Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Winning Congressional Election New York’s 14th District Midterm 2018 Speech
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[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Winning Congressional Election New York’s 14th District Midterm 2018 Speech]
[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (born October 13, 1989):]
I almost cannot believe but it is the honor and privilege of my life, to be able to say and to thank you and to thank to all of our supporters and organizers and the people and our residents of the Bronx and Queens for electing me as your next Congresswoman.
We have made history tonight.
We have made a history on multiple levels.
We have elected to first campaign and the first member of Congress from this district to not accept any corporate lobbyists funds in a generation.
In the district that is 70% people of color, half immigrant and overwhelmingly working-class we have elected the first person of color to ever represent the people of New York’s 14th Congressional district.
And lastly is a privilege and an honor to say that we have also elected the youngest woman in American history to serve in Congress.
This is what is possible when everyday people come together in the collective realization that all our actions no matter how small, or how large are powerful, worthwhile, and capable of lasting change.
Words cannot express my gratitude to every organizer, every small dollar donor, every working parent and dreamer who helped make this movement happen and that’s exactly what this is; not a campaign or an election day but a movement, a larger movement for social, economic and racial justice in the United States of America.
When I started this campaign a year ago, I was working in a restaurant in downtown Manhattan and it wasn’t because and we didn’t launch this campaign because I thought I was special or unique or better than anyone else.
We launched this campaign because in the absence of anyone giving a clear voice on the moral issues of our time then it is up to us to voice them.
We launched this campaign because no one was clearly and authentically talking about issues, like the corrupting role of money and politics; like the disturbing human rights violations being committed by ICE.
By the fact that – that no one was giving voice to the idea and the notion that an entire generation is graduating with crippling loads of student loan debt; a ticking time bomb for our economy; no one was talking about these issues and when no one talks about them we have the duty to stand up for what is right.
[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:] Source: LYBIO.net
I think about oftentimes that incredible day on June 26th when despite no attention, despite no media fanfare, despite the fact that no one wanted to get – for us to get the word out on what was going on, we were able to organize everyday people, knocking on our neighbors door and despite being outspent four million dollars 18 or 13 to 1. Despite the fact that we were running against a ten term incumbent. Despite the fact that it was her first time running for office. Despite the fact that we didn’t have the money. Despite the fact that I’m working class -despite all those things we won.
[Applause] [Chanting] [Chanting Foreign Language]
And I think about the excitement that was unleashed on that day, not just in our community, not just a sense of hope, not just a sense and realization that we can organize, to enact change, not that it just got unleashed here but it got unleash across the nation and to our down ballot Candidates this September.
I think about that excitement because what was so interesting to me was that it was not a partisan fight that led to that – it was not a partisan victory – that led to the unleashing of that excitement because I think we all know deep down here and across the country that our deepest challenges are not left and right they are not red and blue they are top and bottom they are right and wrong.
And that if we are gonna turn this ship around at the country it is not good enough to throw a rock at our neighbor’s yard – we need to clean up our own house – that’s what we gotta do.
There is nothing inherently noble about protecting a status quo that does not serve the needs of working-class Americans. And when we talk about the restless pursuit of a more perfect union, that in and of itself is a big day commandment to evolve as a nation, to grow better and to be better. And right now we are, as a nation, is that we have a crooked path and it’s time to make that crooked path straight.
Right now it is not good enough, and we cannot tolerate the fact that we are a nation that grows our jails faster than we grow our schools – that we are a nation that builds more empty homes than the people it houses; that we are a nation that fears others more than we welcome them; that we destruct more in conflict than we construct in peace; that we neglect more then we heal – we can do better, and we can be better because a better world is possible.
If we continue to believe that we are a threatened, scarce and limited Nation, then is exactly what we will become. Because in the – right now in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, our greatest scarcity is not the lack of resources.
Our greatest scarcity is not the lack of resources.
Oh. I’m sorry guys, I was like whoa, the room turned fast. I’m sorry. And I think this is but – you know what?
[Audience Member Yells: Because Texas.]
But what we need to do as well is realize that these short term losses do not mean that we have lost the long run. Does not. In 2018. In 2018 we turned the state of Texas purple. That’s what we did this year. That’s what we did this year. And that is what Beto O’Rourke accomplished this year and that is a great position to be in going into 2020.
We are going to flip that state in our generation. I’ll tell you that much right now. We will flip Texas. It is just a matter of time.
We should never be scared. There is never any fight that is too big for us to pick. We proved that this year. We proved that this year. Because when we – when we advocate and champion the causes of our neighbours and our economic dignity and come with innovative and ambitious plans for our future, there is no State beyond our grasp and no community beyond our victory.
We just need to keep at it.
[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:] Source: LYBIO.net
Because in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world our the greatest scarcity is not a lack of resources, but the absence of political courage and moral imagination. It is a hollow goal to simply be a rich country that seeks to concentrate wealth. We must also be a good nation too. We must be a good nation that seeks to invest in, and expand the potential of all human beings that live in our border. We can be that. We can be that country.
And in order for us to do that, what we need to do is – it is not enough to reject the notions of this administration. It is not enough to reject that with which we disagree with. We must advance our values and create the world that we seek to live in. That is why we say healthcare is a right to all people. That’s why we seek and chart our north star to tuition free public colleges and universities for all Americans. That is we say in our lifetime we will dismantle a system of mass incarceration that targets the black and brown. And that is we will say, unequivocally, that an agency that systematically and repeatedly violates human rights cannot be reformed, it must be abolished.
We can be confidence that what we are standing up for is what is right. And we never be ashamed for fighting for what is right.
We will never be ashamed for losing in the short term, or having a short term loss, in order to have a life long gain. We will never be ashamed of that.
These struggles that we are taking on are generational. These struggles that we are taking on are long. These struggles – these struggles will not be solved in two years or four years – it will take our whole lives. But this is the fight for our lives. This is the fight of our lives.
And we need to put everything on the line. [LYBIO.net]
We need to make sure we get to 100% renewable energy within 15 – 10 to 15 years. There is no question about it. And we don’t ever, ever want to have to look our grandchildren in the eye and say; we did not fulfill our potential as a nation and our obligation to future generations because we were too scared. We cannot do that. Or because we – or because we couldn’t figure out how to pay for it on day one. We will get there. When we chart – when we chart our course, we will figure it out. That’s how we got to the moon. That’s how we electrified this nation. That’s how we established social security. That’s how we created medicare.
We have done these things.
[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:] Source: LYBIO.net
They will always call the ambitious naive. They will always call the ambitious uninformed and radical, and marginalize, because we are engaging in a change of the balance of power in this country. And there are no if, and’s or but’s about it.
We are fighting to put more power in the hands of everyday working Americans where it belongs.
And I am so proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you all in that fight, because today is a milestone, but it is really a beginning – it is truly a beginning.
And in order for us to get there, and I believe that we can always get there faster than we can – faster than we think, we have to keep organizing. We cannot stop.
Electoral politics is just a tool in a larger tool box of this movement.
And when we have accomplished something beautiful and great tonight, but we have to keep engaged in our activism, in our organizing, in our educating, because that is what it is going to take. But I believe we will come out of this a better nation, because I know, that when we look our grandchildren in the eye, we will say we established a single payer health care system, we created tuition free public colleges, and we saved this planet in order for them to live.
Thank you very much and I so look forward to being your next Congressman. Thank you.
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