Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) gave an unscripted speech on the street outside of the Jewish Centre of Jackson Heights, New York, on Thursday after the city center location she booked filled up and a few of her constituents could not get within.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a video of her remarks where she told those collected on the sidewalk that she desires to turn Rikers Island– the site of Rikers Island Prison Complex– into a photovoltaic panel farm.
I’m delighted numerous community members concerned our #RenewableRikers city center, but regretfully some folks could not make it in.
So we held an impromptu session on the street.
NY14 is fired up prepared to #CloseRikers, and take it back for the public great ⬇️pic.twitter.com/2cKQ3qnzHL
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 7, 2019
” When we come together, and we decide that we’re going to close down Rikers and we’re going to turn it, not into a play area for the genuine estate lobby and not into a play ground for the rich, we’re going to transform it into a public good for all people,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “That is what this is about.”
” If you put just 25 percent of Rikers island and cover it in solar panels, we can close every poisonous power plant in New york city City that was integrated in the last 20 years,” Ocasio-Cortez stated, describing a scholastic study that makes that claim.
” These injustices aren’t abstract, right?” Ocasio-Cortez stated. “Our right to clean air and our right and our access to clean water always falls along the lines of income, falls along the lines of benefit.”
” What we require to make certain is that no kid goes through asthma because of the household they were born in and the postal code they were born in,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
” That no person should get lead in their water due to the fact that they couldn’t afford to reside in a high-rise apartment,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
” These are not high-ends, these are rights,” Ocasio-Cortez stated.
Ocasio-Cortez started her remarks by stating individuals don’t constantly have to “activate” to demonstration.
” We also come together to assemble a vision of the world that we wish to construct for ourselves,” Ocasio-Cortez stated.
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