AOC says it wants to ‘do away with our carceral system’ designed to ‘trap black and brown men’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for the abolition of the “carceral system” in the US at a campaign event in Ohio over the weekend.

The Democratic Squad member campaigned for congressional candidate Nina Turner on Saturday when she said, “I want to abolish our carceral system designed to trap black and brown men.”

“I want justice. I want peace and I want prosperity. That’s what I want,” Ocasio-Cortez added during her Cleveland address to the co-chair of Bernie Sander’s 2020 presidential campaign.

The country’s carceral system refers to its approach to criminal law and punishment of criminals. Ocasio-Cortez has long fought for drastic changes to the system that she says is unfairly targeting black and brown people.

A statement on her official government website said she is “committed to dismantling our mass incarceration system and ending the school-to-prison pipeline.”

According to the website, its criminal justice reform goals include federally legalizing marijuana, ending for-profit prisons, releasing all individuals incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses, ending cash bail and starting independent investigations. for any case in which someone is killed by law enforcement.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for abolition of the ‘carceral system’ in the US at a campaign event in Ohio over the weekend

Ocasio-Cortez has long fought for drastic changes to the system she says unfairly target black and brown people

Ocasio-Cortez has long fought for drastic changes to the system she says unfairly target black and brown people

The country's carceral system refers to its approach to criminal justice and punishment of criminals

The country’s carceral system refers to its approach to criminal justice and punishment of criminals

Ocasio-Cortez shares the same view as Turner, who is running to represent Ohio’s 11th congressional district. The seat was vacated in March by Marcia Fudge, who became President Biden’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Turner’s campaign supports policies such as AOC’s Green New Deal, Medicare for all, student debt forgiveness, and a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

There are 15 candidates – 13 Democrats and two Republicans – competing for the seat. The 11th district often swings to the left, so the winner of the Democratic primaries can probably determine the winner of the general election.

The Democratic and Republican primary will take place on August 3, although early voting started two weeks ago.

“This isn’t about Nina versus an opponent; this is about the people versus the big money,” she said at the event according to WJW.

The congressman continued, “This is a deep blue chair. It is a deep blue chair. Districts like Ohio’s 11th should lead the country on issues. They are opportunities, they are very rare opportunities, very rare neighborhoods like this one that can be visionary.’

A statement on Ocasio-Cortez's official government website reads that she is

A statement on Ocasio-Cortez’s official government website reads that she is “committed to dismantling our mass incarceration system and ending the school-to-prison pipeline”

The Democratic Squad member campaigned for progressive congressional candidate Nina Turner on Saturday.  Above, she discussed critical race theory in schools with Don Lemon on CNN on July 19th

The Democratic Squad member campaigned for progressive congressional candidate Nina Turner on Saturday. Above, she discussed critical race theory in schools with Don Lemon on CNN on July 19th

She added: “If there’s anywhere you can afford to have someone cheeky. If there is a district where you can afford to have someone who will not only propagate a certain truth to power, but also stand up and help create a vision that provides amenities. If there’s one district where it can be done in the great state of Ohio, it’s Ohio’s Eleventh District.”

Turner’s canvas launch included four different events in Cleveland and Cleveland Heights to help rally volunteers during the last week and a half until the primaries.

‘On canvases the battle is won. This is where the work happens and I love being there where the work happens. Where we really get our hands dirty by knocking on our doors and having conversations with our neighbors and building a real community. There is no substitute for that,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

One of Turner’s opponents, Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown, a moderate, told WJW in response to the Ocasio-Cortez rally: “The contrast in this race couldn’t be clearer. Shontel Brown is the only candidate who can partner with the Biden administration and our house majority from day one to deliver high-paying jobs, affordable health care and affordable prescription drugs to northeast Ohio.”

Brown, who was supported by Hillary Clinton and House Majority leader Jim Clyburn, also campaigned in Cleveland’s west side on Saturday and held a community cookout in Cleveland Heights on Sunday afternoon.

She told WJW: “I couldn’t be happier that we have an administration that talks about things through a lens of equality, equality and inclusion, so if you’re talking about trillions of dollars in infrastructure, that’s going to create a lot of job opportunities, so we need someone who can sit down and make sure we get those resources back into the 11th congressional district.”

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