Susan Sarandon is seen protesting outside the Democratic House of Representatives in New York. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s New York office on Monday.
In a video obtained by The Independent, the 74-year-old actress used a megaphone to address the crowd. Sarandon expressed her disappointment with the AOC and “The Team”.
“I’m here to tell the team, especially the AOC, who, you know, made a lot of promises, that we still trust you and we’d like to see if you have a better plan than we did, I can see, please share,” Sarandon said.
“If there’s a track you have that we’re not aware of, please share it. Because we’re losing hope here that you represent us,” she added.
“It’s very firm for self-reliant people to be elected in the first place – and then to see the people who sponsored the bill not protect it, is very frustrating,” the Oscar winner concluded.
The protest was advertised as a Medicare for All rally and sought to draw attention to the need to “declare Biden a pandemic public health emergency and extend Medicare to every American using Section 1881A of the Social Security Act.”
The protesters demanded that the AOC and others “use every legislative tool available to pass Medicare for all in Congress, including withholding votes and making use of it to demand a single impulse as a condition for the passage of legislation,” according to their website.
They also want politicians to “use your massive social media followers, access to the press, and fame to orchestrate direct action for universal healthcare.”
“A lot of these progressive candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ran on being activists fighting for change. It’s time for them to harness that power to aid call people out and pressure Congress to do the right thing for once, event organizers noted.
“You campaigned on Medicare-for-all. But you did not demand a vote on the ground when you had the aptitude to benefit from a speaker’s vote. You did not demand that a single payer be included in the pandemic recovery bill,” the petition explained.