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 – “‘Respect’ is more than a song by Aretha” Edition.

Starting this hard week’s good news off with this song

Good news in resistance!

On Columbus Day, people in New York City and Pittsburgh protested for the holiday to be renamed Indigenous People’s Day.

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After Jemele Hill was suspended from ESPN, again, people showed up at their headquarters to protest. Hey ESPN, this is worth a read. #TakeAKnee & #StandWithJemele

If you missed the  story about why Colin Kaepernick knelt during anthems, here it is… Pass it on to that person on your Facebook feed that’s losing his mind over this. Continue reading “Sanity-saving good news – “‘Respect’ is more than a song by Aretha” Edition.”

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 – “There is a moral movement rising” – Edition

People are standing together and becoming more powerful.

“If statues come down, racism can still be up.”  Reverend William J. Barber sets the record straight on systemic racism and white supremacy in America.

“The death of that young girl traumatizes me and the nation. You cannot push back against that with just every now an then having a rally. You have to have a long-term movement that names the issues, and then challenges them with a deep moral argument, not just a political argument.

There is a moral movement rising in this country that is saying, “Dr. King is dead. Fannie

Lou Hamer is dead. Rabbi Heschel is dead. Dorothy Day is dead. Harriet Tubman is dead. Elizabeth Cady Stanton is dead, Frederick Douglass is dead.

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Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News – “SB54 Passed!” Edition

California fights for its DACA citizens!

“California is their home and they are our future.”Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra  filed a lawsuit Monday against the Trump administration along with Maine, Maryland and Minnesota, arguing in his complaint that repealing DACA would deal a significant blow to California’s economy. California is home to 220,000 of the nation’s 800,000 DACA recipients.

The University of California filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration last week Friday, saying rescinding DACA would unconstitutionally violate the rights of the university system and its students. University of California President Janet Napolitano on Tuesday issued a memo advising the current DACA recipients, numbering approximately 4000, that they are eligible to apply for a two-year renewal even if the program is phased out. Renewal applications are due by Oct. 5. Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News – “SB54 Passed!” Edition”

Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News – “Finding Your Voice” Edition.

This weekend will only have Good News and some helpful links for both DACA and SB 54. We don’t need a recap to know that this has been an incredibly hard week.  For those of you who are still waiting, toe poised above the water…

The civil rights movement was messy, disorderly, confrontational and yes, sometimes violent. Those standing on the sidelines of the current racial-justice movement, waiting for a pristine or flawless exercise of righteous protest, will have a long wait. They, we suspect, will be this generation’s version of the millions who claim that they were one of the thousands who marched with Dr. King. Each of us should realize that what we do now is most likely what we would have done during those celebrated protests 50 years ago. Rather than critique from afar, come out of your homes, follow those who are closest to the pain, and help us to redeem this country, and yourselves, in the process.”

Standing up for DACA! We’re peacefully protesting everywhere! You can do it from your couch!

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Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! – The “Hurricane Harvey” Edition

Good News for Humanity! Houston affirms that America can still be awesome.

Despite this year of pitting Americans against each other, of overt racism and hatred, and of old symbols of hate marching down our streets, the people of Houston remind us all how amazing Americans can be. How kind, how generous, and how brave.

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