Featured Session: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the New Left

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (known widely by her initials: AOC) became a national figure after her election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 from a district centered in New York City’s Bronx borough. Though she was already well-known to the attendees who came to hear her views on politics and social issues, she was also featured in a SXSW Film Festival documentary called Knock Down the House, which showed her initial campaign when she was still an unknown candidate.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Congresswoman, Representative For New York's 14th Congressional District.
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has served as the U.S. representative for New York's 14th congressional district since 2019, as a member of the Democratic Party. She was born in the Bronx to two working-class parents and from an early age, she grew up with a deep understanding of income inequality.

Briahna Gray

Senior Politics Editor, The Intercept.
Briahna Gray is a columnist and senior politics editor at The Intercept. She is also an opinion columnist with a focus on progressive political messaging, as well as issues relating to identity and culture.

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