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The Fearless Rise and Powerful Resonance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Lynda Lopez

St. Martin's Press

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ISBN10: 1250257417
ISBN13: 9781250257413


240 Pages



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From the moment Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat a ten-term incumbent in the primary election for New York’s 14th, her journey to the national, if not world, stage, was fast-tracked. Six months later, as the youngest Congresswoman ever elected, AOC became one of a handful of Latina politicians in Washington, D.C. Just thirty, she represents her generation, the millennials, in many groundbreaking ways: proudly working class, Democratic Socialist, of Puerto Rican descent, master of social media, not to mention of the Bronx, feminist—and a great dancer.

AOC investigates her symbolic and personal significance for so many, from her willingness to use her imperfect bilingualism, to why men are so threatened by her power, to the long history of Puerto Rican activism that she joins. Contributors span a wide range of voices and ages, from media to the arts and politics:

Keegan-Michael Key
Lynda Lopez
—Introduction: "The Meaning of AOC"
Jennine Capó Crucet
—"An Open Letter to Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez"
Andrea González-Ramírez
—"Women Like Me Aren’t Supposed to Run for Office"
Patricia Reynoso
—“'The First Latina to . . .'”
Pedro Regalado
—“'Pa’lante!': The Long History of Puerto Rican Activism in New York City"
Rebecca Traister
—"The Imagined Threat of a Woman Who Governs Like a Man"
Natalia Sylvester
—"In No Uncertain Terms"
Erin Aubry Kaplan
—"The Center Will Not Hold. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Counting on It"
Tracey Ross
—"A Just Society"
Carmen Rita Wong
—"Latinas Are So Money"
Mariana Atencio
—"AOC the Influencer"
Wendy Carrillo
—"What AOC and I Learned at Standing Rock"
Nathan J. Robinson
—"The Democratic Socialism of AOC"
Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez
—"On Being an Indignant Brown Girl"
Elizabeth Yeampierre
—"Making the Green New Deal the Real Deal"
María Cristina “MC” González Noguera
—"The Hustle"


Praise for AOC

"AOC is a force to be reckoned with, and her story is one that will leave you inspired and wanting so much more."—CNN

"Urgent and timely . . . holds power by demonstrating the path that AOC has carved for so many of us who rarely saw ourselves in the leaders around us growing up . . . I recommend this book to anyone feeling downtrodden or weary with the state of the world."—Medium

"This anthology of essays explores everything about the living legend Alexandia Ocasio-Cortez—from her symbolic significance as a political figure to her contributions to a history of Puerto Rican activism."—Cosmo

"This book dives deep into [AOC’s] background, image, and ideas, and comes up with important insights."—Library Journal

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Lynda Lopez

LYNDA LOPEZ is an Emmy Award winning journalist and anchor at WCBS NewsRadio 880 in New York. She has anchored and reported for ABC News and WCBS TV, as well as anchoring newscasts for Fox5 and My9. A former contributor to Latina Magazine, Glamour and Glam Belleza Latina, Lopez lives in New York City.

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