Good News Edition – February 17, 2018


Putting together this week’s Good News Edition was, I will admit, a little challenging. Another school shooting. More precious lives lost. It is difficult to hold those families in our hearts and still recognize and share the good that is out there in the world.

While there is absolutely nothing good about any violence, let alone a massacre in an educational institution where children should feel safe, we try to, as Mr. Rogers urged us, “look for the helpers.” And they are there, the helpers; they are all around us, stepping up to speak out and push for the legislative change so desperately needed in this country to curb the horrific and uniquely American scourge of gun violence.

If you need to do something with your outrage and grief, there are a number of excellent organizations doing good work on gun control issues. One of our members recently posted a summary of these groups with links to their websites and other resources. We encourage you to check out the list and take an action. You’ll feel better, and you’ll be helping us all get that much closer to a day when mass shootings are a thing of the past.

We’re sending thoughts & prayers to the families of Parkland, but we’re also taking action.

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In local good news:

  • On Valentine’s Day, the Massachusetts Senate passed the PATCH bill, which closes a dangerous privacy loophole and protects patient confidentiality. Without this bill, many young adults, spouses, and teens forgo the care they need because they fear their privacy will be violated. This is a piece of legislation our groups have been actively supporting, so we’re extremely pleased about this win. Planned Parenthood has set up a page that makes it easy to thank your state senators. Next stop: The House.
  • While he acknowledges 2017 was a tough year, our own Seth Moulton had plenty of good news to share and appreciation for all the hard work of his own office and his constituents.

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Planet Earth:

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

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

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Meanwhile, our boy Mueller has been pretty busy:

… now all I need is someone to explain to me what all this means and how long before I can start planning my impeachment party …

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

 

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For more good news, visit What Went Right (WWR) and Jen Hofmann.

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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
“Candle”: Elvinion Flickr via Compfight cc