• Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won the Democratic primary in New York's 14th congressional district, speaks during a rally calling on U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake to reject Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination at Boston City Hall Plaza, October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Rachel Bird and Emet Ezeil shout out during the rally. Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Protestors raise their hand to show how many are survivors or know survivors as they gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Senator Ed Markey gives the thumbs down as he calls for a no vote on Brett Kavanaugh. Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Ayanna Pressley raises her fist as she speaks during the rally. Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley applaud during the rally. Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Demonstrators hold up signs as U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) speaks during the Forbes Under 30 Summit at Boston City Hall Plaza, October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Gov. Charlie Baker fields questions from the news media after a leadership meeting at the State House in Boston, Massachusetts on October 1, 2018. (Staff Photo By Christopher Evans/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Gov. Charlie Baker fields questions from the news media after a leadership meeting at the State House in Boston, Massachusetts on October 1, 2018. (Staff Photo By Christopher Evans/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Senate President Karen Spilka fields questions from the news media after a leadership meeting at the State House in Boston, Massachusetts on October 1, 2018. (Staff Photo By Christopher Evans/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: House Speaker Robert DeLeo fields questions from the news media after a leadership meeting at the State House in Boston, Massachusetts on October 1, 2018. (Staff Photo By Christopher Evans/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Emerson student and survivor Annie Noel(R) gives an emotional speech during the rally. Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley speak to a supporter after the rally. Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • Demonstrators hold up signs as U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) speaks during the Forbes Under 30 Summit at Boston City Hall Plaza, October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/Boston Herald)

  • Ayanna Pressley reacts as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is introduced during the rally. Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley embrace during the rally. Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez listens as Ayanna Pressley speaks during the rally. Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • Senator Ed Markey gives the thumbs down as he calls for a no vote on Brett Kavanaugh. Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • Mayor Marty Walsh speaks at the rally. Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • US Olympic skater Adam Rippon speaks at the rally. Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • Rachel Bird and Emet Ezeil shout out during the rally. Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

  • M. Reese Everson of Washington D.C. holds up a sign as U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) speaks during the Forbes Under 30 Summit at Boston City Hall Plaza, October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Everson, who says she is an an author and women's advocate, said, "Our voices should be heard and our allegations should be taken seriously." (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 1: Protestors gather on Boston City Hall plaza to send a message to Senator Jeff Flake asking him to oppose nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Flake was speaking an an event on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/Boston Herald)

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When Ayanna Pressley asked, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed up to help send a message to U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake in Boston: Don’t vote for Brett Kavanaugh!

“That’s really what activism is all about — when your friends and your fellow survivors and when your fellow activists tell you to show up and ask you to show up, you show up,” Ocasio-Cortez said yesterday.

The two rising Democratic political stars unseated longtime incumbents in the congressional primaries. Ocasio-Cortez is running for New York’s 14th Congressional District after a historic upset over longtime U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley and Pressley defeated 10-term incumbent Michael E. Capuano in the Boston-area 7th Congressional District.

Both stressed the importance of activism if Democrats hope to prevent Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

“We are powerful and you see that here today,” Pressley said. “We will continue to resist, to persist, to mobilize, to be in our activism and to agitate when necessary. This is how every social movement — every right that we have right now — this is how it was brought to fruition.”

Although the two have been associated with a “Blue Wave” of newfound victories as a message to the Democratic establishment, Ocasio-Cortez said it isn’t up to people like her and Pressley to get others to listen.

“It’s really about the activism and organizing that are happening throughout districts to get representatives to listen,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “The best we can do is advocate for our communities, represent our districts, but ultimately it’s going to be everyday people contacting their elected officials that is going to get them to change their minds.”

Pressley and Ocasio-Cortez spoke to hundreds of protesters assembled on City Hall Plaza yesterday morning with less than a day’s notice to rally against Kavanaugh as Flake was attending the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit.

“Sen. Flake, Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, can you hear us now?” Pressley said, met with uproarious applause. “The American people deserve the truth. We are entitled to the truth. Survivors are entitled to justice and after Dr. Ford has been sentenced to a lifetime of trauma and shame and isolation, Brett Kavanaugh is not entitled to a lifetime appointment.”

Pressley spoke of the two women who confronted Flake in an elevator about their own experiences with sexual assault.

“Years ago we would have said, ‘That’s not the appropriate thing to do. This is a man of power, of privilege and prestige walking into an elevator. Leave him alone.’ But those days are over,” Pressley said. “They do not see the humanity in us. A decision was moved in that moment because he was prompted and forced to see the humanity in his fellow brethren. That’s why these stories are so important.”