AOC: After Standing Rock Protest I Prayed 'Lord, Do With Me What You Will' | RELEVANT Magazine

On Monday, religion leaders met to rejoice the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and so they had been joined by a number of elected leaders.

Amongst them was Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman firebrand whose progressive politics have rankled some institution members of each events however have made her a beloved determine on the far left. AOC, as she’s generally recognized, is a Catholic and spoke of her time protesting at Standing Rock as a second of non secular awakening. A part of the speech was captured by Reverend Kaji Doua, senior pastor of Park Avenue Christian Church.

“It was truly one of the most spiritually transformative experiences of my life,” Ocasio-Cortez says within the clip. “I remember leaving that camp and thinking ‘Lord, just do with me what you will. Allow me to be a vessel.”

“And I was driving off the camp I got an email asking if I would consider a run for Congress,” she continues. “I felt the spirit of that preparation. I felt like this was my charge. And I didn’t know if I would win. I didn’t know if I would lose. I knew I was being told to run.”

You’ll be able to watch the entire clip beneath, by way of Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, creator of the forthcoming Simply Religion.

The protest at Standing Rock in 2016 and 2017 was over the development of the Power Switch Companions’ Dakota Entry Pipeline within the northern U.S. a development that locals feared would pollute close by ingesting water and threaten historical burial grounds many within the Standing Rock tribe think about sacred.

AOC has talked about her religion up to now, together with an article for American Journal about the way it motivates her quest for jail justice reform.

Whereas Democrats are sometimes lambasted by critics for being “godless”, analysis exhibits that the majority voters of each events are Christian, although the proportion of Christians within the GOP is increased.

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