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"We would not be giving local police departments who are undertrained A TANK if we didn't give the military too much money to have extra damn tanks lying around to begin with."

What member of the U.S. Congress recently said that and got it played on corporate media?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who continued: "The same problems that we are seeing on a city council level . . . half of that budget goes to policing, and a shred to education, a shred to mental health services, a crumb for hospitals -- that is mirrored on the federal level."

And who do you think just said this? "When we say #DefundPolice, what we mean is people are dying and we need to invest in people's livelihoods instead. Example: Detroit spent $294 million on police last year, and $9 million on health. This is systemic oppression in numbers."

Rashida Tlaib,
who together with AOC is leading in Congress on issue after issue. Not coincidentally, both of these Congress members are now facing corporate-friendly challengers to their reelection.

If we lose these two women from Congress, the proposals, debates, and final policies coming out of Congress will all be deeply impoverished.

Click here to help keep these women in Washington, and to support RootsAction's work.

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Rashida and Alexandria are leading the way on efforts to protect people, not corporate profits, during the current crisis. One might think that helping everyone would go without saying -- but these Congresswomen have had to struggle to squeeze out support for workers, for healthcare providers, for the homeless, for undocumented taxpayers, for minority populations disproportionately impacted, for prisoners.

Pivotal debates in Congress happen between the most right-wing racist corporate positions and the proposals of Rashida and AOC for a jobs guarantee, Medicare For All, rent and mortgage assistance, the creation of a new civil service corps, the protection of clean drinking water, the preservation of the U.S. Postal Service, the establishment of voting by mail, and the holding of corporations like Amazon accountable.

Without these two women in Congress, we would lose leading voices against mass incarceration, in support of labor organizing, and in favor of reversing the policies that drive climate collapse.

AOC and Rashida have been denouncing Trump's lies and the behavior of corporate media airing them. They've been opposing Wall Street bailouts, seeking a moratorium on big corporate mergers, and opposing civil liberties violations and all the abuses of Coronavirus Capitalism.

RootsAction is working to add new progressive legislators to Congress. It's key that we not lose the leading voices now there. Help hold off "centrist" challengers by clicking here.

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--- The RootsAction.org Team

P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.


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