Many of our members are representing at the Democratic convention today (thanks for being there, everyone!), and all of us are trying to catch our breath from yet another free-wheeling and somewhat perplexing week. We’re here to tell you to hang in there. Despite the many horrific things we’ve been made to bear witness to over the last seven days, there ARE good things happening out there.
We hope that this week’s collection of happy headlines gives you something to smile about and maybe inspires you about new ways to get involved and start creating some happy headlines of your own. No action is too small. Seriously.
Have a great weekend and week ahead!
In local good news:
- In the 18th Essex: Tram Nguyen holds campaign kickoff, rallies supporters
- In the 4th Essex: Allison Gustavson had a great weekend of canvassing in Ipswich
- In the 2nd Essex: Christina Eckert announced her kickoff event
- In the 11th Essex: Drew Russo received Run for Something’s endorsement
- Ipswich school committee gun violence statement rejects arming teachers
- The Acting Director of the Boston Office of ICE told a federal judge that agents are no longer arresting undocumented immigrants visiting federal offices when there during the process to obtain legal status after the judge found such action was a violation of due process. *
- Last Straw For Plastic Straws? Cities, Restaurants Move To Toss These Sippers
- California Is Getting off Gas and Diesel Sooner Than You Think
- The Pittsburgh City Council approved a new climate action plan with goals to cut energy and water use 50% by 2030, to turn its operations to 100% renewable energy, to adopt a 100% fossil fuel-free vehicle fleet, and divest from fossil fuel companies.*
- The UK’s biggest supermarket chain, Tesco, will ban all non-recyclable plastic by 2019.*
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Parkland activists spur voter registration at 1,000 schools
- The Drive to Elect Women Is Defining 2018’s Democratic Primaries
- Poll: More young people say politicians care what they think
- A high school math teacher defeated the Kentucky state House majority leader and key player in passing the bad for teacher’s pension bill, in the GOP primary for his seat. A number of far-right Republican candidates were also defeated, including the guy running using his “deportation bus”.*
And here are a few good things happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice fronts:
- Democrats propose funding teacher pay raises by canceling tax cuts for the wealthy
- Feinstein plans bill to halt separation of families at the border
- Civil rights protesters expelled from college 58 years ago get long-awaited apology
- The disintegration of Roseanne Barr shows the power of Black women in Hollywood and the rise of class over crass
- Really enjoyed this Facebook Live video from Glennon Doyle re: the fundraising effort to ensure legal representation for the children who have been separate from their families at the border. Inspiring.
- And, in case you missed it, Doyle’s partner, Abby Wombach delivered an incredible commencement speech at Barnard College – power to the women, power to the pack!
- A federal court gives defrauded Corinthian College students a victory over Betsy DeVos
- The moment Ireland learned that 66.4% voted to Repeal the Eighth (More from the NYT)
- California Governor signed a law preventing lawyers from revealing the immigration status of crime victims and witnesses in open court unless a judge rules the information relevant to the case.*
- The Gov. of Tennessee signed a law prohibiting the marriage of minors under the age of 17.*
- Missouri and Louisiana Moms Demand Action helped defeat NRA bills with 1,500+ calls, thousands of emails, and turning out by the hundreds in the capital. Texas Gov.*
And now, a moment for this week’s dumpster fire of hard-to-believe headlines from the Russia/Campaign Finance/etc. investigation. We dare you to try and make sense of this mess:
- Jared Kushner close friend Rick Gerson now under scrutiny from Mueller
- F.B.I. Official Wrote Secret Memo Fearing Trump Got a Cover Story for Comey Firing
- Manafort’s ex-son-in-law’s attorneys quit over unpaid bills and ‘lack of candor’
- Michael Cohen Got $500,000 After Trump Tower Meeting With Russian Oligarch
- Michael Cohen’s one-time business partner, Evgeny Freidman entered into a plea deal with state prosecutors on criminal tax fraud violations and it is reported that he is cooperating with the government.*
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Roseanne Barr’s Ambien Defense Is Disputed: ‘Racism Is Not a Known Side Effect’
- Shep Smith dismantles almost every recent Fox narrative in 2 minutes
- Melania Trump isn’t missing — she’s living with the Obamas!
“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