Hello? Are you out there?
That’s what I’ve been hearing from a lot of fellow members of the resistance lately. Seems like a lot of people are feeling a little burnt out and a little disconnected. It’s understandable. We’re only—what?—ten months in, and it seems like an ever-lovin’ eternity. The punches keep coming, fast and furious, and some days it really feels like all you can do is cover your head and try to survive the blows. Some days, that’s the smartest thing you can do. But, ultimately, we also have to fight back. It’s a slow and grueling process. That’s why it’s important to take time out to acknowledge our progress and the wins—big and small—that are happening. It’s easy to lose sight of these things when you’re in the trenches; but there is good stuff going on out there.
That’s why we share these Good News headlines each week – to remind you (and us!) that no action is in vain, and that each and every call and postcard and conversation is worthwhile and part of a larger effort.
So, carry on & know that you are making a difference.
Until next week!
In local good news:
- Stacey Fortes was sworn in as first justice of Lowell District Court, MA, making her the first woman and first African American to lead the court.*
- A coalition of nine attorneys generals, including MA AG, Maura Healey, submitted comments to the EPA challenging the proposal to repeal Clean Water Rules.*
- Macron’s ‘Make Climate Great Again’ campaign hires US scientists
- Washington state rejected a key permit needed for the proposed largest coal terminal to export U.S coal from western states to Asia.*
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Two women helped flip seats from republican to democrat in special elections for NH and Florida state seats. In Florida State Senate District 40, Annette Taddeo won, beating the republican candidate and former contestant on “The Apprentice” and Kari Lerner won in the race for New Hampshire House of Representatives for Rockingham County No. 4.*
- DHS will increase state elections officials’ security clearances to enable communication about future election breaches.†
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- How Civil Rights Groups Are Fighting Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission in Every State
- Ginsburg Slaps Gorsuch in Gerrymandering Case
- A federal judge ruled that a Louisiana police officer could not sue Black Lives Matter after he was injured during a protest, saying the social movement could not be blamed for his injuries.*
- Silent protest greeted Betsy DeVos at Harvard and Georgetown Law professors kneel in protest of Jeff Sessions’ Speech.*
- RunForOffice.org announced that with the help of volunteers, 275 people have contributed over 3,000 hours of work to research 13,090 districts, resulting in the first publicly available and free searchable database with information about 81,361 school board positions for all school districts in the 50 states.*
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Biden is done pulling punches: ‘We’re walking down a dark path’: Biden hammers Trump in scathing speech
Dogs From Across The Country Travel To Las Vegas To Comfort Survivors … because everything is better with dogs
- We’re sad to see him go, but we commend Joel Clement, former senior advisor to the U.S. Dept of the Interior (DOI) for his straight-up resignation letter.
- Jared Kushner registered to vote in NY in 2009 and identified himself as female and prior to 2009 he was registered to vote in NJ and identified his gender as unknown, I’m glad he has figured it out and the administration finally has its first transgender employee.*
“Mass State House Dome”: Photo Credit: twiga_swala Flickr via Compfight cc“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“I Voted”: standing8 Flickr via Compfight cc
“Blind Justice”: Government of Prince Edward Island Flickr via Compfight cc
“Snark Kitty”: Gratisography