Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an inspirational progressive champion who has led the Green New Deal in Congress. A member of the progressive “Squad,” she’s embodied the values of a rising new generation. Common Defense endorsed her in her primary victory in 2018, and she was one of the first to sign our pledge to End the Forever War.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a bold and inspirational progressive organizer and working-class millennial who is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and the first woman of color to represent this district in the Bronx and Queens.
NY-14 is one of the most progressive districts in America, and we are proud to stand with Alexandria as she fights for real change like Medicare-for-all and abolishing ICE.

Common Defense was one of a very small group of grassroots organizations that endorsed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during her primary election in 2018 and helped her pull off one of the greatest political upsets in modern history by defeating incumbent Joe Crowley, one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. Crowley hadn’t faced a primary challenge in 18 years and raised millions of dollars from Wall Street and corporate PACs. We proved that big money can’t buy elections when you run a determined grassroots campaign, powered by everyday people.

Alexandria was born in the Bronx to two working-class parents. Her father was a small business owner from the South Bronx. Her mother was born in Puerto Rico—growing up around a large family near Arecibo. Her mother cleaned homes and everyone pitched in on the family business.

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After studying, Ocasio-Cortez returned to the Bronx and began to pursue work in the areas that had impacted her own family growing up: education and community organizing. As an Educational Director, she worked with promising high school youth to expand their skill-sets in community leadership and social enterprise. She also piloted projects to help improve skills in childhood literacy in young children and writing for middle-schoolers in the Bronx.

Alexandria understands the real needs of working class New Yorkers, and knows the policies necessary to achieve (truly) affordable housing, healthcare, and education for all.

In the wealthiest nation in the world, working families shouldn’t have to struggle. It’s time for a New York that’s good for the many.


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