Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Go Vegetarian in Honor of Late Vegan Activist Tommy Raskin

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This week, United States House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced her intent to go vegetarian for Lent, a Catholic holiday observed from February 17 until April 3 this year. Ocasio-Cortez explained that she was inspired to remove meat from her diet by Tommy Raskin, a vegan activist and son of fellow US Representative Jamie Raskin. He died by suicide on December 31, 2020.

“A few weeks ago I told Representative Raskin that this year I wanted to adopt a vegetarian diet for Lent in memory of his son Tommy,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Jamie said, ‘Well you’d have to do it the way Tommy would, which means bring people along with you!'” As such, Ocasio-Cortez then presented three requests to her 12.4 million Twitter followers: to join her in going vegetarian for 40 days regardless of their adherence to Lent; to share vegetarian recipes to help her with her journey; and, if neither of the first two requests applied to them, to donate to or help others in time of need as a tribute to Tommy Raskin. “He loved the world so much and dedicated his life to reducing suffering around the world,” Ocasio-Cortez added….

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