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It’s hard — sometimes deadly — to break up with a bad actor, but we have to

Kevin McCarthy speaking in front of podium.
Kevin McCarthy speaking in front of podium.

“I thought I was going to die.”

When Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uttered those words on her Instagram Live last week, it immediately invoked the once unthinkable scene of our Capitol building under siege by White domestic terrorists. As the world watched the images of violence and terror unfold, Ocasio-Cortez was living through it—hiding in a bathroom, holding her breath, and hoping to God that she wouldn’t be found by the people hunting her.

American carnage. This is the America Trump and his sycophants delivered on January 6, 2021.

As a result of the insurrection, five people died and others were…


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Black and white photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez against a violet background.
Black and white photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez against a violet background.

“We can be whatever we have the courage to see.”—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, congresswoman and world changer.

The above quote from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is from a short video the congresswoman did about her Green New Deal and it really struck me when I heard it. It’s about more than just believing in yourself and what you want. It’s about being brave enough to dream big. It’s about being bold enough to want more than you even thought was possible.

It can be hard right now to dream big when so many of our plans have fallen apart this year. But this…


Yoho called AOC out of her name, and we all can draw strength from her clapback

Screencap of AOC addressing Yoho’s remarks.
Screencap of AOC addressing Yoho’s remarks.

It’s been a week since Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was called out of her name by her colleague Rep. Ted Yoho. It’s been four days since she took to the House floor and provided the most elegant clapback that eviscerated Yoho’s paltry excuse for an apology and explained why his “I’m a husband and father” respectability politics don’t matter anymore.

Building on the tireless and oftentimes silent sacrifices of our grandmothers and mothers, today’s women just aren’t having it anymore.

“I could not allow my nieces, I could not allow the little girls I go home to, I could not allow…


His persistent attacks on the freshman WOC ‘Squad’ have an all-too-familiar ring

Back in the early 2000s, when it became apparent that Barack Obama would do the impossible — become the first Black President of the United States — the “birther movement” began to ascend just as quickly as he did. The premise of birtherism found its foundation in the racist-laden lie that because Barack Obama’s father was from Kenya, and his mother was from Kansas, he wasn’t born in the United States and alas, couldn’t possibly be president of this great nation.

Birtherism was the 21st century equivalent of the Jim Crow era, where Black people were limited in space and…

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