Hello, fellow members of The Resistance. How go your battles?
It has been another week of surreal headlines coming out of our nation’s capitol, but don’t despair! There are also Good Things happening out there in the world and even here in our own, beleaguered country.
Also … you know what’s even better than just reading happy headlines? Making them. The midterm elections are coming up very, very soon. Voter registration deadlines are right around the corner. Fabulous, progressive candidates are busting their tails to get in the game and win it. Are you getting involved? There are so many things you can do. You can register voters, volunteer with a local campaign, or support out-of-state campaigns through groups like Swing Left and Open Progress. Check out the ATMA Facebook page and regional pages to learn more about ways you can get involved “on the ground” in your home town. I did my first canvassing stint last weekend, and while it was super hot and a little nervous at first, it felt great to get out there and make a difference. I highly recommend the experience.
So – get out there and do something. It’ll make you feel better and – hell – it might even save democracy.
In local good news:
- CHARLIE BAKER SIGNED THE AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION (AVR) BILL. He only waited until the last few minutes of the last day he had to sign it, but at least he did the right thing in the end. And – hey – we made the Rachel Maddow blog for it!
- Boston businesses rally to protect transgender residents’ rights
- Court Orders E.P.A. to Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems
- In a related story: Hawaiʻi Leads Way for Nation With Major Pesticide Ban
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- GOP Senate Candidate Who Said ‘Women Are Here To Cook My Dinner’ Loses In Missouri
- Gay Native American wins Democratic primary in deep-red Kansas – Sharice Davids won the crowded Democratic primary in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, and now she has a chance to make political history.
- Tennessee Democrats swept county elections, including a historic victory
- A ‘Rainbow Wave’? 2018 Has More L.G.B.T. Candidates Than Ever – A record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender candidates are running for office in November, as the Trump administration and state-level politicians have moved to roll back some legal protections.
- Mother of slain youth, Michael Brown, running for Ferguson City Council
- Tlaib wins Conyers’ seat; Congress to get 1st Muslim woman
And here are a few good things happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice fronts:
- This is what democracy looks like! Thanks to our own Amanda Nash for sharing Rebecca Solnit’s post about the creative, humorous, and fierce protests that have been going on at the White House non-stop for more than three weeks. These people know how to do a protest!
- Honestly, we don’t even know where to file some of this stuff, but we’re putting it here because we don’t want to create a whole new category for corrupt GOP members. The latest loser to be exposed: Chris Collins suspends re-election campaign following insider trading charges (And here’s WCVB coverage on the original story)
- Judge orders plane carrying deported mother and child turned around, blocks more removals
- In victory for unions, Missouri voters reject right-to-work law
- Apple banned Alex Jones’s Infowars. Then the dominoes started to fall. – Apple’s Infowars ban altered an industry overnight — and dealt a significant blow to fake news. (More from The Guardian)
- No special metro for neo-Nazis rallying in Washington
- Judge rules Trump administration must start accepting DACA applications
- A somewhat suspicious but maybe hopeful break from Fox News’ usual rhetoric: Fox News editor: We should stop having reporters at Trump rallies
- Therese Patricia Okoumou (the woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty) trolled the first lady by wearing a dress that had “I really care, why won’t u?” to court.
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia/Stormy/Campaign Finance/etc. investigation:
- Judge holds Roger Stone associate in contempt for refusing to testify in Russia investigation
- Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen under investigation for possible tax fraud
- Paul Manafort trial Day 5: Rick Gates testifies he committed bank, tax fraud at Manafort’s direction
- Mueller subpoenas Randy Credico, who Roger Stone says was his WikiLeaks back channel
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Thank you to Samantha Bee and her team of intrepid field reporters for following Sean Spicer on his despicable book tour. What a riot.
- Oops! It was recently discovered that the DeVos family’s 164-foot yacht (you know – the one that was untethered from a Huron, Ohio, dock) apparently flies the flag of the Cayman Islands (where the yacht is registered) rather than the stars and stripes. Hmmm …. so much for America First, I guess.
- To add to your reading list: Michiko Kakutani, esteemed book critic, has finally written a book. It’s about Trump. From the article: “His lies are meant to wear us down,” says the Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michiko Kakutani of our president. “To overwhelm and exhaust us, to make people so cynical that they cease to distinguish between fact and fiction.”
- West Hollywood passes resolution to remove Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star
- This has nothing to do with politics, but for all the Star Trek Geeks out there: Patrick Stewart Is Reprising His Role As Captain Picard In New ‘Star Trek’ Series (More from MSN – with video)
- Loved this post that was going around Facebook this week: And then there was the time that I had the most socially conscious TSA pat down ever.
“Mass State House Dome”: Photo Credit: twiga_swala Flickr via Compfight cc“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
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“Blind Justice”: Government of Prince Edward Island Flickr via Compfight cc
“Russia Sickle”: AK Rockefeller Flickr via Compfight cc
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