Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her radically liberal “squad” spoke out at a rally in Washington D.C. on Thursday to demand that former Vice President Joe Biden approve the Green New Deal if he takes office in January.
“Climate is now a top-three issue for voters across the country and it is about time that our Congress and our administration starts acting like it,” Ocasio-Cortez said as she addressed supporters outside of the Democratic National Committee headquarters. “It’s way past time.”
“But what I think is so important is that every single person up here represents the power of the movement,” she added.
“It represents the power of indigenous communities organizing, the power of young people organizing, the power of the Movement for Black Lives organizing, showing that climate is intersectional with every one of our needs and demands,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
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Not stopping there, Ocasio-Cortez went on to ominously say that she wants the Biden administration to “keep their promise” if he enters the White House:
Because you all have done the work, you all got us a seat at the table. We have worked with the Biden administration to secure commitment on a $2 trillion climate plan. Two trillion dollars. But we’re not gonna stop there. We’re not gonna stop with a piece of paper. That’s not what’s gonna happen. We’re not gonna forget about that agreement for the sake of an election, are we? No. What we’re gonna do is that we’re gonna organize and demand that this administration, which I believe is decent and kind and honorable, keep their promise.
So that’s what our next move is, is to make sure that the Biden administration keeps its promise. We know that we don’t just make that demand and walk away. We have to organize for it. We have to bring the heat for it. Because there’s a whole lot of people that tried to just shove a bunch of money before this election to try to buy their seat at the table. But we organized for ours, and we’re not easily going to let that go.
So our demand here is to make sure that we keep this promise, that we follow through on a visionary, absolutely unprecedented $2 trillion plan that’s not just about money, but also it’s one of the first presidential plans to honor the treaty rights of native people, one of the first rights to make sure that we have environmental justice front and center…
Missouri Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush, a Black Lives Matter activist who is a new member of Ocasio-Cortez’s “squad,” also addressed attendees at the rally.
“When we don’t act, people who look like me die,” Bush said. “First of all, I think that we need to make sure that something is very clear. When we don’t act, people who look like me die. So let me say that again. When people don’t act, people who look like me die. And so there is just no other alternative right now than to make sure that we have bold leadership.”
“What we’re looking at right now, when we crossed the mark for 250,000 people dying at the hands of Trump’s COVID-19? And I am calling it Trump’s COVID-19 because this could have been done differently,” she continued.
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Bush then called on Biden to take “bold” action if elected, adding that “marginalized” groups must receive “change that happens now.”
“So we’re calling on the Biden administration right now to save lives. Save lives,” she said. ‘There’s no other alternative. We need bold leadership and we’re asking you, because we voted for you. Black and brown communities showed up. Ilhan Omar and our sister right here, Rashida Tlaib, showed up, and made sure that people were out, showing up to vote.”
This piece was written by James Samson on November 21, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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