Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Got A Surprise Visit From Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ During Her SXSW Panel

Unity in our country at times feels like an impossible act. When there’s so much tug of war from the Right and the Left, where can integration begin? Lots of ideas about this topic is circling this week at the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

We got closer to answering the question of how to bridge a divided country during an exceptional panel with two highly sought individuals.

On March 10, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was part of a Q&A in which she got a question from Bill Nye, “the Science Guy,” about how to dismantle fear in our country.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was at SXSW for a screening of her campaign documentary “Knock Down The House” (which she did not get paid for, FYI) and followed up with a Q&A portion.

While one may have assumed that Nye would strictly ask a question solely on the topic of climate change, he had a more complicated concern to address.

“As you may know, I am a white guy,” Nye said (after he received a standing ovation from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez). “I belong to two unions. I think the problem on both sides is fear. People are afraid. People of my ancestry are afraid of having to pay for everything as immigrants come to this country. People who work in Alabama are afraid to try and ask for what is reasonable.”

“So do you have a plan to work with people in Congress who are afraid? And I think that’s one of the things going on with the conservatives especially when it comes to climate change, people are just afraid of what will happen if we try to make these big changes.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said to Nye that one way to begin to break down peoples fear is to not think about individual issues selfishly.

“I think one of the keys to dismantling fear is dismantling a zero-sum mentality,” she said, which means “someone else’s gain, necessitates my loss” or “my gain must come at the cost of another person.”

She went on to say that this way of thinking means “We can give without a take.” As far as climate change is concerned, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said they are “viewing progress as a cost instead of as an investment…When we choose to invest in our system, we are choosing to create wealth.”

Clearly, Nye approved of her response because he gave her a big thumbs up afterward.

People at SXSW and on social media were so impressed that Nye attended the event just like any other person and asked a question in which he was genuinely concerned.

Here’s how some reacted to the joining forces of Nye and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez

Maybe this relationship will turn into a podcast. With their brains, the two can truly unite the country.

Were they friends before?

If they weren’t before, they definitely are now.

Such a stand-up guy!

No special privlages here, although he would have certainly gotten the VIP treatment.

Everyone loved that he was there.

His contribution to the event sealed the deal for many interested in making changes locally and globaly.

Some University of Texas at Austin students were on break during SXSW and were upset they missed this awesome sighting.

We’re thinking he may get his own SXSW panel very soon. The demand is there.

Great minds think alike.

Nerds can make the world a better place. Don’t you agree?

READ: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Challenging The Double Standard That Allows Wealthy Men With No Political Experience To Successfully Run For Office

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Delivered an Impassioned Speech After the ‘Green New Deal’ Failed to Pass in the House


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Delivered an Impassioned Speech After the ‘Green New Deal’ Failed to Pass in the House

Those of you who have been following Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s career closely know that the “Green New Deal” has been a cornerstone of her platform since taking office in January. The “Green New Deal” is, according to the Sierra Club, a piece of legislation that aims to “mobilize vast public resources to help [the US] transition from an economy built on exploitation and fossil fuels to one driven by dignified work and clean energy.” On Tuesday, the Senate voted against passing the legislation by a margin of 0-57–an outcome that was largely expected.

What was unexpected, however, was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s reaction to a fellow House member who dismissed the trailblazing bill as one that would only benefit “rich liberals.”

“If you are a rich liberal from maybe New York or California [the Green New Deal] sounds great,” Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin (R) stated. “Because you can afford to retrofit your home or build a new home that has a zero emissions, that is energy efficient, affordable and safe.”

Needless to say, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did not view the goal of reducing carbon emissions as a liberal fantasy in the same way Rep. Duffy did.

When it was her turn to speak at the committee hearing, Ocasio-Cortez didn’t mince words in her rebuttal.

“When we talk about the concern for the environment as an elitist concern, one year ago I was waitressing in a taco shop in downtown Manhattan,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “This is not an elitist issue. This is a quality of life issue. You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist? Tell that to the kids in the South Bronx which are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country. Tell that to the families in Flint…Call them elitist…People are dying!”

After the journalist and liberal media personality Brian Tyler Cohen Tweeted out the video to his 43,000 followers, the video quickly went viral–garnering more than 8 million views and 64,000 retweets in less than 24 hours.

Latinas, as usual, took to Twitter to support Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…

The reaction on Twitter proves that combating climate change is not an issue that only effects elite liberals.

In fact, many Latinas view climate change as one of the most pressing issues in politics today.

@AOC Thank you for being a voice of reason. Your words come from the heart of many Americans who believe in helping our fellow man; who believe that clean water and air for ALL is top of the list of Congressional concerns. We MUST save the planet.— Janet (@SurruscoJanet) March 27, 2019

According to environmental scientists, the clock is ticking when it comes to both reducing and preventing humanity’s negative environmental impact.

Many Latinas experience first hand that negative consequences of the climate change crisis.

We, the people of communities like the Bronx where @AOC represents and the 7th where @AyannaPressley represents and the 5th Suffolk, where I represent are the original EJ warriors. We have been poisoned 4 generations w/ bad air, water & land. It’s not elitist, its righteous.— Rep. Liz Miranda (@lizforma) March 27, 2019

In fact, the affects of climate change disproportionately impact low-income Americans who are often displaced due to the destruction of unusual environmental occurrences.

Of course, there were those Latinas who were just ecstatic that they finally felt truly represented by a Representative.

All. Of. This! #AOC is my voice! @AOC represents my voice and my concerns for this country!!!!— Alicia Figliuolo / adotfig on ig (@AliciaFigliuolo) March 27, 2019

It’s not every day that Latinas feel that their voices are being heard by politicians.

Some Twitter users reminded everyone that the devastating effects of climate change should not tainted by partisan politics.

The real question should be how ignorant are those old white men who don’t understand that #climatechange is real and will destroy humanity. #ScienceisReal We know the answer, they are driven by #Greed #GreenNewDeal— Michele Garron (@bassm67) March 27, 2019

Facts should not be made into a Republican vs. Democratic issue. The negative impacts of climate change are widely accepted by the scientific community.

Although the Green New Deal didn’t pass in the Senate, we’re very sure that this isn’t the end of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s fight against climate change.

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