Susan Sarandon leads protest against AOC and the Squad:

By Gustaf Kilander, Independent 

Susan Sarandon has appeared at a protest against New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “Squad” of progressive lawmakers outside the congresswoman’s Bronx office.

“I’m here to say to the Squad, and especially AOC, who, you know, did make a lot of promises, that we still have faith in you and we would like to see if you have a better plan than we’ve been able to see, please share it,” Ms Sarandon told the assembled crowd using a megaphone.

The event was advertised as a Medicare for All rally. “If there’s a pathway you’ve got that we’re not aware of please share it. Because we’re losing hope here that you represent us.”

The protesters also demanded that Ms Ocasio-Cortez “use every legislative tool available to pass Medicare for all in Congress”, that she uses her “huge social media followings, ability to get press, and celebrity to organise direct actions for Medicare for all”, and that she meet with her constituents and organisers to put together “a fearless new campaign for single-payer”.

“So many of these progressive candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ran on being activists fighting for change. It’s time for them to leverage that power to help call on the people to come out and pressure Congress to do the right thing for once,” the event organisers write.

“You campaigned on Medicare for All. But you didn’t demand a floor vote on it when you had the power to leverage the Speaker vote. You didn’t demand that single-payer be included in the pandemic recovery bill,” their petition adds.



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