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Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez campaigns for Nina Turner

By La Prensa Staff


CLEVELAND: The youngest woman ever elected to Congress who quickly became a national political figure campaigned in Cleveland on Saturday, July 24, 2021 for a fellow Democrat, also running for Congress.


U.S. Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez made two political appearances on behalf of former state rep Nina Turner, one at a fundraiser at a Puerto Rican restaurant, and a second gathering with young people at a Puerto Rican bakery. Both locations reflect the heritage of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.


The political fundraiser for Ms. Turner was held at Rincon Criollo Take 2 restaurant, 7403 Denison Ave., where Rep. Ocasio-Cortez spoke to a packed house of contributors and supporters. Prominent retired Cleveland attorney José Feliciano, Sr., helped to organize the event. Feliciano is president of the Cleveland-based Hispanic Roundtable.  

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez


Rep. Ocasio-Cortez later traveled to the nearby Caribe Bakery Shop and Restaurant, where hundreds of young people clad in T-shirts with the Nina Turner endorsement gathered for a meet-and-greet with the congresswoman.


Rep. Ocasio-Cortez first endorsed Turner a few months ago, citing their similar progressive positions on a variety of issues—including: universal healthcare, a $15 minimum wage, equal pay for women, and free college education.


"This isn't about Nina versus any opponent; this is about the people versus big money," Ocasio-Cortez said during a separate get-out-the-vote rally. "This is a deep blue seat. It's a deep blue seat. Districts like Ohio's 11th should be leading the country on issues. They are opportunities, they are very rare opportunities, very rare districts like this one that can take and be visionary."


Ms. Turner is part of a crowded field seeking to replace Marcia Fudge, who vacated her 11th congressional district seat when appointed as housing secretary {HUD secretary] in the Biden administration.


Ms. Turner is a popular figure in Ohio Democratic politics, serving as a Cleveland City Council member from 2006-2008, then as an Ohio state senator from 2008-2014. She lost a bid as the Democratic nominee for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014.


Since then, she has held leadership posts in progressive politics, supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential campaign, later serving as his national co-chair in a second presidential bid in 2020. Sen. Sanders will return the favor this weekend by campaigning for Ms. Turner.


Sen. Sanders and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez also are closely connected politically.


Between campaign appearances, Rep. Ocasio Cortez spoke to LaPrensa on a wide range of Latino/Hispanic-related issues, including the Cuban embargo, statehood for Puerto Rico, and others.


“When it comes to Puerto Rico, this is a core issue. Not just parity, but rectifying the issues of second-class citizenship,” she said. “There is work I have done (with others) to ensure there is parity with Medicaid and making sure there are actual investments made on the island—(Hurricane) Maria recovery, FEMA recovery, etc.”


Rep. Ocasio-Cortez also believes the U.S. should take a more active role in the Organization of American States (OAS) and help its neighbors.


“Latin America has been a long, underserved area of U.S. foreign policy, when it comes to protection of human rights, humanitarian investment, and we want to make sure it’s not just the U.S. playing a dominant role, but playing a partnership role,” she said. “It’s about creating prosperity in the entire hemisphere and not just an extractive relationship, but a cooperative relationship with other Latin American countries.”


Rep. Ocasio-Cortez also is actively working to end the so-called “war on drugs” and issues related to the long-standing American policy. “The war on drugs is not just about incarceration aspects, but the underinvestment in communities,” she said.


Rep. Ocasio-Cortez also expressed concern about DACA and helping Dreamers stay in the U.S. to complete college, indicating legislation could be tied to the president’s infrastructure bill.


The special primary election for Ohio's 11th congressional district is set for Aug. 3, 2021, with the general election to follow on Nov. 2. The area is considered one of the safest districts for Democrats in the country, making the winner of that party's primary the likely winner of the seat.

To date, 12 other individuals are vying for the District 11 seat.


The congressional district includes most of Cleveland, mainly its majority African-American east side, and several eastern suburbs of Cuyahoga County, along with a minority section of Akron and a few Summit County suburbs. The district is roughly 53 percent African-American and is of one of two majority minority districts in Ohio impacted by the redistricting provisions under the Civil Rights Act of 1965.





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