Scattered with famous faces, SXSW has been the perfect platform for many to get their voices heard.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) was in Texas for the conference where she was welcomed with a standing ovation for her sold-out feature session “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the New Left”.
As it came to the Q&A portion of the event, Bill Nye The Science Guy stepped up to the mic surprising everyone.
“I’m a white guy,” Nye announces. “I think the problem on both sides is fear. People of my ancestry are afraid to pay for everything as immigrants come into this country. People who work at the diner in Alabama are afraid to ask for what is reasonable. So do you have a plan to work with people in Congress that are afraid? That’s what’s going on with many conservatives especially when it comes to climate change. People are afraid of what happens when we try to make these big changes.”
AOC gave Nye a standing ovation before answering, “One of the keys to dismantling fear is dismantling a zero-sum mentality.”
She adds that “we’re viewing progress as a loss instead of as an investment. When we choose to invest in our system, we are choosing to create wealth. When we all invest in them, then the wealth is for all of us too.”
Deadline described the session as “almost State of the Union-like” as she described how she wants to work on the issues that stem from race and class.
However, the highlight of the session was when two young girls from The Radical Monarchs, a group for girls of colour between 8-13 who earn badges (think Girl Scouts) for social justice like Black Lives Matter and Disability Justice, stepped up and asked, “What advice do you have for girls of colour who want to break into politics?”
In her typical powerful answer, AOC responds, “Stop trying to navigate systems of power and start building your own power.”