Who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

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The Hill’s Julia Manchester reports that New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “is pushing back on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi‘s (D-Calif.) characterization of her surprise primary win, saying the Democratic Party is in the midst of a movement.”  Ocasio-Cortez, 28, defeated longtime Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in the district’s primary on Tuesday, “stirring speculation of a progressive wave in the party ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.” As Manchester writes, Pelosi dismissed the speculation, saying Ocasio-Cortez’s win “should not be seen as a larger movement within the party at the national level.” 

Vogue magazine wrote that Ocasio-Cortez, “a third-generation New Yorker, whose family has roots in Puerto Rico, looks a lot more like the constituents in the very diverse 14th District than Crowley [. . .].”   

Here is related news on Ocasio-Cortez. Many thanks to Peter Jordens for contributing all related links. Here are excerpts from “Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?” by Bill Chappell and Scott Neuman (NPR):

In a stunning primary upset, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a young socialist activist, woman of color and political newcomer — has unseated leading House Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s deep-blue 14th Congressional District.

Ocasio-Cortez, 28, a former organizer for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and a onetime staffer for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, ran on an unalloyed leftist progressive platform, calling for a “political revolution” that includes Medicare and higher education for all, gun control measures, an end to private prisons and the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

The district Ocasio-Cortez hopes to represent is in the Bronx and Queens; roughly 50 percent of the people there are immigrants — and she says they’ve been yearning for a representative who speaks to them, and speaks for their needs. “We’re having an affordability crisis in New York City,” Ocasio-Cortez told NPR’s Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition on Wednesday. “We have a security crisis with our current immigration system, and I think I was able to allow our community to really feel seen and heard, and visited and advocated for.”

She wants to abolish ICE because the agency represents the militarization of immigration enforcement, Ocasio-Cortez said. It was part of a trend, she said, of viewing and treating immigrants as criminals. “What we’re basically saying is that the structure of ICE — in a similar manner as the structure of the Patriot Act — is kind of built on a scaffolding of questionable civil liberties infringement and abuse,” she said. “So what we’re really talking about is reimagining immigration to be humane, and in a way that is transparent and accountable.” [. . .]

See full NPR article at https://www.npr.org/2018/06/27/623752094/who-is-alexandria-ocasio-cortez

See full article (The Hill) at http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/394561-ocasio-cortez-pushes-back-on-pelosis-analysis-of-win-i-think-that-were-in

Also see “Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Statehood?” (Puerto Rico Report, https://www.puertoricoreport.com/is-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-for-statehood), “¡Ella Puede! And She Did: What Boricuas Are Saying about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Win,” by Shayla Colon (Latino Rebels, http://www.latinorebels.com/2018/06/27/alexandriaocasiocortezpuertorican), and https://esendom.com/new-blog-2/2018/6/27/old-party-boss-defeated-by-newcomer-in-new-york-city-primaries.

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