I’m honestly not even sure what to say about this week. Where does one even begin?
I know I can’t sort out, never mind make sense of, everything that’s happening. Luckily, there are a number of excellent podcasts that have cropped up as part of The Resistance. These two are my favorites so far. They offer an irreverent-but-still-informative look at what’s going on in Washington and around the country. If you’d like to add a little more humor to your resistance efforts, I highly recommend tuning into these shows.
Lovett or Leave It is my top pick – witty hosts, funny panelists, and a game-filled format that always gets me laughing … all this plus a live audience and a kickin’ theme song. Can’t go wrong.
Hellbent is another excellent choice – slightly more informal, diverse and unique guests, in-depth community conversations, and multiple shows per week. (Except for this week coming up … the girls are on vacation.)
Seriously. you should listen to these shows. You’ll feel smarter and – perhaps more importantly – less alone.
And now, on to this week’s good news!
In local good news:
- The first All Are Welcome marker was erected in Groton on Tuesday, July 18. It’s in West Groton where 225 meets Townsend and Pepperell Rds.
- Some good news for local libraries: MBLC Awards Federal Grants to 42 Local Libraries. Yay, books!!
- On July 20, 2017, the Massachusetts State Senate overwhelmingly passed the Healthy Youth Act, the fight isn’t over (we still have to get this common sense bill through the House); but this was an important win. Planned Parenthood has set up a page to make it easy to thank your senator for his or her support. However, if your senator opposed the bill (*cough* Viriato, O’Connor, Fattman, Rush, Humason, and Tarr *cough*) … you may want to send them a note asking, with all due respect, “WTF?”
- Joel Clement, previously the director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Interior Department, wrote a piece for the Washington Post: I’m a scientist. I’m blowing the whistle on the Trump administration … while technically not good news (it’s pretty horrifying, actually), it’s good to know there are people willing to stand up and speak out.
- New homes will now require solar panels in South Miami, a first in Florida
- California Legislature extends state’s cap-and-trade program in rare bipartisan effort to address climate change
- Remember that kid who invented a way to clean up ocean plastic? He’s back, and it’s happening – Boyan Slat’s solar-powered booms will soon be in the Pacific Ocean.
- This certainly isn’t the end of this battle, but: In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law
- India’s first solar-powered DEMU train launched
- Solar jobs growing 17 times faster than US economy
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- We’ll believe this when we see it, but the headlines bode well: US bipartisan alliance to defend elections from cyber attack – Former Democrat and Republican campaign managers are joining forces with security experts to defend US elections from cyber attack
- Democrat Schultz scores landslide win in NH House special election in Concord
- From CodeBlue: What We Have Learned From The Past 4 Special Elections – “We know some of you are still reeling from losing the special elections but we at Code Blue see what was achieved as harbingers of hope, testimonies to the success of grassroots organizing and a rallying cry for 2018.”
- Loved Laura Moser’s story about her journey as legislator-to-be: From Freelance Writer to Congressional Candidate: My Unlikely Journey to the Front of the Resistance
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- Seeing the negative effects of recent ICE actions first hand, Oakland police will no longer participate in immigration task forces.
- The ACLU’s People Power teams are making a difference: How People Power Activists Are Driving Change
- Trump’s voter commission is now facing at least 7 federal lawsuits
- Church of England Condemns Gay Conversion Therapy, Welcomes Trans People
We can hardly keep up with everything happening with the GOP healthcare debacle, but this was a good thing: Latest health care bill collapses following Moran, Lee defections
- Massive Senate GOP shift on pre-existing conditions †
- Travelers just won back a bit of their privacy at the border
- Trump’s Grandma Ban Is No More for Now
- Connecticut Just Banned Civil Forfeiture Without A Criminal Conviction
- Court rules against Morrisey, NC county in legislative prayer lawsuit*
- House Rejects Islamophobic Proposal †
- I wasn’t really sure where to put this one, but it’s SO important: Sinclair Broadcast Group is finding out how harsh the national spotlight can be
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
- The Trump Administration Will Finally Release Its Mar-a-Lago Visitor Logs – Thanks to a suit from CREW, which hopes records from Trump Tower and the White House are next.
- Special counsel brings on FBI official who oversaw Clinton email investigation †
- While this may deprive many of a Wednesday-afternoon spectacle, the fact that Trump Jr. and Manafort have reached a deal with Senate panel to avoid public hearing actually might be a good thing – could mean that they had something to trade … as in good information.
- And, the hole just keeps getting deeper: Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show
And then there’s this gem from the inimitable and completely FABulous Randy Rainbow:
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Japan’s First Lady pretends to not speak English when seated next to Trump … brilliant. Wouldn’t you?
- I love it when The Resistance gets creative: Teen Girls Stage Incredible Quinceañera Protest at Texas Capitol Against Vile Anti-Immigrant Law
- In case you missed this bit of fun: Female lawmakers ‘bare arms’ in sleeveless attire to support new House dress code
- Have you seen the latest from Randy Rainbow? No? Check out
- This one isn’t snarky at all – it’s beautiful. Watch (and listen!) as the Resistance Revival Chorus takes over Times Square to commemorate #6MonthsSinceWomensMarch.
“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