Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-saving Good News!

Your weekly dose of sanity-saving good news!

Buh-bye Bannon!

Steve Bannon has been removed from the National Security Council fulfilling our collective dreams when we made phone calls to our congresswoman!

…and Nunes

Devin Nunes will step aside from leading the investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia. (He’s now officially under an ethics investigation himself.) Was there a call to action on our part? Why, yes, there was! Great job everyone!

Next up – Bill O’Reilly! More than 40 companies pulled their ads from The O’Reilly Factor, following sexual harassment accusations. Sleeping Giants, who have worked diligently to have advertisers remove their presence on Breitbart, is now working on getting advertisers to stop advertising on Fox News during Bill O’Reilly’s show.  Keep up the pressure! Here is their current list that is being updated

And in case you missed it:

A Kentucky judge ruled that a lawsuit accusing Trump of inciting violence can proceed, dismissing his free speech defense. According to the judge, Trump’s remarks against protesters at a campaign rally “at least ‘implicitly encouraged the use of violence or lawless action.’”

California Leading the Charge

On Monday evening, Senate Bill 54, the “sanctuary state” bill, or CA Values Act, was passed. The bill will now go to the State Assembly, and if approved, to Governor Brown. Take some time to “happy dance,”because our phone calls began a process that will make a HUGE difference in so many lives!

More representatives are announcing support for single payer health care! California has been flirting with this idea for a few years, and we’re hoping for a love connection this time around.

One man is saving old-growth redwoods and helping them migrate.

Senator Feinstein received great pressure from Indivisible callers (we Flooded Feinstein!) , and took time weighing her decision. She issued this statement about Gorsuch on Monday. The Republicans opted for the insidious “nuclear option,” but we are proud of our lawmakers for standing up for us!

Cities and states continue to combat climate change and become more energy efficient. We’ve reached out to (and not yet heard back from) Mayor Nasarenko via email on his position on joining our sister cities in the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and suggest you do as well! Email: enasarenko@ci.ventura.ca.us – Phone: (805) 654-7827 Here’s our email to the mayor if you’d like to tweak itif you hear back LET US KNOW!

Flipping the House Blue

Georgia Democrats raised a whopping THREE MILLION DOLLARS  to help elect Ossoff for Tom Price’s vacated seat. Check out resources to continue our efforts to win seats in Kansas, Georgia, Texas, and Montana!

We Demanded to Know – What’s going on?

The White House wouldn’t publish Trump staffers’ financial disclosures, so ProPublica, AP, and the New York Times joined forces to post them instead.

The Government Accountability Office will investigate the cost of 45’s regular trips to Mar-a-Lago. 

Great Legislative Work

The indefatigable Senator Jeff Merkley spoke against Neil Gorsuch all night (15 hours!) on the Senate floor, communities held their own People’s Filibusters across the country, everywhere from Colorado to Arizona. (And yes, while the Senate chose to go nuclear, we consider it a victory that people mobilized and pressured Democrats not to give up without a fight.)

Bernie Sanders and others introduced The College for All Act , which includes a series of measures to make college free or affordable. Momentum is growing: Only two years ago, he had zero Senate co-sponsors for this bill, and he now has five, plus fourteen in the House. But Sanders acknowledged it will take more than support from elected officials to get this passed in Republican-controlled Congress: “We can win this fight when millions of Americans stand up and demand this legislation.”

North Carolina moved to repeal the discriminatory bathroom bill (call it a half-win since some discrimination remains legal).

Media Nuggets

Chris Wallace at Fox News challenged Scott Pruitt about his denial over climate change. 

Standing Indivisible

Indivisians continue voicing their opinions at town halls, and our actions are pushing politicians to start speaking out against Trump’s ties with Russia—which is great, considering more than half of all Americans want an independent investigation into this issue.

It was always more than a march! We already knew women were leading the resistance, but a new survey of progressive activists showed that women made 86% of the recent calls to Congress.

More than 50 social justice organizations—including the Movement for Black Lives, the Fight for $15, and 350.org—are uniting to fight for racial and economic justice; environmental welfare; and women, children, LGBTQ+, immigrant, and disabled people’s rights. Their first initiative, Beyond the Moment, began on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, effectively continuing his historic Poor People’s Campaign.

And on the Voting Rights Front…

A Greensboro judge ruled against a Republicans’ gerrymandered districts.

Texas gerrymandered districts ruled unconstitutionally discriminatory. This has positive national implications if it goes to the Supreme Court.

Go Ifeoma!

With that, there’s no better way to close than with Ifeoma White Thorpe’s college admissions essay:

A Nigerian-born immigrant, Ms. White Thorpe has a tough choice ahead after being accepted into all eight Ivy League schools and Stanford!

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