Congresswoman for NY-14: Bronx and Queens🇺🇸 100% grassroots. Personal account. For on-the-job Congressional updates, visit @repocasiocortez
Congresswoman for NY-14: Bronx and Queens🇺🇸 100% grassroots. Personal account. For on-the-job Congressional updates, visit @repocasiocortez
Who do you call when White House ethics are on fire? 👩🏾🚒🧯😉
We spent this weekend helping our local families get ready for back to school by distributing school supplies and backpacks at local parks & block parties. It was a blast ✨
As many of you know, I’ve fallen in love with gardening after working on a community plot this spring! I wanted to see how we bring our community into gardening opportunities in the Bronx - so this morning I joined @nyrp on a visit to our local Castle Hill community garden! . We learned so much - first, there are LOTS of community gardens throughout NYC, you just have to look 👀. @nyrp helps communities create, revitalize, and cultivate gardens. Sometimes there are even small, oddly shaped plots of land that can’t be developed or people don’t want, so they donate it to a public land trust, and turn them into gardens! . Here, these little ones and I are planting corn with @nyrp ’s help. Community members take over the gardens and decide what membership means, how they’d like to run it, and how plots are divvied up. In the Castle Hill garden, they also host barbecues, lunches, and movie nights. 🍿 It’s all about reconnecting to our land, earth, food, and each other while learning new skills and growing veggies - often for the first time!
Next time someone tries to pay you in “experience” & “exposure,” tell them this. ⬆️ . #PayOurInterns
Some of best work we can do right now is building and deepening our sense of community. That, to me, is what organizing is all about: community-making. . It’s how we create bonds that add meaning to our lives, how we educate one other compassionately, and how we create real, sustainable power that serves the people, the environment, and our future. . Community is how we uplift one another and keep each other safe. It’s how we welcome, love, and transform. And I’m so thankful to be a part of our NY-14 community ✨ . 📸: @coreytorpiephotography
We will not go back to the days of injustice. We will not go back to the denial of science, to inequality, to bigotry, to darkness. We will not go back. We will light a candle, and move forward. . 🎥: @shotbyblanco
Hope is contagious. . “I know so many people who feel hopeless, and they ask me, “What should I do?” And I say: “Act.” . It was such an honor to share this conversation with you, @gretathunberg
🚨ACTION ITEM: When it comes to locking people up over marijuana or because they can’t afford ridiculous cash bail, we are OVER IT. If you‘re a Queens resident that can vote, we need you to make a calendar event for this TUESDAY on when you plan to VOTE for Tiffany Caban ( @cabanforqueens ) as your new DA. (Hint: right before work is best if you can swing it ) . Tiffany is taking on powerful real estate interests in this race, whose big idea for “cleaning up neighborhoods” is locking them up so they can build empty luxury condos that serve as bank accounts or playgrounds for the rich. No more. Our city is for living in, not displacing people so shady people can hide their shady money. . Moreover, Tiffany believes that the role of the DA is about COMMUNITY SAFETY. I endorse her because we share the same values, and to us safety means freedom from fear. That means we should be just as free from the fear of ICE trying to knock on our neighbor’s door without a warrant as we should be free from the fear that domestic abuse will reoccur in a household. She gets it because she was a public defender for years - and has spent YEARS seeing how this system fails to provide safety to our neighborhoods. There are a million other reasons, so just hit up her site to learn more and queue up your calendar reminder to VOTE on Tuesday (preferably in the morning so you can lock it in early, give yourself enough time, & get it out of the way ). . 📸: @nicole_millman_photo
They really sounded the radio horns for each of our policy positions 🤣 I ♥️ BX - there’s no place like home
They are concentration camps. . There is absolutely no reason to apologize for calling them what they are. The GOP should apologize for running concentration camps, starving children, and committing international human rights abuses by separating children from their parents. . As long as this administration keeps operating what academics, experts, and historians widely agree to be concentration camps, I will not stop holding their feet to the fire for it. . 🎥: @theintercept
Looking out for the little ones ✨ . 📸: @coreytorpiephotography
I looked down at my grocery basket today and couldn’t help but feel a pang of guilt. I’m still paying my student loans, and while I try to make my own meals; I also quite often will resort to a frozen dinner or take out. These are luxuries I never had growing up, and as I looked down at my basket today, I couldn’t help but think of all the times as a child that I complained about eating rice & beans for what felt then like the 10,000th time. Rice and beans was our staple meal, and we ate it the vast majority of days. As a kid I eventually complained about it. I got tired of eating the same thing all the time, and I wanted to have the elaborate meals I saw children eating on TV. . Now, being an adult with bills and having had to scrimp and calculate everything for years, I feel terrible about it. My parents were young and trying to raise two kids on a dime. Eating rice and beans every day is what allowed me to go on school trips and play soccer. I didn’t get it then - my parents didn’t want me to feel limited - but I really feel guilty for it now. . When I graduated college, my first job paid $45k. It was more than my mother made in her entire life. There is a lot of guilt and strange emotions that comes with that, but now when I think about those moments - those dinners where I whined because I didn’t understand the sacrifice my parents were making - all I can do is try to take that guilt and turn it into everyday gratitude. . I’m thankful. Half the time I don’t feel deserving of how my life has turned out over the last year. It brings a lot of stress and complications, but I’m not afraid for my own survival the way I used to be when I didn’t have insurance or when the restaurant was dead for weeks in a row and I wasn’t making the tips I needed to pay rent. All I can do is be thankful. I thank my creator and every well-wisher, supporter, organizer, family, and friend. And dedicate my life now to working as hard as I can so that everyone in this country can have the opportunities needed to be blessed with a basket like the one I have today. . (Also sorry to be posting pics of food in the middle of Ramadan! 😬 When inspiration strikes ya gotta do what ya gotta do )
(Pt 2 ) Vulnerability is something I am proud of. In many ways, I see vulnerability as a coat of arms. A shield. After all, if we are unafraid to cry, to acknowledge our mistakes, to fall down and get back up, to offer a vision so ambitious that it makes the short-sighted laugh... if we are brave enough to be human in front of the whole world, then what can our detractors really do? What do we have to be afraid of when we lift our own veil? The answer is nothing. Nothing at all. . I am immensely proud of the women who made this film. It’s incredibly raw and explosively powerful - not because we are special, but because we aren’t. Because if we can do it, so can you.
“For one of us to make it, 100 of us have to try.” Invite your friends over to Netflix & organize next week, May 1st 🍿 cause we’re here to tell you if we can run, so can you 🏃🏽♀️ full trailer in bio
Hey, it’s me - from the future. A good future. A future where we decided to act on climate change, with courage and urgency. The future where we passed a #GreenNewDeal agenda to prevent environmental catastrophe and heal systemic inequality. . We don’t have to be anxious about our future. Instead, we can be brave and act now. We can be our own heroes, and heroes for the generations to come. . Watch the full video ➡️ link in bio. . Thanks to our creative partners in putting this project together: @theintercept , @mollycrabapple , & more.
A year ago I was waitressing in a restaurant while organizing my community. In a time and place where we had been burned by so many politicians, and had grown deservedly cynical of the sad, familiar cycle of campaign promises and governance excuses, I was asking them, just once, to believe. . It was really hard, because how do you make that case? How to ask someone whose trust has been violated over and over to believe you? To believe in the movement for justice and economic dignity? . You show up. You give unconditionally. You show up when no one is looking and the cameras are off. You offer support when it’s risky, but necessary. You do it over and over again, without a need for recognition or expectation that you are “owed” something for doing the right thing. You just... engage in the act of loving your community. . Never in my wildest dreams did I think that those late nights on the 6 & 7 trains would lead to this. All this attention gives me a lot of anxiety (my staff fought to get me to agree to this cover, as I was arguing against it ), and still doesn’t feel quite real, which maybe is why I remain comfortable taking risks, which maybe is a good thing. . I believe in an America where all things are possible. Where a basic, dignified life isn’t a dream, but a norm. . That’s why I got up then, and it’s why I get up now. Because my story shouldn’t be a rare one. Because our collective potential as a nation can be unlocked when we’re not so consumed with worry about how we’re going to secure our most basic needs, like a doctor’s visit or an affordable place to live.
Little ones in the family visited me at work today & broke in the new whiteboard wall 💜
I am a public servant - that means my job is to put other people’s needs before my own, not the other way around. . And while it’s hard for special interests to understand that concept, they know it’s powerful enough to try to undermine: (see: dark money conservative groups filing totally bogus ethics complaints so they can report on “alleged,” untrue things ). . The truth is, the reason they’re throwing the kitchen sink at us is because they know deep down that the system wasn’t meant for working people to win. And now that one has, others will follow - and together we will make this nation better for all. . “Anyone can be great, because anyone can serve.” - MLK
🎶What would you do if I sang out of tune, would you stand up and walk out on me?/ Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song/ and I'll try not to sing out of key. / Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends / mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends 🎶 . This was one of my papa’s favorite songs. Before he passed away, he built a trellis for my mother by hand in our backyard. He wanted to inscribe this lyric around the edges, but never got the chance. I have always felt that this is a love song, but a love song for friendship. . This #internationalwomensday, I’m thinking about (and grateful for ) sisterhood. At the heart of sisterhood, like so many meaningful relationships, is love. And to me, loving people isn’t about who you’re trying to be a “rockstar” in front of. Love is about who you’re unafraid to let see you sing out of tune. 🎤 . 📸: @rashidatlaib + @azizthefrenchie
I ❤️ BX 🤣 thank you to this special sister who stopped me this weekend! YOU are a superstar too ✨ You made my day! . Clip via @twdbk3
Happy St. Pat’s for All Parade Day from Sunnyside, Queens! ☘️ . The St. Pat’s for All parade began as a demonstration for LGBTQ+ inclusion in St. Patrick’s Day festivities, when people originally tried to keep the LGBT community out of the parade (unfortunately, some NYC parades still do - which speaks to the work still left to be done ). The Queens community wasn’t going to stand for that, and 20 years ago the community launched St. Pat’s for All, to celebrate Irish values of welcoming and inclusion to all people - no matter who you love or whatever your station in life may be. . Launched by Councilman Danny Dromm +activist Brendan Fay, St. Pat’s for All is a core tradition in NY14, and happens a bit before the citywide St. Patrick’s Day Parade. . 📸: @josealvarado
YEEERRRRRR 🙅🏿♂️🙅🏽♀️🙅🏽♂️ 🔥 Had a blast & honored to be the first guest on @shodesusandmero today! They also visited me in DC and gave a few housewarming gifts from home 🎁 just aired - check it out!
The communities impacted by the War on Drugs should receive investments from the economic benefits of legalization - not those who enrich themselves off for-profit incarceration. . video via: @drugpolicyalliance
Losar Tashi Delek! Spent this morning with our NY-14 Tibetan community to celebrate Lunar New Year ✨ This little one and I were playing with giving each other Tibetan white scarves, or Khatas, which are auspicious tokens given to honor others on holidays and special occasions. We had so much fun! 💜
Got ‘em. . Clip from our recent Oversight Committee hearing via @ajplus
Walking into #SOTU like . . w/ @cpdaction
Happy to announce that I will be bringing Ana María Archila, the NY-14 resident who confronted Jeff Flake in the elevator ahead of the Kavanaugh vote, to the State Of The Union this year. . Her act of bravery elevated the stories of survivors across the country and had a profound impact, changing the vote’s proceedings and our national conversation around believing survivors. . Ana María is living proof that the courage that lies within each of us can change the world. 🌎
#TeamAOC taking the future to the streets today ✨ 📸: @coreytorpiephotography
It was an honor to bring forward one of my constituent’s stories in my first-ever speech on the House Floor. In the moment, it often seems lonely and scary to speak out on these issues - especially in DC, which so deeply prizes conformity, “etiquette” in the form of learned silence, and falling in line. I feel a lot of pressure to conform, or not shine as brightly - and I also admit that a lot of that pressure is self-imposed. In DC it “feels” as though I shouldn’t say or do these things moreso than other contexts, because those feelings are reinforced by a culture that is very exact in who should be where on a totem pole. . The thing is, in two days this became the most-viewed CSPAN video of all time from a House member. It was a reminder that while moments like these can feel lonely (although not isolated - w/ friends like @rashidatlaib , @joe_neguse_for_colorado , @laurenaunderwood & others ), it is not because I am alone in these sentiments, but because some of our institutions have strayed from where the majority of Americans are. Feeling your support here and elsewhere truly helps me keep it up. Thank you - grateful as always for you all! . 📸: @credomobile
@ilhanmn and I geeking out over repping the Queens Library and Congressional Black Caucus ✨ . 📸: CQ Roll Call
Behind every strong woman... are more strong women 😉 #ittakesavillage . 📸: @josealvarado
"Those women and children trying to come here with nothing but the shirts on their back to create an opportunity and provide for this nation are acting more in an American tradition than this president is right now." . We are not here to play around. My district send me to DC to fight for ALL working families in this country. And that’s what I sought to do last night.
We open doors so others can walk through them.
What can I possibly say except thank you? So many people sacrificed so much for this to happen - my mother most of all. . My mamá was born + raised in Puerto Rico. She practically raised her siblings in poverty while her own mother worked nonstop to provide food and shelter. She met my father, a Bronx boy visiting isla family, at a young age. They married + moved to NYC - she didn’t even speak English. My parents started from scratch: new languages, new life, new everything. Then came me, and they moved to start over again so I could have an education. Mami mopped floors, drove school buses, + answered phones. She did whatever she needed to do, for me. When my father died, she was left a single mother of 2, and again she had to start over. After he passed we almost lost our home, so we sold it and started over. & over. & over. . It wasn’t long ago that we felt our lives were over; that there were only so many do-overs until it was just too late, or too much to take, or we were too spiritually spent. I was scrubbing tables + scooping candle wax after restaurant shifts & falling asleep on the subway ride home. I once got pickpocketed, & everything I earned that day was stolen. That day I locked myself in a room and cried deep: I had nothing left to give, or to be. And that’s when I started over. I honestly thought as a 28 year old waitress I was too late; that the train of my fulfilled potential had left the station. . This week I was sworn in as the youngest woman in American history to serve in the United States Congress. I hope that record is broken again soon. As I raised my hand for the oath, my mother held the holy book & looked into @SpeakerPelosi ’s eyes. Afterwards, the Speaker said to her “you must be so proud,” and my mother began to cry. . It was not long ago that our family’s hope was so dim it was barely an ember. Darkness taught me transformation cannot solely be an individual pursuit,but also a community trust. We must lean on others to strive on our own. . Thank you all. Whether it was late nights, hard days, pocket change, emotional investment, hard & soft skills, door knocking in the heat or petitioning in the bitter cold - we did this together.
If Republicans thought women dancing in college is scandalous, wait till they find out women dance in Congress, too! 😉
Transition time. It’s the little things that make it feel real. Everything for the Bronx and Queens. NY-14.
And just like that, GOP discovers $5.7 billion for a wall. $5.7 billion. What if we instead added $5.7B in teacher pay? Or replacing water pipes? Or college tuition/prescription refill subsidies? Or green jobs? But notice how no one’s asking the GOP how they’re paying for it.
“If we’re not pushing the chips in every single time, we’re not going to get the change we need.” - via @justicedemocrats