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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50022"><span class="small">Chelsea Ritschel, The Independent</span></a>   
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 10:37

Ritschel writes: "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has received death threats frequently enough that her staff 'stiffens' every time someone knocks on the door of her office."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a town hall in Jackson Heights, Queens. (photo: Dan Herrick)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a town hall in Jackson Heights, Queens. (photo: Dan Herrick)


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Receives So Many Death Threats Her Staff Performs Visitor Risk Assessments

By Chelsea Ritschel, The Independent

10 April 19

 

lexandria Ocasio-Cortez has received death threats frequently enough that her staff “stiffens” every time someone knocks on the door of her office.

The realities of Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s time in Congress as the US representative of New York's 14th congressional district have been revealed in a new Time profile, which displays the youngest-ever Congresswoman on the cover.

According to the profile, the outspoken Congresswoman has made many fans and enemies in her first few months in office, with the latter leading Capitol Police to train her staff in performing risk assessments of all visitors - even those just leaving positive Post-it notes.

The immense public attention she’s acquired since being elected in 2018 has also slightly taken a toll on the 29-year-old, who told the magazine that she misses being able to go outside without being watched.

“I miss being able to go outside in sweats,” she said. “I can’t go anywhere in public and just be a person without a lot of people watching everything I do.”

But, as she told the magazine this month, despite the frequent backlash from both sides of the political spectrum, Ms Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist, is dedicated to pushing for legislation that will have a lasting impact.

Acknowledging that the process of approving new legislation can often take years, she said: “So everything we introduce needs to have 2025 or our kids in mind.”

The profile also discusses her background, growing up in the Bronx, and the death of her father during her sophomore year of college at Boston University.

After she’d graduated, Ms Ocasio-Cortez slowly found her way into politics, through grassroots community organising to electoral organising.

It was a trip to Flint, Michigan, and then to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that proved “transformational” for the Congresswoman - as she saw first-hand the effects of environmental degradation.

The trip “galvanised” her and encouraged her to take more risks.

From there, Ms Ocasio-Cortez started her run for Congress, and eventually succeeded.

But despite her persona online as someone willing to stand up to anyone, includingPresident Trump, in person she is reportedly much more reserved, according to one congressional source, who described her as “quiet as a mouse”.

However, there are some things the activist Congresswoman will not back down on, such as saving the planet, her hope with the Green New Deal.

“I don’t think that we can compromise on transitioning to 100 per cent renewable energy,” she said. “We cannot compromise on saving our planet. We can’t compromise on saving kids.

“We have to do these things. If we want to do them in different ways, that’s fine. But we can’t not do them.”

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+71 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-10 12:29
AOC is a role model for young people getting into politics. She got in by experience, not by attaching herself to some old person's political career and becoming a part of their political machine. She went to Flint or Standing Rock. She's worked crummy jobs and seen how people live. But she's also educated herself very well.

I hope many thousands of young democratic socialist follow her model.

I do think there will be compromises with fossil fuels. We will never end the use of carbon based fuels. I like to heat my house with firewood -- burning carbon as people have for a long time. But it is OK. We need to go as far as we possibly can in the direction of renewable and non-polluting fuel.
 
 
+41 # twocents 2019-04-10 13:48
I agree with you up to the point of saying we will always have carbon based fuels. That is very uninformed and shortsighted, not to mention unscientific an unimaginative, and I wonder what makes you say that? Solar power is universally available, there are whole countries that now use it and wind and hydropower to the exclusion of fossil fuels.Albania, Paraguay, Iceland and Norway all use 95-100% renewable energy. Many more are on the way including Sweden, Nicaragua, Costa Rice and more...
 
 
+12 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-10 15:52
2cents -- well, OK. Maybe I am uninformed and shortsighted. I hope I am wrong. My parents are farmers and I know what kind of energy it takes to run farm machinery. I just don't see any battery operated machines working that hard.

And batteries now rely on lithium. It is a rare mineral. It will run out before enough batteries were made.

You are right that I do have trouble imagining non-carbon fuel airplanes, ocean freighters, and so on. Nuclear is not an option in my opinion. Bio-diesel is still carbon fuel.

I'm ready to learn on this issue.
 
 
+6 # economagic 2019-04-10 20:53
Rodion, what you fail to grasp--though I can't understand why, as I know you read--is that humankind faces a choice between fossil fuels and anything resembling life on earth as we know it. Yes, it really is that stark, with a few narrow qualifications. (It MIGHT be possible to continue using carbon for a small fraction of our energy beyond 2050, IF we are extremely lucky AND get everything else exactly right starting 20 years ago. And IF we are still around in a couple of centuries it might be possible to resume some use of carbon fuel--but why would we want to?)

My BA in physics doesn't make me a scientist, but the BASIC physics and chemistry of AGW are quite simple, accessible to anyone with a couple of good high school courses. Current farming practices, ESPECIALLY animal husbandry, are absolutely unsustainable so will not continue much longer. The "New Urbanists" were fun, but they were dead (sic) R-O-N-G. The future, if there is to be any, is rural, because cities are gargantuan energy sinks. One way or another the population will decline significantly, and will use less energy per capita. Food will be grown locally, mostly with human and animal power. The MIC will shrink drastically, because it is one of the largest energy sinks of all.

In the future we may go back (or forward) to simpler chemistries for energy storage. Air travel will be drastically curtailed, and we will not miss it much.

Or we can party for another 20 years, then then play the Hunger Games.
 
 
+3 # economagic 2019-04-10 21:19
Oh yeah--ocean freighters. They only exist today for stuff we don't need yesterday anyway. Such as there will be, they will be sail powered. That modern technology has already been proven. If there aren't too many of them, they can have big Diesels with 24-hour fuel supplies for emergencies. Otherwise we will have to relearn seamanship.

Server farms are also enormous energy sinks. Maybe we can relearn a little patience there also.
 
 
+5 # david.axtell@gmail.com 2019-04-11 07:46
Actually, there are several other battery technologies out there that don't require lithium. Lithium batteries are just the most popular right now. And lithium is not really rare, it is just the ores that are rare. Lots of it in Bolivia.
 
 
0 # economagic 2019-04-11 20:58
And I'm pretty sure that most rechargeable lithium cells (as opposed to the small disposables from Energizer and others) are recycled, and almost certain that the big ones (in autos and airplanes) are.
 
 
0 # draypoker 2019-04-14 10:46
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov:
2cents -- well, OK. Maybe I am uninformed and shortsighted. I hope I am wrong. My parents are farmers and I know what kind of energy it takes to run farm machinery. I just don't see any battery operated machines working that hard.

And batteries now rely on lithium. It is a rare mineral. It will run out before enough batteries were made.

You are right that I do have trouble imagining non-carbon fuel airplanes, ocean freighters, and so on. Nuclear is not an option in my opinion. Bio-diesel is still carbon fuel.

I'm ready to learn on this issue.

Bio-diesel is important because the energy content is actually of solar origin. The carbon is recycled. Do learn some actual science instead of your ridiculous political nonsenses.
 
 
0 # economagic 2019-04-22 21:08
ALL energy on earth is of either solar or pre-solar origin. Bio-diesel when burned generates the same CO2 in roughly the same proportion as any other carbon fuel. Its peculiar quality among such fuels is that it is renewable on human time scales, but still unsustainable.
 
 
+47 # Wally Jasper 2019-04-10 14:10
RR, I also have a wood stove for back-up for my solar thermal heating system; but I hardly ever use it. I prefer to stay a bit chilly (and layer up with lots of wool and down) during long cloudy spells rather than burn wood. I think it's necessary now to change our mind-set: rather than say "it's OK" to use fossil fuels or other high carbon fuels, let's admit that "it's not OK" and we can do the best we can. If we all truly put our best efforts into switching I think we'll find that so much more is possible. First we have to change our attitude.

And yes, AOC is our next great statesperson. When she comes of age, she'll be one of our finest presidents ever.
 
 
+47 # Gootarama 2019-04-10 13:32
I certainly don't want anyone to become a martyr for a good cause.......... please be careful and continue to speak out against injustice in all its forms. MOST people are with you, although it may take some a little longer to get there. The wack jobs are out there, and they've never seen or done 10% of what you've experienced in only 29 years.......... keep up the good work..and most of all...."ILLEGIT IMUS NON CARBORUNDUM"
(don't let the bastards wear you down).
 
 
+65 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-04-10 13:42
Ms Ocasio-Cortez is a GIANT. We need more people like her in government, hundreds more.
 
 
+37 # Robbee 2019-04-10 16:11
Quoting PABLO DIABLO:
Ms Ocasio-Cortez is a GIANT. We need more people like her in government, hundreds more.

- alexandria is a NATIONAL TREASURE!

like bernie and elizabeth! she fights with us and for us, on the people's side, every day!

we are blest by her presence!

may she live forever!
 
 
+47 # Adoregon 2019-04-10 14:00
The mouse that roared...
 
 
+40 # Indie 2019-04-10 15:02
She is a fine example of what our democracy can be. This new diverse House of Representatives is one of the most hopeful signs we have had in a while.
 
 
+6 # Texas Aggie 2019-04-10 23:24
What does it say about the right wing that they physically threaten a small woman, and are afraid to do it to her face? The word shickenchit comes to mind.
 
 
+10 # David Starr 2019-04-11 10:37
Unlike corporate Democrats, AOC has consistently shown a political spine, taking the GOP to task. She has also called out the shenanigans of the corporate Democrats.
 
 
+3 # margpark 2019-04-11 20:39
Why in God's name does the right fight all ideas but their own? If we do not do something about the heating of the earth we will all die. Won't matter who is rich or poor. The rich will protect themselves but nothing will work in the end.
 
 
+1 # solartopia.org 2019-04-13 02:50
AOC IS A TRUE SOLARTOPIAN!
 
 
+1 # chapdrum 2019-04-13 12:56
And Trump implies approval of the death threat(s) to Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Exceptional Country all right.