Wait … July what now? 29th? Where is the summer going? And – seriously – how are we only 189 days into this presidency? Doesn’t it feel WAY longer? Yes. Yes, it does. But don’t worry. Despite all the reality-shattering, mind-bending, truth-wrecking events of those 189 days, there is still some good news to be had. Each week, all around the country and the world, good people are doing good work and making good things happen. Sometimes, the good news is about small gestures, and other times it’s about sweeping change; but size really doesn’t matter when it comes to doing good. We just want more of it – more happy moments that remind us that we’re not really ALL going to hell in a hand basket.
And, what could make us happier than the GOP’s complete failure to repeal the ACA? I mean, we could end this week’s Good News Edition right there. Boom. Done. It was a seriously hard-won victory for The Resistance, and that made it all the sweeter.
Still … one can never have too much good news, so, without further ado, here’s this week’s line up of good news items that have come across our screens. Please enjoy, and please share your own good news wherever you go.
Have a great week!
In local good news:
- From the Boston Globe: Senate approves bilingual education measure
- Also from the Boston Globe: “Ruling in the case of a Cambodian immigrant who was held in a courthouse cell in Boston without a warrant, the court found that nothing in Massachusetts statutes or common law allows state court officers to hold undocumented residents on civil immigration detainers.”
- Our state even made Reuters: Massachusetts immigrant ruling could guide other states: official… and the Wall Street Journal
- Big Win: Pregnant worker protection bill to become law in Mass. today
- We’re not going to count any chickens before they hatch, but The Hill is reporting that: Developer might not build Keystone XL pipeline, and we wouldn’t mind that at all.
Court Rules Against General Mills Motion to Dismiss, Says It’s Reasonable Consumers Wouldn’t Consider Glyphosate-Containing Nature Valley Granola Bars ‘Natural’
- UK to ban microbeads after huge public outcry over their use in scrubs, washes and toothpastes*
In Trump’s America, People Sue the EPA to Block a Toxic Pesticide – Pruitt is getting a taste of his own medicine†
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Democratic challengers outnumber Republicans 10-1 in fight to take back the House
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- The FCC Just Got Sued Again—Now for Withholding Records About Its Alleged DDoS Attack
- From ACLU Michigan: Court Blocks State from Using Public Funds for Private Schools
- After 45 made his Twitter statement about transgender people serving in the military, several individuals and groups stepped up to quickly say that they weren’t down with that. From the Joint Chiefs: No change in transgender policy until Trump sends Pentagon direction. Airforce Times ran a story headlined: Transgender airman: ‘I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military’ … yeah, I’d like to see that, too.
- From Washington State: New state law requires survivors of domestic violence to be notified if their abuser tries to buy a gun. Let’s hear it for common sense!
- Congress narrowly rejects proposal for military to conduct a ‘strategic assessment’ of Islam*
- from Chicago: Defendants Can’t Be Jailed Solely Because of Inability to Post Bail, Judge Says†
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
Honestly, we can’t keep up with all the Russia craziness, but if you’re following this story, you already know what’s going on. Here are, however a few tidbits that may be of interest:
- House passes Russia sanctions bill, setting up veto dilemma for Trump
- Also, there are rumors that Putin may be out in the next election.† Could it be true?
- Op-Ed: Why did Don Jr.’s emails surface? Because Robert Mueller is already changing Washington’s lying ways†
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- After last week’s horror show at the Boy Scouts of America jamboree, we were delighted to read that Girl Scouts adds 23 new STEM badges to encourage girls in science, tech. Girls getting it done.
- We’re not sure why this makes us happy, but Laurene Powell Jobs is buying the Atlantic magazine – The widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs is buying a majority stake in the publisher.
- MSNBC reports: A revolt grows against President Trump – Top military brass, Republicans in Congress, members of his own administration, and even the boy scouts are standing up to the president.
- This isn’t really “news,” per se; but if you’re feeling a little worn out and you need an escape, you may want to check out this delicious bit of Zen from Open Culture: Watch 50 Hours of Nature Soundscapes from the BBC: Scientifically Proven to Ease Stress and Promote Happiness & Awe
“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