This past week I’ve been feeling a little like this guy when reading the news:
While sometimes I want to stuff myself in the sofa, I’ve been doing my best to embrace other ways of dealing with the news: donating my time and money, calling my elected officials, and putting away my electronic devices to spend time with friends and family in real life. Positive things are happening all around the world and writing this newsletter helps to remind me of that too.
Whatever your method is to keep going, I support you. Even if it’s:
Now onto the good stuff,
2. Donations have been pouring into pro-choice organizations. Thanks to all the financial support it’s received recently, the Yellowhammer Fund is on track to help provide three times as many abortions as last year.
3. Following outcry over misleading ads on Google, the platform will now clearly indicate whether an advertiser does or does not provide abortions.
5. Vermont lawmakers passed a bill that will amend the state’s constitution to protect abortion rights.
6. And a judge’s ruling in Missouri will allow the state’s last abortion clinic to stay open while it resolves issues with the state health department.
7. Young people held over 2,300 school strikes in 130 countries as they continue to demand that our politicians and leaders address climate change.
Artwork by Scarlett Thorby-Lister for The Equality Institute
8. A Pennsylvania school district can continue to let transgender students use bathrooms that match their identity.
9. Connecticut will soon become the 7th state to provide paid time off to new parents and caregivers.
11. While McDonald’s held their annual shareholders meeting, workers and allies simultaneously protested in 13 states to demand higher wages and accountability for systemic sexual harassment.
12. The New Hampshire legislature voted to abolish the death penalty, becoming the last state in New England to do so.
13. With help from the organization Chicago Votes, a new bill in Illinois will provide polling places, absentee ballots, and voting information to people who are incarcerated and those who were recently released, so they can more easily exercise their right to vote in future elections. As Jen Dean, co-deputy director of Chicago Votes, said:
“When you give someone that power, there is no way to measure the profound lasting impact that can have on someone’s life and the agency one has to create change.”
14. A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from redirecting $1 billion so they could start building their border wall.
15. Maine became the latest state to ban gay conversion therapy for minors.
16. After it was revealed that Tennessee’s Speaker of the House was sending racist and sexist tweets, thousands of people made phone calls and wrote letters calling for his resignation, and it worked.
17. Nevada passed a bill that will restore voting rights to 77,000 people who served their time for felony convictions, and another that will seal the records of those who received low-level marijuana convictions.
18. Thanks to a new law in Colorado, diabetics won’t spend more than a $100 a month on insulin.
19. Britain continued its coal-free energy streak hitting the two week mark.
And here’s this week’s #TruthTalk.
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Originally published on June 4, 2019 at celebratesmallvictories.com . Republished with permission.
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