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The fashion director and chief fashion critic for The New York Times, Vanessa Friedman writes: “Deb Haaland makes history and dresses for it.

When she took her oath of office, the first Native American cabinet secretary also took a stand on self-expression.

Deb Haaland made history on Thursday when she began and became Home Secretary the first Native American to run an agency at cabinet level. And not in the youngest uniform of many political politicians – the trouser suit in the shape of a fruit bowl – but in traditional indigenous clothing.

Ms. Haaland was standing next to Vice President Kamala Harris in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to take the oath of office, wearing a dark jacket over a sky-blue, rainbow-trimmed ribbon skirt embroidered with images of butterflies, stars, and corn. Moccasin boots; a turquoise and silver belt and necklace; and dragonfly earrings.

Against the flags and the dark wood, the former Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico stood out. Her clothing telegraphed a statement of celebration and self at a ceremonial moment that is being kept for record. It was symbolic in several ways … it is a break with the prevailing wisdom about feminine clothing in the corridors of power that dictated safety in a dark suit – perhaps with the occasional red jacket for pop. The point is how to look like the (male) majority that ruled; being a corporate woman and playing the role of the institution. No more.

Agnes Woodward, a Plains Cree from the Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada She co-owns ReeCreeations with her husband and designed Haaland’s band skirt. You are aware of the company’s mission: “Everything we design and create is intended to empower indigenous peoples and amplify indigenous voices. Take a seat and leave without excuse. “A story about the designer on Native News Online shows a photo of Woodward holding up the skirt to clearly show the design.

Woodward explained the importance of rock in an Instagram post.

The band skirt reminds us of the matriarchal power we carry as indigenous women.

They carry stories of survival, resilience, adjustment, and holiness.

As genocide survivors, we wear our ribbon skirts to stay anchored in our teachings and to keep in touch with the earth and our ancestors.

Carrying in this day and age is an act of empowerment and regaining who we are, and that gives us the opportunity to proudly make bold statements in front of others who sometimes refuse to see us.

It allows us to be our authentic selves without excuse.

Here is Haaland’s statement.


I meant it when I said I believe we each share a common bond: our love for nature and a desire and obligation to keep our nation livable for future generations.

– Secretary Deb Haaland (ecSecDebHaaland), March 19, 2021

Tweet of the day


Second dose of Pfizer today via Kaiser. After that, I had a brief moment with Rand Paul and wanted to take off my mask and walk up and down the street to hug strangers. But I got over it.

– Meteor_Blades (@Meteor_Blades) March 19, 2021

Quote for the first day of spring 2021

“There is only one solution to the complicated riddle of life. to improve ourselves and contribute to the happiness of others. “-Mary Shelley, Frankenstein.


Happy first day of (north hem) #spring! Here is “Frankenstein” author Mary Shelley, who wrote 200 years ago about a world ravaged by a deadly plague, springtime in a pandemic and what makes life worth living: / dGuqVEBGfB

– Maria Popova (@brainpicker) March 20, 2021


Happy Nowruz!

Happy Nowruz! We celebrate the beginning of 1400 and the triumph of the Spirit of the Sun 🌞🎉

– Maryam Maryam Zaringhalam, PhD (@webmz_) March 20, 2021

Daily Kos still has three open threads available for non-night owls, as well as this open thread for Community Spotlight every Saturday. at 7:30 p.m. PDT on the front page. On Sunday. At 7:30 p.m. PDT, Hunter posts his news roundup on the front page. Community groups publish daily Best comments at 7 p.m. and Overnight News Digest at 9 p.m. let’s meet in the comment threads and improve our badasserie.

Eight Saved Stories from 1 p.m. PDT Friday, March 12 to 1 p.m. PDT Friday, March 19, 2021

Despite numerous recent events including two notable confirmations – Haaland and “Aggressive culture warrior of the radical left” Xavier Becerra, director of the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the horrific misogynist and racist murders in Atlanta – we didn’t save any current events this week. Instead, we put the spotlight on book reviews, a reading list in Myanmar, bird watching in the backyard, Nixon’s second inauguration, a meeting with Queen Elizabeth, and a devoted grandmother’s ode to her grandson.

Community Spotlight’s Rescue Rangers read every story published by community writers. When we discover great work that doesn’t get the attention it deserves, we save ours Group blog and post a weekly collection – like this one – every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time. Rescue priorities and measures were outlined in a previous edition: Community Spotlight: Saving your excellent stories for over 14 years.

BehindTheLine repeats Richard Nixon’s second initiation through text and photos in 1973 January 20th: A photo diary for the inauguration. The US was a high point of the Culture War in the early 1970s, waged by people old enough to be drafted but too young to vote. “The protest movement in the Vietnam War was front and center. But other social problems grew up. In a way, the protests that day were the culmination of seven or eight years of frustration with the war, in addition to civil rights demonstrations, summer riots, and assassinations. “BehindTheLine joined in 2019 and has written three stories, all of which have been saved.

Could introduces her subject by describing a prayer rug scam she recently received “it had about as much to do with my actual religious life as Charlie the Tuna the old Man and the Sea. ” In the Books That Are So Bad They Are Good: Hoaxes, Part III – Ignorance and Superstitionshe discussed The faith healersby James Randi, a book “Describing some of the worst, most egregious, and knowingly cruelest religious jokes of all. “Ellid, a quilting historian who joined in 2007, has written 576 stories, 174 of which were saved, two of them this week.

Even lifelong bird watchers found surprises in their yards when the pandemic kept them close to their homes. Through description and photos, Linneatus Details some of their sightings in Dawn Chorus: My year of bird watching (not that) dangerous. “This was the year many of us rediscovered the joys of bird watching in the backyard (and it was an eye opener to learn about the locals … birds and people … I’ve got to know my neighbors better than I have in the last 16 years. We defied birds because we knew our neighborhood was a safe haven for a wide variety of feathered friends. ”In her 14 years with Daily Kos,“ All Purpose Environment ”Linneatus wrote 279 stories, 12 of which were saved were.

Teacher and librarian in public schools Book girl writes about a March Madness style book competition in Contemporary Fiction Views: The Art of Conversation. The 2021 book tournament pit authors against each other for the prize of a virtual rooster. In the competition, readers take part in evaluation rounds and discuss their favorite authors. “What a joy that in this world where people advocate racist tropics and keep children in poverty, people also have the opportunity to show that they are interested in ideas, characters, actions and the way how words bring a story to life. ” Bookgirl joined in 2008 and has written 254 stories, 97 of which were saved.

in the A few books about Myanmar / Burma, Scribal explains her story of Burma, which had spent 6 months in Yezin and Yangon in the early 1980s while the author’s father worked in Yezin. After complaining about the pain and suffering of the Rohingya, Scribal offers reading suggestions for anyone interested in learning more about Myanmar. “This week I read a plea for plea from Myanmar on Twitter: ‘The troops are killing us on the streets and burning our houses, please help us. ‘ What can I do? I’m an information exchange by nature and through training so I can offer that. “Scribal, a librarian, joined in 2020 and has written three stories, two of which were saved.

Nigerian international lawyer Irene Fowler fondly remembers her experiences from 2003 in My unforgettable moments with Queen Elizabeth II. “I am the director of Vivian Fowler Memorial College, a private secondary school for girls in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2003, one of our students, Priscilla Quoa, won the Commonwealth Essay Contest. As it turned out, Nigeria was hosting the meeting of the Commonwealth of Governments that year, and Queen Elizabeth II was expected for the occasion. “Irene Fowler joined in 2020 and has written eight stories. This is her first rescue.

Philly526 asks the reader What inspires you and explains how her 16 year old grandson became her inspiration. “Bo is not afraid to share his views, and he doesn’t hesitate to call me if he thinks I’m wrong or if he thinks I’m wrong. This often leads to lively conversation over dinner. “Philly526 joined in 2008 and has written 14 stories, two of which were saved.

Ellid’s second rescue this week Book chat: The greatest Irish woman, focused on Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory, an Irish nationalist. The author, who was once married to an Irishman, talks about her affinity for the Irish. “I still appreciate good Irish music, good food and good writing. Yeats, Synge, Binchy, Stoker, Wilde, Ethna Carbery and Brendan Behan, and James Joyce and Seamus Heaney – are writers that any country would proudly claim, a legacy that many could envy … And then there was Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory, who could rightly be called the mother of all … The widowhood may have sharpened her powers of observation and gave her the solitude to write, but it also brought with it an unexpected gift that would change the literary and political fate of her homeland: a passionate love for folklore, language and the people of Ireland. ”

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