Happy weekend and happy Fourth of July!
It’s been another crazy week, but the best good news we have is that the Resistance succeeded in delaying a vote on the GOP’s awful “healthcare” bill (*cough* tax break for the super wealthy *cough*). But don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. This battle isn’t over and the GOP won’t roll over that easily. There is still more work to do, and we’ll be recapping our healthcare calls to action early next week.
In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend and that you are able to get out and celebrate Independence Day in whatever way feels most authentic to you. Looks like we’ll have mostly good weather around our neck of the woods, so we anticipate folks will be hosting all kinds of beach, boating, and backyard barbecue events. Hooray for all the pleasures of summer – large and small. Here’s to favorite seasonal recipes, sparklers, and running through the sprinkler. Here’s to fireworks, American flags, and Sousa marches. Here’s to families, friends, and whole communities coming together to wish this country a very happy birthday.
And, in that celebratory spirit, here are a few good news headlines from the week. Enjoy & we’ll see you after the holiday!
In local good news:
- From WBUR News: Mass. Elections Officials Won’t Comply With White House Voter Roll Request … and from Commonwealth Galvin won’t cooperate with Trump voter fraud panel – Voter information is not a public record, says spokesman
- The principal of an elementary school in Nahant bikes to Boston to receive school’s award for encouraging the most students to walk or bike to school. Way to set a good example!
- From Senator Joan Lovely’s site: Senate Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
- From the Berkshires – a very cool student art project brightens up an old building
- From EcoWatch: Trial Date Set in Kids Climate Lawsuit Against U.S. Government
- From The Independent: France to ban all new oil and gas exploration in renewable energy drive
There’s also some good news on the elections and voter rights front.
- The list of states refusing to comply with the White House’s demands for voter data is growing daily, and some states used some particularly choice words to convey their position:
- Kentucky secretary of state: ‘There’s not enough bourbon here in Kentucky’ to justify White House request for voter info
- Mississippi official: Fraud commission can ‘go jump in Gulf of Mexico’
- From NBC News: Trump Inspires Scientist to Run for Congress to Fight Climate Change
- France voted a record number of women into parliament, 223 of the 577 newly elected lawmakers were women, beating the previous record of 155.*
- This wasn’t exactly election related, but it did restore some of my faith in the overall idea of government and what’s possible. From Ben Wikler: Tonight, something kinda magical happened on the steps of the Capitol. It started like this:
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- From the NYT: German Parliament Approves Same-Sex Marriage and more coverage from The Independent documents ‘Historic day’ for the Bundestag as members vote for draft law by 393 votes to 226
- From the Human Rights Campaign: Rhode Island Legislature Sends Bill to Protect Youth from “Conversion Therapy” to Governor’s Desk (And GLAD celebrates with a tweet!)
- The state representative from Michigan’s 14th District, Brenda Lawrence, pulled no punches and schooled the president on respect.
- NY Attorney General filed a lawsuit against a coalition of anti-choice protesters who harass and threaten patients, escorts, and staff at a women’s medical center that provides abortion services.*
- NY’s Governor followed through on his promise to sign legislation to increase the age of consent for marriage from 14 to 18 and will requires parental and judicial permission for marriage between 17 and 18 year olds in New York.*
- The FBI fired Sebastian Gorka for his anti-Muslim rants.†
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
- Looks like more of 45’s team may be in hot water. The WSJ reports that a GOP activist mentioned Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway in a document pertaining to the activist’s search for Clinton’s emails. This story just keeps dragging in (down?) more people.
- From the NYT: Manhattan Prosecutor Joins Inquiry Into Russian Meddling in Election
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- From Variety: Lin-Manuel Miranda Unveils ‘Immigrants’ Video for ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ Featuring Riz Ahmed, Daveed Diggs (Watch)
- From the Washington Post: Rev. William Barber builds a moral movement
- From The Hill: Lawmakers applaud after panel approves language revoking war authority (I feel a smidge safer now, don’t you? It still has to clear the Senate, but it’s a step in the right direction.)
- Activists subtly transformed 25 pedestrian crossing signs in NJ towns by adding black pussy hat stickers to the signs.*
- Halima Aden’s is the first woman to wear a hijab on the cover of Allure magazine.*
- Brave Americans with disabilities protested AHCA outside McConnell’s office.†
- FBI Employees Wear ‘Comey Is My Homey’ Shirts To Family Day
- Also – this group of dancers put together a series of works based on some of 45’s most heinous statements.
“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
“Bluebird”: NigelJE Flickr via Compfight cc