As summer starts winding down, many of us have been scrambling to wring every bit of fun out of the season. Last minute vacations and hooky days have kept many of us from being as engaged as we usually are in the resistance (yours truly included), but that doesn’t mean we’ve checked out completely. Though I wasn’t able to post a Good News Edition last week, I never stopped hoarding headlines to share with you. So, without further ado, here’s a much-needed double dose of good news.
In local good news:
- This has ramifications across the country, but I’m putting it in our local section because this is very much the result of how Boston rocked the counter protest against white supremacists last weekend: White Supremacists Cancel Upcoming “America First” Rallies … I’ve heard they bailed on something close to 70 planned, real-world events, deciding instead to hunker back down in the dark recesses of the internet.
- Right here in my own little town of Ipswich, some rebel middle schoolers coordinated a midnight raid on a local bridge to cover it in chalk messages of love, peace, and tolerance.
- Massachusetts regulators released their plan to tackle greenhouse gas emissions to comply with a court order to properly implement a 9 year old clean air law. The new rules require utilities produce 80 percent of their power from low-carbon sources by 2050, creates a cap-and-trade program for 21 fossil fuel power plants, lower emissions from vehicles operated by the state, decreasing transportation sector emissions and a reduction in methane leaks along natural gas distribution lines. *
- The American Wild Horse Campaign, which is trying to save our country’s wild horses and burros from needless slaughter, delivered 360,000 petition signatures to Rep. Amodei’s office in Nevada, and the media took notice.
- Federal court upholds state’s right to stop natural gas pipeline under the Clean Water Act
- Rare butterfly spotted in Scotland for the first time since 1884 – Elusive and endangered white-letter hairstreak discovered in a field in the Scottish borders could become the 34th species to live and breed in the country
- California is tightening the rules on the pesticide use Chlorpyrifos by putting it on a list of chemicals known to be harmful to humans and to increase the distance from schools and homes in which farmers can apply it.*
- The NRDC and other groups are suing the EPA over the issuance of a set of rules it issued making it easier to ignore chemical risks and disregard harmful exposures under the Toxic Substances Control Act.*
- CA Attorney General sues EPA over Pruitt’s conflicts.†
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Courts Have Blocked Three Discriminatory Texas Voting Laws in Eight Days – The ruling against Texas’ voter ID law is the eighth time courts have found the state guilty of intentional discrimination since 2011.
- Hala Ayala Is Running for the Virginia House of Delegates after Charlottesville
- IA Democrat wins special election in district previously supporting the president.†
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- More NFL players are standing in solidarity, including White Browns’ Player Seth DeValve who knelt during the anthem, explaining that he ‘will be raising children that don’t look like me’
- A Judge Wants a Bigger Role for Female Lawyers. So He Made a Rule.
- The Clooney Foundation for Social Justice gave a $1 million dollar grant to the SPLC to help combat hate groups
- Arnold Schwarzenegger donated $100,000 to the Simon Wiesenthal Center a Los Angeles-based group fighting hate and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. CEO said he was donating $1 million dollars to the Anti-Defamation League to “stand up to the nazis” after ripping the racist-in-chief response.*
- DOJ drops request for IP addresses from Trump resistance site. Unfortunately, this battle isn’t over, but it’s a step in the right direction. Dreamhost is keeping up the good fight.
- Another Big Win: SCOTUS Just Banned Domestic Abusers From Owning Firearms
- ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms – Executive director says violence and guns at Charlottesville rally spurred new stance
- Oregon governor expands abortion, reproductive coverage
- Resistance efforts are taking root in pro-Trump country — and women are leading the charge
- U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said he believes “any patriot” should be allowed to serve, including those who are transgender.*
- California is the first state to announce that they are suing the Department of Justice over the “sanctuary city” restrictions on selected public safety funds to counties that limit cooperation with federal immigration law enforcement. San Francisco followed suit.*
- 52% of Republicans think Congress should try to make ACA work. Dems at 95%.†
And, here’s a whole list of things that happened after Charlottesville and 45’s botched response to those events:
- The Entire President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Just Resigned – The committee, which includes author Jhumpa Lahiri, sent a coded message in its resignation letter
- White House business panels collapse as CEOs flee Trump
- Infrastructure Advisers Quit, Say Trump’s Actions Threaten Homeland Security … and, following the example set by the Committee on the Arts and The Humanities, the infrastructure advisors’ letter contained a not-so-hidden message in the first letter of each paragraph: “IMPEACH.”
- US science envoy steps down, also spells out “impeach” in resignation letter.
- Wave of resignations hits Commerce Department’s board of ‘digital economy’ advisers
- U.S. military leaders condemn racism following Trump’s comments on Charlottesville violence
- After at least two honorees said they would not attend, 45 announced that he would not be appearing at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors.*
- Illinois Senate passes measure calling for neo-Nazis to be classified as terror groups
- White nationalist from Vice documentary held without bond
- Man Who Marched In Charlottesville White Supremacy Rally Disowned By Family
- Texas A&M cancels white supremacist rally set for Sept. 11
- The white supremacist site the Daily Stormer was booted first from GoDaddy, then Google, and then Russia’s domain RU-CENTER, all in the past week.*
- Spotify is removing white supremacist and neo-Nazi bands from its music library
- Confederate Monuments Are Coming Down Across the United States. Here’s a List.
- Protesters pull down Confederate statue in Durham, N.C.
- Crowds of residents line up to turn themselves in after activists remove Confederate statue – A symbolic but powerful gesture to support the cause
- An Arizona monument dedicated to Jefferson Davis, was tarred and feathered.*
- The Monuments Must Go – An open letter from the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson.
- Robert E. Lee’s Descendant Denounces Charlottesville White Nationalists: “There’s no place for that hate.”
- Duke Removes Robert E. Lee Statue from Chapel Entrance
- Citing ‘safety and security,’ Pugh has Baltimore Confederate monuments taken down
- Lexington, KY mayor announces all Confederate statues are coming down because of Charlottesville
- Obama’s response to Charlottesville violence is the most liked tweet in Twitter’s history
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
- Deutsche Bank Is Turning Over Information on Trump – Regulators are scrutinizing hundreds of millions in loans and a subpoena from Robert Mueller is expected.
- Trump clashed with multiple GOP senators over Russia – The conversations are evidence of rising tensions between the president and congressional Republicans heading into a critical legislative span.
- Top Trump aide’s email draws new scrutiny in Russia inquiry
And in miscellaneous (seriously, we don’t know where to put some of this stuff) as well as plain fun and slightly snarky good news:
- To make a point about racism, German supermarket empties shelves of foreign-made goods
- Madeleine Albright wins for the best eclipse tweet: “Enjoyed watching #Eclipse2017. A great reminder that all darkness is temporary.”
- Young Girls Keep Going to Town Halls and Owning Republicans—It’s Amazing.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger Schools Trump On How To Respond To Nazis – “Let me help you write your speech a little bit.”
- Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run
- Sebastian Gorka Is Forced Out as White House Adviser, Officials Say
- Watch the Defiant, Anti-Fascist Hometown Welcome for Trump in New York
- Hundreds of people gather in support of Muslim people in the wake of bombing.†
- Column: An apology to Donald Trump, from the ‘fake news’ media
- As Trump ranted and rambled in Phoenix, his crowd slowly thinned
- The Senate Is Trolling Trump With Its Intelligence Bill – The president really isn’t going to like this.
- Trump Staffer Responsible For Finding Positive News Stories Resigns – As director of rapid response, Andy Hemming was tasked with recirculating positive news to journalists.
“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