We’ve got another changeable weather day here in Massachusetts, but I suppose that’s part for the course as the summer starts winding down. The kids are nearly back to school and a few leaves are starting to fall from the trees, spiraling down to the ground in a flurry of whispers that tell of autumn’s approach. Soon, we’ll be all about pumpkins and mums and apples. Change is coming.
And, hopefully – with your help – those winds of change will blow in our favor come the November midterm elections. Even as the summer sun begins to set a little earlier each day, things are heating up on the various campaign trails of all the excellent, progressive candidates who are knocking on doors in neighborhoods all across the commonwealth. People are getting involved and getting excited. Check in to your regional pages and the state page on Facebook to find out more about how you can get involved on the ground. And – most importantly -make sure you get out there and vote. You can make even more of a difference if you can encourage others to get out and vote and/or help get voters to the polls. It’s only a few short months away now!
Until then, here is this week’s collection of happy headlines.
In local good news:
- More than 300 newspapers join Globe effort on freedom of the press editorials
- Check out this story from the Salem Evening News on some of the local women running for office. Inspiring.
- Also, there’s this: Massachusetts disapproves of Trump more than any state in the country
- Kids really are the future: How One Kid Stopped the Contamination of a River – To halt the illegal flow of raw sewage into Nova Scotia’s LaHave River, it took a determined 11-year-old with water samples and a Facebook page.
- Court Overturns Denial of Endangered Species Protection for Montana Grayling
- Judge orders new environmental review of Keystone pipeline
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Ilhan Omar Wins Democratic Primary For Congress In Minnesota – If she wins in November as expected, she’ll become one of America’s first Muslim congresswomen.
- Vermont Democrat Christine Hallquist Is First Transgender Nominee For Governor (More from the NYT)
- Groundbreaking Night for Women and Diversity, While a Trump Critic Falls
- The Former Teacher of the Year Just Won Her Congressional Primary – Jahana Hayes could become the only black member of Congress from New England.
And here are a few good things happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice fronts:
- Dems threaten to sue over release of Kavanaugh documents – Schumer also said he plans to meet Brett Kavanaugh next week.
- We got some very sad news this week with the passing of Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The silver lining on this inevitable end to an amazing and generous life was that more people learned about her, not only as a singer, but as an activist and someone who spoke out for freedom and equality. She walked the walk. The citizens of Detroit remembered her not only as an icon, but as someone who had a great impact on their city. To end on an up note, relive the night Aretha brought the house down at the Kennedy Honors ceremony and listen to Trevor Noah talk about his memories of this great woman.
- Surprise Gift: Free Tuition for All N.Y.U. Medical Students
- Stephen Miller’s uncle lets loose: Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.
- White-supremacist rally near White House dwarfed by thousands of anti-hate protesters
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia/Stormy/Campaign Finance/Omarosa/etc. investigation:
- Omarosa releases secret tape of Lara Trump offering her $15K-a-month campaign job
- Once again, 45 narrates his crimes: Trump cites Russia probe as a reason for revoking former CIA chief John Brennan’s security clearance
- John Brennan: President Trump’s Claims of No Collusion Are Hogwash – That’s why the president revoked my security clearance: to try to silence anyone who would dare challenge him.
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Honestly not sure where to put this, but … Trump cancels military parade, blames D.C. officials for high cost – The potential price tag for the military display was $92 million, according to reports.
- Again – things are getting so weird that I don’t know how to categorize them, but this week William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral who was commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014 and oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, responded to 45’s revoking John Brennan’s security clearance an open letter: Revoke my security clearance, too, Mr. President
- Put on your watch list for Sept 9th: CNN to air the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary, ‘RBG’
- Is this a first? Sanders apologizes after falsely claiming Trump created more jobs for African-Americans than Obama
“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