“Are you all ready to make a ruckus? Are you all ready to fight for our rights?” she asked the crowd. “Everyone deserves justice, and everyone deserves equal protection and prosperity in our country.”
The freshman congresswoman made an appearance at the third annual event. During the speech, Ocasio-Cortez drew comparisons between this moment and the Civil Rights Movement, while emphasizing the importance of intersectional advocacy. She said that our myriad fights for economic, environmental, racial, and social justice were all interconnected.
“Justice is not a concept we read about in a book,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a rallying call for action. “Justice is about the water we drink. Justice is about the air we breathe. Justice is about how easy it is to vote. Justice is about how much ladies get paid.”
“Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet,” she said. “In fact, often times, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table.”
“Last year we brought the power to the polls, and this year we need to make sure we translate that power into policy,” she said during her speech, advocating for an equal rights amendment and honing in on upcoming national political goals, including taking back the Senate and the White House.
“This is the start of our advocacy,” she added, emphasizing that her work had only just begun. “We just captured the House, and now we’re going to show what we’re going to do with it.”