Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stated that the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women in the United States is linked to the growth of fossil fuel extraction sites.
On March 3, she made the remarks while addressing a congressional hearing on “The Neglected Epidemic of Missing BIPOC Women and Girls.”
During a visit to Native Women’s Day on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez emphasized the link between fossil fuel sites and abductions and deaths of indigenous women. She asked Angel Charley, who is the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, to explain why the two were linked.
According to Charley, extraction sites would frequently result in hurriedly created “man camps” of employees in areas populated by indigenous and other minority women.
In an interview with the Native Women’s March on Washington, Ocasio-Cortez attempted to link the oil firms’ hostility toward demonstrators to violence against indigenous women.
“We know that when these man camps or temporary establishments are established, there is a rise in violence, especially sexual abuse against our Native women,” Charley added.
The New York Congresswoman sure knows how to make the news. She’s got to be acting out some of these ridiculous antics on purpose — it sure is entertaining.