Tuesday night was the perfect night to stay home and watch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeat Joe Crowly in their party’s congressional primary in New York. To put in perspective how big of a deal this is: Joe Crowley has served ten terms and was defeated by a Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx who is half his age. Amazing, right?
Despite the doubts that many had about Ocasio-Cortez, she won 57.5 percent of the votes in New York’s Fourteenth district, which includes the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx.
"Working-class Americans want a clear champion, and there is nothing radical about moral clarity in 2018," said Ocasio-Cortez to her supporters on Tuesday night.
As Ocasio-Cortez continues on this amazing path, here’s what you need to know about her, her policies and how you can support:
About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:
Alexandria Ocasion-Cortez is a 28-year-old working class Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx. Her mother cleaned houses and her father ran a business which went through some trying times. Ocasio-Cortez helped her family make ends meet by working both in restaurants and as a bartender. She also attended Boston University.
Ocasio-Cortez is very open and proud of her roots and discusses it on a video for Remezcla that went viral. Check it out below:
About OcasiO-Cortez’s Campaign:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ran a campaign without any corporate donors. According to Jezebel, Ocasio-Cortez raised over $300,000 from contributions of only $200 or less — the average donation was $18. Her opponent, Crowley, had raised millions of dollars for his campaign and even skipped out on two debates with Ocasio-Cortez. She was also the first person to challenge Crowley in 14 years.
About Her Policies:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s policies are being called bold and provocative; they are very much needed. She sides with LGBTQ rights as well as reproductive justice. Some more of Ocasio-Cortez’s policies include: Tuition-free public college and trade schools, federal job guarantees, legalizing marijuana, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
photo: Washington Post
How To Support Her:
In the November midterms, Ocasio-Cortez will run against republican candidate Anthony Pappas. Do not neglect the midterm elections and vote for Ocasio-Cortez. If she wins, she would be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and follow suit of the women who have been making strides in political history.
Keep scrolling to check out some of love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is receiving on twitter:
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