Ocasio-Cortez Joins Climate Change Protest at Pelosi’s Office in First Day on the Hill

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time rocking the boat in Congress on her first day of freshman orientation and joined a group of protesters at the office of her future colleague Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

The sit-in protest, organized by climate group Sunrise Movement, was there to demand that the new Democrat-led House reinstate a committee to tackle climate change. They thanked Ocasio-Cortez for her participation.

The young Congresswoman-elect, who was in the Capitol for the first time as part of the transition period to new leadership, addressed the protesters.

“I just want to let you all know how proud I am of each and every single one of you for putting your selves and your bodies and everything on the line to make sure that we save our planet, our generation, and our future,” she said.

“We do not have a choice. We have to 100 percent renewable energy in these next couple of years, there is no other option. The IPCC let us know that. And what I hope we all show is that this moment is the rallying point. It’s not just about confrontation but in a way, it’s about real meaningful unity behind our goals that’s what this is about.”

Watch Ocasio-Cortez speak to the climate protesters below:

Pelosi agreed with the protesters outside her office. In a statement released Tuesday, she said that she recommended the reinstatement of the committee to address climate change. The former Speaker also said she was encouraged by the crowd.

“We are inspired by the energy and activism of the many young activists and advocates leading the way on the climate crisis, which threatens the health, economic security and futures of all our communities,” she said in the statement.

“We welcome the presence of these activists, and we strongly urge the Capitol Police to allow them to continue to organize and participate in our democracy.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded by thanking the Pelosi and laying out her plan for what House Democrats are calling the Green New Deal.

“I have spoken with @NancyPelosi about how our commitments to climate change should take shape in the 116th Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Her office has responded quickly, and she has recommended the reinstatement of the Select Committee on Climate Change.”

She added: “Next, we should define the standards of that committee. To be truly effective, it should: 1. Have a mandate to draft a Green New Deal plan by 2020; 2. Not have officials appointed to it that accept fossil fuel industry contributions.”

Ocasio-Cortez will officially take office to represent New York’s 14th Congressional district in January.

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I. Chin
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…am I the only one to believe that O-C is not going to be nominated to any committees, nor receive DNC assistance for her re-election campaign?

The Dim power structure is elite, old and white. The “triumvirate” is pushing 80 as is O-C’s model Bernie. The other factions are POC, socialist, and bobbleheads. I see some internecine warfare ahead for the Dims.

Rocky Drummond
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Funny how she got elected by taking out the #4 ranked Democrats without any help from the DNC. In fact, the DNC does everything that they can to stop progressives. She raised her own campaign money, so she is independent, in that sense. As for getting on any committees? Watch & learn whether she & the others like her get on them. The (few) Republicans who are against money in politics might see some light. Also if you compare the new D/R politicians, you will see one glaring difference.

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