Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is All About The Yemeni Bodega Boycott Of The New York Post After Their Islamophobic 9/11 Cover

Bodegas are the pulse that keeps New York City running like a well-oiled machine. They offer a pick-me-up, last-minute essentials, and no-nonsense efficiency for thousands of New Yorkers all throughout the day, seven days a week.

We should never take them for granted, and we should have their backs if they feel they are being threatened. No one understands this better than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who showed her support after the Yemini-owned stores and delis called for a boycott of the New York Post.

On Thursday, the Post featured a cover of the World Trade Center under attack coupled with a quote from Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent speech, saying, “some people did something.”

But her March 23rd speech at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was about the discrimination Muslims in America face since 9/11, and her out-of-context quote on the Post was an egregious move.

The publication featured a scathing editorial slamming the freshman Representative, implying that she minimized the heinous terrorist attack, and incited a bashing of the Muslim congresswoman on social media.

On Saturday, the Yemeni American Merchants Association, which owns 1,000s of bodegas and delis, launched a boycott of the publication in response to Thursday’s issue.

The YAMA accused the Post of provoking “hatred” and added that the cover “aims to harm Omar.”

“This rhetoric threatens the safety and wellbeing of Omar, Muslim leaders, and the larger Muslim American community at a time when Islamophobia is at an all-time high.”

The organization called for “all Yemeni American bodega and deli owners” and “our community and allies across New York City” to stop circulating the Post on their newsstands.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a reminder on Saturday, saying that the boycott wasn’t the first time the YAMA took action against discrimination.

“Two years ago, Bodega owners across NYC (& cheered by neighbors)shut their shops citywide to protest Trump’s #MuslimBan.”

“Today, that same community is banding together to reject sales of the NY Post at bodegas citywide.”

She added:

“This is what real unity (& NYC solidarity) looks like.”

People agreed with one user saying we should hit “capitalist fascists” where it hurts.

It may seem minuscule but boycotts can be effective, as pointed out by this user.

Ayyad Algabyali, the merchant association’s director of advocacy, told The Guardian that the boycott could be a permanent one.

“It’s not the first time that the New York Post basically spreads hate and fear in their newspapers. This might be for good.”

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