By: Leslie Ambriz

Social media isn’t limited to just keeping your friends and family up-to-date on your life. It’s being used to start incredible movements, establish careers, raise awareness, and call out problematic public figures in our society. If you’re following U.S. Representative-elect, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you get to see all of this and more.

The 29-year-old and youngest Latinx woman to serve in Congress in the history of the United States is using her smartphone to bring us along on the journey to Capitol Hill. Her one million followers can see everything from her first-day of Congressional orientation to her chatting about essential issues while eating instant mac and cheese with a coffee stirrer.

She’s breaking down the barriers that separate political figures from the people whom they represent. Here are a few ways that Ocasio-Cortez is empowering all Americans through her social media accounts.

  • The Democratic Socialist posts inspirational content that inspires us to pursue our dreams. If the former waitress and bartender can do it, then so can we. She recently posted a series of Instagram Stories celebrating her feature in the Wall Street Journal. What could have been a personal brag was instead used to encourage her followers.
  • She’s pulling back the curtain on the inner-workings of Congress. Followers watched Ocasió-Cortez’s first few days of Congressional Bootcamp. From the office lottery system to field trips and more, Ocasio-Cortez turned the mundane into interesting behind the scenes footage. And Ocasio-Cortez isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She took to Twitter during what was supposed to be a bipartisan orientation and called out the event for featuring corporate lobbyists and special interests like Goldman-Sachs.
  • She’s also using Instagram Live to educate the public on important issues like The Green Deal, cash bail, and congressional committees.
  • Oh, and did we mention it’s all accessible? The young political figure recently added captions to her Instagram stories that will allow her deaf followers, and those with hearing disabilities to interact with her content.

In the past, we’ve seen the adverse effects that social media can have in regards to its relationship with politics (we’re looking at you, Facebook), but Ocasio-Cortez is showing us that there is a way to be connected and shine a positive and informative light on the political process.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ocasio-Cortez’s Director of Communications said that the member-elect wants to be “as open and transparent as possible. She wants to give [people] insight into what their government is like, and hopefully make politics seem less foreign and unapproachable.”

The Bronx native will be representing New York’s 14th Congressional District as of January 3rd, 2019. She became a household name during the Democratic primaries when she defeated incumbent Congressman Democratic Joe Crowley. We can’t wait to see this powerful Latina’s first day on the job and watch her bring some real change to D.C.

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