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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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Protestors In Puerto Rico Bringing A Guillotine To The Governor’s Mansion Is Just Another Reminder Boricua’s Don’t Mess Around

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Protestors In Puerto Rico Bringing A Guillotine To The Governor’s Mansion Is Just Another Reminder Boricua’s Don’t Mess Around

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Like every other Latin American country and state, Puerto Rico has a long and torrid history with racism.

On the island, hundreds of protestors are now also taking place in the demonstrations that were sparked by the death of African-American police victim, George Floyd. In an effort to combat racism, protesters marched outside the mansion of Governor Wanda Vázquez in Old San Juan. Meanwhile, they chanted and demanded justice for George Floyd while also demanding change in Puerto Rico.

Ignoring the island’s coronavirus curfew, protestors took to the street and protested with all sorts of messages, but the one that truly caught those of us watching was the moment when protestors brought in a guillotine.

As anger and frustration continued to fuel the demonstrations, protestors brought in a massive guillotine to the Governor’s Mansion.

Shariana Ferrer-Núñez, a member of Puerto Rico’s Feminist Collective Under Construction, told Democracy Now that “We recognize that we must dismantle white supremacy, we must dismantle a racialized system, we must eradicate anti-Black violence” about the demonstrations.

According to the blog Orlando Latina, “For Puerto Rico’s elected class, the guillotine ought to be a terrifying symbol, as indeed it was during the French Revolution. But I doubt it, for the political class is a self-serving, self-dealing “firm” that has become unmoored from the people on the ground and oblivious to its needs.”

Here’s hoping this symbol hits elected officials in Puerto Rico enough to attempt to make change.

Cardi B Has An Important Message About The Deaths Of George Floyd And Breonna Taylor

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Cardi B Has An Important Message About The Deaths Of George Floyd And Breonna Taylor

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Thank heavens for Cardi B because boy does the Dominican rapper know how to use her voice.

Since her rise to fame, the hitmaker has made a point to use her platform to raise awareness of the issues she finds important. From politics to our world leaders, the rapper has done her due diligence to break down current events to her followers.

Fortunately, she’s up to it again.

Last week, the rapper took to Twitter to open up about the protests breaking out across the country in an effort to demand justice for the wrongful deaths of Black people killed by police.

You might have already heard about the protests that broke out over the weekend which outcried the wrongful deaths of two Black people: George Floyd a Black man from Minnesota who was killed while being restrained by the police on May 25. The other, Breonna Taylor a 26-year-old woman, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police officers on March 13, 2020.

In regards to their recent deaths, Cardi B  shared her thoughts and a call to action.

“Seeing people looting and going extremely outraged, you know, it makes me feel like, ‘Yes, finally! Finally motherf****** is gonna hear us now. Yeah!’” the rapper said in her Instagram post. “And as much as people is so against it, at this point, I feel like I’m not against it, even though it do scare me and I don’t want anybody to get hurt, but it’s really frustrating. You want to know why? Because police brutality been going on even way before I was born, but it has been more visual ever since social media started getting poppin.’ And ever since, let’s say Instagram started–just one app–let’s say since Instagram started, how many peaceful protests have we seen? How many trending hashtags have we seen? These hashtags keep freakin’ repeating themselves. I feel like I’ve done videos against police brutality… I feel like this is my seventh time. I’ve been doing f*ckin’ police brutality videos ever since my teeth been f*cked up, and the only shit that changed has been my f****** teeth. You know what I’m saying? People are tired, so now their tired is showing that it’s, “Oh motherf*ckers are educated. Motherf*ckers can take the grown and adult way and act peaceful people are tired of that, so now this is what people have to resort to.”

Cardi B continued her post telling her fans to vote in the upcoming general elections.

“And another thing, I also want to say this: Another way for people to take power–I don’t want to make everything political, but it is what it is–it’s by voting. And when I say voting, I’m not only talking about the President. We could vote for mayors. We could vote for judges, and we could also vote for DA’s–district attorneys. Yes, we could vote for these people, for our county. We sure can. The people that are voting for these people are most likely cops, most likely rednecks; that’s why every single time some fuck shit like this happens, it goes to their favor, because these people have the power–DA’s, these judges, these attorneys–they have the power to prosecute these cops when they do f***s***,” she said

It didn’t take long for users to respond to Cardi’s post with support and words of heartbreak.

We will win this!