Good news is just what we need right now!

This has been a hard week, as the Supreme Court now openly sides with the party of Grifters-Oligarchs-Polluters to further degrade our tenuous hold on democracy. This list from Americans of Conscience, along with a few additions from us down in the “STATE” category, feels like the news we need right now!

Issues in the news!

Reproductive Rights


  • The annual Sumi’nungwa Hopi Festival returns after a two-year hiatus.
  • The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah and community volunteers plant beach grass to protect their homelands from the impacts of climate change.
  • Patrice H. Kunesh of Standing Rock Lakota descent is nominated for Commissioner for the HHS Administration for Native Americans.
  • SCOTUS affirms the inherent right of the Ute Mountain Ute to exercise sovereignty over crimes against Native women on the Tribe’s lands.



  • CA – Racist covenants: This just in! Counties must now work to purge their property records of decades-old racist language that once banned people of color from buying homes in neighborhoods across California. Starting July 1, the law also requires real estate agents and services to notify homebuyers if any such bans — called racially restrictive covenants — are known to be tied to a property and to help redact the unlawful rules. (Read more here).
  • CA’s is putting money to our values: Read Governor Newsom’s new budget for CA! Here are some highlights!
    • Medi-CAL: Last year, Governor Newsom signed legislation making California the first state in the nation to expand full-scope Medi-Cal eligibility to low-income adults 50 years of age or older, regardless of immigration status. In 2016, children under 19 years of age became eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits, and in January 2020, full-scope Medi-Cal was extended to young adults ages 19 through 25. The new budget now includes funding to extend this program to those aged 26-49.
    • Inflation relief package:
      • 23 million Californians will benefit from up to $1,050, as soon as October! See if you qualify on the new Middle-Class Tax Refund calculator here.
      • $1.95 Billion for Emergency Rental Assistance
      • $1.4 Billion to Help Californians Pay Past-Due Utility Bills
      • $439 Million to Pause the State Sales Tax on Diesel for 12 Months
    • Abortion and beyond: We are investing $200 million in reproductive care and making a company’s willingness to move OUT of anti-choice states and TO the reproductive freedom state of California a factor in awarding state business tax credits. The state is also investing in a child’s entire lifespan. From birth to college and beyond. That means universal preschool, free school meals, expanded before and after school programs, more counselors for our schools, free community college and more.
    • Climate change: $53.9 billion in new investments will better protect Californians from the extreme weather that has been impacting our bills, our livelihoods, our farms and our families
    • Help for the unhoused: $2.2 billion for encampment resolutions around the state and new bridge housing to support people going through CARE Court
    • Guns and crime: The state is launching the largest gun buyback program in the nation, funding a permanent Smash and Grab Enforcement Unit to fight retail theft, and investing $30 million to support the National Guard’s drug interdiction efforts, targeting transnational criminal organizations.
    • Behavioral Health care: The state is investing big in behavioral health for adults and our kids. This year, there’s new urgent funding for wellness support programs, funding for youth suicide reporting and prevention, and more.
    •  Infrastructure: $14.8 BILLION funding for transportation infrastructure investment. That means money for rail and transit projects, climate adaptation projects, walking and bicycling projects, high-speed rail, our ports, and more. AND we’re investing to speed up our transition to zero-emission vehicles.
  • CO exempts diapers and period products from sales tax.
  • CO Republican voters reject three election deniers for statewide office.
  • GA residents vote in record-breaking numbers in the state’s primary election.
  • GA will return over $1 billion in state surplus funds to taxpayers who filed returns for 2020 and 2021.
  • MA residents can obtain driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status.
  • MA enacts voter reforms including no-excuse vote-by-mail, expanded early voting, and jail-based voting.
  • ME denies public funding to private schools that discriminate against LGBTQ+ students.
  • NE Supreme Court rules in favor of a worker who refused to take on a sick coworker’s responsibilities for no additional pay.
  • RI launches a pilot program offering some first-generation homebuyers up to $25,000 toward a down payment and closing costs.
  • TX: Court issues a temporary restraining order stop to the governor’s intrusive and unnecessary directive to investigate families of transgender youth.
  • WA creates an alert system for missing Indigenous people.



Groups and organizations

  • NAACP will partner with to boost Black voter turnout in November’s midterms.
  • The Magnolia Mother’s Trust initiative provides low-income Black mothers in Jackson, MS $1,000 cash on a monthly basis, no strings attached, for 12 months.
  • The Faith for Equality Coalition launches Faith for Pride, a month-long effort to include progress on LGBTQ+ rights in religious services and programs.
  • Civil Eats suggests a reading list to increase knowledge of injustice in food systems and how to improve justice. 
  • Nearly 200 workers at MA Planned Parenthood clinics file to join the 1199SEIU union.
  • Amazon workers in NYC vote to unionize.
  • GLAAD and other LGBTQ+ rights advocates boycott Chelsea Piers following an event featuring FL’s governor, who signed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
  • Gun safety activists protest an NRA convention following multiple mass shootings.

News with heart

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