Revealed: New York Communist Party Leader Worked for Ocasio-Cortez


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A former staffer for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken a senior position for a political organization whose policy positions and manifesto are 180 degrees opposite of America’s founding principles.

According to the New York Post, Justine Medina, an ex-aide for the New York self-described democratic socialist, was employed as a political organizer in 2020 between February and November but is now a senior official for the New York Communist Party.

According to the Federal Elections Commission, Medina was paid a salary of more than $35,000 by AOC.

The Daily Caller added:

Medina was named “Co-Chair of the New York Young Communist League” by People’s World, a Communist Party newspaper after the 2020 Presidential Election. Today, she is identified as a member of the “Executive Committee of the New York State Communist Party,” according to the same publication.

Medina’s ideology manifested in her social media posts prior to and throughout her employment with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.


“Communism is about equality, democracy, peace, the advancement of workers, the oppressed, and humanity in general,” Medina wrote on Twitter. “It is true the path there will be unkind to those who block progress, but Communism is good and should not scare you.”

According to a March tweet, when she was employed by the New York Democrat, Medina was responsible for “organizing and writing policy language with Anti-War Veterans & the Peace Movement.”

The lawmaker continues to follow Medina on Twitter, the Daily Caller noted, while Medina also has pictures of herself with the titular leader of the “Squad.”

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Medina has leveraged the attention she garnered from the New York Post story to promote a “Rent Rollback” protest against New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams in a tweet posted on Saturday.

“If y’all can be in NYC on May 20th, come out to this,” Medina wrote. “Every housing rights group and socialist organization is going to be there — we are coming together to DEMAND accountability from our electeds.”


Medina’s involvement in progressive protests is not limited to this one event. In June 2020, she was arrested on two occasions during the Black Lives Matter riots. She expressed her dissatisfaction on Twitter, complaining about the tightness of the zip-ties used by the police.

Additionally, her participation in an attempt to deface a plaque honoring Fred Trump in Woodhaven, Queens, resulted in another arrest.

The Post added that Medina played a significant role in organizing efforts to unionize Amazon’s workforce. Her involvement was instrumental in thwarting the company’s plans to establish headquarters in New York City.

According to the Federal Election Commission, Medina’s father, Cuban-American lawyer Omar Medina, has made substantial donations to political candidates including Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. Additionally, he has a history of legal troubles, including having his license suspended for making false statements on behalf of a client and facing lawsuits related to wage theft allegations, the reports noted further.

That said, the father is no fan of his daughter’s association with communism.

“As for her allegiance to the Communist Party, I could not be further removed from that. It’s a big problem.” Omar Medina told Post. “My family escaped communism, and my daughter is misguided as to the benefits that political system provides, it flat out just doesn’t work.”

In March, a report claimed that AOC and other members of Congress paid thousands of dollars in campaign cash to a Chinese foreign agent, according to a review of campaign finance records. AOC, along with two Democrats and one Republican, were involved in the payments.

“Reps. Kevin Mullin, D.-Calif., Grace Meng, D.-N.Y, and Nicole Malliotakis, R.-N.Y. joined Ocasio Cortez in pushing campaign cash to Sing Tao U.S., a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based Sing Tao News Corporation Ltd, for advertising expenses during the midterm election cycle,” Fox News reported.