Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC as she is also known), was born on the 13th October 1989 and is a United States of America politician, currently serving as a United States Representative of the Democratic party for New York (14th Congressional District). The geography of this district within New York City includes parts of the Bronx and north-central Queens.
Ocasio-Cortez entered office at the age of 29, making her the youngest woman to serve in Congress, having taken the surprise victory in the midterm elections of 2018. She beat the chair of the democratic caucus, Joe Crowley, who was a 10-term politician. Her credentials were further enhanced when she won the 2018 general election against Anthony Pappas, the Republican representative.
As a younger member of Congress, she enjoys a significantly stronger social media presence and this is backed up by her education, where she majored in international relations and economics. As well as studying at Boston University, she was a passionate activist whilst working part time. She believes in a progressive approach to governance, including being a proponent of Medicare for all, the Green new deal and free public college places.
See below for a range of powerful and inspiration quotations that many relate to, both within the United States and around the world.
1. You don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to be 100% committed.
2.There is so much fear and hate. We must negate it with active, courageous love.
3. Hope is not something that you have. Hope is something that you create, with your actions.
4. There is no such thing as talking about class without there being implications of the racial history of the United States. You just can’t do it.
5. There is nothing radical about moral clarity.
6. Words will never be enough to express my gratitude.
7. We can be whatever we have the courage to be.
8. Fear is not a plan, but courage is.
9. The biggest hurdle that our communities have is cynicism – saying it’s a done deal, who cares; there’s no point to voting. If we can get somebody to care, it’s a huge victory for the movement and the causes we’re trying to advance.
10. I’ve always felt that elections should be joyous, celebratory events.
11. Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.
12. People tell you things. And they tell you what they believe. And they tell you what they want for themselves, for you, they tell you their stories.
13.It is the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
14. Give people the respect of your honest opinion, and always meet them where they’re at.
15. Our goal is to leave no person behind as we venture into a secure and better future.
16.I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.
17We have built power. We have organized. What we have built is permanent. No. Matter. What.
18.How in the world can we pay for this? The answer is: in the same ways that we paid for the 2008 bank bailout and extended quantitative easing programs, the same ways we paid for World War II and many other wars.
19. 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.
20. I wake up every day, and I’m a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx. Every single day.
21. I used to be much more cynical about how much was up against us. I think I’ve changed my mind. Because I think that change is a lot closer than we think.
22. I’m not running from the left; I’m running from the bottom. I’m running in fierce advocacy for working-class New Yorkers.
23. New York has one of the most oppressive political machine in the United States.
24. Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office—I wasn’t born to a wealthy or powerful family. But we have to ask ourselves who has New York been changing for?
25. This nation is never beyond remedy, it is never beyond hope, it is never too broken to fix. We will be here, and we are going to rock the world for the next two years.
26. This is not an end, this is the beginning. This is the beginning because the message that we sent the world tonight is that it’s not OK to put donors before your community.
27. In my opinion, if women and gender-expanding people want to run for office we can’t knock on anybody’s doors, we have to build our own house.
28. 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.
29. Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don’t turn this ship around and so it’s basically like, there’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult.
30. Sometimes political media is too fixated on personalities instead of policies.
31.If they want to make an example out of me, I will gladly be one. Hopefully we can be an example of dedication, courage, and persistence under fire. I also hope to be an example of not tolerating nonsense, too.
32. I just want to let you all know how proud I am of each and every single one of you. For putting yourselves and your bodies and everything on the line to make sure we save our planet.
33. What good are your thoughts and prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?
34. The resources are not as scarce as people like to make us believe.
35. Solving an unprecedented crisis will require unprecedented ambition.
36. Once someone has power, it’s so hard to challenge it.
37. The time to be courageous is NOW.
38. I want people to underestimate me. That’s how I won my primary.
39. I am as powerful as a man, and it drives them crazy.
40. Are we going to choose to lead, or are we going to sit on our hands?
41. I was born in a place where your ZIP code determines your destiny.
42.When we talk about the word ‘socialism,’ I think what it really means is just democratic participation in our economic dignity and our economic, social, and racial dignity. It is about direct representation and people actually having power and stake over their economic and social wellness, at the end of the day.
43. Change takes courage.
44. We open doors so others can walk through them.
45. I keep things raw and honest on here since I believe public servants do a disservice to our communities by pretending to be perfect. It makes things harder for others who aspire to run someday if they think they have to be superhuman before they even try.
46. Our democracy is designed to speak truth to power.
47. I don’t use my voice, then they will fill the void.
48. The Plan for a Green New Deal shall recognize that a national, industrial, economic mobilization of this scope and scale is a historic opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and to make prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation.
49. No bans. No walls. No fences. No chains. No justice — no peace.
50. 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.
51. Come for me all you want, but my job is to make sure that people are protected in society. Someone’s got to look out for the people our system is leaving behind – esp now, when most of the wealth created is going to fewer people, those left behind are the majority of Americans.
52. Trump did not do his homework. There was no plan.
53. Amazon is a billion-dollar company. 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.
54. 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.
55. Everyday immigrants commit crimes at a far lower rate than native-born Americans and not only that but the women and children on the border that are trying to seek refuge and seek opportunity in the United States of America with nothing but the shirt on their backs are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be.
56. We have to have respect for children, respect for families, respect for human rights and respect for the right of human mobility. Because it is a right. It is a right. Because we are standing on native land, and Latino people are descendants of native people. And we cannot be told and criminalized simply for our identity or our status. Period.
57. In the wealthiest nation in the world, working families shouldn’t have to struggle. It’s time for a New York that’s good for the many. I am an educator, organizer, Democratic Socialist, and born-and-raised New Yorker running to champion working families in Congress. It is well past time that we in NY-14 had a true, lobbyist-free representative who lives in our community and fights on behalf of Bronx + Queens families. This movement for Congress is about education and healthcare; it’s about housing, jobs, justice, and civil rights. It’s is about preparing for the future of our environment, energy, and infrastructure. It’s about championing the dignity of our neighbors. And it’s about getting money out of politics.
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez