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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reveals Portrait Of New Congressman And Promises To Vote Against Nancy Pelosi

Today, Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being sworn in to take her place as the representative for New York’s 14th congressional district. She first took the world by storm in June when she won the Democratic primary in an upset 2018 midterm election primary against incumbent Congressman, Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley. Since then, she has made a name for herself as a progressive candidate — and shown the country what a young woman of color can do. Thankfully, she is not alone.

Yesterday, Ocasio-Cortez shared a powerful image of the history-making women of the 116th Congress.

Yes, as she proclaims in her Instagram account, these women — and hope for a new generation of history-making candidates — are finally in the building. In the image, taken by photographer Martin Schoeller for Vanity Fair, six women are seen proudly standing (and sitting), ready to take their place in American history. All of them are women of color and all of them are making history today.

Among them, from left to right, are Ocasio-Cortez, who at age 29 will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts’ first black congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, the first hijab-wearing member of the House, Deb Haaland, one of the first indigenous women in Congress, Veronica Escobar, one of the first Hispanic women Texas has ever elected to federal office (along with Sylvia Garcia, not pictured), and Sharice Davids, also one of the first indigenous women in Congress (along with Haaland) as well as the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Kansas in Congress.

“We did not come to play” accompanies the image of the six new Congresswomen from Vanity Fair. Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez simply titled the image “Sí, se puede” on her Twitter.

Vanity Fair calls these women “the new wave,” along with the dozens of others in the Democratic Party who are young, nonwhite, LGBTQ, and mostly female, but we just call them an awesome representation of the real America. With Ocasio-Cortez and the other women in this powerful new photo being sworn in today, it’s impossible not to have hope about what 2019 will bring. As for her part, Ocasio-Cortez maintains the “not here to play” spirit.

“There [are] so many people that know that we’re going into the lion’s den,” Ocasio-Cortez said in November, “even within the party.”

Meanwhile, fans of Ocasio-Cortez are celebrating her impending start in Congress and the powerful image on social media. Comments of support on Instagram include those from the young and old alike, Latina or not, with love pouring in as she starts her first day.

“This is the future for my grandkids. Thanks, Ladies now get in there and kick some behind,” wrote @mrshouse_ on Instagram, with other comments pouring in. “This is what history looks like,” wrote @advofoscar. “This is an awesome pic! So proud to have so many strong females representing this country FINALLY! Give them hell ladies! ????????,” wrote @ashbwright. “oh my gosh. i love all of you and everything you represent!!!,” wrote @mobespierrre. “I dream of the day where this picture isn’t special but rather the norm,” wrote @contactcamacho.

Still, despite the lion’s den direction that she and her fellow congresswomen have anticipated, Ocasio-Cortez has proved she has no plans of backing down on her ideological beliefs.

In a recent tweet, the new congressman wrote that she would vote against the House rules package proposed by her party’s leader Nancy Pelosi. Ocasio-Cortez’s resistance to the new guidelines tabled by the Democratic party includes a rule known as PAYGO or “pay as you go.” The rule would require any legislation increasing spending or cuts to be offset by budget cuts to spending or tax increases. PAYGO can only be rejected if it receives a majority vote.

On Twitter, the reaction is just as optimistic — including from other powerful women already in Congress, like Kamala Harris.

It is definitely a historic Congress this year. Not only are there 100 women being sworn in, as Harris pointed out in her tweet, but so much history being made. “The future is bright,” indeed. Thank you for your support, Senator Harris.

Other tweets showed Ocasio-Cortez next to another new fellow Latina to join the 116th Congress, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Florida.

Mucarsel-Powell was one of the Latinas who rose to politics in 2018 and made us so very proud. She was elected to represent Florida’s 26th congressional district and the first Ecuadorian-born person to be elected to the U.S. Congress, as well as the first Latina member born in South America.

Some of Ocasio-Cortez’s fans have reacted to the photo by encouraging her to “fight hard.”

Her followers are celebrating her start in Congress and congratulating her for already being someone that plans to stand up for what she believes in. She continues to use social media to grow her platform and people are listening.

Meanwhile, other fans simply told her to “go get ’em!”

This is pretty much how we feel, honestly.

Ocasio’s Spanish-speaking supporters have also taken to Twitter to congratulate her momentous win and the viral photo of the six women making history.

Sí, se puede! Or, as we usually like to say… SHE SE PUEDE.


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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

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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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