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AOC, Detention Centers, and The Children of Light - Providence
“I wish the horrors of Auschwitz and the Gulags were left alone. They should instruct us as to the capabilities of humans at their worst. But as metaphors or grist for the political mill for our contemporary political debate, they only cheapen the human suffering and horror that were experienced by those who died and endured them and distort the truth of what is happening now. Yes, there is human suffering, but almost no instance of human suffering should be compared to Auschwitz, unless of course there are actual death camps.

“Lest we forget, these are people who are trying to get into the US. That fact alone should debunk the ridiculous claim that we are somehow on par with Nazi death camps.”
AlexandriaOcasioCortez  DenentionCamps 
20 days ago by cbearden
How the Green New Deal will transform the building industry
It’s easy to miss just how destructive and inefficient land development is, given its ubiquity. Existing buildings hoover up about 40% of energy consumed in the U.S. and emit about 29% of greenhouse gases. The Green New Deal calls for retrofitting all of them—every last skyscraper, McDonald’s, and suburban ranch home—for energy efficiency within the next 10 years. It also addresses the role of the construction industry, which accounts for about 11% of all emissions globally, by recommending investment in community-led building projects oriented around decarbonization issues like resiliency, transit, and land preservation. And crucially, it demands family-sustaining wages, the right to organize, and a “just transition” for everyone affected by the transition to this decarbonized world.

House Republicans quickly declared the resolution a “boondoggle” in an official statement. It was an ironic choice of words. Whether the GOP realized it or not, that term emerged in the 1930s, when critics of the New Deal used it to characterize the project of putting broke Americans to work on hundreds of thousands of projects. It’s true that the Green New Deal’s goals—to reshape the country’s homes, workplaces, and economy, and provide equity for all—sound radical in a country ravaged by the housing crisis, worker exploitation, and stagnating wages, but from a technical, structural, and architectural standpoint, they’re entirely feasible. Despite what politicians would have you believe, we’ve done it before, and we have the tools to do it again.

And if we choose to do nothing, reasoning, as some have, that the Green New Deal is just too big? America will be transformed anyway—but by devastating environmental disasters. Whichever path we choose, life in 2019 will probably seem like an outlandish, fading dream to Americans of the next century. What remains to be done now is decide what life will look like for them.
by:KelseyCampbellDollaghan  from:FastCompany  long-read  GreenNewDeal  ClimateChange  geo:UnitedStates  AlexandriaOcasioCortez 
24 days ago by owenblacker
Jacob Labendz on Twitter: "Hi Seth, historian of Jews in 20th-Century Europe here.
Hi Seth, historian of Jews in 20th-Century Europe here. Nice to meet you. I don’t need a hug. I need for our country to dismantle our growing system of concentration camps. Historical comparisons are never exact by their nature. This does not preclude us from learning from them.
politics  history  historian  twitter  alexandriaocasiocortez  concentrationcamps  holocaust  jacoblabendz  @jacob_labends  sethmandel  @sethamandel  from twitter_favs
28 days ago by coslinks
Brian McKay's answer to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said 'It is time that we pay people what they are worth.' How will she do it? - Quora
New Considerations are Starting to Arise: With automation destroying many jobs and retail dying we are soon faced with a future where 40 percent of the workforce isn’t needed. A society cannot survive 40 percent of its people being hungry. Things like guaranteed minimum income have to start being explored. If you’re opposed to people making a minimum wage, you’re definitely opposed to preparing for that future. It’s not a matter of if, but when.

I could keep going and get into GDP impact numbers, but these are the basic points. Basically I believe in a living wage because I am a capitalist and hope to have a society where I can continue to be a responsible one. Sure, I have had periods of true sacrifice to start businesses. That doesn’t mean I expect that from people that don’t have my risk tolerance or make up.
quora  economics  business  politics  alexandriaocasiocortez 
april 2019 by cmananian
AOC told her Twitter followers to “pause” certain political donations - Vox
The DNC has officially recommended against using any vendor (for things like polling or advertising) that ALSO provides services to anyone challenging an incumbent Democrat even in the primary.
politics  AlexandriaOcasioCortez  vox  via:vox 
april 2019 by mcherm
“AOC sucks” is the new “Lock her up”
But at every turn, Republicans appear hell-bent on going after Ocasio-Cortez, much in the same way they did to Clinton for years.

Philip Bump at the Washington Post found that Fox News mentions Ocasio-Cortez more than any likely or already-declared 2020 presidential candidates besides Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). From January 1 to February 16 of this year, Fox talked about Ocasio-Cortez more than it did Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
feminism  gender  politics  AlexandriaOcasioCortez  republicans  conservatives  democrats 
march 2019 by jtyost2
Payments to corporation owned by Ocasio-Cortez aide come under scrutiny - The Washington Post
“The arrangement, first reported by conservative outlets, left hidden who ultimately profited from the payments — a sharp juxtaposition with Ocasio-Cortez’s calls for transparency in politics. She has called dark money ‘the enemy to democracy.’”
AlexandriaOcasioCortez  Saikat  JusticeDemocrats  SaikatChakrabarti 
march 2019 by cbearden
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reacts to Conservative Criticism: ‘I Am as Powerful as a Man and It Drives Them Crazy’ : politics
Only 10% of her power comes from liberals who like her so much that they follow her every move. The other 90% comes from conservatives who fucking hate her and keep her name in the news. She’s like one of those mythical characters that absorbs damage and becomes stronger.
funny  reddit  alexandriaocasiocortez 
march 2019 by cmananian

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