Good morning! Oh, wait … it’s afternoon already. How did that happen?!? Well, it’s been another week of “interesting” news, but—as always—there are some happy headlines in the mix. (Thank goodness) And, on top of that, we’re apparently having an actual spring this year, which is lovely. (For a minute, I was worried Mother Nature might throw us into the deep end of summer and skip spring all together.) I hope you get a chance to get outside and experience the magic of this delicate season. There are so many green and growing things putting forth shoots and leaves and blossoms. They are a wonderful reminder of all that is good in the world.
Have a great week!
In local good news:
- Our northern neighbor had some good news this week: State Judge Finds New Hampshire Border Patrol Checkpoint Unconstitutional
- MA Senate Ensures LGBTQ Community has a Voice on MCAD Advisory Board
- Court Rules Mega-Dairies Can’t Keep Spreading Mega Waste in Secret
- California to become first U.S. state mandating solar on new homes
- Hawaii Becomes First State in the U.S. to Ban the Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos
- Hawaii passed a bill prohibiting the sale of over-the-counter sunscreens containing chemicals contributing to the destruction of coral reefs and other ocean life.* (Hawaii is rockin’ it!)
- A coalition of 17 states and the D.C. sued the EPA to stop its efforts to weaken automobile emissions standards.*
- Anheuser-Busch announced it is buying 800 hydrogen-electric powered semi-trucks to offset the emissions of its current fleet and is working towards replacing all of its gas-powered long-haul fleet with hydrogen and electric vehicles.*
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Black Women Launch Major Voter Campaign For Mid-Term Election Cycle
- Democrat Javier Fernandez won a Florida’s special election for the 114th House district, a swing district in the Miami-Dade area, even though he was outspent, thanks to robust democratic GOTV efforts.*
- Five NYS republican legislators have announced they are not running for reelection, giving democrats a chance at real control of the legislature.*
And here are a few good things happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice fronts:
- This Org Just Made It Easier For Tarana Burke And #MeToo To Keep Fighting Sexual Violence When Its News Cycle Ends – Tarana Burke and the #MeToo movement have been awarded $1 million from the New York Women’s Foundation to continue their fight against sexual assault.
- After Dropping Assault Rifles, Dick’s Starts Lobbying for Gun Control
- Oregon Governor signed bills allowing the re-issuance of driver’s license to Dreamers and anyone under temporary protected status, even if the federal govt cancels the programs, and allowing students in the DACA program to qualify for in-state tuition.*
- NJ governor signs bill passed last week giving private sector employees paid sick leave.*
- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revoked the membership of both Cosby and Roman Polanski.*
- Moms Demand Action helped defeat a Kansas expansion of concealed carry laws.*
- White Man Convicted Of Beating Black Man At Charlottesville White Nationalist Rally
- Chalk one up for the moms running for office: ‘This Is A Game Changer.’ Political Candidates Can Now Use Campaign Money for Childcare Costs
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia/Stormy/Campaign Finance/etc. investigation:
- Uh-oh … Nunes is in trouble. Again. Suspicions, Demands and Threats: Devin Nunes vs. the Justice Dept.
- Naughty, naughty: Cohen’s $600,000 deal with AT&T specified he would advise on Time Warner merger, internal company records show
- It’s all connected: Russia-linked company that hired Michael Cohen registered alt-right websites during election
- And then there’s this bozo: Giuliani’s Law Firm Undercuts His Statements as They Part Ways
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Here’s a pretty amazing story: 96-Year-Old Secretary Quietly Amasses Fortune, Then Donates $8.2 Million
- This Is What Adventure Looks Like – Thanks to a bold movement led by activists and athletes, the outdoors at last is on its way to becoming a more inclusive playground. It’s about damn time.
- The right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was forced to lay off the staff of Milo Entertainment due to financial troubles.*
* Hat tip to What Went Right (WWR)
“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