Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

‘Honor of My Life’: Alex Morse Scores Big Boost with Ocasio-Cortez Endorsement

Taking aim at one of her party’s most influential members, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday endorsed embattled progressive upstart Alex Morse in his Massachusetts congressional race against Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.  Ocasio-Cortez, often known by her initials AOC, made her endorsement via her political …

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AOC Uses 90-Second Convention Speech to Blast ‘Unsustainable Brutality’ of US Economy and Celebrate Movements Fighting for Justice

Making the most of her 90-second speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday night condemned the “unsustainable brutality” of an economy that allows the very few at the top to hoard obscene wealth at the expense of the many and celebrated nationwide grassroots efforts to advance transformative change. “Thank you …

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With Biden-Harris Ticket Set, Climate Groups Demand ‘Transformative Action From Day One’ If Elected

Since presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday announced Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, green groups have responded by welcoming the choice and expressing hope that the California Democrat will push for ambitious, justice-focused climate and environmental policies if they win in November. As a 2020 presidential primary candidate until late last …

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DNC Appears Ready to Sideline Progressive Standout Ocasio-Cortez at Upcoming Convention

Progressives expressed their discontent with the Democratic establishment Friday after reporting from Politico indicated that it was “unclear” if popular Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be guaranteed a speaking slot at the party’s convention. “It would be stupid not to give” Ocasio-Cortez a role at the convention, Corbin Trent, a former top adviser to the New York …

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‘This Is…Kidnapping’: Video Shows Plainclothes NYPD Officers Throwing Protester Into Unmarked Van

Plainclothes officers from the New York City Police Department on Tuesday snatched an 18-year-old protester off the streets, threw her into an unmarked minivan, and sped away without explanation, a disturbing incident that immediately drew comparisons to the authoritarian tactics recently used by federal agents in Portland, Oregon. “Violently forcing protesters into an unmarked van …

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Progressives Applaud AOC Proposal to Ban ‘Insidious Practice’ of Military Recruiting in Schools

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday proposed blocking the military from recruiting in schools, describing the practice as a predatory attack on disadvantaged children who already suffer from underfunded resources in their learning environments.  The proposal follows an amendment to the defense spending bill from Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, last week that would ban military …

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Sunrise Movement Says Wins by Corporate Democrats Like McGrath and Hickenlooper Must Be ‘Moment of Reckoning’ for Progressives

After a pair of U.S. Senate candidates backed by the Sunrise Movement was defeated by more corporate-friendly centrists in recent Democratic primary races, the youth-led climate group’s political director expressed hope Wednesday that the losses would serve as “a moment of reckoning for the progressive movement, and that all of us reflect on what we …

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Progressive Lawmakers Call on US to ‘Take a Clear Stand’ by Suspending Military Aid If Israel Carries Out ‘Illegal’ Annexation

Peace and justice advocates are praising a letter from a dozen House Democrats urging further military aid to Israel be conditioned on the state not annexing larger swaths of the occupied West Bank and calling on Congress to ensure the human rights of the Palestinian people be respected. “Our generation of American Jews are clearly …

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‘Not On Our Watch’: AOC, In Powerful Floor Speech, Declares House Democrats Will Protect Civil Rights Law From Trump

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday evening delivered an impassioned speech defending a longstanding civil rights law which combats the racist practice of redlining that is under attack by the White House.  “Over the last several weeks, our nation has been gripped by the uprising against anti-black racism and systemic racial injustice across the United States,” …

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‘Money Couldn’t Buy a Movement’: AOC Trounces Wall Street-Backed Democratic Primary Opponent

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez handily defeated CNBC contributor and Wall Street-backed challenger Michelle Caruso-Cabrera in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District on Tuesday, a victory that the progressive congresswoman celebrated as evidence that “money couldn’t buy a movement.” “Wall Street CEOs, from Goldman Sachs to Blackstone, poured in millions to defeat our grassroots …

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Progressives Have Good Chance to Move a ‘Receptive’ Biden to the Left, Says Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders told The New Yorker Tuesday that he believes former Vice President Joe Biden can be pushed to the left on a number of issues if he wins the 2020 general election. In an interview titled “Bernie Sanders Is Not Done Fighting,” the Vermont independent senator refused to “sugarcoat” his political differences with his former …

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Progressive Democrat Charles Booker Gains Steam Against ‘Pro-Trump Democrat’ Amy McGrath in Bid to Take Down McConnell

A primary victory for Amy McGrath, the centrist Democrat running to challenge Republican Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, is no longer seen as a “foregone conclusion” in Kentucky as progressive state legislator Charles Booker picked up key endorsements on Tuesday and his campaign continues to gather steam ahead of the June 23 election. Both Sen. Bernie Sanders and …

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“Stay in the Streets. It’s Working”: Two Weeks Into Racial Justice Protests, New York State Classifies Use of Chokeholds as Felony

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday urged Americans to stay the course in the massive protests which have been held in cities and towns across the U.S. for the past two weeks, pointing to New York State lawmakers passing long-awaited legislation to classify chokeholds as a felony as evidence the pressure is working. The Eric Garner …

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‘Gross Abuse of Authority’: AOC, Pressley Join Probe Into Trump Use of Predator Drones to Surveil Protesters

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, are investigating the Trump administration’s potentially illegal use of predator drones and unidentified law enforcement officers to surveil nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd, calling both tactics a “gross abuse of authority.” “The deployment of drones and officers to …

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Ocasio-Cortez Endorses Jamaal Bowman’s Progressive Primary Challenge Against Longtime Rep. Eliot Engel

Praising Jamaal Bowman as a “profound community leader,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed the former middle school principal’s progressive challenge to longtime Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel on Wednesday evening, saying Bowman would help usher in a new era of people-focused leadership in Washington. “This moment requires renewed and revitalized leadership across the country AND at the …

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Vowing to Be ‘Fully Accountable’ to Movement, Ocasio-Cortez Joins Biden’s Climate Crisis Task Force

Following her call for former Vice President Joe Biden to reach out to progressives in order to win the 2020 general election against President Donald Trump, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accepted an invitation to co-chair the Biden campaign’s newly-formed “unity task force” on the climate. Ocasio-Cortez will join former Secretary of State John Kerry in leading …

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‘Incrementalism Is Not Helpful in This Moment’: Ocasio-Cortez Rejects Settling for Crumbs in Next Covid-19 Stimulus

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the only Democrat in Congress to oppose the previous multi-trillion-dollar coronavirus stimulus package, said during a conference call with progressive leaders Monday that communities across the U.S. cannot afford another incremental relief bill that delivers crumbs for the vulnerable and massive bailouts for big businesses. “Incrementalism is not helpful in this moment,” …

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‘Pandemics Know No Borders’: Democrats Call on Trump Admin to Suspend Sanctions on Iran During Coronavirus Outbreak

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to ravage Iran, U.S. lawmakers Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to immediately relax crushing sanctions which are making it harder for people in the Persian nation to obtain vital medicines, medical equipment, and protective gear for healthcare workers. In a joint letter (pdf) spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), …

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‘Unacceptable’: Dems Fume After Trump Announces Plan to Refuse Congressional Oversight of Corporate Bailout Funds

Progressive lawmakers on Friday evening denounced President Donald Trump’s intention to disregard provisions in the just-passed coronavirus relief bill that would provide crucial oversight of $500 billion in taxpayer money already poised to be a “Wall Street slush fund.” “This is unacceptable,” Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) said on Twitter Friday.   The $2 trillion relief package— …

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WATCH: Bernie Sanders Holds Roundtable on Coronavirus Response With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib

Facing ongoing human stupidity and the grim prospect of a growing wave of COVID-19 cases, doctors and nurses on social media are urging people around the world to stay home – for their sake and ours – declaring, “I stayed at work for you. You stay at home for us!” In dark reports from Italy …

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