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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Not Pleased That Amazon HQ Is Coming To Queens, And She’s Not The Only One

When news broke that Amazon headquarters would be expanding to two new locations — Long Island City, New York and Northern Virginia — people on social media had a mixed reaction. According to a poll conducted by NBC Washington, surveyors were more excited than not, while others weren’t sure how they felt about this new venture. Some may feel that a huge new company, like Amazon, will bring new jobs and money to a city, but that’s not always entirely the case.

Newly-elect Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in a series of tweets that she is not happy that Amazon HQ is coming to Queens.

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“We’ve been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “The community’s response? Outrage.”

Ocasio-Cortez said that Amazon’s expansion will actually hurt her community instead of help. As a reminder, Ocasio-Cortez, an elected official, is now representing parts of the Bronx and Queens.

“Amazon is a billion-dollar company,” she said on Twitter. “The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.”

In a statement to NBC Washington, Jeff Bezos, founder, and CEO of Amazon said that the new Amazon locations will split  50,000 new jobs and says the “average wage of these jobs will be over $150,000.” The investment is estimated to be a $5 billion dollar investment.

But that is exactly what Ocasio-Cortez is fearful of.

Ocasio-Cortez claims that Amazon will be hiring from outside the state rather than locally.

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“When we talk about bringing jobs to the community, we need to dig deep,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Has the company promised to hire in the existing community? What’s the quality of jobs and how many are promised? Are these jobs low-wage or high wage? Are there benefits? Can people collectively bargain?”

All of these questions are crucial to ask when any corporation enters a community because ultimately it’s the local people that will be most affected by this. Just look at Seattle’s experience after Amazon landed at its shores.

“When an employer commits to that much space downtown, and all the peripheral things that come along to all that kind of density, it drives the need for housing and hotels and transit. It drives everything,”  Brad Hinthorne, managing principal at the Seattle office of Perkins + Will told Curbed. “But I’d much rather have that problem than the problems many other cities are wrestling with today.”

One positive note for Seattle is now it will have more “breathing room” because it’s expanding to other cities and not taking up so much of one place.

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Ocasio-Cortez urged that Amazon must help the local community and local infrastructure, and not gentrify and already costly city.

“Displacement is not community development,” she tweeted. “Investing in luxury condos is not the same thing as investing in people and families. Shuffling working class people out of a community does not improve their quality of life.”

She went on to say that the city is already hurting and that officials must address how it will help the community with real concerns and not talks of another Amazon expansion.

We need to focus on good healthcare, living wages, affordable rent,” she said. “Corporations that offer none of those things should be met with skepticism. It’s possible to establish economic partnerships with real opportunities for working families, instead of a race-to-the-bottom competition. Lastly, this isn’t just about one company or one headquarters. It’s about cost of living, corps paying their fair share, etc. It’s not about picking a fight, either. I was elected to advocate for our community’s interests – & they‘ve requested, clearly, to voice their concerns.”

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

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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!!!! https://t.co/Ek8q3O36Q6— 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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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Graces The Cover Of Time Magazine

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Graces The Cover Of Time Magazine

Whether they like it or not, Republicans’ most-loathed Democrat and the left’s most-terrifying congressional freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is a phenom, at least that’s what Time magazine has called her in their cover story of the New York representative.

Ocasio-Cortez will have her first Time cover for the magazIne’s April 1 issue, demonstrating, as its national correspondent Charlotte Alter notes in the story, that she’s the “second most talked-about politician in America, after the President of the United States.”

While critics have alleged she’s obsessed with the spotlight, Ocasio-Cortez, who shot to fame after beating 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary to represent New York’s 14th District last June, says she misses not being the center of attention.

“I miss being able to go outside in sweats,” she told the magazine. “I can’t go anywhere in public and just be a person without a lot of people watching everything I do.”

But her ability to capture national attention allows the political newcomer, who views herself as an activist who is more interested in “moral imperatives than on incremental policy wins,” to accomplish her biggest objective: winning hearts and minds. This, she believes, is how you transform a nation.

While detractors on both sides of the political aisle write her policies, like her Green New Deal proposal, off as fanciful, Ocasio-Cortez contends she’s thinking ahead and is more concerned with defining the Democratic Party’s agenda for the decades that follow.

“By the time legislation actually gets through, it is five years from now,” she says. “So everything we introduce needs to have 2025 or our kids in mind.”

Referring to the congresswoman, who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, as the “Wonder Woman of the left, Wicked Witch of the right,” the Time feature shares Ocasio-Cortez’s story as a nerdy Bronx-born, Westchester County-raised child of Puerto Rican parents to a struggling Boston University alum who worked as an organizer and bartender while trying to keep her and her family afloat following the death of her father, the 2008 financial crisis and her own mounting school debt to Brand New Congress recruiting the political novice to run for office after receiving a letter from her brother about his sister’s might.

This month, Ocasio-Cortez also scored a spot on the cover of Rolling Stone, appearing alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and fellow freshman Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) as the four Democratic “Women Shaping the Future.”

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