24 Latinx Pop Culture and Political Milestones of the 2010s

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes the youngest woman to serve in U.S. Congress

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A year ago I was waitressing in a restaurant while organizing my community. In a time and place where we had been burned by so many politicians, and had grown deservedly cynical of the sad, familiar cycle of campaign promises and governance excuses, I was asking them, just once, to believe. . It was really hard, because how do you make that case? How to ask someone whose trust has been violated over and over to believe you? To believe in the movement for justice and economic dignity? . You show up. You give unconditionally. You show up when no one is looking and the cameras are off. You offer support when it’s risky, but necessary. You do it over and over again, without a need for recognition or expectation that you are “owed” something for doing the right thing. You just… engage in the act of loving your community. . Never in my wildest dreams did I think that those late nights on the 6 & 7 trains would lead to this. All this attention gives me a lot of anxiety (my staff fought to get me to agree to this cover, as I was arguing against it), and still doesn’t feel quite real, which maybe is why I remain comfortable taking risks, which maybe is a good thing. . I believe in an America where all things are possible. Where a basic, dignified life isn’t a dream, but a norm. . That’s why I got up then, and it’s why I get up now. Because my story shouldn’t be a rare one. Because our collective potential as a nation can be unlocked when we’re not so consumed with worry about how we’re going to secure our most basic needs, like a doctor’s visit or an affordable place to live.

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In 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman to serve in U.S. Congress when she was elected as a House representative for New York’s 14th District. In addition to being the youngest, she’s also known as the first representative to truly reflect the demographics of the 14th District which is about 50 percent Latinx. “Our district is 70 percent people of color, and we have never had a person of color represent us in American history,” she told NowThis. Known for her progressive politics, she’s become a major presence on social media, promoting policies including the Green New Deal and immigration and criminal justice reform. The Bronx native comes from a  working-class family with a Puerto Rican mom and dad who was a Bronx native of Puerto Rican descent and has become one of the most powerful Latinas in politics.

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