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Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped into a 'Donkey Kong 64' session on Twitch

Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped into a 'Donkey Kong 64' session on TwitchIt's not every day a member of Congress drops by a Twitch session.

Streamers of a session of Donkey Kong 64 on Sunday were treated to a cameo from newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

SEE ALSO: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made perfect use of this 20-year-old video game meme

YouTube star Hbomberguy, a.k.a. Harry Brewis, is streaming a Twitch marathon of the classic 1999 Donkey Kong adventure platformer released by Rare for Nintendo 64, which he'd never finished as a kid (preach).

Brewis explained in a video announcement he intended to play the game start to finish, streaming from January 18 to raise money for Mermaids, a charity providing resources and support for transgender children and young people. 

"I chose to support this charity because as a person living in Britain, I find the media discussion surrounding this issue in my country, especially in its tabloids, to be woefully misinformed," he said. 

"I'd like to do my bit to help support the people who do the hard work of contributing to people's thinking on an important issue."

But there's more to the stream than a nice thought. Brewis said he chose Mermaids specifically to "spite" comedy writer Graham Linehan, who worked on British sitcoms Father Ted, Black Books and The It Crowd. 

Linehan recently made headlines after encouraging people to oppose a substantial grant given to Mermaids from the Big Lottery Fund — a fund which awards grants to UK organisations, accumulated from tickets sold to the National Lottery — reportedly saying the charity pushes an "extreme ideological agenda." As a result, the charity's awarded funding is under review.

"Well done, Graham," said Brewis in his video. "Now, tons of people know about Mermaids, and support them just to spite you."

As of the stream's 52-hour mark, Brewis had raised over $ 270,000 for the charity. 

But around the 50-hour mark, who should drop by but Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, after tweeting her support for the fundraiser. It was in the midst of a thread started by LGBT activist Charlotte Clymer, in which Ocasio-Cortez hit back at screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who said on Sunday that young Democrats needed to "stop acting like young people," criticising them for focusing on issues like "transgender bathrooms."

"That's a Republican talking point they're trying to distract you with," Sorkin said.

> If you'd like to use this as a good moment to support the queer community, there's a charity twitch stream going on for @Mermaids_Gender: t.co/vCvvqRhAwb
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> — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 20, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez, who recently delivered a perfectly deep Twitter cut with a 20-year-old video game meme, chatted casually to Hbomberguy about Nintendo 64 being "the best system" of them all.

"I never owned a N64 but I used to go to my cousin's house all the time and she had Super Mario 64, Pokemon Snap, and probably a handful of other things," she said.

> Here's @aoc talking about how Nintendo 64 was the best system. She's on @twitch helping to raise money for trans kids. pic.twitter.com/cJIfUif1mv
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> — New Super Blood Wolf Moon Bros. U Deluxe (@GenePark) January 20, 2019

But of course, in an effort to raise awareness for Mermaids, the Congresswoman chatted about discrimination and economic hardship experienced by the trans community.

"It makes these issues much more acute in their crises than they usually are on average for other people," she said. "So it's important that we do talk about these issues in the economic frame, but not let go of the fact that that discrimination is a core reason for the economic hardship."

Needless to say, people were pretty psyched with the Congresswoman's cameo.

> Bloody hell @AOC is a genius. Supporting trans rights on a video game livestream is something that will hit bang on with young voters while her boomer critics won't even be able to understand what's happening, much less know how to criticise it. t.co/Spi0xkvjKU
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> — David Rayfield (@RaygunBrown) January 20, 2019

> aoc saying "donkey kong 64 is outside of my wheelhouse" is exactly how elected officials should engage with any sort of Hip New Thing they don't know about
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> — Colin Spacetwinks (@spacetwinks) January 20, 2019

> You know that Twitch gamer raising money for the trans charity @Mermaids_Gender? Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez just called in and is talking about the shutdown. AOC: "Trans rights are civil rights are human rights!" t.co/QTfFdst0eV pic.twitter.com/aAdoUlhAW1
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> — Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) January 20, 2019

Brewis said he won't stop playing or raising funds until he's finished the game, so this ain't over. To tune in, head to Twitch.

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Japanese politician barred from bringing baby to council session

Japanese politician barred from bringing baby to council sessionA local Japanese politician has stirred debate after she was forbidden from bringing her baby into a council session. In a case that contrasts starkly with the Australian lawmaker who breastfed her baby in parliament, Yuka Ogata was told she could not take part in the assembly on Wednesday if she had her seven-month-old son with her.  Officials of the Kumamoto municipal assembly said visitors and observers were forbidden from the floor, and that included the young children of politicians. The session eventually started 40 minutes late after Ms Ogata agreed to leave the infant with a friend.  It was the first time Ms Ogata had attended a plenary session since she gave birth to her son, the BBC reported. She said she wanted to show how difficult it was for women to continue careers and bring up children.   Ms. Yuka Ogata (Ogata is her family), one of a few female members of Kumamoto's City Council, has received… t.co/Q4KirSrif1— Kumamoto-i (@Kumamotoi) November 23, 2017 "I wanted the assembly to be a place where women who are raising children can also do a great job," she told the Mainichi newspaper. The council said it would discuss ways to support lawmakers who had young children.  "We would like to work on a system where assembly members can participate in meetings with their children," Speaker Yoshitomo Sawada, according to the Mainichi. Her move has sparked debate online with supporters saying she was brave and opponents questioning if it was a good idea to bring a baby to a workplace. "I think her act was wonderful. People wouldn't take problems seriously" if she hadn't shown up with the child, one Twitter user said. "Balancing work and child rearing isn't about being with a child all the time at a workplace," said another user, who identified herself as a fellow working mother. "I really cannot understand her action," wrote this user. Japan has consistently fared poorly in gender equality rankings in the developed world. Women are still often expected to give up work after having children, face chronic shortages of public childcare spots and regularly describe the existence of a “concrete” rather than glass ceiling preventing female workers from advancing to senior positions. So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli #auspolpic.twitter.com/w34nxWxG0y— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) May 9, 2017 In contrast, Senator Larissa Waters returned to parliament in Australia in May after giving birth to her second daughter  and brought her baby Alia Joy with her while she voted.  Furthermore, she made political history in the country by breastfeeding her daughter in the chamber. In Britain, an independent review in July last year concluded that allowing women to breastfeed would be "symbolic" and showcase the Commons as a "role-model parent friendly institution".



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Breast Cancer Survivor Organizes Body Paint Photoshoot for Women with the Disease: ‘It Was Like a Therapy Session’

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

cancer-creates-chemo-photo-shoot/”>Marquina Iliev-Piselli is a naturally upbeat, positive person — and her joyous attitude about life carried her through hours of breast cancer treatment over the last two years. Now in remission, the book marketer made it her goal to organize events that will help other breast cancer patients make it through their own hospital visits with the same sunny outlook.

“Having a positive attitude lifted up everyone around me,” Iliev-Piselli, 38, tells PEOPLE. “I don’t dread going to the hospital, but a lot of people do, so I’ll go back, and I’ll be the one who supports others.”

With the help of her hospital, New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Breast Center in New York City, Iliev-Piselli started the Women’s Empowerment Project, and plans to put on two projects a year for patients. Her first idea was to cover breast cancer patients and survivors in body paint and putting on a photoshoot, and seven other women signed up.

“I can’t know before it happens what the vibe will be like, because it’s art, and it’s happening. But it was so much better and more fun than I even imagined,” Iliev-Piselli says.

The day started with each woman picking out a design and sitting for two to three hours of body painting.

“We would paint something that was meaningful to us,” Iliev-Piselli explains. “One woman had a rose coming out of her chest; another woman chose a phoenix rising from the ashes because she felt like she was reborn. Another woman chose a dragon, because she races dragon boats, and it’s one of the things that makes her feel most powerful. There was this idea of their inside self being portrayed on their outside self.”

She says that when you deal with breast cancer, you lose any kind of love or appreciation for your body. Transforming it with body paint changed that.

“It makes you look at your body in a new way, a body that you hadn’t looked at in awhile, or if you did, you were critical. But you weren’t critical this time,” Iliev-Piselli says. “Having something beautiful done, and looking at your body and accepting it is very important.”

The women felt invigorated a second time when they started posing, and some even went out to Central Park for a second shoot.

“I made them take a few photos first, and then look at them. They’d see the photos and their eyes would light up — their whole expression changes. They look so different from their idea in their head of themselves,” Iliev-Piselli says. “And they would say things like, ‘Wow, that’s me? I look amazing!’ and then they would be so much more energized! So many of the pictures were us just dancing around, and I love it.”

One of the best parts though, Iliev-Piselli says, was getting body painted together.

“I didn’t realize that having an open room where everyone was painted together would be like a therapy session,” she says. “There were women who hadn’t ever talked about their cancer to other survivors. That ended up being one of the more powerful moments.”

Now Iliev-Piselli is excited to take on more projects, and help more women through their treatment.

“I want to take women from wherever they’re at mentally and get them out of it to something more positive,” she says.


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