This win is yuge!

Amidst the terror of Trump and his Republican reign of cruelty, the resistance continues, and I’m celebrating a big win for grassroots activist and card-carrying Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She defeated the very well-funded New York Democrat incumbent: 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina running her first campaign, ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district on Tuesday, CNN projects, in the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season.

An activist and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez won over voters in the minority-majority district with a ruthlessly efficient grassroots bid, even as Crowley — the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House — outraised her by a 10-to-1 margin.

The progressive train keeps rolling, but the engine is common folk and regular voters who hit the streets to vote in the “radicals.”


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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

5 thoughts on “This win is yuge!”

  1. More, on the upset:

    Ocasio-Cortez, who would be the youngest member of Congress if she, as expected, wins in November, is a former organizer for Bernie Sanders and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. She joined protesters at the Standing Rock demonstration against a natural gas pipeline…..

    The Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, who is under pressure to step aside and pave the way for a new generation, insisted the win for the left of the party was not representative of a wider trend.

    Pelosi said: “They made a choice in one district. The fact that in a very progressive district in New York, it went more progressive … is about that district. It is not to be viewed as something that stands for anything else.”….

    The daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and Bronx-born father, Ocasio-Cortez was raised in a working-class community and took on a second job waiting tables to help her family avoid foreclosure….

    Crowley, the head of the Queens county Democratic party and the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, was widely rumored to have ambitions to succeed Pelosi if she stepped down. He had raised over $3m for his campaign, 10 times the amount raised by Ocasio-Cortez, who rejected corporate sponsors and relied on small donors…..

    Ocasio-Cortez is also a part of a surge of Democratic women who decided to run for office after Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016. “Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office,” she said in a viral campaign ad. But like so many first-time female Democratic candidates – she ran and won on Tuesday…..


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