Change takes courage.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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I don't think most of Congress understands how economics works.
I can't name a single issue with roots in race that doesn't have economic implications, and I cannot think of a single economic issue that doesn't have racial implications. The idea that we have to separate them out and choose one is a con.
I think - I do think that we have to have a secure border.
We need to make sure that people are, in fact, documented. But that doesn't mean that we threaten people's lives.
The Republicans galvanize their base by inciting a lot of fear;
they operate on a lot of mythmaking. So we have to have something compelling. We shouldn't be afraid to be bold.
Democrats should be getting high-fives from sanitation truck drivers - that is what should be happening in America.
What I see is that the Democratic Party takes working class communities for granted, they take people of color for granted, and they just assume that we're going to turn out no matter how bland or half-stepping these proposals are.
My mother cleaned homes and drove school buses, and when my family was on the brink of foreclosure... I started bartending and waitressing.
Not all Democrats are the same.
Campaigns are so much more expensive than people think they are.
Just to keep the lights on is several thousand dollars a month.
We are fighting for an unapologetic movement for economic, social, and racial justice in the United States.
It was really my experience at Standing Rock that was pretty pivotal for me because I saw how corporations were literally militarizing themselves against American citizens so that they could kind of maximize their profit margins on fossil fuels.
In Puerto Rico, we continue to see the perpetuation of second-class citizenship in the United States.
I'm not running from the left; I'm running from the bottom. I'm running in fierce advocacy for working-class New Yorkers.
Healthcare as a human right, it means that every child, no matter where you are born, should have access to a college or trade-school education if they so choose it, and I think no person should be homeless if we can have public structures and public policy to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States.
There has almost never been a period of substantial economic growth in the United States without significant investment. And no investment pays off within the same cycle. No investment pays off within the same year - especially a governmental investment. Even businesses don't work that way.
I believe that every American should have stable, dignified housing;
health care; education - that the most very basic needs to sustain modern life should be guaranteed in a moral society.
Rather than think of it as somewhere to run from, the Bronx is somewhere to invest.
I want to speak to people directly as much as possible.
I'm very hands-on about social media. That's my voice.
At Standing Rock, we experienced, first-hand, people coming together in their communities and trying to use the levers of representative democracy to try and say, 'We don't want this in our community; we don't want this in our backyard,' and corporations using their monetary influence to completely erode that process.
I started my campaign out of a Trader Joe's bag with a bunch of printed palm cards and an idea.
When people feel like they are being spoken directly to, I do feel like.
.. they'll do things like turn out in an off-year, mid-year primary.
I don't think any person in America should die because they are too poor to live.
Congress is too old. They don't have a stake in the game.
I understand the pain of working-class Americans because I have experienced the pain.
Our democracy is designed to speak truth to power.
It's disingenuous to... pretend the sources of our money don't impact the policy we write - you just can't serve two masters.
We have a political culture of intimidation, of favoring, of patronage, and of fear, and that is no way for a community to be governed.
To me, what socialism means is to guarantee a basic level of dignity.
It's asserting the value of saying that the America we want and the America that we are proud of is one in which all children can access a dignified education. It's one in which no person is too poor to have the medicines they need to live.
The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan. We must again invest in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and distribution of energy, but this time green energy.
We absolutely do need to make sure that our borders are secure.
But what we need to realize and remember is that ICE was established in 2003 right at the same time as the Patriot Act, the AUMF, the Iraq War - and we look back at a lot of that time and legislation as a mistake now. And I think that ICE is right there as a part of it.
I think there's a weapon of cynicism to say, 'Protest doesn't work.
Organizing doesn't work. Y'all are a bunch of hippies. You know, it doesn't do anything,' because, frankly, it's said out of fear, because it is a potent force for political change.
It's not just that I'm a woman of color running for office.
It's the way that I ran. It's the way that my identity formed my methods.
Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.
I was nominated at first by a group called Justice Democrats.
They were trying to essentially field non-corporate candidates in the 2018 midterm election. They were looking for people with a history of community service, and my name had come across their desk, and they called.
For me, democratic socialism is about - really, the value for me is that I believe that in a modern, moral, and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live.
We have to stick to the message: What are we proposing to the American people? Not, 'What are we fighting against?'
I see people like me, who thought someone like me couldn't be in politics, now are saying, 'Oh, wait, I don't need to take money from corporations to run. Maybe I'll run, too.'
I know what it's like to access the privilege of a ZIP Code but also be born in one that could have destined me to something else.
I'm an educator. I'm an organizer.
It's time we acknowledge that not all Democrats are the same.
That a Democrat who takes corporate money, profits off foreclosure, doesn't live here, doesn't send his kids to our schools, doesn't drink our water or breathe our air cannot possibly represent us.
Working-class Americans want a clear champion, and there is nothing radical about moral clarity in 2018.
It is unacceptable to be disrespectful of Congressman Crowley.
He's done some phenomenal, phenomenal work for the Bronx and Queens.
What the Bronx and Queens needs is Medicare for all, tuition-free public college, a federal jobs guarantee, and criminal-justice reform.
Before ICE, we had Immigration and Naturalization Services, but it wasn't until about 1999 that we chose to criminalize immigration at all. And then, once ICE was established, we really kind of militarized that enforcement to a degree that was previously unseen in the United States.
The way the Queens Democratic party machine has worked, they operate on a politics of exclusion.
Mentors of mine were under a big pressure to minimize their femininity to make it. I'm not going to do that. That takes away my power. I'm not going to compromise who I am.
I'm used to people kind of knowing me in the community.
I was born in a place where your ZIP code determines your destiny.