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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the probable next member of Congress from New York’s 14th District, barnstormed through Los Angeles with two fundraisers last week. But I hesitate to call them fundraisers. They weren’t held on the Hollywood Hills balcony of some showrunner for prestige TV. They weren’t showcases for one woman’s singular vision to personally revive the American left and solve the nation’s challenges.

They were organizing meetings — the kind that used to be held in the back of union halls and community centers when we still had unions, and communities. Ocasio-Cortez presented herself not as the savior of a moment but a small part of a movement, amplifying the actions of everyday activists toiling in relative obscurity on the ground. “This work doesn’t rely on any one person,” Ocasio-Cortez said at one event. “But the work needs every one person to act. That’s what collective movement-building is all about.”

When Ocasio-Cortez defeated Joe Crowley, the No. 4 Democrat in the House leadership, it symbolized the left’s resurgence. But that restoration cannot be completed on the back of one representative or or even one president. If the left wants to rise, it must enlist millions into the fight, and Ocasio-Cortez is one of a growing number who seems to understand that. Look out, conservatives.

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