AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
THE fatigue is real as we reach the halfway point of the 2019 Australian election campaign. But if you have a scintilla of political interest remaining, this is must-watch television which will give you hope for the future of democracy in the western world. It is really, truly inspiring stuff. Filmmaker Rachel Lears followed the campaigns of four women who contested last year’s US mid-term elections and shared the commitment to not take any corporate donations. Considering it costs at least $2 million to run a viable Congressional campaign, knocking back the corporate dollar was a bold and risky move for an aspiring politician. They also differed from the majority of wealthy lawyers who make it into the US Congress or Senate in that they were women running to specifically address endemic problems those in Washington would not touch, from the health and environmental consequences of fracking to the prohibitive cost of health care which is causing people to die without life-saving treatment. The four progressive Democrats – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (above), Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin – focused on representing their communities at a grassroots level. Only Ocasio-Cortez, now known as AOC to her legion of social media followers, would win her primary.
suggests a victory for this one woman will have long-lasting benefit for many, many others.