Good News Edition – November 4th, 2017


Did everyone have a happy Halloween? How about “Mueller Monday?” That was a fun way to start the week! Granted, the GOP tax reform bill set the mood back a little, but I assure you that there’s been a lot of good news happening this week. This week will be the one-year anniversary of that fateful day last November that set the Resistance in motion. (I know, it feels a lot longer …) This week is a good time to take a moment and reflect on how this all started, how far we’ve come, and where we’re headed. For anyone who can be in the north shore area this Friday, the 9th, our Action Together North Shore group is hosting an anniversary get together at the Beverly Public Library. It’ll be a great opportunity to catch up in person and talk about our Resistance experiences and plans. The get together will also feature Joyce Hackett from Lift+Every+Vote: A Political Collaborative. She will speak on the national issue of Voter Suppression and how we can work to get more voters on the rolls in MA by supporting the Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) bill currently in the MA Legislature.

So – lot’s happening locally and across the country. So glad to have you here, and so glad to be able to share some Good News!

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In local good news:

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Planet Earth:

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There’s also some good news on the elections front.

  • If the youth of this country are our hope for the future, these three make the future look bright. Teen Vogue reports on three teens running for local officesAuontai “Tay” Anderson, 19,  running for Denver School Board District 4, Colorado; Nadya Okamoto, 19, running for Cambridge City Council, Massachusetts; and Sasha Freeman, 19, planning to run for Gibraltar School District Board, Michigan. Nice going!!
  • While we are not at ALL happy about the servers being wiped, at least there’s this: Georgia attorney general quits defense in server wiping case
  • Twitter announced they will no longer run ads from Russian-funded news outlets RT and Sputnik.*
  • Virginia’s Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by a redistricting advocacy group challenging a judge’s decision upholding 11 Virginia state House and Senate districts.*
  • Democrat Casey Conley won a special election for Strafford 13 state representative in New Hampshire.*
  • Cordal Morris, is running unopposed for Michigan’s Bay City Commissioner, so come election day he will be the first African-American to hold that position.*
  • A federal court has found it to be likely that North Carolina  did not remedy the unconstitutional racial gerrymanders in nine state House and Senate districts, and has appointed a special master to help it make a final determination.*

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And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front: 

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We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:

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And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:

 

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* Hat tip to What Went Right (WWR)

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Photo Credits:

“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
“Russia Sickle”: AK Rockefeller Flickr via Compfight cc
“Snark Kitty”: Gratisography