Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — learn that name, because you’re going to be hearing a lot of it. Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old who has previously worked as an organizer for Bernie Saunders, had a shock-win last week in New York. She unseated the long-standing Representative Joe Crowley, but that’s not the reason why she’s making headlines. Well, it’s not the only reason. Sure, she took the seat of an established Democrat, a party darling, even. But she did it by being unapologetically progressive, by speaking to voters who are so often overlooked, and through astounding local support.
How did we do it?
Ocasio2018 supporters nationwide:
✅ Knocked on over 120,000 doors
✅ Made over 170,000 phone calls
✅ Sent 100k+ text messages
✅ **INCREASED voter turnout by 68% (!!)** over the last off-year midterm primary
The power of grassroots organizing is real.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 3, 2018
“Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, who has been endorsed by national progressive groups including the Black Lives Caucus and Moveon.org, and Mr. Sanders’ political group, Our Revolution, triumphed with a grass-roots campaign against an incumbent who was also head of the local political machine, had a vast campaign war chest and for years had gone without challenge,” the Wall Street Journal reports. ‘These results are also a shot across the bow of the Democratic establishment in Washington: a young, diverse, and boldly progressive Resistance Movement isn’t waiting to be anointed by the powers that be,’ said Matt Blizek, elections mobilization director for Moveon.”
It's time for a New York that works for all of us.
On June 26th, we can make it happen – but only if we have the #CourageToChange.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) May 30, 2018
We need so much more of this. A woman who speaks openly against ICE, who pays attention to marginalised voters, and who realizes that, in the days of Trump, we need to call for drastic change rather than compromise. Someone who refuses to normalize racist, sexist, and fascist behavior — and someone who is truly looking forward. And this democratic socialist mindset can move beyond New York — in fact, there are many saying that there’s growing support for more radical left policies even in the MIdwest.
The truth is, Ocasio-Cortez is just getting started. She’s currently a one-woman force of nature, but many see her as the future of the party. But she’s shown that this model can work, not just in New York, hopefully not just in America — because we need this radically progressive thinking in the UK just as much. We need real outreach and engagement with voters who are so often overlooked. We need to move beyond the status quo. So remember Ocasio-Cortez’s name. You’re going to be hearing a lot of it.