Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon protested New York Rep Axlenandria Ocasio-Cortez accusing AOC of not following through on campaign promises. Sarandon protested outside AOC’s New York office and called the Dems out on multiple fronts.
“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,” Sarandon said.
She added, “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.”
“It’s so difficult for people that are independent to get elected in the first place — and then to see the very people that sponsored the bill not stand up for it, is very disheartening,” Susan said.
“So many of these progressive candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ran on being activists fighting for change,” the event organizers said.
“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 protesters demanded AOC “use every legislative tool available to pass Medicare-for-all in Congress, including withholding and leveraging your votes to demand single-payer as a condition for passing legislation.”
They also demanded other politicians, like AOC, “use your huge social media followings, ability to get press, and celebrity to organize direct actions for Medicare-for-all.”
The protesters floated a petition to push “Biden to declare a pandemic public health emergency and expand Medicare to every American using Section 1881A of the Social Security Act.”
“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,” the petition said.