While impeachment drama unfolds around President Trump, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is opening an even bigger battle: alleviating poverty and economic hardship.

On the day a memo detailing the phone call between Trump and the Ukranian president was released, the congresswoman from New York unveiled an ambitious anti-poverty package she’s calling “The Just Society”—a reference to Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society,” which saw the creation of Medicare, Medicaid, and the modern U.S. welfare state, and cut the U.S. poverty rate nearly in half.

A just society, Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview for NowThis, “recognizes and eradicates poverty.” For the millions of us who are poor and low-income, this should also be headline news.

Read the full article at Newsweek.

Karen Dolan directs the Criminalization of Poverty Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. Theo Wuest is a Next Leader at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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