On Instagram Live, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told her millions of followers: “This moment is not the time for despair.”
In the minutes following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on Instagram live. Her message? That the best way to honor the legacy of the revered Supreme Court judge is by having a voting plan and encouraging others to vote.
“A lot of people were reaching out to me on Twitter and publicly and privately saying, ‘What now? What do we do? I’m scared,'” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said. “For those of you who don’t know, this vacancy on the court is extremely, extremely significant.”
The Bronx-born congresswoman said voting for former Vice President Joe Biden “is not about whether you agree with him. It’s a vote to let our democracy live another day.”
In the video, which has now generated more than 4 million views on Instagram alone, Ocasio-Cortez urges people to make a voting plan that ensures their votes are cast and counted come November 3rd.
“This moment is not the time for despair,” she said. “It is not the time for cynicism. It is not the time to give up. It is not the time for us to say, ‘It’s too late’ or ‘it’s too far gone,’ or ‘I don’t know what to do.'”
AOC’s voting plan:
- Check your voter registration.
- Make a list of five people considering not voting, especially if they live in swing states.
- Reach out to Latino voters who may not understand how to vote because of language barriers.
- Use those relationships to encourage them to register and vote.
- Take these actions by Sept. 30.
Switching to Spanish, Ocasio-Cortez said that registering to vote can be incredibly tricky for Spanish-speaking voters, so it is up to family members to recognize this need and help them figure out how and when to vote.
“Now is the time to really key into our everyday decisions and I want you to know that if you’re a person that’s saying, ‘I don’t know what to do right now,’ don’t worry: we’ve got you, we will support you,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “We will help you figure out what to do.”