Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Quotes

30+ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Quotes to Feel Empowered

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an American Democratic Socialist and the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history has both a woman and as someone of Puerto Rican descent by becoming a freshman lawmaker. As an environmental activist, a feminist, and a Democrat, freshman congresswoman AOC is working hard to make positive and important changes in the White House

Born in the Bronx, New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez–also referred to as AOC–graduated Boston University after studying economics and international relations and working for Senator Ted Kennedy, focusing on immigration issues. She moved back to New York to be a community organizer and to help her family with financial issues after her father’s losing battle with cancer. 

Along with helping politician and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the 2016 campaign, AOC worked–and is working–to abolish ICE and fight for criminal justice reform, tuition-free college, and universal health care. After Sanders dropped from the race, AOC rallied around Joe Biden as the Democratic candidate, advising the climate policy and climate change. As a congresswoman, AOC has called for investments in clean energy research and development, spoken about abortion on and off social media, and voted against a border aid bill. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for allowing political ads of misleading information. AOC is actively having political conversations and debates on Twitter and Instagram; her social media posts are highly influential, with tweets on the importance of voting and going live on Instagram to discuss the election or the rights of women. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an inspiration and an empowering role model for every woman, every person of color, every young person, every environmentalist activist, and every decent human being who believes in equality for all. With that being said, here are some motivational and empowering quotes by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, speaking on feminism, sexism, immigration, racism, the Trump Administration, climate change, and so much more. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Quotes
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Quotes On Feminism, Sexism, and Equality

“I could not allow my nieces, I could not allow the little girls that I go home to, I could not allow victims of verbal abuse and, worse, to see that — to see that excuse and to see our Congress accept it as legitimate and accept it as an apology and to accept silence as a form of acceptance, I could not allow that to stand. Which is why I’m rising today to raise this point of personal privilege.”

“The idea that a woman can be as powerful as a man is something that our society can’t deal with. But I am as powerful as a man and it drives them crazy.”

“Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions. And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one.”

“In my opinion, if women and gender-expanding people want to run for office we can’t knock on anybody’s doors; we have to build our own house.”

“Ultimately, this is about women’s power. When women are in control of their sexuality, it threatens a core element underpinning right-wing ideology: patriarchy. It’s a brutal form of oppression to seize control of the 1 essential thing a person should command: their own body.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Quotes About Racism, Immigration, and Equality

“Until America tells the truth about itself we’re never going to heal.”

“And this — it’s like this thing that as a culture we hide… it’s like this big wound with a big ugly scab on it, and it’s just going to stay this itchy thing that we keep going back to until we just deal with it.”

“I do not care what your views are. It does not matter how much I disagree or how much it incenses me or how much I feel that people are dehumanizing others. I will not do that myself. I will not allow people to change and create hatred in our hearts.”

“We need to really examine the historical inequities that have created much of the inequalities…This idea of race or class is a false choice. Even if you wanted to separate those two things, you can’t separate the two, they are intrinsically and inextricably tied.”

“I think – I do think that we have to have a secure border. We need to make sure that people are, in fact, documented. But that doesn’t mean that we threaten people’s lives.”

“We conveniently forget that large, massive swaths of the United States used to be Mexico. Latinx people are baked into the land of the Americas and the United States. We are a product of indigenous peoples, who have been displaced and fleeing violence for most modern history.”

“But you know what’s the rub of it all, Mr. President? On top of not accepting an America that elected us, you cannot accept that we don’t fear you, either. You can’t accept that we will call your bluff & offer a positive vision for this country. And that’s what makes you seethe.”

-a tweet in response to President Trump saying she wasn’t born in America, and to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested place” she came from. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Quotes About Climate Change

“There’s no debate as to whether we should continue producing fossil fuels. There’s no debate, we should not. Every single scientific consensus points to that.”

“Change takes courage.”

“Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don’t turn this ship around and so it’s basically like, there’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult.”

“We don’t have time to sit on our hands as our planet burns. For young people, climate change is bigger than election or re-election. It’s life or death.

“Our goal is to treat Climate Change like the serious, existential threat it is by drafting an ambitious solution on the scale necessary — aka a Green New Deal — to get it done. A weak [select] committee misses the point & endangers people.”

“I do not think that for the future of humanity, and for our country to continue to prosper, that we cannot have another presidential cycle where climate change is not being asked about at almost every debate, and that includes the role of fossil fuel, fossil fuel industries, and that includes the role of a broad spectrum of issues.”

“The Plan for a Green New Deal shall recognize that a national, industrial, economic mobilization of this scope and scale is a historic opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and to make prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation.”

Other Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Quotes 

“Because not only have I been spoken to disrespectfully, particularly by members of the Republican Party, and elected officials in the Republican Party, not just here, but the President of the United States last year told me to ‘go home’ to another country with the implication that I don’t even belong in America. The governor of Florida, Governor DeSantis, before I was sworn in, called me a ‘whatever that is.’ Dehumanizing language is not new. And what we are seeing is that incidents like these are happening in a pattern. This is a pattern of an attitude towards women and the dehumanization of others.”

 “Our democracy is designed to speak truth to power.

“I don’t think any person in America should die because they are too poor to live.”

“I’m very hands-on about social media. That’s my voice.”

“Sometimes, in the deep midnight and darkness that it feels in our political environment that there’s still hope for this nation…You have given this country hope. You have given this country proof. That when you knock on your neighbor’s door, when you come to them with love, that when you let them know, that no matter your stance, you are there for them that we can make change.”

“We are all capable of awakening and commitment. And because of that, we can all be great.”

“Medicare for all. College for all. Living wage. We can get all of this done if we work together and push our elected officials to be bold.”

“Give people the respect of your honest opinion, and always meet them where they’re at.” 

“The best thing we could do is work as hard as we can for what is right and what is good.”

The first step trying to win people over. Stop trying to enter a conversation thinking that you’re gonna like aah-ha them into changing their mind. 

“They’ll tell you you’re too loud, that you need to wait your turn and ask the right people for permission. Do it anyway.”

“You don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to be 100% committed.”

“Ah yes, a man who can’t even read briefings written in full sentences is providing literary criticism of a House Resolution.”

-a tweet in response to President Donald Trump

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Speech 

In July 2020, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addressed the incident with Florida GOP Representative Ted Yoho and Texas Representative Roger Williams, when Yoho called her a “f*cking b*tch” and other abusive words while on the steps of the nation’s Capitol building and while Ocasio-Cortez was minding her business. While the Republican lawmaker has yet to apologize for his disrespectful behavior, AOC addressed it nonetheless. Here are some of the best quotes from her powerful speech:

“Representative Yoho called me, and I quote, a f—— b—-. These are the words Representative Yoho levied against a congresswoman. A congresswoman that not only represents New York’s 14th district but every congresswoman in this country because all of us have had to deal with this in some form, some way, some shape at some point in our lives.”

“That’s when we start to see that this issue is not about one incident. It is cultural. It is a culture of a lack of impunity, of acceptance of violence and violent language against women, an entire structure of power that supports that.

“I will not stay up late at night waiting for an apology from a man who has no remorse over calling women and using abusive language towards women. But what I do have issue with is using women, wives, and daughters as shields and excuses for poor behavior.”

“What I believe is that having a daughter does not make a man decent. Having a wife does not make a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect makes a decent man. And when a decent man messes up, as we all are bound to do, he tries his best and does apologize. Not to save face, not to win a vote. He apologizes genuinely to repair and acknowledge the harm done so that we can all move on.”

“I want to thank him for showing the world that you can be a powerful man and accost women. You can have daughters and accost women without remorse. You can be married and accost women. You can take photos and project an image to the world of being a family man and accost women without remorse and with a sense of impunity. It happens every day in this country.”

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