Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! 5-year-olds to the rescue!

General Good News!

This week’s good news starts off with the story of how one five-year-old kid named Xander is saving the world, one act of kindness at a time.

This week’s inspirational read is “The Optimism of Uncertainty” from Howard Zinn. We think he’s talking about the Xanders in this world.
(Excerpt) “…Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment (beware of such moments!) but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag toward a more decent society. We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. Even when we don’t “win,” there is fun and fulfillment in the fact that we have been involved, with other good people, in something worthwhile. We need hope.”

The Onion has given us a gift. We’re guessing parts of this will show up in Snopes queries far into the future.

Crashing through barriers: Meet the amazing women who just became the first to graduate into the U.S. Army Infantry.

Students still got it! These graduates walked out during Mike Pence’s commencement address at Notre Dame this week. As one of the We StaND For organizers said, “We walked out to reject the normalization of hatred.” Another one of Pence’s speeches—this time at a small, conservative Christian college—drew protests from students, alumni, and local residents.

Political Good News!

Double win: We now have special counsel for the Russia investigation, and he’s a professional, ethical human.

The ever-awesome Ted Lieu has proposed legislation to make the president reimburse self-profiting expenses from travel. The “Stop Waste and Misuse by the President Act” or the SWAMP act prevents the President from promoting his private business interest on the taxpayer’s dime.

Jon Ossoff has become the first congressional candidate to receive 1 million online donations, and this nationwide support helped him take the lead in a new poll. Let’s keep it up—June 20th is just around the corner!

Edie DesMarais won a special election for New Hampshire state Senate, becoming the first Democrat ever elected in her town of Wolfeboro.

In a New York State Assembly special election, progressive Christine Pellegrino beat her Republican challenger and became the first Democrat to win this very red seat.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN-7] is surprisingly sponsoring a bill that would require ISPs and edge providers to get user’s permission before sharing their information with advertisers.

The Office of Government Ethics pushed back in a fiery letter on White House attempt to block its investigations.

Environmental Good News!

The EPA received over 198,000 comments , a majority of which oppose repealing existing protections for people and planet.

LA’s mayor Eric Garcetti has pledged to uphold Paris Agreement, even if the US backs out.

Journalism Good News!

Shock Treatment: 45 has made journalism great again.

Fox News is spiraling out. Most notably, they retracted Sean Hannity’s deranged conspiracy theory, and advertisers are already pulling their ads from his show. Plus, Fox fired one of their anchors for making a racist comment, and their prime time ratings plummeted for five straight days—causing them to come in third place for the first time in seventeen years.

DC pizzeria declared “love a journalist day” free pizza for press credentials after Guardian reporter was assaulted in Montana

Judicial system Good News!

Black Mama’s Bailout for Mother’s Day, was a great success, allowing over 100 women to spend the holiday with their kids instead of in jail just because they couldn’t afford bail and drew nationwide attention to the need to end money bail.

Alabama has restored voting rights to thousands of people who committed felonies.

The President’s travel ban has been struck down again, this time by the 4th Circuit, likely headed for Supreme Court.

State and local prosecutors are fighting back against Jeff Sessions’ cruel drug policy, and states are pursuing new strategies to safeguard legalized marijuana. #highfive

Good News about Dogs!

A Military museum in NC honors dogs who serve.

A high school boy’s service dog gets his picture in the school yearbook.

(Thanks to Peace is Loud, Alison and Stephanie, Rogan’s List and others throughout the still net-neutral web. Thanks to all.)

 

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