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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:

 

Bonus:

This one's great:

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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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Sherry Burrows Jul 3, 2018 12:18am

I love her! If we could get more young, female, especially POC into DC we could turn this horror show around!. One note of caution, though--I hope she's not a berniecrat. Though Sanders does talk the walk quite eloquently, he doesn't walk it, and he's very divisive to the Democratic Party. Dems need to unite around a strong leader who can appeal to ALL demographics that are important to progressives. We would be best served if Bernie, rather than running in the primary to self-aggrandize, which tore the party into pieces in 2016, got behind whatever candidate the party picks from day one and threw his support whole-heartedly. Granted he finally got behind Hillary but it was a day late and a dollar short, and he had already poisoned the wells and salted the earth against her. I'm hearing scary stories that he may run as a 3rd party candidate. That is guaranteed to give us a long enough run of rethuglicon power to finish tRump's journey to serious, Nazi-styled fascism, and the white ethnostate he is working hard to create. We just can't take that chance, especially knowing that the R's intend to cheat, using the same tools they did last time. The truth is that the Russians, Comey, 3rd party, and all the rest that the corporate media talks about are red herrings as far as the election was concerned. It was the R's themselves that did the cheating. There is manipulation of the voters, which the Russians, Comey, etc., were guilty of, and then there is manipulation of the numbers themselves, and this, in brief, is how it was done: Plain old Rethug dirty tricks stole the election. The machines were hacked, which may have had something to do with Russia but might not have. The actual tallies the machines "count" are subject to hacking to such an extent that we can never trust our election system till we go back to paper ballot, counted by people and recounted by different people. Paper trails are CRUCIAL to fair and honest elections; fair and honest elections are CRUCIAL to democracy. Then there was the disenfranchizement of POC and young voters using a little trick called #InterstateCrosscheck. Look it up; it's quite clever, although it should be illegal as armed robbery. Of course, there was also the usual voter suppression, especially in the Big 3 swing states that they needed for the electoral college: ending or cutting to the wire early voting, popular with the poor, who often can't take a day off work to vote, cutting hours at precincts heavily Democratic, or heavily minority and/or young while extending them in the suburbs that are rethug strongholds, changing ID requirements at the last minute and only accepting those a rich or middle class person is likely to have; passports, driver's license, military ID. Poor people, especially urban dwellers, tend to use public transport and not have driver's licenses, obviously they rarely have passports nor birth certificates they can access at a moment's notice. Student ID are no longer accepted, state non-driver's ID, which all states claim are equal to driver's licenses for identification purposes, yet in many cases those with non-driver ID were forced to fil "provisional" ballots, which are never counted. In one swing state alone, hundreds of thousands of ballots, many more than the number tRump won by, were disqualified and marked "provisional" for any reason and no reason at all other than the fact that the voter was a POC (Person of Color.)

Ken Curtis Jul 2, 2018 6:08pm

Clone her and fill the House and Senate with those clones. My kinda girl...

Linda Lewis Jul 2, 2018 5:30pm

She's brilliant and sticks to issues. She doesn't attack personalities, which would be the easy response. She speaks for the actual people in her hood without being seduced by corporate interests. This gives her the freedom to speak her mind and truly represent the people, not the corporate 1%. So refreshing! Such integrity.

Amy Ippoliti Jul 1, 2018 10:46pm

Fantastic ideas, Waylon - thanks for the video selection of Alexandria Octavio-Cortez! She is dynamite. :) #VOTE!