In a significant escalation of her activist-driven political approaches, the Republican Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) has called on other progressives to…
In a significant escalation of her activist-driven political approaches, the Republican Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) has called on other progressives to address the main challenges facing some of the more conservative democratic members of the Congress. 19659002] Ocasio-Cortez handed over the appeal in a phone call on Saturday with about 700 progressive activists organized by Justice Democrats, the Group of Alumni in Senate President Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Bidding.
“Long story card I need you to run for office,” Ocasio-Cortez began her remarks. “We must all run at all levels of government, but I really hope that many of you will come here with me in Congress.”
Justice Democrats recruited Ocasio-Cortez to run and play a key role in her outraged rep Joe Crowley, a housing broker, in New York’s Democratic Prize in June. Ocasio-Cortez thus easily won the seat Crowley has held since 1
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The Group Calls Their New Campaign #OurTime . The initiative asks the Justice Democrats military of activists to help identify democratic homes that are “demographic and ideologically out of touch with their districts”, and identify people who can make good primary challengers to them.
The introduction of demographic criteria by the Justice Democrats probably means that some reliable progressive white democrats representing several districts will not be safe from such challenges in 2020. The group already presented this approach with the support of Ayanna Pressley, a black city council in Boston  as unseated Progressive Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) In a primary in September.
If I made people mad, they could have laid me on the dog walk or anything. Ocasio-Cortez and leaders of justice democrats say they are driven by the conviction that the current democratic members of Congress are not up to the task of adopting the radical solutions to address the country’s and the planet’s most pressing problems. The most urgent of these crises, they say, include climate change, expanding economic inequality and lasting rage.
“There are some good people who want to push things, but they do not currently have backups to do anything big,” said Saikat Chakrabarti, a founder of Justice Democrats on his way to Washington to serve as Ocasio-Cortez Human Resources Manager . “So we need new leaders, period. We have primary folks. “
” If we do not have people focused on mission and laser focused on solving these gigantic problems, we will not only get them resolved on time. “
It is very unusual for a member of Congress to support one large number of primary challenges addressed to party colleagues.
However, in conjunction with last week’s briefing on Capitol Hill for newly elected legislators, Ocasio-Cortez showed her some interest in following traditional congressional norms of comity and deference.
On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez in the Sunrise Movement sitting in the office of Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), And approved the group’s demand for a chosen committee to deal with climate change consisting solely of congressmen who have not received money from fossil fuels. proposed Ocasio-Cortez and the group would be required to draft a “Green New Deal” plan for the Marshall plan to drive the United States completely renewable energy in 2035.
The committee idea has been supported by a handful of sitting House Democrats and newly elected. But the proposal and Ocasio-Cortez’s support for it also triggered a general opposition from veteran-democratic colleagues, many of whom have the highest positions and argue that a new panel is unnecessary.
The investigative news site Slam then reported that each of the Democrats cited as critics Ocasio-Cortez had received massive donations during the 2018 campaign cycle from the fossil fuel industry and political action committees and employees of electrical engineering.
To Ocasio-Cortez, the negative response to the idea of simply creating a Committee which is tasked with elaborating legislation, only reinforces the case for more primary challenges for veteran companies.
The opposition to the proposal “points to the role that contributions from the fossil fuel industry play even within the Democratic Party,” she said.
In another sign of her independence, Ocasio-Cortez has not yet joined the leaders of Congressional Progressive Caucasus as she walks – in support of Pelosi’s bid on the Speaker of the House of Representatives. It gives Ocasio-Cortez some leverage in the bid to convince Pelosi to set up the climate change committee.
The 29-year-old Democratic Socialist said she is aware that she may already face political punishment for her participation in the Pelos office.
“If I made people crazy, they could have laid me on the dog walk or anything. They still can. But I knew it was worth it,” she said.
In her comments to the Justice Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez urged activists to consider running for offices to take a similar step in the belief that the story would be on their side. 19659014] “Know they come after you and that’s OK, because at the end of the day, when you’re on the right side of the long story that bends against justice, we’ll be able to tell our grandchildren that we struggled for what’s right, “she said.