OI’s Facebook Team Honors Deb Haaland
We are surprised and delighted by this cabinet choice. We never thought in our lifetime a Native American would become head of the Department of the Interior (a woman, no less). We celebrate the path the proposed Secretary of the Interior has taken. Before attending law school, she struggled with near homelessness, yet went on to become a lawyer, an elected Member of Congress from New Mexico, and an environmentalist.
We congratulate Congresswoman Haaland or her past and future successes.
Secretary of the Interior
Great Falls Tribune Story
Western Native Voice, a Montana nonprofit that aims to inspire Native leadership, released a statement signaling the weight of Biden's nomination:
"It’s come full circle, to having large amounts of our ancestral lands taken away from us and not having a voice in its stewardship, and now to have Rep. Deb Haaland, an Indigenous woman nominated and charged with the responsibility for the management and conservation for most federal lands and natural resources of the United States...It’s going to take a while to let that sink in."
Member of Congress
About Representative Haaland
After a lifetime of organizing communities to stand up for New Mexico families, Congresswoman Deb Haaland was elected as one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress. She will serve in leadership roles as the 116th Congress Freshman Class Representative to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, House Democratic Region VI Whip (Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona) and Deputy Whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Link to the Washington Post Article
While the picks represent a concession to progressives in Biden’s party, who publicly campaigned for an American Indian at the helm of Interior, they were also chosen to personify Biden’s plans to address the long-standing burdens low-income and minority communities have shouldered when it comes to dirty air and water. All three nominees will play a central role in realizing his promises to combat climate change, embrace green energy and address environmental racism.
“We have individuals coming to these positions who have seen what it’s like on the other side, in terms of communities that have suffered,” environmental justice pioneer Bob Bullard said in an interview Thursday. “They have been fighting for justice. Now they are in a position to make change and make policy. That, to me, has the potential to be transformative.”
Link to article from CS Monitor
Why We Wrote This (By Henry Gass)
A dedication to protecting the land has been a hallmark of Native American leaders – but so also have bipartisanship and pragmatism. Whichever party is in power, tribes have had to work with them. In an era of deeply divided government, those tools are needed.
Of the People
Link to Article from Roll Call
“I’m always gonna fight for folks,” Haaland says. “I think it’s any government’s obligation to make the lives of people better. That’s why we pay our taxes. We want good roads, we want solid bridges. We want nice playgrounds for kids to play in. We want safe communities. We don’t want our neighbors to go hungry. I know what a nice neighborhood is like, and I want people to be able to find success.”
"Back In Time" and ",Ia"
Two posts that our fans heavily engaged with this week. One drew our ire, the other one puzzled some of us for a minute or two, but it was great fun.
Our Facebook fans sometimes get excited about a specific post. In this case, there was an overwhelming amount of chatter (comments) about this particular post, which is about a Republican’s efforts to turn back time.
This Facebook post reached over 400 people. It was liked, commented on or shared by 113 people. View Facebook Post Here
Many of the fan’s comments were encouraged, up to 16 likes for one comment. We will share a few of the most popular comments.
Shel Montgomery: We watched folks in other states stand in line for hours and hours to vote; no thank you. (15 likes)
Sharon Herting: You’ve got to be kidding. (6 likes)
George Kishor Forson: Vote him out. (5 likes)
Beth Vogel: Ridiculous! You have to show ID to register and signatures are checked. Find something actually important to do. (6 likes)
Jan Reinhardtsen: A good plan all legislators supporting his plan should stand in the cold for 11 or 12 hours! (4 likes)
The Fun Post
Walks, observant friends, and camera phones are a great combination. A friend found this on her neighborhood walk. Hello, Madame Vice President.
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This Facebook post reached over 550 people. It was liked, commented on or shared by 68 people.
Kamala Harris - Three Views
Madame Vice President 1
Some Republicans appear to be having difficulty pronouncing Kamala Harris’s first name. Here is her response to them.
This was the most popular Facebook post of the week and reached 1,006 people as of 11/12/2020. It was liked, commented on or shared by 220 people; it left our usual orbit of people viewing our posts, and has found its way into the viral world for an additional 596 people.
Madame Vice President 2
Women have always been half the population, but it has taken this long to be elected to one of the highest offices. But now that we have begun, look out!
This is a popular piece on our public Facebook page that reached 373. It was liked, commented on or shared by 84 people.
Rosa, Ruby & Kamala
Not only is Kamala Harris the first woman in this important position, she also is the first mulit-racial woman, and identifies herself as black. We have come a long way, and may this be only a beginning. She has profoundly affected all the young women of the country in that they too can aspire to the highest positions in government and business.
“I am soo looking forward to the message that this sends not ONLY to girls, but also our boys. It is as much a powerful important message of inclusiveness and equality to all of the future leaders of our world”, commented Beth Croughwell, one of our public Facebook fans.
This Facebook post reached over 600 people. It was liked, commented on or shared by 90 people.
On a weekly basis, the Facebook Team reviews the posts that people found most interesting, the ones most commented on, liked or shared, and the ones that seemed to have reached the most people. We would, occasionally, like to share some of these with you. We will show what we posted as it was posted with some information on its statistics.
The Facebook team posts content that aligns with the Olympia Indivisible core values. This is one way we can amplify the voice of Olympia Indivisible outside of our immediate network.
Disclaimer: We are neither great fans of, nor do we deny the utility of Facebook. We are liberally biased and have no claim to bipartisanship. We do attempt to be fair to all. We do attempt to post only what we believe to be true. If we find that we have published something that we find through Snopes, or other methods, including comments by participants, to be untrue we will remove it. We are neither encouraging or discouraging your attitude toward Facebook. We just find these articles and statistics interesting.