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

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (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.

“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.” 

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. 

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