation, he’s previously committed to ending Trump’s ban on immigration from predominantly Muslim nations, and that he wants a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and an increase in guest worker permits to help bring undocumented agricultural workers – many of whom are now considered “essential workers” – out of the shadows.

Biden had already promised an immigration overhaul within the first 100 days of his presidency but this commitment definitely increases the pressure on him and congress to get things done.

Biden also said his justice department will investigate the policy of child separation.

During the same press conference, Biden said that his Justice Department will determine responsibility for the family separation program, which led to more than 2,600 children being taken from caregivers after crossing the U.S. southern border, and whether it was criminal.

“There will be a thorough, thorough investigation of who is responsible, and whether or not the responsibility is criminal,” Biden said. That determination will be made by his attorney general-designate, Merrick Garland, he added.

During the campaign, Biden finally took responsibility for many of his administration’s immigration failures.

Nicknamed the “Deporter in Chief,” Obama deported more immigrants than any other president in U.S. history with over 3 million deportations during his time in office. 

But as part of that administration, Joe Biden is also complicit. That’s why during the campaign he seemed to acknowledge at least some of the pain the duo caused.

“Joe Biden understands the pain felt by every family across the U.S. that has had a loved one removed from the country, including under the Obama-Biden Administration, and he believes we must do better to uphold our laws humanely and preserve the dignity of immigrant families, refugees, and asylum-seekers,” Biden’s immigration plan reads. 

While Obama’s methods pale in comparison to the cruel tactics like family separation, inhumane conditions, and targeted raids, the impact the deportations have had on families is cannot be quantified.

Biden, like any Vice President, is put in the position of having to defend his president, but also himself as the future president. This isn’t a bad thing, Biden must distinguish himself from his predecessor but if the shadow of Obama’s legacy is buying him goodwill, it might be difficult to undermine that administration’s stances.

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