This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week.
Since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was sworn into Congress earlier this year she’s ruffled some feather by raising her voice and showing no mercy towards politicians on Twitter. In doing so, she’s also captured the hearts of people across the country.
While the 29-year-old was being welcomed to Congress on Jan. 3, right wing critics online and members of the GOP criticized her for a Breakfast Club-inspired dance video she made in college. In response, she created another video of herself lip-syncing to Edwin Starr’s song, “War,” and dancing into her brand new office.
Since then she’s taught Democrats how to tweet, attempted to track down Mitch McConnell, and announced she gives “zero” fucks. And you know what? The people love her for it — just look at the plaque outside her office.
In a touching display of support, several visitors walking by Ocasio-Cortez’s office have stopped to write the congresswoman positive messages of thanks and encouragement.
In less than a month, she’s received around 30 sticky notes written by people from California, Arizona, Georgia, West Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Louisiana, and more.
Here are just a few of the sweet affirmations:
“Keep dancing you rock! …also ‘war… what is it good for?'”
“America needs more of you! Keep killing it girl!”
“From the deserts of Arizona to the halls of Congress your passion is appreciated!”
“WV folks love you! You rock!”
“Sending you strength from GA! Thank you.”
“Continue to be an inspiration to us ALL and do BIG and Exceptional things!!! Be blessed.” — The great state of Maryland
Climate change is real! Thanks for fighting for me. — POTUS 2036″
“I’m wearing my hoops today! 4U”
“Thank you for supporting women! Your friends from North Carolina”
“I love how you roll! Keep on rolling from NOLA”
On Jan.16, after attempting to track down Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss re-opening the government, Ocasio-Cortez first tweeted a photograph of her newly decorated name plaque.
Though there were only eight notes at the time, she called them a “loving surprise” and vowed to “keep them up as long as they stick!”
A week later the same sign was covered in dozens of colorful squares of paper — so many that several had to be placed onto the surrounding wall.
Though Post-it Notes are a simple and common way for people to publicly express themselves, especially politically, journalist Matt Laslo tweeted an updated photo of the visual encouragement, explaining that he’s “worked in the Capitol for 12 years and never seen a post-it display of well wishes on any lawmaker’s name plaque” before.
“We’re feeling the love out here. Thank you everyone for your supportive gestures,” she tweeted in response to Laslo’s photo.
Ocasio-Cortez has a particularly special relationship with the people she represents, to say the very least. And it’s not something she takes for granted.
“It makes a huge difference, and the positivity helps our whole team stay courageous,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.