Not to get too woo-woo, but there is a lot of transformative energy brewing what with Mercury retrograde starting on Wednesday and Friday’s full blood moon and eclipse. It’s been a week of Big Reveals in the various investigations related to election tampering and the financial misdeeds of 45. “Tumultuous” is a word that might apply here. 😉
We’ve also had our usual share unhappy headlines and oh-my-god-they-did-what-now? moments, but we aren’t losing hope. Right? Not at all. In fact, some people are feeling pretty hopeful about some of the stories that have been creating cracks in the presidency.
No matter how you’re feeling, the weekend is here, and it’s time for the Good News – a few of our favorite stories from the week to prove that all is not lost and there are still Good People doing Good Work out there in the world. So, enjoy this week’s collection and good luck seeking more good news in your world. It’s out there!
In local good news:
- Governor Charlie Baker formally repealed a series of “antiquated and inappropriate” state laws Friday, including one that made abortion illegal in the state, a measure that had been unenforced for decades.
- Karen Spilka installed as president of Massachusetts Senate: ‘We will continue to be a leading light in our nation.’ The first time in Massachusetts’ history that the Senate Presidency has been transferred from one woman to another.
- ATMA members stood outside Speaker DeLeo’s office in a vigil for climate justice and truly progressive energy legislation. They were visited by State Rep Michelle DuBois of Brockton, sponsor of the Environmental Justice bill, one of the bills we’re hoping to see make it out of the Energy Conference Committee.
- From Mass State Rep Lori Erlich: “How about some excellent news? By unanimous vote today, my bill dealing with Campus Sexual Misconduct Surveys passed the MA House of Representatives. Thank you to Speaker DeLeo and his fantastic staff, John Scibak, House Chair of Higher Education, Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, and the MA Caucus of Women Legislators for your partnership in the building. Advocacy from organizations such as The Every Voice Coalition, Jane Doe, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and Know Your IX made all the difference. Now off to the Senate!”
- Fox News’ attempt to book pro-ICE Democrat backfires spectacularly when Massachusetts Senator Barbara L’Italien showed up and spoke out against 45’s immigration policies and ICE.
- The Action Together MA North Shore group had it’s second book club meeting on Monday. The event was well attended and inspired some lively discussion on the book Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Next book will be assigned soon, so stay tuned!
- Former Irish president, Mary Robinson, launches new feminist fight against climate change. Initiative kicks off with The Mothers of Invention podcast, which pairs her with comedian Maeve Higgins. “Climate change is a manmade problem that requires a feminist solution,” Robinson said ahead of the podcast launch. “What we are hoping to do is create a movement. Climate change is not gender-neutral – it affects women far more. So this is not about climate change, it is about climate justice.”
- The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course late Thursday and announced it would enforce stricter pollution controls on diesel freight trucks known as “gliders,” which use older engines that emit dozens of times more soot and contaminants compared to newer ones.
- Remember – Local Matters: 100 state & local governments pass resolutions for Carbon Fee & Dividend
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Poll shows Governor Scott Walker trailing Democrat by double-digits in Wisconsin
- Lucy McBath, Gun Control Activist, Wins Congressional Primary in Georgia for Sixth Congressional District. (More from the Washington Post)
- Lori Stegmann, a devout Republican commissioner in northwest Oregon, says she can no longer stand by the party because of Trump’s “racist tactics” and changed her political affiliation to become a Democrat.
- Citing a ‘Stark pattern of discrimination’: Judge makes it easier for college students to vote
- Aaaand … one more completely unfit legislator off the books. This guy was at the state level, but—seriously—he shouldn’t even be allowed to tie his own shoes. Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer to resign in wake of Sacha Baron Cohen pants-dropping debacle.
- High school teacher applauded by Obama could become first Black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress
And here are a few good things happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice fronts:
- In the category of government actually looking out for consumers rather than Big Business: New York to kick Spectrum cable out of state for ‘failures to serve New Yorkers’
- The #metoo movement comes to the Vatican: After decades of silence, nuns talk about abuse by priests
- A new program in India is helping survivors of child sex trafficking get justice for others like them ― by pursuing careers in the legal system.
- Under the heading of curtailing the damage of conspiracy theorists who threaten and encourage violence: Facebook slapped InfoWars banana-head Alex Jones with a 30-day banishment. Unfortunately—in addition to being temporary—the ban didn’t affect all of Jones’ pages or the primary InfoWars page. You need to step up your game, Facebook.
- In related news, YouTube also deleted videos posted by Infowars and suspended the alt-right channel from live-streaming.
- In the Karma Will Get You category: Dollar General manager fired after accusing black woman of ‘abusing the system’ with coupons
- OMG. What is the MATTER with you people??? The bad news: that Forbes published a piece titled “Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money.” What?!?!? The good news: many people stepped up immediately to say, “No, Amazon Cannot Replace Libraries.” Also, for those of you not offended by creative and frequent use of a certain four-letter word, there’s this completely appropriate tirade. Thank you, Angriest Librarian Again. We couldn’t agree more.
- We’re not sure if this makes us want to cheer or cry, but children led a sit-in at Senate building in protest of Trump’s family separation policy.
- Seems like 2018 is a little late in the game for this, but better late than never, we guess: It is now legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states.
- There are still SO many families that have yet to be reunited, but at least the Honduran baby who appeared in U.S. court is back in his mother’s arms.
- Maybe the U.S. should take some notes from New Zealand where they just got ‘A huge win’: paid domestic violence leave.
- Anti-Trump Protesters Raise $100K to Continue Nightly Demonstrations Outside the White House
- Meanwhile, in Israel: LGBTQ people went on strike and shut the country down
- ‘Morally repugnant’: Homeland Security advisory council members resign over immigration policies
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia/Stormy/Campaign Finance/etc. investigation:
- He’s not earning any brownie (cookie?) points from us, but we’re glad Sessions defended deputy Rosenstein after impeachment move by misguided GOP members.
- Federal Lawsuit Against President Trump’s Business Interests Allowed To Proceed (More from the Washington Post)
- Alleged Russian agent Butina met with U.S. Treasury, Fed officials
- Carter Page FISA Documents Are Released by Justice Department
- Mueller Examining Trump’s Tweets in Wide-Ranging Obstruction Inquiry
- Michael Cohen’s Astonishing Claim About the Trump Tower Meeting – If Donald Trump’s former fixer is right—that the president knew his staff planned to meet with Russians—it’d be a dramatic development on at least two fronts of Robert Mueller’s investigation.
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Ok, we know it’s not nice to make fun of people, but some of these bozos deserve a little of their own medicine. That’s why we couldn’t resist these fabulously cringeworthy Photoshopped portraits of 45 and his cronies done up in the spirit of truly awful 70s- and 80s-era mass market photo studio portraits. Bring on the mullets and perms, people. This stuff is classic.
- Thanks, clever graphic design people: Grand Junction billboard replaces ‘O’ in ‘GOP’ with Russian’s hammer and sickle. Just sayin’
- It’s a little passive aggressive, but also appropriate that European Commission Chief Jean-Claude Juncker used bright, simple flash cards to explain the trade war to 45. Also, we applaud Juncker’s refusal to take 45’s hand. (Not even sure why His Orangeness was reaching for the Commission Chief’s hand in the first place. Weird.)
- 45’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star was smashed to pieces, and not only did the online horcrux memes go totally viral (and make my day), but these two guys dressed as Russian soldiers posted themselves at the site of the “crime.” Performance art ups its game. Nice.
- Five Washington, D.C., religious leaders and two retired or inactive D.C.-based judges have launched an effort designed to force 45 to disengage from his businesses. They Want 45’s Liquor License Yanked—and They Just Might Win.
- In a Highly Satisfying Move, Someone Untied Betsy DeVos’s $40M Yacht and Let It Drift Away
- We guess all couples fight over the remote. Spokeswoman: First lady will watch TV channel of her choice
- Ivanka Trump is closing down her fashion business
“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