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" It's disingenuous to... pretend the sources of our money don't impact the policy we write - you just can't serve two masters. "
" It's not just that I'm a woman of color running for office. It's the way that I ran. It's the way that my identity formed my methods. "
" If you're differently-abled, if you're a person of color, if you express your identity in a way that's different from the norm, for whatever reason, there's an implicit bias where people, frankly, sometimes take you less seriously. "
" I wasn't born to a wealthy or powerful family - mother from Puerto Rico, dad from the South Bronx. "
" I see people like me, who thought someone like me couldn't be in politics, now are saying, 'Oh, wait, I don't need to take money from corporations to run. Maybe I'll run, too.' "
" Rather than think of it as somewhere to run from, the Bronx is somewhere to invest. "
" What I see is that the Democratic Party takes working class communities for granted, they take people of color for granted, and they just assume that we're going to turn out no matter how bland or half-stepping these proposals are. "
" I don't think any person in America should die because they are too poor to live. "
" It's time we acknowledge that not all Democrats are the same. That a Democrat who takes corporate money, profits off foreclosure, doesn't live here, doesn't send his kids to our schools, doesn't drink our water or breathe our air cannot possibly represent us. "
" Democrats should be getting high-fives from sanitation truck drivers - that is what should be happening in America. "
" The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan. We must again invest in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and distribution of energy, but this time green energy. "
" There is no such thing as talking about class without there being implications of the racial history of the United States. You just can't do it. "
" I want to speak to people directly as much as possible. "
" I don't like having people do little things for me. "
" It is unacceptable to be disrespectful of Congressman Crowley. He's done some phenomenal, phenomenal work for the Bronx and Queens. "
" In terms of closing Rikers, we have to close Rikers, but we have to ensure that we're not just taking - that we're not continuing to incarcerate the same level of people. It doesn't do us much good if we close Rikers and then take that same amount of people and just distribute them to be incarcerated elsewhere. "
" I'm very hands-on about social media. That's my voice. "
" I was born to a dad who was born in the South Bronx while the Bronx was burning, while landlords were committing arson to their own buildings. "
" We have a political culture of intimidation, of favoring, of patronage, and of fear, and that is no way for a community to be governed. "
" We have to have a diversity of age represented in Congress, too. "
" At Standing Rock, we experienced, first-hand, people coming together in their communities and trying to use the levers of representative democracy to try and say, 'We don't want this in our community; we don't want this in our backyard,' and corporations using their monetary influence to completely erode that process. "
" It was really my experience at Standing Rock that was pretty pivotal for me because I saw how corporations were literally militarizing themselves against American citizens so that they could kind of maximize their profit margins on fossil fuels. "
" There has almost never been a period of substantial economic growth in the United States without significant investment. And no investment pays off within the same cycle. No investment pays off within the same year - especially a governmental investment. Even businesses don't work that way. "
" Healthcare as a human right, it means that every child, no matter where you are born, should have access to a college or trade-school education if they so choose it, and I think no person should be homeless if we can have public structures and public policy to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States. "
" I felt like the only way to effectively run for office is if you had access to a lot of wealth, high social influence, a lot of dynastic power, and I knew that I didn't have any of those things. "
" What the Bronx and Queens needs is Medicare for all, tuition-free public college, a federal jobs guarantee, and criminal-justice reform. "
" I understand the pain of working-class Americans because I have experienced the pain. "
" Campaigns are so much more expensive than people think they are. Just to keep the lights on is several thousand dollars a month. "
" I believe that every American should have stable, dignified housing; health care; education - that the most very basic needs to sustain modern life should be guaranteed in a moral society. "
" I was nominated at first by a group called Justice Democrats. They were trying to essentially field non-corporate candidates in the 2018 midterm election. They were looking for people with a history of community service, and my name had come across their desk, and they called. "
" Change takes courage. "