Could New York (14th congressional district) Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez be president of the United States? If Cardi B had her way, she could.
“She better run for president when she turns 35,” said Cardi B on Twitter after she saw a post of Alexandria (or AOC as she’s called) jamming to the rapper’s hit “Bodak Yellow.”
Described by Time as “the best storyteller in the [Democratic] party since Barack Obama” and “the second most talked-about politician in America, after the President of the United States,” AOC represents hope and change for a country currently dealing with discrimination issues, over 5 million COVID-19 cases, and countless jobs lost due to the pandemic.
Not just that, AOC is also a champion of the downtrodden! Last June, she voted against a border bill that supports Donald Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), citing its lack of humanitarian provisions.
“I do not believe we should be throwing more money to ICE,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “My district is 50 percent immigrant. I have an obligation and responsibility to protect them. I believe what we should ideally be doing is passing a pure humanitarian bill to get money straight to the kids.” (Read: How Has the Duterte Administration Fared the Past 4 Years?)
In commemoration of World Humanitarian Day, held every August 19 “to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world,” here are three interesting things to know about the young woman who is making waves for her pro-humanitarian beliefs and legislations.
She supports issues that benefit the greater good.
AOC declared medical care a human right, called detention centers for undocumented immigrants “concentration camps,” proposed an anti-poverty policy, and is one of the lawmakers behind the Green New Deal—a legislation that seeks to phase out fossil fuel, create more jobs, and boost the economy.
She worked as a waitress and bartender to support her mother.
These were jobs she took on after college, when her father died of cancer and her mother worked as a house cleaner and bus driver to keep their home from foreclosure. Through this, AOC understood “the pain of working-class Americans because I have experienced the pain,” reports The Guardian. (Read: Pope Francis Before He Became a Priest)
She pays off her student loans while serving as a congresswoman.
In September 2019, the New York congresswoman was at a committee hearing when she said “I literally made a student loan payment while I was sitting here…I looked at my balance and it was $20,237.16. I just made a payment that took me down to $19,000, so I feel really accomplished right now.”
AOC, who double-majored in international relations and economics (cum laude) at Boston University, quipped that it was “literally easier for me to become the youngest woman in American history elected to Congress than it is to pay off my student loan debt.” Speaking not just for herself but for other college graduates like her, she tweeted “to forgive all the student loan debt in the United States.”