First and foremost, sending love and light and resistance to the community of Santa Fe, Texas.
While chaos, confusion, and cruelty continue to sit in the highest seat of the land, there are still some happy headlines to be had. We will not be defined by the few who have clawed their way to the top. There are plenty of people still out there doing good work and fighting for change and for each other’s safety and rights.
Be well and be strong.
In local good news:
- Kulik: Pipeline resistance strong in House
- Clean energy future the focus of Worcester environmental forum
- This may not be strictly about saving the planet, but three white bison calves were born to a herd in Oregon. In some Native American cultures the White bison symbolize peace and prayer. So the birth of three at once is considered to be an extraordinary event. And I don’t know about you, but I’ll take all the good omens we can get.
- Planet Earth Gets a Ground Game – Political operative Nathaniel Stinnett’s brilliantly simple plan to turn out environmental voters.
- San Francisco Commits to Building a Fully Electric Bus Fleet by 2035
- Investors Worth $2.5 Trillion Don’t Want Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
- Costa Rica Plans to Be the World’s First Fossil Fuel-Free Country
- The Norwegian Parliament announced it was making the fjords zero emission zones.*
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Democratic-Socialist Landslide in Pennsylvania
- More details:
- Helen Tai Wins Special Election For PA’s 178th District – Democrat Helen Tai defeated Republican Wendi Thomas in a special election to represent Pennsylvania’s 178th District in Harrisburg.
- Scott Wallace wins Democratic U.S. House primary in Bucks County
- Rick Saccone loses again
- Paulette Jordan, running to be the first Native American governor, wins Idaho’s Democratic primary – She’s a young, progressive face in the state’s Democratic Party.
- Twenty-two democratic women candidates won their primary races in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia, including three black women candidates in North Carolina. Avery Crump was the first woman elected Guilford County (NC) District Attorney. Lori Barnett Dodson was elected Garland (TX) first female mayor in 30 years.*
And here are a few good things happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice fronts:
- Black Oakland Electric Slides on Racism by Throwing Big-Ass Cookout in Park Where White Lady Called Cops
- This battle is far from over, but this is a BIG step: Senate passes measure repealing changes to net neutrality rules
- Delaware became the first U.S. state to completely ban child marriage when the governor signed a bill setting 18 as the minimum age for marriage.*
- Three moderate, pro-DACA, republicans made a procedural move intended to force a vote on immigration reform in the House.*
- Google and Facebook announced they are banning ads for bail bonds on all of its platforms due to ethical concerns about the predatory nature of the industry and particularly its effect on those living in poverty and communities of color.*
- A jury found two California police officers liable for damages in the shooting death of a black man in 2015.*
None of this Russia/Stormy/Campaign Finance/etc. is “Good” per se, but at least it seems like Mueller is getting to the bottom of things. Have fun piecing it all together:
- The Michael Cohen Bribery Scandal Is Now a Trump Bribery Scandal
- And – perhaps related? Novartis lawyer to retire over $1.2 million contract with Trump attorney Michael Cohen
- Ukrainian politician behind controversial peace proposal to appear in Mueller probe
- Manafort’s former son-in-law cuts plea deal, to cooperate with government – sources
- Qatari investor confirms he attended Trump Tower meetings in 2016
- As Mueller probes Seychelles meetings, details emerge about Russian plane
- And, in case you just can’t get enough of this insanity, here’s a long read: The Definitive Story Of How Trump’s Team Worked The Trump Moscow Deal During The Campaign – On the day of the third Republican presidential debate, Trump personally signed the letter of intent.
- Oh – and there’s this: Senate committee agrees with intelligence community assessment of election meddling, breaking with GOP House investigation
- So, I guess they won’t mind that the Justice Department and F.B.I. Are Investigating Cambridge Analytica
… alright, Seriously. I can’t take any more.
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Ok, it is NOT funny that a Republican congressman is explaining away the rise in sea level by saying that it’s rocks falling into the sea, but The Onion’s spoof on the idiocy of that claim is pretty good.
- HA! Take that: In blow to GOP, House fails to pass massive farm bill in face of conservative Republican showdown
- And 45’s reign isn’t getting smacked down only here at home: UN Jerusalem vote: General Assembly rules against US, declaring recognition of Israel capital ‘null and void’
- The ladies are bringing it: Donald Trump Can’t Stop Discovery in ‘Apprentice’ Alum’s Defamation Lawsuit
- And another slap: House committee rebukes Trump on ZTE: The House Appropriations Committee unanimously accepted an amendment to an appropriations bill that reinforces sanctions against Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, right after 45 tweeted support for the company.
“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