Hey. Sorry this is coming out late. I’d like to say that I was enjoying a little St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but – in fact – I’ve mostly been trying to catch up with all the headlines breaking left, right, and all over the place about Andrew McCabe, Cambridge Analytica, John O. Brennan, and everything else that has been happening over the last 36 hours. I don’t know about you, but my head is spinning. But—despite the greater-than-usual abundance of pure chaos—there are still some happy headlines to be had; so here they are, in all their hopeful glory.
In local good news:
- Our neighbor to the north has some good news on the elections front: A Young Woman Is Challenging The Maine Republican Who Insulted Emma González
- Senator Joan B. Lovely posted this: “Despite the weather, students from all over our Commonwealth joined their national peers in an effort to meet with legislators as part of the National Student Walkout for Gun Control. Massachusetts has the strongest gun control laws in our nation and we continue to pass common sense gun laws. Thank you to these young, intelligent and passionate advocates, they are our future.”
- Doing us proud: Boston students show up on school snow day to protest gun violence
- Markey wants to get other states to adopt Mass. get-tough gun laws
- This one has absolutely nothing to do with politics or activism (except maybe the power of women and the potential of one person taking action …), but in case you missed this pure Boston moment: A Drag Queen Dressed As Elsa Saving A Boston Police Wagon During A Blizzard Is Too Perfect
- After Decades Of Air Pollution, A Louisiana Town Rebels Against A Chemical Giant
- In Ruling Called ‘Victory for Everyone Who Breathes,’ Federal Judge Says Scott Pruitt Violating Clean Air Act
- Judges to EPA: Get the Lead Out (on Protecting Children’s Brains) – For years, the EPA has dragged its heels on strengthening lead standards. Thanks to a court order and Earthjustice litigation, it now has 90 days.
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Conor Lamb Wins Pennsylvania House Seat, Giving Democrats a Map for Trump Count
- And here’s a fun headline: Conor Lamb Roared. Republicans Should Quake.
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- National School Walkout Day in photos, from Parkland to London
- ‘If we keep coming together like this we will be unstoppable’: Thousands of Chicago-area students walk out of schools to demand gun reform
- Students in a Pennsylvania school participated in the walkout even though school administrators threatened punishment, and – apparently – came though, greeting the returning students with a barricade of staff and law enforcement who ensured each student signed up for detention. The reason this is good news? The kids knew they’d be punished, but the marched anyway. And—in an additional show of solidarity—the students plan to turn their detention into a second show of support for the movement by wearing signs with the names of the victims on them.
- Powerful silent protest this morning at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta… students took a knee in the hallways, instead of walking out of the school. #NationalSchoolWalkout
- A makeshift memorial made up of 7,000 pairs of shoes took shape on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, as gun control activists dramatized the number of children killed in the United States by gunfire since the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre.
- Nickelodeon went off the air for 17 minutes at the time of the national walkout. As one person said, Nickelodeon has more backbone than Congress. How about that
- Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union donate $200,000 to student-run gun control rally
- From the Miami Police Department: We will be hosting a gun buyback March 17th from 10am to 2pm at 971 NW 2 St in #LittleHavana. Turn in your unwanted firearms for a minimum $50 gift card or up to $250 for an AR-15 or AK-47-style rifle.
- Seeking to bring attention to the pervasiveness of fear and death in their lives, students at Chicago high school hold walkout over their everyday violence.
- Georgia state lawmakers walk out of chambers in support of national student protest of school shootings.
- We can’t believe this is even a thing in 2018, but Kentucky recently voted to ban child marriage. That’s a good thing. Now we only need the other 25 states who still allow child marriage to get on board with the 21st century.
- Calif. weighs toughest net neutrality law in US—with ban on paid zero-rating – Bill would recreate core FCC net neutrality rules and be tougher on zero-rating.
- FCC must defend net neutrality repeal in court against dozens of litigants – Lawsuits filed by tech firms, states, and advocates were merged into one suit.
- ICE Spokesman Resigns, Saying He Could No Longer Spread Falsehoods for Trump Administration
- Baltimore park where Confederate statue once stood is rededicated to Harriet Tubman
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
- READ: Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s statement on his firing
- Ex-CIA Boss John Brennan Tears Into Donald Trump Over Andrew McCabe Firing – “America will triumph over you.”
- Mueller Subpoenas Trump Organization, Demanding Documents About Russia
- George Papadopoulos Claimed Trump Encouraged His Efforts to Establish a Russian Back Channel – And more scoops from “Russian Roulette,” the new book co-authored by Mother Jones’ Washington bureau chief.
- Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, says Robert Mueller is ‘not an unguided missile’
- Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach – Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters
- This isn’t “good” news, except that it’s a good thing we’re no w getting to the bottom of things: How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- I don’t even know where to put this one, but—as you’ve probably heard—45 fired his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, via tweet. SO classy. Jimmy Kimmel and George Takei had some fun with the headline, hawking a series of commemorative plates featuring the likenesses of many, many ex-White House staffers.
- There are still good people out there. Love this story of loss and redemption: I posted a huge note for the thief who stole my bike. Then my doorbell rang.
- And here’s a fascinating story: She saw anti-immigration politicians as hypocrites. So she launched ‘resistance genealogy.’
- Dolly Parton Gives The Gift Of Literacy: A Library Of 100 Million Books
“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