Good News Edition – Sept 9, 2017


It’s been another long week, despite the Labor Day holiday. Some days, it seems like time has slowed down since last November. It’s like that feeling you get in nightmares of trying to run as fast as you can, but – no matter what you do – you can’t seem to move any faster than a tired snail inching its way across an endless expanse of lawn on a chilly, autumn morning. It’s like the air has become solid, and it’s impossible to push through it. You’re stuck in slow motion, and it’s exhausting.

We get it.

That’s why we put these Good News Editions together – because we know that we need to be reminded that good things are happening and that we’re making progress. It’s tough to be toiling away in the trenches without getting at least a glimpse of how all your work is making a difference on the front lines.

Yep. We SO get it.

And now, it’s September. The kids are back to school. We’re all settling into our post-summer routines. For many of us, this is the time of year that feels (even more than the first of January) like a new start. Fall is a time to reassess things and reorient ourselves. It’s a time to take stock and gather ourselves for the next leg of the journey.

And so it is with The Resistance.

We’ve only been at this for about nine months. Many of us are first-time organizers and activists. We don’t know all the rules, and – even if we did – it’s a pretty safe bet that most of the rules don’t apply anymore. I’d wager that each of us has hit the wall at one point or another along the way. Some days, it all seems like too much. On the worst days, it feels futile. But, we can’t let those voices fill our heads for too long. We have to kick them to the curb, saddle up our horses, and ride out to battle. It’s the new normal, and we’re actually starting to get pretty good at it.

But on the weekend, we take a moment to look around and notice all the Good Things happening in the world. We stop to acknowledge the regular, everyday people who are making a difference and the elected officials who are standing up for us. We pause in our daily rounds to send silent thanks to all the unsung heroes and heroines who are stepping up however they can to do what’s right and kind. And we marvel that, in our own small ways, we’re stepping up, too – making calls, talking with people, speaking out, sending postcards, sharing important information, keeping a sense of humor … every little bit helps.

So … welcome back from summer. We look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with you in the days to come. But first – a little Good News to get you inspired.

 

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In local good news:

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Planet Earth:

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There’s also some good news on the elections front.

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And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front: 

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We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:

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And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:

 

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* Hat tip to Peace is Loud
Hat tip to Jen Hofmann

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Photo Credits:

“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