Let’s honor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, the youngest woman ever to serve in the US Congress. She became nationally recognized when she defeated 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley for his House of Representatives seat in New York’s 14th district during the 2018 midterm elections. AOC’s progressive politics and fierce confidence on the House floor have helped invigorate a new generation of voters.
“I don’t think any person in America should die because they are too poor to live.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Let’s honor Patrisse Cullors, an American artist, queer activist, and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Her 19-year-old brother was brutalized during imprisonment in Los Angeles County jails, and this was her motivation for advocating for African-American rights. As a result of frustration over George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, Cullors helped start the Black Lives Matter movement.
“For me, seeking spirituality had a lot to do with trying to seek understanding about my conditions—how these conditions shape me in my everyday life and how I understand them as part of a larger fight, a fight for my life.”Patrisse Cullors
Let’s honor Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name bell hooks. She is an American author, professor, feminist, and social activist. Her writing has focused on the intersectionality of race, capitalism, and gender, and their role in creating and perpetuating systems of oppression and class domination. She believes that if feminism can mean everything, it means nothing.
“‘Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression.”bell hooks