Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! – “There are more of us than the haters. We just have to stand up!” Edition

(Marcher’s sign from yesterday’s Indivisible March on LA.)

Before we start… a moment for Dick Gregory.

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Good News from the White House!

The White House banned Bannon. #anothercreepgone #morecreepstogo

Resigned or released, racist Sebastian Gorka is now out of the White House.

In the latest move to trump Trump’s messaging tricks, the Presidential Arts Council announced they were quitting with a hidden message enclosed.

Trump’s science envoy publicly resigned—with his own special note included. 

The Department of Commerce’s Digital Economy board co-chairs, and others, split.

Members of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council announced their departure.

 The first pastor has resigned from Trump’s evangelical advisory board.

With mounting pressure over his conflicts of interest, Carl Icahn quit too.

Good News for Congress!

House Democrats seek to censure the president over his inadequate response to Charlottesville.

Sen. Schumer calls for disbanding “election integrity” commission and instead expanding voting rights. He’s also called out Trump to withdraw his nomination for non-scientist and known-hater Sam Clovis for USDA chief scientist.

There’s a new health care idea in town.

Yes, Americans still know how to fight evil!

Members of Ventura County resistance groups joined in the Indivisible March on Los Angeles to celebrate the 97th anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, to protest the racism and misogyny of our own president, and to commemorate the life of one of our own, Heather Heyer, who died in the Charlottesville protests. Indivisible Ventura, Indivisible Ojai Valley, Indivisible Conejo, Indivisible Simi and Ventura County Physicians for Progress joined together in a great day of speeches, marching and making great new friends from all over Southern California.image1

The pushback against the alt-right and white supremacy continues, in large and small ways. After tens of thousands of people demonstrated against it, a tiny alt-right rally in Boston ended early.RTS1CGGE-1024x684

(A large crowd of people march towards the Boston Commons to protest the Boston Free Speech Rally in Boston, MA, U.S., August 19, 2017. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Reuters)

(These videos are everything.) Plus, hundreds rallied in Durham, NC to stop a KKK march that never materialized, and in rural California, the group Calaveras Rising brought 15 people, including our reader Lee, out into the streets to stand up for peace and equality. And then there was Trump’s recent rally in Phoenix, with a small crowd that got so bored they left, while huge protests gathered outside.

A great image can change hearts and minds. Here’s the amazing story of this artist.

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Nearly two weeks after the crisis in Charlottesville, four felony arrest warrants were issued for one of the most visible white supremacists from the rally, and he turned himself in to the police. Meanwhile, the Charlottesville city council voted to shroud Confederate statues in black to make it easier to remove them, and residents took over their meeting, demanding answers and accountability. And the Solidarity Cville organizers need your help.

The removal of hateful monuments around the country continues:

The University of Texas at Austin got rid of Confederate statues from its Main Mall.

New York City is taking steps to remove “symbols of hate” – beginning with this one.

Maryland took down a statue of the judge who upheld slavery in the Dred Scott decision

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South Carolina judge refuses to return the confederate flag to courthouse.

City of Syracuse denies racist group a permit.

Alt-right organizers themselves canceled 67 rallies in 36 states, moving online instead.

Religious leaders march in DC for justice in honor of King, rebuke of the president.

Valarie Plame wants to buy a controlling interest in Twitter to delete Trump’s account.

More than 200 U.S. mayors have joined the Anti-Defamation League and United States Conference of Mayors in a new initiative to fight extremism and bigotry in America. Let’s make sure our mayors sign on, too.

Arnold speaks out! A powerful message from a man who grew up in a country that lost it’s mind, it’s morals, and it’s heart.

Hate is bad for business!

Racist and white supremacist groups are having a harder time promoting hate. After protests, the Norwegian cruise line canceled a far-right cruise.

After activist groups have pressured them for months, more and more charities are canceling events at Mar-a-Lago. #seeyalateralligator

Spotify removes music of racist groups.

“PayPal is taking action against more than three dozen hate groups and other extremist organizations, sources close to the payments company told CBS MoneyWatch”. You can “Thank-you” postcard PayPal at 2211 North First StreetSan Jose, California 95131.

DreamHost fights the Department of Justice’s aggressive privacy request.

An artist is using Trump’s hotel to protest

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Schools are being schooled!

At least four schools refused to host Richard Spencer’s events.

Liberty University graduates are returning their diplomas to protest the school president’s support for Trump.

A Federal judges delivered a ruling  that Arizona’s ban on Mexican-American studies is racist.

NC schools ban the Confederate flag and symbols of white supremacy.

Some relief for those in need!

After the success of the Black Mamas Mother’s Day Bailout, the queer liberation group Southerners on New Ground launched a Black August bailout to bring incarcerated black women, including queer and trans women, home to their families.

 An ACLU lawsuit led to the first-ever settlement of a case against the CIA over their use of torture.

Missouri’s governor halted a man’s execution and ordered further investigation of his DNA evidence.

Students defrauded by Corinthian College should soon be able to receive an additional $183 million in loan forgiveness, thanks to years of work by Strike Debt and the brave students who led a debt strike.

Black Lives Matter throws a baby shower for pregnant woman who was a victim of police violence.

According to his family, the Virginia shooter who targeted members of Congress and others in June had a long history of violent and threatening behavior. A recent study confirmed he’s not alone.  Almost half of all mass shooters exhibited warning signs. Wouldn’t it be great if we could stop people with a violent history or in clear crisis before they harm themselves or others? We can. Oregon’s Governor just signed an Extreme Risk Protection Order bill into law, making the eight state to enact a law that gives family members and law enforcement a way to prevent a person in crisis from harming themself or others by temporarily removing firearms and prohibiting the purchase of any other guns. To obtain an ERPO, sometimes called a Gun Violence Restraining Order, the family member or law enforcement officer must prove a history or recent threats of violence, dangerous behavior with firearms, or substance abuse.

Fighting for our votes to count!

After North Carolina lawmakers revealed their newly-proposed, and very troubling, voter maps, hundreds of people came out to voice their disapproval and proposed their own maps. #backtothedrawingboard

A Federal judge is  permanently blocking Texas’s voter ID law.

TX court found 9 congressional districts discriminate against minorities.

Good News in Elections!

A populist mayoral candidate in Birmingham, AL received an unexpectedly high percentage of the primary vote and is headed to a runoff in October. This may not have happened without the support of Our Revolution, who is creating a movement of leftist candidates running for – and winning – local office.

Some amazing things are happening overseas too!

Lebanon joins Jordan and Tunisia repealed the law that allowed rapists to marry their victims

The Indian supreme court protected the right to freedom of sexual orientation and banned “instant divorce.”

McDonald’s workers in London are poised to go on strike for the first time, fighting for a living wage, guaranteed hours, and recognition of their union.

Things to do!

You have 2 more days to join in the “Pledge a Protestor” campaign!

“”Do you feel devastated by the rise of racism, anti-Semitism, and hatred of humanity? Not sure how to respond to the Neo-Nazi violence in #Charlottesville?  Responding to hate with hate does not stop hate. We know we must respond to hate with love. But how? Pledge to donate $1 (or any amount!) for every Alt-Right/Neo Nazi/Hate-sympathizer that shows up to rally on the Boston Common this Saturday, August 19.”

(Thanks to Rogan’s List, Stephanie and Allison, Jen Hofmann and all the others who work to find the best of us and share it.)

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