Your Weekly Dose of Sanity Saving Good News & a Short Break from Healthcare…

“Taking action is the best cure for despair…This activism needs to be sustained, and it needs to be strategic. It needs to address voting rights, and midterm elections, and it needs to remember all the powers and possibilities that lie in activism beyond electoral politics as well. So far so good.

“People like to predict the future, often a dismal future, but the future is not written. It is ours to write. In this moment of utter turmoil, civil society must be the counter to a rogue administration, one whose victory is a surprise equaled by its myriad defeats ever since.” (Rebecca Solnit)

Good News Grab Bag!

Elizabeth Warren is getting her own action figure!

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Advertisers are giving a miss to Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones interview.

Colorado says “No, thanks, we’re good” to Jeff Sessions’ attempt to crack down on medical marijuana. Both Democrat and Republican lawmakers are publicly supporting an existing law that bars the federal government from interfering on this issue.

Good News in the Polls!

13% of US adults have a favorable opinion of Putin, down from 22% in February. Putin’s unfavorable rating stands at 74%.

More Americans believe Comey over Trump. 45% say they believe Comey’s version of events compared to 22% who believe Trump more. (NBC News)

81% of Americans don’t want Trump to interfere with the Mueller probe. Trump’s approval rating stands at 36%, his lowest in the CBS News Polls since becoming president. 57% percent now disapprove. (CBS News)

18% of Americans support Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. 44% of Americans are “very concerned” and 26% are “moderately concerned” that withdrawing from the agreement will hurt the country’s standing in the world. 64% of Americans disapprove of how Trump is handling the issue of climate change, with 34% approving. (Associated Press)

Environmental Good News!

NRDC lawsuit prompts the EPA to restore a mercury protection rule it illegally withdrew.

After the EPA deleted climate change data from their website, more and more cities are republishing that research online, as part of a larger initiative to share the information.

Michael Bloomberg tells Trump to “stop tweeting and focus on running the government.” The former mayor of New York City added that Trump’s refusal to acknowledge that climate change is real is an embarrassment. “No reputable person or scientist doubts that we are creating an environmental and a climate change problem,” he said. (CNN)

LGBTQ Good News!

New York confirmed its first openly gay judge for the state’s highest court.

The state of Oregon made history last week by becoming the first state in the U.S. to give residents the ability to identify as non-binary on drivers licenses and ID cards, allowing them to choose “X” as their gender marker instead of “M” or “F.” The Oregon Transportation Commission made the decision following a court ruling last year allowing Portland army veteran Jamie Shupe to legally identify as neither male nor female.

Legislators in DC took the first steps to make their jurisdiction follow suit — a pattern we hope soon gains steam across the country. This push to affirm all gender identities is #GettingMeThrough this week!

Black Lives Matter – The Resistance is Powerful.

Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, penned a short piece for Time over the weekend explaining his rationale for taking on the exploitative bail industry, which charges punishing interest rates to people forced into impossible choices by a broken system.
Read more about the story which inspired him, and then thank him for drawing attention to the enterprise. Jay-Z
Roc Nation
1411 Broadway, 
New York, NY 10018

Jay-Z worked with Color of Change and the Movement for Black Lives to raise money to bail our incarcerated fathers so they could celebrate Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and Pride with their families. If you want to aid their efforts, look here or at any similar efforts near you.

The Congressional Black Caucus said no to a photo-op meeting with Trump after their offers to work with the administration to support black families were ignored.

Thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters marched for days in Minnesota demanding justice for Philando Castile after his murderer was acquitted. (Chicago and New York also held solidarity marches.)

Philadelphia added two stripes to the Pride flag to recognize and honor people of color within the city’s LGBTQ community. Nice!

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Postcard-able Events!

Thank the seven governors who joined together last week to write a bi-partisan letter to the Senate urging the Majority and Minority leadership to work to find ways to reform healthcare together. Read their letter at the link here, and the let’s thank them all. Phone #’s and Twitter handles included in case you want to save some postage on this one. It’s big.

Governor John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215-6117
Phone: (614) 466-3555, Twitter: @JohnKasich

Governor Steve Bullock
Office of the Governor
PO Box 200801, Helena MT 59620-0801
Phone: 406-444-3111, Twitter: @GovernorBullock ‏

Governor Brian Sandoval
State Capitol Building
101 N. Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: (775) 684-5670, Twitter: @GovSandoval

Governor John W. Hickenlooper
Office of the Governor
136 State Capitol Bldg, Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (303) 866-2471,Twitter:@GovofCO

Governor Charlie Baker
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280, Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 725-4005, Twitter: @CharlieBakerMA

Governor Tom Wolf
Office of the Governor
508 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717-787-2500, Twitter: @GovernorTomWolf

Governor John Bel Edwards
Office of the Governor
PO Box 94004, Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: (225)342-7015, Twitter: @LouisianaGov

Thank Kamala Harris for her incredibly cogent and focused questioning at Sessions’ hearing. Let’s thank her for her leadership and also for for sharing her jams.
Senator Kamala D. Harris, 312 N. Spring St., Suite 1748, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thank Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) for sponsoring the COVFEFE Act. A permanent record of the president’s tweets makes his presidency more transparent and accountable. Thank you for your humor and integrity. Address: 3223 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 60657

Thank Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) for 25 years of service in the Senate and wish her a happy birthday (83 years young). Address: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, United States Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510

Postcards To Download:

Resistance Postcards

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Environmental postcards

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Readings:

Resistance Victories Against Trump Mounting…
A Scientist Who Studies Protest Says “The Resistance” Isn’t Slowing down.
Trump is Gaslighting America. Here’s How to Survive
Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong
Why Don’t Environmentalists Vote?
How to Resist Trump’s Shock Doctrine
Trumps Slo-Mo Walkaway from Climate Change
How Prejudice Can Harm Your Health

(Thanks to Jen Hofmann, Postcards by Kate, Alison & Stephanie, Rogans’ List and others on the vast wide internet.)

One thought on “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity Saving Good News & a Short Break from Healthcare…

  1. The seven governors are not all republicans. Some are democrats. And they sent the letter to the senate majority and minority leaders, not just republicans. Thanks.

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