Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Raises $5 Million to Help Texans in Crisis

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Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has helped raise $5 million (and counting) to help Texans impacted by the winter storm, doing so in just a matter of days.

"The message in Washington is let's not let people get caught up in a bunch of red tape."

The New York congresswoman, who flew down to Houston to help distribute supplies on the ground, created the fundraiser amid the power grid failures and disrupted water systems that came about last week in Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and elsewhere as a result of a deep freeze caused by the storm. The storm's fallout has left millions without electricity, water, and/or heat.

In just a few hours, Ocasio-Cortez's fundraiser had hit $1 million and doubled a day later. The proceeds for the fundraiser, as per the fund's website, are being split between ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Coalition), Family Eldercare, North Texas Food Bank, Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Central Texas Food Bank, The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, Feeding Texas, Houston Food Bank, and Corazon Ministries.
Ocasio-Cortez told CNN of her efforts that "it's one thing to read about what's going on but it's another thing entirely to see the damage for ourselves."
"The message in Washington is let's not let people get caught up in a bunch of red tape" she explained. "Let's try to get this assistance out the door as much as people need and as quickly as we can."

Light at the End of the Tunnel

The 31-year-old also told the network that she believes her fundraising and on-the-ground efforts in Texas are "just something that we should be able to do whenever there is an area in our country that's in need."
As of Sunday night, Ocasio-Cortez shared a note announcing that the fundraiser hit the $5 million mark and thanked contributors and her followers "for your collective action when people need it most."

"Charity can’t replace policy," she wrote, "but solidarity is how we’ll face climate change and build a better world."Also on Sunday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced during a press conference that power would soon be fully restored across the state by Sunday night or Monday and that grocery stores would be restocked. The Texas Tribune notes that, at the storm's height, "more than 4.5 million customers were without electricity."

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Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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