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“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sets the record straight.”

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“If you’re sad, horrified or defeated about the state of our Nation: do these 2 things.”

Vote! None of this matters if you don’t vote! #america #democracy #midterms

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If you’re depressed. If you’re saddened and horrified. Do these two things, and see me in the morning.

1. Get active. Community will inspire. Mobilize your emotions and values to create a kinder world. Watch as your sadness and fear and horror turn to joy and solidarity and care. Vote, and register others to do so. Share your story here, and 1,000s will see it.

2. Watch three hours of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as I just did. There are others, like President Obama and Bernie (he needs no qualifier, at this point) who speaking genuinely with honesty and empathy—but hers is a jolt of inspiration in a hateful and confused national landscape.

I’ve picked my favorite videos of Alexandria, old and new, here:

 

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Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view.

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