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.
In local good news:
- Peoples Platform advocates and Our Revolution members convinced a Massachusetts Congressman to support automatic voter registration.*
- A Senate committee voted Thursday to contribute $10 million to the United Nations’ climate change agency.
- Scottish tidal power station breaks world record for electricity generation – ‘We expect to continue to break records throughout the rest of the year’
- As a coal plant closes, the Navajo Nation goes solar.†
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Congressman Charlie Dent will not seek re-election in 2018
- Prominent Republicans Urge Supreme Court to End Gerrymandering
- New Zealand’s Election Had Been Predictable. Then ‘Jacindamania’ Hit … it’s a global movement!
- A Democratic-backed candidate was elected to the school board in a hotly-contested Northern Virginia race.*
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- Thirty-one professors from Harvard and other Boston-area universities took a stand and were arrested for peacefully protesting Trump’s threat to end DACA.
- These States Are Taking Trump to Court Over DACA – And they’re using the president’s own words against him.
- CEOs slam Trump over ending DACA
- Hispanic CEO resigns from Trump council, rips Dreamer decision
- Federal judge blocks Texas from enforcing new anti-abortion restrictions.†
- Philadelphia is putting up a statue for Octavius Catto, a Black war- and civil-rights hero.†
- Los Angeles will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day instead of Columbus Day.†
- A new effort honors Philando Castile by paying for kids’ school lunches.†
- The alt-right continues to cancel rallies—this time in San Francisco. Counter-protesters showed up anyway, prepared with the most creative defense (), and held a dance party procession featuring a special guest. #TooLegitToQuitProtesting*
- Several white supremacists involved in far-right rallies were arrested, including a member of the KKK who shot at a black counter-protester; two of the men who assaulted Deandre Harris in a parking garage; and a notorious white supremacist who assaulted people in Berkeley. We’re grateful to Shaun King for his work identifying some of these men and calling for justice.*
- A coalition of students, faith groups, and other groups began their march from Charlottesville to DC to confront white supremacy, and counterprotesters outnumbered racists 70-to-1 at a rally to protect a Confederate monument in Knoxville, Tennessee.*
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
- Our friend Mueller isn’t messing around. This week, he gave the White House names of 6 aides he expects to question in Russia probe. Atta boy, Mueller. Go get ’em.
- From the Washington Post: The case for Trump-Russia collusion: We’re getting very, very close
- This piece from Newsweek isn’t meant to be entertaining, but their run down of all the excuses Donald Trump Jr. gave for his June meeting with Russians is kind of funny.
- Facebook turns over info on Russian ads to Mueller
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Here’s a shocker: Trump may not be able to donate money to Harvey victims after all.
- But, no worries, someone else has it covered: NFL player JJ Watt’s #harvey fundraising goal was $200,000. Americans gave $16M.†
- Another Fox News host is out of a job after an inquiry into lewd text messages. When will those bozos learn?
- This headline from Vanity Fair is probably my favorite of the week: Trump Budget Deal Gives GOP Full-blown Stockholm Syndrome (Also, here’s a little back story to the photo of embrace between Trump and Senator Schumer. Perhaps there’s the tiniest sliver of hope that sanity will prevail.)
- All Five Living Former Presidents Just Teamed Up To Release A Hurricane Video … and they didn’t invite Trump
- In the “That’s So Nice!” category, a Patriots fan wins tickets to the season opener and gives them to a Dreamer
- Judge awards over $30 million in damages in Mike Huckabee-voiced robocall lawsuit – that’s a double win against Huckabee and those darn robocalls!
- People all across the country are stepping up to help save and re-home the many, many animals who have found themselves in dire straits due to the hurricanes in the southern part of the country. Southwest Airlines flew an entire plane full of animals out of Houston, and a group of intrepid volunteers drove for 40 hours to bring a slew of dogs to shelters in Vermont. Thank you, nice people.
- The original creator of Pepe the Frog—before it was co-opted by the alt-right—sued a man for using Pepe’s image in an Islamophobic book and settled the case. The book will no longer be printed, and all existing proceeds will be donated to a Muslim-American advocacy group.*
“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