Good News Edition – July 7, 2018


Hey, there. How’s everyone doing? We know it’s been a tough couple of weeks (hence last week’s inspirational Good News Edition), but we hope that you’re still standing, still fired up, and still willing to be involved in whatever way you can. To help fuel your fight for democracy and all that is decent, this week we’re back to our usual overview of all the happiest headlines we can get our hands on. It’s way too easy to get mired in all the doom and gloom out there (much of which, we admit, is completely warranted), but like Mister Rogers always said, “Look for the helpers.” And—man—there are SO many helpers out there doing such great work.

Enjoy your weekend, your loved ones, and this brief respite from the battle.

We look forward to linking arms and heading into the fray again on Monday. (Maybe start by making some calls to repeal some archaic anti-choice laws that are on the books right here in MA.)

Thank you for all you do.

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In local good news:

We will also be sharing more personal stories from our various members to provide a little insight into what everyone is working on. Our ATMA group was very proud to be a co-sponsor of last weekend’s Boston rally to liberate all families. We also hosted a remote rally for Families Belong Together that drew 1,200 members and generated 243 posts, 540 comments, and 7,000 reactions. ATMA Southeast also hosted a powerful march and rally at Bethel AME Church that showed that Families Belong Together!

In addition to the many ATMA members who attended local rallies (including this one in Andover) around Massachusetts, several of us also journeyed to D.C. for the rally there. Here’s is an account from the indomitable Bambi Snodgrass, activist extraordinaire:

Chris and I decided to go to DC for the Women’s March Action on 6/28 after seeing the kids being moved in the middle of the night; planes arriving in NYC between 11PM and 5AM; the kids being moved unaccompanied in cars. I honestly had no idea what to expect when we got there. They had training in civil disobedience, really more to orient people to the idea of disobeying and making that more comfortable for folks that were intimidated. I decided a while back that I am not afraid because fear can be paralyzing (and risking arrest is NOTHING compared to risking immigration or living as an African American in the US). This action was for women only (mostly), so Chris played a support role. The next morning, when we started the march and moved to the DOJ—shutting down the street and listening to stories of people impacted by this horrific policy, the energy was fierce. We moved on to the Senate building, and—honestly—when we started the action of chanting ‘WE CARE’ and then sitting with our mylar blankets it was the MOST AWESOME & INSPIRING thing I have ever done! We were POWERFUL. The women who dropped the banners, and those who led the chants and songs, the elected officials who showed up (Warren, Markey, Gillibrand, Rayapal, etc.) just added to the sense that THIS IS THE WAY FORWARD. We have to be willing to put something on the line in order to start the wave that will stop this administration. The arrest itself was nothing—not scary, not anything. Met many wonderful women from all over (NYC, VA, NH, San Fran, Idaho, NC, FL, TX, OH and IL), and we all had each others’ backs. We stood together in power and we were warriors. The next day Chris and I went to the Newseum while waiting to pay bail. There is an exhibit with part of the Berlin wall and lots of news clips as well. If you remember, when the wall came down people were in the streets, on the wall, ripping it apart, and streaming through to the other side. THAT is what this action felt like. And I do believe that women have to lead the way—especially black women—because women have compassion, we are strong and resilient, we are wise, connected, and unstoppable!

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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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Need MORE Good News – check out 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