This Week in Sanity-saving Good News – “The Kids are Alright” Edition…

Lego welcomes the women of NASA.

The kids are alright.

First, let’s talk about this 11 year-old girl who’s been worried about the Flint water situation since she’s been 9. Along with playing piano, swimming, fencing and taking dance lessons, she has invented the cheapest, most effective test for lead in water and won “America’s Top Young Scientist”. God, what was I doing when I was 11?

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Then there’s Ames Mayfield, who in 14 years or so, will be running for office. Put in on your calendars now.

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Sanity-Saving good news – “Using your anger for good” – Edition

Good news in basic humanity.

Lin-Manuel’s advice works for everything, actually. This was a hard week where we wonder about our basic humanity. But then all this happens and, well, it helps a bit.

San Juan Mayor Carment Cruz does not back down.

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“This terrible and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it does not embody the spirit of the American nation.” San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz on 45’s trip to Puerto Rico

Racial slurs were shouted at a Nevada Union High School student in Grass Valley as he walked down Mill Street, according to his father on an amazing Facebook heart-to-heart to the white people in his community. Concerned local residents, including the police and the Nevada Union High principal, asked the community to do better and stand up to racism.  And this happened.

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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.”

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Road Trip! Join us in Sacramento on September 7 for SB 54 (CA Values Act/Sanctuary State) Statewide Day of Mobilization. (Buses available!)

Now more than ever we need to stand in solidarity with our neighbors! With Trump’s threats to end DACA, we need to turn to our leadership in California to protect the vulnerable among us.

When: September 7, 2017
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Where: State Capitol 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

There will be buses leaving late the night before from the Oxnard area.

Food will be provided. More information will be sent upon submission.

Fill out this form register and to reserve your spot on the bus. More information will be sent upon submission.

Join the ACLU, Indivisibles Ventura, Ojai, Conejo (among many, MANY others) and ICE Out of California Coalition for a statewide day of mobilization at the state Capitol as we urge assembly members and Governor Jerry Brown to support the California Values Act (SB 54). The time for state leaders to protect immigrant communities from Trump’s deportation machine is now!

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Monuments from the Jim Crow Era Must Go: Remove Statues Celebrating the Confederacy from the Capitol Building – Fri. 8/25

If you haven’t seen this video, it is the most powerful lesson we’ve ever seen about why these statues must go. Please share it with anyone who remains in confusion and/or denial about this issue. Like the Germans after WWII have already done, it’s time that we Americans learn to deal honestly with the truth of our history.

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Fight Hate Crime: Demand a DOJ Task Force to Address the Rise in Domestic Hate Crimes

Script: I am writing (https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice ) to urge Attorney General Sessions to support Sens. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) request to create an interagency task force to address the tragic increase in domestic hate crimes.

The recent outburst of violent racism and domestic terrorist activity by white supremacist organizations and individuals in Charlottesville, Virginia, has made the senators’ call for action even more urgent.

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Fight White Nationalism: Government Must Fund the Countering Violent Extremism Program!

Minimal Script: I’m calling to ask {Sen.[2 calls] (&) Rep [1 call]}  to require that the Countering Violent Extremism program stays focused on white nationalism, and that CVE grants are fully funded.

(Additional script if you want to: A substantial portion of CVE grants are awarded to respond to the threat of white nationalism. We need a Department of Homeland Security that fights domestic terrorism on every front—including white nationalism—and they need to have the budget to do it.)

Call Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

AND Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

AND Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

OR Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Not your people?: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

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