Faces of The 116th Congress

Yesterday, the most diverse Congress in United States history was sworn in, with more than 100 women serving in the House for the first time ever.

The swearing in of such an immensely diverse group of people marks a change in the culture and perspective of the United States.

No longer do we only have older, white, Christian men representing our country — instead, we will now be represented by an array of youthful, queer, Muslim, female lawmakers that will help to push this country forward.

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A Different Kind of Democrat

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat out 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley Tuesday in the New York primary.

And her victory is the good news we all desperately need.

Ocasio-Cortez ran on a progressive platform and advocated for Medicare for all, the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and will be the youngest person elected to Congress at 28 if she can defeat Republican candidate Anthony Pappas in November.

“I cannot believe these numbers right now. But I do know that every single person here has worked their butt off to change the future of the Bronx and Queens. That’s what I know. That’s what I know. And that this victory belongs to every single grassroots organizer, every working parent, every mom, every member of the LGBTQ community. Every single person is responsible for this.”  — Ocasio-Cortez


Women Keep Winning

Women won big again in Tuesday’s primary elections in Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas with Georgia candidate Stacey Abrams becoming the first black woman to receive the nomination for governorship from a major party in U.S. history.

Lupe Valdez also made history in Texas by becoming the first openly gay and first Latina candidate to win a major party nomination for the Texas governorship.

Valdez will face off against incumbent Governor Greg Abbott, who has recently come under fire for his lackluster response to a school shooting in Santa Fe last Friday.

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Democratic Socialists Win Big in Pennsylvania

Four women won their Democratic primaries in Pennsylvania on Tuesday — two of them beat out male incumbents, and all of them ran on socialist platforms.

The primary could prove to be a big wake up call for establishment democrats who have thus far chosen to ignore the socioeconomic crisis that made our current president so appealing to otherwise democratic voters in the 2016 election.

The names of the candidates are as follows:

  • Summer Lee, a lawyer and labor organizer
  • Elizabeth Fiedler, a former public radio reporter
  • Sara Innamorato, the founder of a women’s advocacy group
  • Kristin Seale, an employee at an energy conservation nonprofit

A Wave of Women

Women swept the primary elections Tuesday with female candidates winning 17 of the 20 democratic primaries.

Rachel Crooks won an uncontested primary in Ohio. Crooks is one of at least 19 women who have accused the president of sexual assault.

Former coal baron Don Blankenship was defeated in West Virginia; Blankenship received widespread criticism after airing a commercial in which he attached Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel and his “China family.”

In North Carolina, it’s looking increasingly likely that the state will soon welcome its first black sheriff in Durham county.

Clarence Birkhead, who won the Durham county sheriff’s race on a platform of non-cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), had this to say in light of his victory:

“We have to do everything we can possibly do to keep our families together, to not cooperate with ICE. That work starts today. We have to do everything we can possibly do to clean up our jail, to treat individuals who are incarcerated with humanity and dignity, make sure they have the services they need. We’re going to keep our Durham safe, get guns off the street, work together for a new Durham, a safe Durham for everyone.”