Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez offers the Bronx a chance at true people-centric representation
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a progressive, young Latina running for Congress to finally give voice and representation to the people of the Bronx. For too long, the incumbent Congressmember has been absent from the Bronx. His absenteeism has been so severe and stark that the Editorial Board of the New York Times had to call him out for his shameful neglect of Bronx voters.
The Ocasio-Cortez campaign is leading the national conversation around immigration reform by calling for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). This is an important issue for many Bronx residents, because local law enforcement profiles all minorities — regardless of their documentation status. Nobody should have to experience discrimination, and nobody should have their families broken up.
Another issue that is important to Bronx residents, including in the South Bronx, where nearly 60% of residents are Latinx, is the restoration and recovery in Puerto Rico. But we all know that Puerto Rico cannot recover and thrive from the devastation of Hurricane Maria unless the necessary disaster assistance takes the form of grants and loan forgiveness. Puerto Rico’s economy was already being decimated by a Government debt crisis that was made worse by Wall Street speculation. Unfortunately for us, the incumbent Congressmember is backed by Wall Street banks and hedge fund management companies. Because the incumbent Congressmember’s loyalty lies with financiers, he will never be an independent champion for a fair and robust economic recovery like Puerto Rico needs.
For too long, the incumbent Congressmember does not appreciate or consider issues important to our community. He comes from an entitled culture, where power was always given to him. He was effectively installed in Congress through a political slight-of-hand by his predecessor, and he essentially inherited his post as chair of his political party county committee. He neither understands nor relates to the public health and economic emergencies facing Puerto Rico. In fact, several years ago, the incumbent hired a lobbyist to get rid of the Latinx section of the Bronx from his Congressional District. We need a change, and we need you to make it happen.
On June 26, you do have a choice
You can vote for the incumbent, who wants to go on serving in office for two decades, who is backed by Wall Street, real estate developers, and pharmaceutical giants.
Or, you can vote for the progressive woman of color, who is foresaking all corporate PAC donations, who is championing issues that all politicians have forgotten : like fighting for jobs guarantee programs to address the wealth and income inequality that is wreaking havoc on New York City, like fighting gentrification and saving and expanding public housing, like fighting for a “Medical For All” healthcare plan to finally treat healthcare as a human right. These are progressive values that should appeal to all of us. It shouldn’t take decades for us to bring about progress to our lives. It only takes political courage.
On June 26, vote for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress.
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