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  1. I know what it’s like to access the privilege of a ZIP Code but also be born in one that could have destined me to something else.
  2. We have to stick to the message: What are we proposing to the American people? Not, ‘What are we fighting against?’
  3. 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.
  4. Working-class Americans want a clear champion, and there is nothing radical about moral clarity in 2018.
  5. I don’t think any person in America should die because they are too poor to live.
  6. It is unacceptable to be disrespectful of Congressman Crowley. He’s done some phenomenal, phenomenal work for the Bronx and Queens.
  7. People try to identify who is the most likely person to turn out, and what we did is that we changed who turns out. And that changes the whole electorate.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Nobody ever wins the first time they run for office. Nobody’s ever supposed to win their first bid for office. Nobody’s ever supposed to win without taking lobbyists’ money. No one’s ever supposed to defeat an incumbent. No one’s ever supposed to run a grassroots campaign without running any ads on television. We did all of those things.
  11. I think — I do think that we have to have a secure border. We need to make sure that people are, in fact, documented. But that doesn’t mean that we threaten people’s lives.
  12. We know enough to reject the stereotype that people in the Midwest do not care about their brothers and sisters.
  13. I do think that sometimes, especially coming into this going straight from activism to being a candidate or to being a person who potentially, you know, looks like will be holding political office soon, I think we expect our politicians to be perfect and fully formed and on point on every single issue.
  14. I don’t like having people do little things for me.
  15. My mother cleaned homes and drove school buses, and when my family was on the brink of foreclosure… I started bartending and waitressing.
  16. For me, democratic socialism is about — really, the value for me is that I believe that in a modern, moral, and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live.
  17. I just hope that more people will ignore the fatalism of the argument that we are beyond repair. We are not beyond repair. We are never beyond repair.
  18. It’s really scary or it’s easy to generate fear around an idea or around an -ism when you don’t provide any substance to it.
  19. 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.
  20. I’m an educator. I’m an organizer.

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