Hello and welcome back to my blog. I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a little while. Things have been a bit busy, but to make up for it I am doing two totally different topics in one post! So let’s go.
The Amazing AOC
Note: this essay was written completely by the author of this blog. Facts were from “AOC Fighter, Phenom, Change Maker” by Prachi Gupta.
“The real issues in our country do not belong to a party- they are baked into our culture” -AOC
At an early age, Alexandria understood income inequality: “When I’m in this zip code I have these opportunities, and when in that zip code I don’t have these opportunities”. Alexandria got her first taste in politics as a high school sophomore where she was selected to participate in the National Hispanic Institutes Youth Legislative Session, a competitive eight-day session with other chosen highschoolers where she learned leadership, had animated policy discussions, held mock elections, and drafted mock legislations. She lost every position she sought in the mock elections, but she never gave up. And by the end of the session, her peers voted her most promising female.
AOC worked hard even before she was in office. When she was just 19 years old she helped US senator Ted Kennedy work to abolish ICE. She worked to make laws protecting people from ICE. Sadly these laws did not pass, but that didn’t stop her from making a big impact on ICE. AOC and her co-workers drafted the Green New Deal, a way for us to save our earth from climate change. She rallied, gave speeches, and got help from Sen. Edward Markley. Finally, little by little some states and cities started adopting the Green New Deal, including: New York City, Maine, Los Anglos, Illinois, California, New Mexico, Portland, Seattle, Pittsburg, and others. AOC took her struggles of student debt and worked hard to make sure that other people didn’t face them. AOC tackled the problem of student debt, so one’s income wouldn’t decide one’s outcome. AOC helped pass a bill that reduced nearly 1.3 trillion dollars off of student debt. And she’s just getting started.
AOC gives inspiration to young people, people of color, and people from poor backgrounds. She teaches us that at a young age, and no matter how much money you or your family have, you can always make a difference. AOC contributes positively to society because she encourages a new group of people who usually are not able to speak up to do so.
The Amazing Ida B. Wells
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was an American investigative journalist, educator, and early leader in the civil rights movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. (Copied from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_B._Wells)
If you would like to learn more about one or both of these amazing women then please check out some of the links below: