Good News Edition – October 13, 2018


Hello! It’s been a while because we’ve all been “doing democracy” in different ways over the past few weeks. In times of crisis, we need to shift our focus and energy into the tasks and actions that we think will have the greatest effect, and boy have we had our hands full. We are so proud of all our members who are diving in and stepping outside their comfort zones to get involved by texting, sending postcards, calling voters, canvassing, and protesting.* And we are grateful to everyone who is finding other, more behind-the-scenes ways to support the Resistance: planning events, running reading groups, inviting friends to participate, keeping the website up and running, coordinating with campaigns and legislators. There is no shortage of work to be done, especially with the November 6th elections fast approaching. If ever there was an all-hands-on-deck moment, this is it.

With that in mind, we hope that you’ll be able to make the time and find the energy to push just a little harder over the next three-and-a-half weeks. That’s all we have left before the polling places open and the fate of our democracy will be in the hands of those who choose to exercise their right to vote. This is a big moment, and that’s no exaggeration. If you haven’t already, it’s time to GET ANGRY, and GET INVOLVED.

If you’re not sure where to get started, reach out to people in your regional ATMA groups. They will have plenty of volunteer opportunities to share. You can also connect with groups like the Massachusett’s League of Women Voters, Lift+Every+Vote, and local campaigns.

In the meantime, and to help give you hope, here are a few stories of Good News. Yes, Good Things are still happening, despite what the headlines seem to say. All is not lost. Not yet. And if we keep pressing forward, there will be lots more Good News to share in the near future.

Thanks for everything you do!

 

* Speaking of protesting, did you know that the Trump Administration is trying to stifle protests near the White House and on the National Mall?? We only have until October 15th (that’s THIS MONDAY!) to comment

 

P.S. We know this isn’t the full and complete list of Good News items … not  by a long shot … but we’re all busy out there hitting the streets, phones, and so forth. If you have more Good News to share, please post it on Facebook for all to see. 🙂

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Planet Earth:

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There’s also some good news on the elections front.

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And here are a few good things happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice fronts: 

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And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:

 

Finally, this will probably make you cry, but it should also fire you up to take action.

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* Hat tip to What Went Right (WWR)
Hat tip to Jen Hofmann

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Photo Credits:

“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