Ocasio-Cortez raises $200K to fight food and housing insecurity during video game battle

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled Republican spin on Biden is off the mark House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting MORE (D-N.Y.) raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for low-wealth Americans as part of a fundraiser during which she played video games online. 

"We did it!" the lawmaker exclaimed in a tweet over the holiday weekend. "$200k raised in one livestream (on a whim!) for eviction defense, food pantries, and more. This is going to make such a difference for those who need it most right now." 

On Friday, Ocasio-Cortez teamed up with the head of Canada's New Democratic Party, Jagmeet Singh, to play the popular video game Among Us.

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"Thank you for reminding us that another world is not only possible, but just a few hours’ drive from NYC," Ocasio-Cortez said in another tweet. 

Singh thanked Ocasio-Cortez, a fellow democratic socialist, in a tweet of his own. 

"It was awesome chatting with you about how we can build a better world," he said. "In Canada, things aren't perfect and we face many of the same challenges. But, together we can do better. My mom always taught me: When we lift each other up, we all rise." 

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Experts have reported a sharp increase in the number of food insecure Americans in the wake of the public health and economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.