With the solstice behind us, we have officially entered the summer season, and the heat is on – literally and metaphorically – in D.C. and around the country. The Russia investigation is shaking things up even as the GOP is trying to shake down members to ensure enough votes for their heinous “healthcare” bill. (And, yes, I am using air quotes á la 45 to indicate sarcasm.)
This week was particularly rough because it gave us our first glimpse of the GOP’s black-hearted Better Care Reconciliation Bill. (Seriously?) We witnessed disabled protestors forcibly hauled out from in front of Mitch McConnell’s office and taken away in handcuffs. And then there was the acquittal of Philando Castile’s killer. Yes, it was a heartbreaking week on many fronts, but don’t give up hope! There are still good things happening out there. There are still people fighting the good fight – people like you.
So, without further ado, here’s this week’s list of good news items. Love to hear your happy headlines – just visit our Facebook pages and leave a comment.
Thanks & see you next week!
In local good news:
- Ok, this isn’t exactly political per se, but it is local and we do love this guy: Seth Moulton just got engaged!
- Local mayors are stepping up to support the Paris climate accord, and they mean business.
- Proposed Massachusetts ‘millionaire tax’ question heading to 2018 ballot
- While Trump is making a mess of things by leaving the Paris Accord on climate change, legislators, citizens, and business people across the country are taking matters into their own hands. This NYT article provides some visual aides that help illustrate that the green revolution will take place without Trump.
- While the EcoWatch headline tells a sad story – U.S. Quietly Removes 17 Sites from U.N. Biosphere Reserve Network – there is a silver lining in that, “23 new sites around the world were added to the network at the council meeting this week.”
- AG Healey Sues Trump Administration for Blocking Critical Energy Efficiency Standards (Go, Maura!)
- Michigan officials charged in Flint Legionnaires’ outbreak
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- We know Jon Ossoff lost, and it was a bitter pill to swallow after so much hope and effort went into that campaign. BUT … try not to get too down about the results. The truth is that we are making progress. From Vox, here are four charts that show how Democrats are actually gaining a lot of ground. Really.
- Trans candidate in Virginia makes history by winning House primary
- From the Washington Post: If Virginia is a preview, the GOP’s in big trouble in the GA-6 and 2018 races
- Meet the first African-American mayor in this Mississippi county
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- So, he’s only one guy and it’s only one company, but a blow was struck against sexism and misogyny this week when Uber’s CEO stepped down. This development comes as a direct result of Susan Fowler’s courageous decision to speak out against the many cases of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and other crimes against women at Uber. Mission accomplished. Thanks, Susan.
- From the Associated Press: After outcry, an LGBT survey question is restored by the Department of Health and Human Services
- Vermont’s Gov. Scott Signs Bill Establishing ‘Racial Justice Oversight Board’
- From the NYT: In Quick Reversal, Southern Baptists Denounce White Nationalists
- President Donald Trump has nominated Jessica Rosenworcel as an FCC commissioner* – a good thing for supporters of Net Neutrality
- From Reuters: “A U.S. court on Thursday declined to block the Federal Communications Commission from easing Obama-era limits on local television ownership*, which could have prevented Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc from buying assets of Tribune Media Co, one of the largest U.S. TV station operators.” This is important because it helps keep Sinclair, a Trump-friendly “news” (there I go with those air quotes again) outlet that would have a massive majority of households if the existing ownership limits are lifted.
- Senate Republicans back off proposed restrictions on media
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Perhaps the youth really are our best hope. An article from a Chicago news outlet describes the experiences of two groups of high school students – one from a primarily “blue” metropolitan area and the other from a “red” rural area – had the chance to meet and get to know one another. Read what happened when blue state students took a red state field trip. It might make you smile.
- From Esquire: American Corporations Will Not Be Told What to Do By Our Grifter-in-Chief – Ford sticks it to President Trump, as many others will.
- In case you missed it, Rhode Island Teacher of the Year Nikos Giannopoulos pulled out all the stops for his Oval Office photo opp, including a black lace fan, nose ring, and LGBTQ pin. Nicely done, sir. Nicely done.
- In a sassy new ad from the Russian vodka brand, Smirnoff says, “Made in America. But we’d be happy to talk about our ties to Russia under oath.”* Troll Level: Expert.
- Warriors On “Unanimously” Declining White House Invitation: We’ll Officially Decide “When And If Necessary”†
“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