Hello! Here’s hoping that your holiday was enjoyable and included time with family and friends to recharge. This week’s list is a little on the skinny side because of the short week and because of Congress being in recess. But, we’re already looking forward to collecting more happy headlines for next week’s edition.
Until then – keep your spirits up and resist on!
In local good news:
This is a big deal. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen: Countering Trump, Mass. Swiftly Passes New Law Ensuring Access To No-Cost Birth Control
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the Commonwealth Court to decide a gerrymandering in time for the 2018 elections, in a case challenging districts drawn to favor republicans.*
- ‘Women are pissed’: Trump protest turns to action – and surge in female candidates – In the presidential race, some women stayed at home because they didn’t want to vote against their husbands. Now they have had enough.
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- The net neutrality battle is quickly coming to a head with the FCC’s vote looking and Chairman Pai is set on a course to dismantle key regulations that protect American citizens from corporate abuses that could potentially limit access to content on the Internet. However, the NY attorney general is working hard to bring to light some fishiness with the FCC’s public comment process: NY AG probing ‘massive scheme’ to influence FCC with fake net neutrality comments. You can read NY AG Eric Schneiderman’s open letter to Pai as well. And if you’d like to take some action, check out Fight for the Future and FreePress.
- Federal judge blocks Trump’s executive order on denying funding to sanctuary cities
- Jeff Sessions Gives In and Sends Federal Funds to Sanctuary Cities – The announcement came five days after the Justice Department sent warning letters to 29 jurisdictions.
- 10 African Americans named Rhodes scholars, most ever
- Homeland Security reversed its decision and agreed to accept renewal applications for DACA that arrived late due to postal delays.*
- The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and an African-American history museum announced it will open in Montgomery (AL) in April 2018 and will include a memorial to the 4,000 black Americans hanged, or otherwise murdered from the late 1800s to 1950s.*
- New York announced statues depicting suffragists Sojourner Truth and Rosalie Jones would be installed in NY.*
- A U.S. District Court ordered Homeland Security and ICE to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) regarding the warrants and other information used to conduct raids and said their failure to do so was “troubling” and they must now demonstrate to the court’s satisfaction that it has made an adequate effort to comply.*
- Rev. Jamie Johnson, head of the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships at the Homeland Security resigned after it was discovered that he routinely made racist and anti-Semitic comments as a radio host.*
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
- It’s not exactly good news, but it’s a helpful resource: The Trump-Russia Story Is Coming Together. Here’s How to Make Sense of It – “Everything the Trump campaign told you about the connections between Trump and Russia was a lie.”
- Mueller requested DOJ hand over documents related to Comey firing: report
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- I’ve already sung their praises over and over, but here’s a great piece on the team behind Crooked Media and their collection of excellent podcasts: The Voices in Blue America’s Head – For years, liberals have tried, and failed, to create their own version of conservative talk radio. Has Crooked Media finally figured it out?
“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