We know it’s been another tough week, but are you ready to look on the bright side? There really is one … more than one, actually. In fact, it’s almost like there’s a metaphorical sky filled with tiny bright bits of good news, twinkling down on us and forming constellations of hope and good will. And, even as I write this, the first snow of the season has begun to fall. Whether you enjoy snow or not, there’s no denying that it is a quintessential element of the picture-perfect New England winter. It lends a bit of holiday sparkle and you can’t help feeling a little extra cozy when the white stuff is falling.
So, we hope you enjoy the snow and catching up on this week’s collection of not-so-horrific headlines.
We send them with love and hope in our hearts.
In local good news:
- Local kids standing up for what’s right: Marblehead High School students walk out in protest over race incidents
- The ACLU of Massachusetts – together with Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak and Cohen – today submitted an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of Attorney General Healey’s lawsuit against the Trump administration on behalf of the ACLU of Massachusetts, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, arguing that an opt-out policy for contraception coverage discriminates against women. More on the story here.
- Nebraska Farmers Resist Pipeline with Solar Panels
Patagonia Is Suing the Trump Administration, and – in case you missed it – the high-end outdoor brand replaced it’s usual home page with a huge headline that simply reads, “The President Stole Your Land.” Also, did you know that Patagonia donated all its Black Friday sales ($10 million worth) to grassroots environmental groups. Nice!
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- Ok, it’s not actually good news that this happened, but we’re glad to see a continuing trend of these reprehensible men being outed and being held accountable for their actions: Rep. Trent Franks offered $5 million to aide to bear his child, resigns amid inquiry
- And here’s another story about someone being held accountable: Michael Slager, Officer in Walter Scott Shooting, Gets 20-Year Sentence
- #MeToo Movement Is Person Of The Year, ‘Time’ Says (We love this, although, we would have preferred if Time had chosen to put #MeToo movement founder, Tanara Burke, on the cover.)
‘Where My Activists At?’ Inside the First Teen Vogue Summit – These young women are our best hope for the future
The Silver Lining in the GOP Tax Bill – Democrats should seize an opportunity in the Republican tax reform bill.
- PBS announces ‘Amanpour’ as interim replacement for Charlie Rose – Not so keen on the “interim” part … she should stick around!
- Colin Kaepernick honored at ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner in Beverly Hills
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
- Previously undisclosed emails show follow-up after Trump Tower meeting
- Trump’s sloppy and reckless lawyer strikes again
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Iowans Start Taking Empty Bottles of Booze to Chuck Grassley’s Offices
- Kennedy Center Honorees Talk American Dream, Overcoming Adversity in Trump-Free Ceremony
Russia Banned From Winter Olympics by I.O.C. – We feel bad for any legit athletes, but Russia has a very long and bad history of doping. Rules are rules.
- From Rebecca Solnit: The 11 biggest victories against Trump by the resistance
And here’s a little something to make you giggle:
“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