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Janelle Monae is here for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s rousing Green New Deal speech

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes a speech to rally support for her Green New Deal

The iconic singer-songwriter has lent her support to the US congresswoman’s fight against climate change. 

To echo the words of our queen, Beyoncé: who runs the world? Girls.

In 2019, women are at the forefront of change all across the world. From young climate change activist Greta Thunberg to presidential candidate Kamala Harris, women are taking matters into their own hands.

But no one has quite taken to shaking up the traditional agenda as Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest ever woman to be elected to the US house of representatives. Ever since her election on the 6th of November, Ocasio-Cortez has inspired us all with her confidence and determination – and it seems we’re not the only ones. 

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In response to a clip of Ocasio-Cortez’s speech at a rally with 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on 13th May, Janelle Monáe showed her support for the young congresswoman’s Green New Deal, a proposed set of legislation which aims to tackle the threat of climate change and address economic inequality.

The video, tweeted by Justice Democrats, the organisation which helped with the young politician’s congressional bid back in 2018, shows Ocasio-Cortez responding to politicians who say her Green New Deal is “too much” and who want a “middle-ground” approach to climate policy. 

“Here’s what’s too much for me,” Ocasio-Cortez begins. “What’s too much for me is politicians looking and allowing babies blood to get poisoned in Flint for corporate profits. That is what is too much for me.”

She continues: “What is too much for me, is the fact that in 1989 – the year that I was born, the year that many of us were born… that politicians were first informed by NASA, that congress was first notified by NASA, that climate change was going to threaten my life and everyone here’s life to come and they did nothing.

“That is too much for me.

“I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then are going to try to come back today and say, ‘We need a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives’,” she concludes.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking at the Green New Deal rally on Monday
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking at the Green New Deal rally on Monday

The speech is widely considered to be a jab at presidential candidate Joe Biden, who is reportedly seeking a “middle ground” climate policy.

Sharing a video of the speech with her followers on Twitter, singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe made it clear that she was completely behind Ocasio-Cortez’s vision, adding the short message: “Preach @AOC !!!!”

In response, the congresswoman was quick to reply with “Thank you Q.U.E.E.N.!” a clever reference to Monáe’s 2013 hit. 

Ocasio-Cortez is not one to stay quiet in the face of criticism. In response to previous Republican push-back in response to her Green New Deal proposal, she made a charged speech defending the need for immediate action.

“This is serious. This should not be a partisan issue. This is about our constituents and all of our lives,” she argued.

“We have the choice to lower the cost now,” she added, “because I can tell you the cost of pursuing a Green New Deal will be far less than the cost of not passing it.”

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