Last updated on August 20, 2020
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) got just over a 60sec window to say her piece. She was able to fit the entire Progressive movement within that time.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) did it.
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When AOC was concerned that she only got a minute or so to speak at the Democratic National Convention, her second-grade teacher made it clear that she could do it. The following twitter exchange was epic, originally reported by DailyKos.
“I only have a minute. Sixty seconds in it. Forced upon me, I did not choose it, But I know that I must use it. Give account if I abuse it. Suffer, if I lose it. Only a tiny little minute, But eternity is in it.” – Dr. Benjamin E. Mays (and recited by Elijah Cummings
You've got this. Remember all those poems we recited together in 2nd grade? It was prep for this moment. You've got this.
Ms. Jacobs! Is that you?!
Yes, I do remember the poems we recited in second grade! You prepared me perfectly for this moment. Thank you for teaching me, encouraging my growth, and believing in me as a child
Well, AOC did not disappoint. She defined the entire movement maximizing the use of all of her words.
In fidelity and gratitude to a mass people's movement working to establish 21st century social, economic, and human rights, including guaranteed health care, higher education, living wages, and labor rights for all people in the United States; a movement striving to recognize and repair the wounds of racial injustice, colonization, misogyny, and homophobia, and to propose and build reimagined systems of immigration and foreign policy that turn away from the violence and xenophobia of our past; a movement that realizes the unsustainable brutality of an economy that rewards explosive inequalities of wealth for the few at the expense of long-term stability for the many, and who organized an historic, grassroots campaign to reclaim our democracy.
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