Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! – “And the 4th graders shall lead us” Edition

Yesterday’s post in our “This Week in Resistance” blog included an article stating that with every horrible action Trump has taken, there’s been an equal and opposite action from the resistance and others. The author called it the “Boomerang Effect”.

So now, despite our 1.5 million pleas to the contrary, the president has gone ahead and put our national monuments on the auction block for oil, uranium and timber extraction. And amongst the usual resistance groups who started speaking out against the destruction of our heritage, up pops this 9 year old kid, Robbie Bond.

“When a 9-year old says something like ‘our national parks and monuments are under attack,’ you sit up and listen. Standing up for our natural treasures is honorable for anyone, but for a young person like Robbie to take a stand like this — it shows courage at a time when our Island Earth needs us most. I support Robbie and Kids Speak for Parks — their voices need to be heard.” -Nainoa Thompson, Polynesian Voyaging Society.

at yosemite“By sharing photos, videos and stories of his monument tour on social media, Robbie is looking to “build an army of 4th graders”  and others who will stand up for America’s national monuments.”

It’s awesome, that’s what it is.

Help them out!
Call your senators and congresspeople to let them know that this isn’t something we will forgive or forget at http://www.phoneyourrep.com.

Also call or tweet Trump’s enabler, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke:  Twitter: @SecretaryZinke   (Zinke says that he reads every tweet) or phone at (202) 208-7351

Good News for the Environment!

Five national monuments retain their status and will not be developed. Also just in from our local Sierra Club member Jim Hines, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is off the list. Help get more of them off the list, click here.

EPA reverses course and ozone rules will stand from Obama era.

Despite Paris announcement, the president still wants to take part in climate talks.

An ancient fish is successfully restored to New York State waters, an environmental and conservation WIN!
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Nations begin talks to protect fish in the open seas.

Elon Musk has made good on his promise to create a solar roofing material. This roofing, combined one of his Powerpack storage batteries would provide 24/7 power to our homes. In other Tesla news,  employees, trying to unionize, sent a list of demands to the company’s board.

An elephant swept out to sea gets rescued by the Sri Lankan Navy (video!)

The LA River is going to come alive again. Alternative 20, as the experiment is known, promises to restore riparian health to this long-neglected waterway.

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A native Hawaiian plant that went extinct in the wild is successfully reintroduced, another conservation WIN!

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The UK may bring back the lynx after a 1,300 year absence!

A barge off Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park has been converted to a public food forest. It was moved to the South Bronx last week.

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The Conservation Alliance has put together some of their success stories for you to read.  Since inception in 1989, Conservation Alliance funding has helped save more than 50 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,991 miles of rivers; stop or remove 29 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 12 climbing areas.

California passed a new air quality law. It doesn’t go as far as we had hoped but it’s a start.

Help them out!
FUN PROJECT ALERT!: Got geckos? Join GeckoWatch, an ongoing project with iNaturalist to monitor the spread of nonnative geckos all over the continental US.  Try to take a few decent photos of any gecko you see (good enough to allow ID), note where you saw it, and upload for ID.

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Good News from D.C.!

Scaramucci is out as the White House Communications Director.

Democracy is working: Powerful special counsel and a grand jury slowly reveal the truth.

The president signs bipartisan bill that sanctions Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

House unanimously votes to restore GIs’ education benefits.

Congressional Republicans are starting to act independently of the president.

Democrats stake out bipartisan high ground as budget and tax talks approach.

The Senate passes the Right To Try Act, expanding terminally ill patients’ access to treatments not yet approved by the FDA.

The acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Chuck Rosenberg, has told his agency’s employees to disregard President Trump’s suggestion that police treat suspects roughly. Gainesville Florida Police Spokesman Ben Tobias immediately recognized the harm those words could do and spoke out, tweeting, “I’m a cop. I do not agree with or condone @POTUS remarks today on police brutality. Those that applauded and cheered should be ashamed.” Postcard People: You can send a thank you here. Officer Ben Tobias, Gainesville Police Department, 545 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Maxine Waters holds her ground and “Reclaims her time”. She reclaims a whole lot more for the rest of us too. Bravo!

After constituents challenged her at a town hall, Kirsten Gillibrand came to her senses and withdrew her support for a bill that would make it a felony to support a boycott of Israel. First amendment rights are way too important to squander over this.

Good New for the Arts, finally!

National Endowment for the Humanities awards $39.3M in grants.

Great Legal news!

Joe Arpaio, the sadistic former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, was convicted of contempt of court for discriminating against Latino drivers.

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A court ruled that if Trump tries to sabotage the insurance market, state attorneys general will be allowed to defend Obamacare payments.

Good news for Immigration!

Humor is a weapon that’s still legal, thanks to the 1st Amendment. Stephen Colbert savages Stephan Miller’s speech on Trump’ horrid new immigration limits.
Help them out!
Use a weapon of your own… call your senators to stop this terrible bill – S 354 “The RAISE Act” (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) at  http://www.phoneyourrep.com 

Protesters rallied outside Chase headquarters and other banks around the country to call out their financing of for-profit immigrant detention centers.

An undocumented immigrant in Connecticut was granted a stay of deportation thanks to overwhelming community support, including a crowd of hundreds outside her hearing, a New Haven church that provided her sanctuary, the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School, and local immigrant-rights and Indivisible groups.

This is an amazing video on the struggle of  DACA kids. If you didn’t see it in yesterday’s “This Week in Resistance” column, take a moment to watch it now. There’s sadness and joy here, as well as our continued amazement at the strength of these young people in the face of ignorance and bigotry. We should be proud to call any of these kids Americans.

Good LGBTQ news!

Coast Guard affirms support for their transgender service people. “We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard” the Coast Guard’s top officer said.

Transgender people can continue to serve in the military (for now).
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford rejected surprise orders submitted via Twitter, saying that there would be no change in military transgender policy until there is an official action, saying, “We will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect.” Read more here. Postcard People – you can send your thanks here: Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.,  Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 9999 Joint Staff Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20318-9999

Numerous cities express a desire to hire any dismissed transgender military.

Good News for Women!

An injunction stops Arkansas law requiring women to obtain consent before abortion.

This is one of those “bad news -good news” articles, but Washington state will now alert survivors of domestic abuse when their abuser tries to buy a gun.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen saved an Ambassador post for Global Women’s Issues—an important position that advocates for the rights of women and girls around the world.

Jordan voted to repeal a law that allowed rapists to avoid punishment if they married their victims. It’s a step in the right direction, at least.

Good News for Voting!

The ACLU is investing millions in Florida to restore ex-felons’ voting rights. Florida, Kentucky and Iowa are the only states where felony convictions permanently strip offender of voting rights pending special clemency hearings.
Help them out!
If you know a registered voter in Florida, please send then this petition to sign.
You can also register for an organizing call. #restorethevote.

Indivisible made the news!

“Many Americans look back on the heroic political fights of the past — for suffrage, Social Security, civil rights, Medicare — and wonder why today’s politics never produce inspiring victories. Well, we just witnessed one.

Silly News!

A comedian is putting fake signs all over his city.

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(Thanks to Taffy Walker from Grassroots Ventura for our lead story and the usual suspects, Jen Hoffman, Alison & Stephanie, Michelle at Small Deeds Done, other Indivisible members and the vast internet for the rest. May it keep producing good news for us.)

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