AN IN­CRED­I­BLE JOUR­NEY

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

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.

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