Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman elected to the US Congress (and avid RuPaul’s Drag Race fan), spoke at NYC’s Women’s March on 19 January.
The Bronx native has received a lot of praise for her Millennial-friendly approach to politics, such as using Instagram Live to make policy accessible.
Wearing a rainbow flag pin and a trans flag pin, she gave a powerful speech at the event. Her speech touched on numerous intersectional issues, including the environment, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, voting rights, and more.
‘Justice is not a concept we read about in a book,’ she said.
‘Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet,’ Ocasio-Cortez stated.
‘Let us remember that a fight means no person left behind. So when people want to stop talking about the issues black women face. When people want to stop talking about the issues that trans women or immigrant women face. We’ve got to ask them, Why does that make you so uncomfortable? This is not just about identity, this is about justice and this is about the America we are going to bring into this world.’
Watch a clip of Ocasio-Cortez’s fiery speech below:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Women’s March in New York: “Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet. In fact, often times, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table.” https://t.co/knzLXDTwND pic.twitter.com/oXcsyrGb2S
— CNN (@CNN) January 19, 2019