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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is running in the Democratic Primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District. As a 3rd generation Bronxite, she understands the needs and challenges faced by our community. Ocasio-Cortez is an educator, an activist and an organizer. Endorsed by a number of national and local groups that include, Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress, The People for Bernie Sanders, and the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez is running a people-funded campaign and rejects any and all Corporate PAC and lobbyist money. Some highlights from her expansive platform include: improved and expanded Medicare for All, tuition-free public university and trade school, affordable housing as a human right, a federal jobs guarantee, a “Green New Deal”, and a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented Americans living in fear. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is ready to get to work rebuilding her community, her country, and the Democratic Party. She will bring the energy and ideas needed to reverse the decades long losing streak that has seen the Democratic Party lose both chambers of Congress, the Presidency, dozens of Governors mansions, and countless state legislatures. Vote for a new direction on November 6th. Vote for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez is a third-generation Bronxite, educator, and organizer mounting an historic grassroots candidacy in the Bronx and Queens. Ocasio-Cortez grew up experiencing the reality of New York’s rising income inequality, inspiring her to organize her community and run for office on a progressive platform rejecting Corporate PAC funds.
As a member of a large Puerto Rican extended family, she saw the differences in the education and opportunities available to family members living in the Bronx versus family living in Westchester County. After graduating Boston University with degrees in Economics and International Relations, she worked in the office of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, seeing firsthand the heartbreak and family separation caused by the unaccountable tactics of ICE.
After this, she was passionate about returning to work with Latinx youth in the Bronx and across the United States to eventually work as an Educational Director with the National Hispanic Institute, a role in which she helped Americans, DREAMers and undocumented youth in community leadership and college readiness.
Following the financial crisis of 2008, tragedy struck when her father, Sergio Ocasio-Roman, passed away, forcing her family to sell their home. Alexandria pulled extra shifts to work as a waitress and bartender to support her family during this time, deepening her commitment to issues impacting working-class people.
During the 2016 presidential election, she worked as a volunteer organizer for Bernie Sanders in the South Bronx, expanding her skills in electoral organizing and activism that has taken her across the country and to Standing Rock, South Dakota to stand with indigenous communities, then back to New York’s 14th Congressional District to launch her people-funded, grassroots campaign for Congress.
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Clean Campaign Finance
- The first pledge Alexandria made to voters in this election was to commit herself to clean campaign finance. As a Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress candidate, Alexandria recognizes the corrupting influence of corporate fundraising on legislative policy. Where she stands farthest apart from her primary opponent is in her steadfast refusal to allow her campaign to be underwritten by lobbyist contributions. If elected, Alexandria vows to get big money out of politics, money which undermines democracy for the benefit of corporate interests.
- Alexandria believes that healthcare is a human right. Free-market medicine leaves too many Americans struggling, often forced to make impossible choices between medicine and shelter, treatment and food. So beholden are Establishment representatives to insurance and pharmaceutical lobbies, they are prepared to sacrifice the health and welfare of their own constituency for corporate profit. If we are to realize medical justice in our time, we must not only expand the Medicare program to all citizens but also to broaden it to include access to vision, dental and mental healthcare.
Universal Jobs Guarantee
- People who want meaningful work for a decent wage struggle to find it. Because of this, progressive Democrats such as New York’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand now advocate for a Universal Jobs Guarantee program. This proposal would radically expand the public sector, providing both training and experience to workers while bringing much-needed public services to our communities in areas such as parks service, childcare and environmental conservation.
- Furthermore, a federal jobs guarantee program would establish a floor for wages and benefits for the nation’s workforce. This program would provide a baseline minimum wage of $15 an hour and guarantee for public workers a basic benefits package, including healthcare and childcare. Many think tanks such as the Levy Institute to the Center for American Progress believe that bolstering the public sector and investing in our own workforce will lift thousands of American families out of poverty.
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- The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was created in 2003 in a post-9/11 fervor that we know now undermined our civil rights at every turn in an unchecked expansion of executive powers. As overseen by the Trump administration, ICE operates with virtually no accountability, ripping apart families and holding our friends and neighbors indefinitely in inhumane detention centers scattered across the United States. Alexandria believes that if we are to uphold civic justice, we must abolish ICE and see to it that even our undocumented neighbors be treated with the dignity and respect owed to all people, regardless of citizenship status.
End For-Profit Prison
- The right to imprison and to deprive citizens of freedoms in the service of a higher justice is a responsibility retained only by the state and state alone. The authority to cage a human being is a practice that must be judiciously considered, limited in use and a power never to be granted to those who would abuse it. For this reason, Alexandria believes it fundamentally unjust that our criminal justice system leans on a for-profit prison complex to cut costs. In office, she would pledge to end the practice of prison profiteering in our time.
Solidarity WIth Puerto Rico
- Six months after Hurricane Maria, our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico still suffer for want of basic utilities and billions in federal aid that they are entitled to as citizens. Our friends and family in Puerto Rico thus suffer the double humiliation of being denied disaster relief from its own government on the basis of its disenfranchisement. As a member of Congress, Alexandria commits to championing justice for Puerto Rico on the House floor.
Alexandria’s campaign has been officially endorsed by the following
- Democracy for America
- Democratic Socialists of America
- United Dominican Coalition
- Pan American Democratic Association of Queens
- People for Bernie Sanders
- NYC Democratic Socialists of America
- Black Lives Caucus
- Justice Democrats
- Brand New Congress
- Muslims for Progress
- Common Defense
- Bronx Progressives
- Politics Reborn
- Demand Universal Healthcare
- The Political Revolution
- Young Progressives
- Digital Left
- Zephyr Teachout
- Susan Sarandon
New York Post, June 16, 2018
Queens Democratic club snubs longtime Rep. Joe Crowley
- “Ocasio-Cortez is a better representative of our neighborhood. She’s more progressive. She’s not behind the banks, insurance companies and Wall Street,” said William Salgado, chairman of the club, which covers Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Corona.
Common Dreams, June 16, 2018
Praise for Progressive 'Torchbearer' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Takedown of 'Career Politician' Joe Crowley
- "Not all Democrats are the same, and I am proud to be the only Democrat in this race that rejects all corporate money, and champions and advances improved and expanded Medicare for All, a federal jobs guarantee, tuition-free public college, and the abolition of ICE," she said in her opening remarks. "In a district that is 85 percent Democrat, overwhelmingly working class, and 70 percent people of color, we deserve a working-class champion."
NY1 Spectrum, June 15, 2018
Democratic primary debate: Crowley vs. Ocasio-Cortez, Part 1
Refinery 29, June 13, 2018
Meet The Bronx-Born Puerto Rican Challenging One Of The Most Powerful House Democrats
- "We have had our country on autopilot and we’ve been accepting what’s been happening," she told Refinery29. "And what's happening in this country is indicating that we need new leadership. We need new leadership in the Democratic party and we need new leadership in the country."
Politico, June 13, 2018
Progressive freshman backtracks on Crowley endorsement
- All of that changed this year as a result of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose primary challenge against Crowley has sparked substantial excitement within her district and then media attention throughout the country. The 28-year-old educator, organizer for Bernie Sanders, and self-described democratic socialist of Puerto Rican heritage produced a video about her life and the reasons she’s running that went massively viral.
The Intercept, June 12, 2018
GLENN GREENWALD INTERVIEWS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CHALLENGER ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ OF NEW YORK
- “I never had a single federal official ever validate me,” he said. “I think she’s gotten a lot of energy and I think she’s mobilizing a lot of people and I think she’s running a great campaign.”
The Intercept, June 10, 2018
Democratic candidates call for elimination of ICE at political rally
- "This is an institution that's literally only been around since 2003," said Alexandra Rojas of Justice Democrats. "We've lived without it, we can go back again," Salazar says. "We don't need a brute squad to pick up people and be above the law when we already have a due process system in place."
The Intercept, June 9, 2018
JOE CROWLEY COMPLAINS HIS PRIMARY OPPONENT, ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ IS MAKING THIS RACE “ABOUT RACE”
- “The congressman could have helped that he accepted inheritance of his seat from a multigenerational political dynasty without a true primary — a process by which people of color are historically locked out of representation. The congressman could help that he voted to establish ICE. The congressman can help the fact that he accepts money from developers that are displacing our communities and the folks criminalizing our backyards,” she told The Intercept.
Huffington Post, June 06, 2018
How This Young Latina Candidate Is Shaking Up A New York Congressional Race
- “Our district is overwhelmingly people of color, it’s working class, it’s very immigrant ― and it hasn’t had the representation we’ve needed,” Ocasio told HuffPost
- “I’m not running from the left; I’m running from the bottom,” she told HuffPost. “I’m running in fierce advocacy for working-class New Yorkers.”
New York Times, May 29, 2018
Stacey Abrams Didn’t Play It Safe. Neither Do These Female Candidates
- “I feel like I’ve been pulling punches,” wrote Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is challenging a longtime Democratic incumbent, Joe Crowley of New York, in a primary...“We’re not trying to ask permission to get in the door,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old organizer on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, said in an interview.
Splinter, May 30, 2018
‘Women Like Me Aren’t Supposed to Run’: NY Candidate Releases Ad That’s Actually Good
- “[Ocasio-Cortez] released a new video that’s fierce, unapologetic, and—even for my cold, cynical heart—inspiring. In short, it’s everything a political ad should be.”
The Intercept, May 22, 2018
A Primary Against the Machine: A Bronx Activist Looks to Dethrone Joseph Crowley, the King of Queens
- “This is actually about electing Democrats whose financial interests are aligned with their communities’ interests,” Ocasio-Cortez said. And Crowley’s financial interests, she maintained, “are at odds with everything that this community needs,” so you can’t really trust his recent policy shifts “to be anything deeper than face value, anything deeper than a re-election bid.”
Salon, April 22, 2018
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to be a progressive alternative for New York Democrats
- “He's not just the congressman; in an astounding conflict of interest, he's the congressman and he's chairman of the Queens Democratic Party. So riddle me how the chairman is supposed to be impartial in his own endorsement in the race?”
Newsweek, April 6, 2018
More 2018 Candidates Are Calling To Abolish ICE Under President Trump
- “Any American who’s concerned with due process should be concerned with ICE,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Calling to abolish ICE is less radical than the establishment of ICE in the first place.”
Splinter, March 22nd, 2018
Talking With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Woman Challenging One of New York's Political Kingmakers
- “We really need to be a party of ideas and of bold, ambitious legislation and advancing things that people never thought were before possible. Because that is what makes government inspiring, that is what makes that makes people want to knock on their neighbor’s door. We need a foundational change in who our representatives answer to.”
Queens Courier, March 26, 2018
This Bronx Resident Will Be Queens Congressman Joe Crowley’s First Primary Challenger in 14 Years
- “We know that the way the machine enforces itself in Queens is that they don’t even allow elections to happen in the first place,” she said. “What I look forward to our victory bringing to Queens is an opening of our democracy here so that anybody who wants to run can run and doesn’t have to get permission from anybody. We can really return this county to the democratic values that we deserve to uphold here.”
The Nation, March 20th, 2018
Why Democrats Should Embrace a Federal Jobs Guarantee
- “In deep-blue NY-14, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she’s proposing a federal jobs guarantee and sees guaranteed jobs as a way to set a floor on working conditions. ‘It’s basically a public option for jobs,’ she said. ‘It guarantees a bare minimum which employment can’t go below.’ She also wants jobs that solve externalities provided by the market, such as green jobs.”
Queens Chronicle, March 8, 2018
Queens is 'very fertile ground' for an upset
- “‘There’s a movement in this country that the old Democratic guard is missing out on,’ Ocasio-Cortez said. ‘This community is very fertile ground for a primary challenger.’”
Wall Street Journal, February 14, 2018
The Millennials Shaking Up New York Politics: Their Targets This Year Aren't Republican Adversaries, They're Veteran Democratic Incumbents
- “Ms. Ocasio-Cortez drew a comparison to the Tea Party Republicans...‘We have a chance to do here in New York what happened to Eric Cantor,’ she said, referring to the Republican House Majority Leader’s defeat in Virginia by a right-wing insurgent in the 2014 primary.”
The Young Turks
The Jimmy Dore Show
The Young Turks
Knock Down the House Documentary
Queens Community Board 4 - March 13, 2018
Community and campaign action (Jose Alvarado - Press Permissions Needed)
Candidate childhood photos