Good morning, Resisters!
Seems like fall has finally decided to put in an appearance, and I have to say that I’m loving it. I’m not much for pumpkin spice, but I do like being able to gear up in boots and sweaters and all that cozy stuff. I also feel like the cooler, crisper weather helps rejuvenate us a little. There’s something about the change in the temperature that feels like a fresh start. And—man!—does it ever feel like we could use on of those! As Jon Lovett of Crooked Media says, “What a week!”
To help you end the week on a good note, here’s our latest collection of “happy headlines.” Enjoy them & spread the good news vibe however you can.
Oh – and have a very happy Halloween, too!
In local good news:
- Senator Seth Moulton voices his support for making Salem a safe, welcoming city
- A Massachusetts church is providing a safe haven for an undocumented immigrant to prevent his deportation. (Thanks, Judy!)†
- Several Attorneys General are combining forces to go after Exxon in a lawsuit that may end up dealing Rex Tillerson a harder blow than anything the president has done to his reputation so far.
- Two DAPL activists, who were charged with felonies for their activities at the protests, had their charges reduced and will no longer face jail time, and charges were dropped against a journalist covering the protests.*
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Probe Launched Into Trump Voter Fraud Panel
- Democrats’ early money haul stuns GOP – A historic number of well-funded candidates have flooded Republican House districts ahead of 2018.
- Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio) announced he will leave Congress this year. A total of 27 representatives, 10 Dems and 17 Republicans— have declared they will not seek re-election to their U.S. House seats. More seats up for grabs for the Democrats!*
- New York City’s Board of Elections is facing consequences for illegally purging more than 100,000 voters, and has agreed to restore these voting rights and prevent similar actions in the future.†
And here are a few things happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- A group of 18 Democratic Attorneys General sued the Department of Education over its refusal to enforce regulations punishing predatory for-profit colleges that fail the “gainful employment” rule.*
- The Jefferson Davis Magnet IB, a public school in Jackson, Mississippi is being renamed to honor President Obama.*
- While being held in a Texas detention facility, a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant won her legal battle against the Trump administration and was able to obtain an abortion.†
- Reddit announced they are cracking down on hate groups by banning certain types of violent content—starting with the removal of Nazis and white supremacist pages. In other news, Twitter has banned Russian companies RT and Sputnik from advertising on their platform.†
- People gathered for a picnic spanning across the US-Mexico border. As JR, the artist behind the event, described, “People [were] eating the same food, sharing the same water, enjoying the same music (half of the band on each side) around the eye of a dreamer… We forgot the wall for a minute.”†
- With help from Tesla and their solar powered panels and batteries, electricity has returned to a children’s hospital in Puerto Rico.†
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
- Juliette Kayyem: ‘It Is Safe To Say That Before Thanksgiving … Something Is Going To Drop With Mueller.’
- First charges filed in Mueller investigation
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Someone Put Up A Plaque To Mark The Spot Where Trump Bragged About Groping Women – It was “in dishonor” of the president.
- Tom Steyer, a billionaire liberal, launched a campaign to impeach 45, releasing his first TV ad.*
- We all know that polls aren’t all that useful, but how fun is it to know that even Fox News can’t manage to spin it’s data into a positive story for the toddler-in-chief? Fox News Poll: Trump Approval Rating Drops to New Low of 38%
- 45 saw his estimated wealth shrink by $600 million, and he dropped almost 100 places on the Forbes ranking of richest people, and reports show that his brand is declining in value.*
- I’m definitely taking this with a grain of salt because actions speak louder than words (especially words that are uttered only when you’ve got nothing to lose, and especially when those actions are votes on the wrong side of pretty much everything), but it’s still somewhat gratifying to read a headline like this one: Jeff Flake Just Delivered the Most Impassioned Rebuke of Donald Trump
- College’s bell tower trolled white supremacist with black national anthem
- Trump thinks he owns Renoir, but Art Institute says real one hangs in Chicago
- Loving Sierra Club’s hilarious ad for Pruitt-Zinke Airlines (PZA)†
“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