Sanity-Saving good news – “Where can I get me one of these hats” – Edition

“Peace doesn’t fall from the heavens because you are lucky; it is built from the ground up with sweat and love and tears.”

As Peace is Loud’s founder Abigail Disney wrote about violence prevention efforts in Kenya, “Please try to remember that if ‘nothing’ happens today, it will only be because of all that has happened before today.

Good News from the Resistance against Police Brutality

“[In 2016], Kaepernick lit the match.”

And now we have fire…

ACTION ITEM: Fox2Now has put out a poll asking how you feel about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. You know what to do. Click here.

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After the president attacked football players’ rights to silent and peaceful protest, the protests only increased, and players, coaches, and team owners spoke out or knelt. For background, check out this great video or read this equally important piece, which explains, “Nothing in the history of sports and politics can compare to what happened on Sunday.

Off the field, we were cheering on this mic drop response to Trump by Colin Kaepernick’s mother, this touching act by a 97-year-old WWII vet…

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,,,this letter in support of Kaepernick written by a group of veterans, this moving interview with NFL player Michael Thomas—not to mention these reminders that women athletes have been fighting the same battle…

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and this quote from LeBron James:
The people run this country. Not one individual. — and damn sure not him. I will lend my voice, I will lend my passion, I will lend my money, I will lend my resources to my youth and my inner city and outside of my inner city so that these kids know there is hope, there is greater walks of life. Not one individual, no matter if it’s the president of the United States or someone in your household, can stop your dreams from becoming reality.

Extra nice thing… a kid walked into a Gamestop wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey…

Good News from the Resistance against White Supremicism.

Two separate rallies — the March for Racial Justice and the March for Black Women, the latter specifically for, about and led by black women, sponsored by the Black Women’s Blueprint, Black Youth Project 100 and Trans Sisters of Color Project, converged in Washington DC yesterday. Related marches took place in 15 other locations.

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Senate Democrats will force a vote on the Dream Act.

NFL Players Association publicly supports its Muslim players.

Voices are being raised all over. After five black air force cadets found racist slurs scribbled on their doors, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, along with USAFA leadership, addressed the entire Cadet Wing and USAFA Preparatory School today. Lt. Gen. Silveria left no uncertainties that racism has no place at the Academy.

(wapo) “A father of one of the target cadets told the Air Force Times: “The word has zero power in my house. Zero power. The word is not going to yield a reaction. My initial advice to him was, respond with intelligence, do not react, do not get upset. You don’t have to defend intelligence, you don’t have to defend common sense, you don’t have to defend confidence. He’s fine.” He told the Air Force Times he doesn’t view his son as the victim but rather the victim is the person who wrote the slurs, because that person will probably go home disgraced and lose out on a promising military career, and “because they were raised with that kind of vitriol and that kind of hate.

ACTION ITEM:
Sleeping Giants is leading a campaign against Breitbart’s advertiser base—and it’s winning. 3,000 advertisers have left Breitbart since November (YAASS!), but there’s more to go, and you can help.

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Another white supremacist was arrested in connection with Charlottesville—this time, for assaulting a woman. (Thank you, Shaun King, for leading the charge to identify him!)

Students disrupted James Comey’s speech at Howard University to protest his actions against the Black Lives Matter movement.

YouTube de-monetizes accounts linked to hate speech.

It’s absurd that this was even in question, but federal judge ruled that a police officer can’t sue the Black Lives Matter movement.

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California is suing the federal government over Trump’s proposed border wall.

Philadelphia puts up a statue honoring Octavious Catto, an amazing black civil rights leader of the 19th century. Hey, people worried about all those empty pedestals in the wake of Confederate statue removals…

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…Look! Fixed! Catto looks great!

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Need some more ideas for appropriate statues to substitute for Confederate propaganda?  Look here.

The Dallas Independent School District unanimously passed a resolution to fast-track changing the names of four schools honoring Confederate Generals. Some parents objected…”a Stonewall parent, David Coons, asked the board to consider the stress and problems that the name change would cause for the school’s children.” Really?!

For those of you who joined in on the action to email the CEO of Marriott for allowing anti-Muslim hate group “Act for America” book their conference facilities…we’re not quite there yet. Marriott is also, coincidently, hosting CAIR, whose mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam. CEO Arne Sorenson thinks that there is an equivalency that lets him off the hook, because both groups focus on Islam. Kind of like how both the KKK and the NAACP focus on black people. But it has ruined his day, and worse, gotten bad press for his hotel, so keep up the good work. We expect changes in the future.

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Good News in Justice and equality!

Maryland eliminates mandatory sentences for drug dealers.

Lionsgate uses its media to highlight blood-donation discrimination.

Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, agreed that transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military.

Washington State is considering rules that would allow for non-binary options on birth certificates.

A sweeping study finds that decarceration is a better alternative to long-term incarceration.

Good News amongst the bad for Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands and how we can help!

This is turning into Trump’sKatrina moment“…

One president in a golf cart does not equal one mayor waist deep in flood waters looking for survivors.

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The Trump administration finally lifted shipping restrictions to Puerto Rico to speed up relief efforts. They alsoissued a number of important waivers for Puerto Rico, a 10-day waiver of federal restrictions on foreign ships delivering cargo, a waiver of local government federal cost-sharing requirements for initial FEMA money, and a temporary EPA waiver allowing PR to burn high sulfur diesel in generators used for emergency purposes.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban lent the team plane to point guard J.J. Barea to fly food, water, and supplies to Puerto Rico. Barea, who is from Puerto Rico, set up a relief fund for Hurricane Maria victims with his wife, Puerto Rican actress and model Viviana Ortiz. They have raised over $140,000, according to MacMahon. Barea reportedly left Monday after communicating with his parents for the first time Sunday and learning where help was most needed. He’ll reportedly return on the team plane Tuesday night. ”  You can thank Mark Cuban via Twitter @mcuban or a message on his Facebook page or write to him in care of Dallas Mavericks, The Pavilion, 2909 Taylor Street, Dallas, TX 75226. You can thank J.J Barea  via Twitter @jjbareapr or at the Dallas Maverick’s address.

Chef Jose Andres is feeding thousands in Puerto Rico.

Pittbull sent a private plane to Puerto Rico to transport cancer patients.

Tech companies are responding with money and repair teams.

The Royal Caribbean is using a cruise ship to help evacuate people from Puerto Rico and deliver needed supplies to Caribbean islands. The cruise line announced on Tuesday that it is canceling its September 30 Adventure of the Seas trip so it can use the ship to help victims of Hurricane Maria.”  Thank these generous people:  Royal Caribbean, Miami Corporate Offices, 1050, 1080 & 1040 Caribbean Way, Miami, FL 33132

A NY pilot and paramedic flies to Puerto Rico to offer help and supplies.

ACTION ITEM: if you’re a lawyer who would like to volunteer your services, check this out.

ACTION ITEM: This U.S. commonwealth still desperately needs our help.
Aid to Puerto Rico (photos):

Aid specifically to the US Virgin Islands:

Aid to central Mexico (photos):

Good News in Elections!

Democrats flipped two seats blue Tuesday –one in Florida and one in New Hampshire–in what were both SUPER red districts. The Florida victor, Annette Taddeo, was outspent her by opponent by over a million dollars! The candidate in NH, first timer Kari Lerner, won by 39 votes! In a district Trump won by 23 points.

ACTION ITEM: Guess what pushed them both over the edge? Canvassing and POSTCARDING! That’s right!  So PLEASE consider doing some! It’s so easy; you don’t have to talk to anyone, and just think: Kari Lerner won by thirty-nine people. EVERY VOTE MATTERS. So Text HELLO to (484) ASK-ABBY and Abby the Address Bot will help you immediately with instructions and addresses!

 Ames, Iowa elected a more diverse school board with a female majority.

RunForOffice.organnounced that with the help of volunteers, 275 people have contributed over  3,000 hours of work to research 13,090 districts, resulting in the first publicly available and free searchable database with information about 81,361 school board positions for all school districts in the 50 states.

Good News for Women! 

The group #Handmaids4HB40 convinced Illinois’ Republican governor to sign a bill protecting and expanding reproductive rights.

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Joining every other country in the world, Saudi Arabia will now allow women to drive. As Manal al-Sharif, an organizer who’s spent years campaigning for this, said:

The National Book Foundation has released their five picks for young debut fiction writers under 35, and they are all women.

Cardi B hit #1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart this week with her song “Bodak Yellow,” becoming the first female rapper to grab to the top spot without featuring another artist since Lauryn Hill in 1998.

A  female Marine graduated from Infantry Officer Course, marking her the first woman to earn the 0302 infantry officer military occupational specialty.

ESPN announced that Doris Burke will become the first regular ESPN NBA game analyst for a full regular-season.

Stacey Fortes was sworn in as first justice of Lowell District Court, MA, making her the first woman and first African American to lead the court.

Lataisia Jones became the first African American Ph.D. graduate from the Florida State University College of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience.

Marc Benioff the CEO of Salesforce, redid its gender pay gap assessment and spent $3 million to rectify new pay discrepancies, after doing the same in 2015.

Good News for Worker’s rights!

 In New York, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the NYCLU defeated an anti-immigrant law targeting day laborers.

Kansas City residents voted decisively in support of $15 per hour minimum wage bill, in spite of their state legislators’ efforts to prevent it. And in other #FightFor15 news, Target announced they are raising their minimum wage to $11 an hour starting next month, and to $15 an hour by 2020. #bullseye!

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Consolidated Edison for improperly requiring job applicants to submit to medical examinations and provide genetic information of family members before being hired.

Deshaun Watson donates first paycheck to cafeteria employees.

Good News from the battle against corruption, both foreign & domestic!

After it was revealed that Russian groups bought pro-Trump ads, Facebook will now require political ads to disclose who is funding them. We’re hoping Twitter will get their act together ASAP.

DHS will increase state elections officials’ security clearances to enable communication about future election breaches.

Earlier this week, before he was fired-resigned-don’t-care-which, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price stated he would personally reimburse the government for some of the $400,000 in taxpayer money he spent on private jets. But Democrats are taking it a step further by introducing legislation that would ban this type of travel altogether.

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The acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration resigned after losing confidence that Trump respected the law at all.

Office of Management and Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, reminded swamp creatures cabinet members they’re using taxpayer money when they fly and to manage it wisely.

Betsy DeVos gets called out for the inherent conflicts of interest she has in for-profit schooling by an audience of college kids.

Equifax starts the long road uphill. Here’s a petition you can sign for all the credit agencies to follow suit.

Jared Kushner is one of those double-voters the GOP is trying to root out. He registered to vote in NY in 2009 and identified himself as female and prior to 2009 he was registered to vote in NJ and identified his gender as unknown

Some actually Good News in Health Care!

Tom Price is gone. Check your bingo cards. You may be a winner. Adam Schiff gets in the last word.

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We might sound like a broken record, but we’re okay with that, because the GOP has lost its latest battle to repeal Obamacare!

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Thank you to Indivisible members, who made more than 300,000 calls and hosted 172 events (in just one week!) pressuring members of Congress to #KillTheBill, and an even bigger thank you to the disability rights advocates at ADAPT, who were again arrestedafter disrupting a Senate hearing. (These people are absolutely fearless!)

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The Senate quietly passed the CHRONIC Care Act (S. 870) by a voice vote the same day they abandoned the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal/replace the ACA.  “The bill’s provisions include expanding a program created by ObamaCare that provides care for seniors in their homes; giving new tools to groups of doctors that come together to coordinate care for a patient, known as Accountable Care Organizations; and expanding the use of telehealth, where doctors use technology to communicate with patients far away.”

ACTION ITEM: Thank your senators for working together for the common good and remind them that is why we elected them and that we’d like to see more of this.

Senator Harris: https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator
Senator Feinstein: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

A private insurer steps up to start advertising health care.

Washington state and Seattle separately sued makers of OxyContin, seeking to hold a pharmaceutical company accountable for opioid addiction epidemic arguing deceptively marketing that the drugs had a low risk of addiction and were effective for treating chronic pain.

Good News in finally giving amazing people their due!

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NASA named a new building after African-American math pioneer Katherine Johnson—who, by the way, turned 99 years young last month. “I always like something new.”

Good News in the Environment!

Ryan Zinke has abused his plane privileges too… Hmmm…

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This week, we learned that decades of conservation efforts are paying off: Sea turtle populations are bouncing back, thanks to work begun in the 1950s. This turtle triumph is a great reminder of the years, decades, and even centuries of work that goes into making change.

ACTION ITEM: Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean, and there are more storms on the way.  Join other citizen scientists by examining satellite photos to help direct response teams to the areas most in need.  This work is making a real difference on the ground.

Dogs love food and they love you too.

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The Atacama Desert blooms

Removal of dams have helped landlocked Atlantic salmon return to historic spawning grounds.

An agricultural revolution in The Netherlands gives a model of efficiency to the rest of the world. This is really interesting!

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Video of tiger conservation success in Nepal: a mama and her cubs.

Bison return to … Europe? Another conservation WIN.

A community learns to live with leopards.

Good News for Kids!

Again, this year, all fourth graders (or 10-year-olds) have access to a free pass to them and their families to attend national parks, monuments, forests, etc. Here’s a good explanation.  Let’s sign up with our fourth-graders!

California gets an official state dinosaur. OK, I’m excited too.
(Thanks to Jen Hofmann, Michele at Small Deeds done, Calvin’s List, Rogan’s List Alison & Stephanie, What went right, friends and fellow Indivisians and the wonderful worldwide web.)

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