6 Things to Know About Democractic-socialist nominee, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez
By Gabi Siguenza
“You have given this country hope, you have given this country proof that when you knock on your neighbor's door, when you come to them with love, when you let them know that no matter your stance, you are there for them — that we can make change.”
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
In case you missed the wrecking-ball-of-a-victory for feminists everywhere this past week, here are 6 details to know about Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her win against Joseph Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district on Tuesday.
1: Her Win Was Not Against Easy Odds.
If her opponent Joseph Crowley had beat her in this election, it would have been his 11th term. This marks the first time in 14 years that anyone of his own Democratic party has attempted (and succeeded) in taking his seat in the house. By launching and running a grassroots campaign, she easily won over the majority-minority community of voters and, with that, destroyed any legislative patterns that may have otherwise stood in her way.
2: She Is Setting The Scene For Women In Congress 2018.
Ocasio-Cortez represents just the beginning of what experts believe is going to be a female-powered 2018 election season. The numbers are promising – Democrats have elected women for 49% of their 2018 house races. For GOPs, that number drops to just 16%.
3: Her Goals Are All Community-Oriented.
During her campaign, Ocasio-Cortez emphasized her plans to implement universal health care and abolish ICE. As a native to New York who grew up in the Bronx, she is especially
passionate about putting the needs of her own community first– not donors.
4: She Is 28. Yes, 28.
The current top House Democrats are all 70+ years of age. The generation of Democratic leaders below Pelosi (that of which Crowley belonged to), has taken some major blows recently, as many members have retired or underperformed in their positions. Ocasio-Cortez’s “young blood” is a critical jumpstart that the next generation of Democrats needs.
5: She Is Speaking Up For Those Who Cannot
With the current downward spiraling political climate – with the latest headlines surrounding child detention camps and separation of family members – it is essential to have a politician who is willing to put themselves on the front line of confrontation. Watch her tackle the issue (or as she calls them, “facisctic ICE”) head on in Texas:
The child detention camps are here - I confronted the border officers myself.
Using their names, I told them exactly what they are responsible for.
One of them made eye contact with me.
I spoke directly to him.
I saw his sense of guilt.
We can dismantle this.#AbolishICE pic.twitter.com/QLyc9MAnkt
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 24, 2018
6: Her Win Is Not Going Unnoticed
Put simply, she is the type of leader the people want. Her win was no accident. It is predicted that future Democratic leaders like her with attainable, “community-first” oriented goals are the driving force for a sea of potential change in Washington in the upcoming elections. Her brand of activism isn’t just all-talk– it is all action. With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at bat, Democratic America has a real shot to score big.