Good News Edition (PLUS list of ways to help families on the border) – June 23, 2018


I’m not going to sugar coat it. It’s been a hell of a couple of weeks in this country. My levels of anxiety and outrage have been soaring to previously unseen heights in response to multiple crisis, atrocities, and the many, many instances of obscene abuse of power. If you’re there, too, know that you aren’t alone. We’re all reeling. We’re all hurting. We’re all trying to figure out what to do next.

Thankfully, in addition to the happy headlines that are still out there in the press (if you know where to look for them!), there are also SO many great organizations out there, and they are doing good work on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. I am grateful each day for the individuals and groups that make it easy for me to do something – donate, sign a petition, text bank, attend a march. Honestly, the wealth of resources we have at our fingertips is astounding.

Clearly, one of the most immediately pressing and heart wrenching stories that has been evolving rapidly since our last Good News Edition is what’s happening on our southern border. The cruelty of this administration has perhaps never been so blatantly on display as in this moment of families being ripped apart and potentially separated forever, simply because they dared to come to this country seeking safety and help in their own moments of crisis. I am especially grateful for all the work being done across the country to rectify this terrible situation.

In case you missed today’s ATMA newsletter, here’s an excerpt regarding the marches that are being planned for next weekend, June 30:

MARCH ON WASHINGTON: There will be a protest against forced family separation and the administration’s cruel and oppressive anti-immigration policies AT THE WHITE HOUSE on Saturday, June 30th. We know this is short notice. But we also know it is important.

–> TRAVEL DETAILS: If you are able to travel to DC, either on your own or on a bus that ATMA organizes please get in touch asap with June30protest@gmail.com. There will be sister events planned across the state but it is also vitally important to lend our bodies and our voices in the Capitol.

MARCH IN NEW BEDFORD: Action Together Southeastern Massachusetts is hosting the local gathering on the Southcoast on Saturday, June 30 from 11:30 AM – 2 PM. Meet at Bethel AME Church County St in New Bedford, MA. Please join and spread the word – find event details at this post.

MARCH IN BOSTON:  Liberate  All Families  on Saturday, June 30 at 12 PM – 2 PM. Please RSVP at the above link so we can accurately plan for this large-scale mobilization.

Please stay tuned. All of us are moving quickly here to pull things together. If you have resources to offer, please get in touch with your local ATMA leader or email us at ActionTogetherMA@gmail.com

And, here are a few other groups that you may want to consider supporting:

Doing something always makes me feel better. I hope it makes you feel better, too.

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In local good news:

  • Activists with the Poor People’s Campaign shut down a major intersection in Boston to bring attention to the need for higher minimum wages and other priorities.*
  •  Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is moving the 30 gold-framed portraits of past white, male, department chairs from their prominent placement to more dispersed, less prominent locations, as part of their initiative to improve diversity efforts.*
  • Local police chiefs in Massachusetts were directed to begin revoking gun permits for hundreds of people previously cleared by the state’s Firearms License Review Board, because the Board was not previously complying with stricter federal rules when approving them.*
  • MA police reduce incarceration rates by treating opioid use disorder. 

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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 are a few good things happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice fronts: 

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We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia/Stormy/Campaign Finance/etc. investigation:

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

 

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* Hat tip to What Went Right (WWR)
Hat tip to 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