This past Sunday was Mother’s Day, and our very own Jamie Dobie and Mina's List founder Tanya Henderson uncovered its hidden (feminist!) origins in the New York Times. We can’t help but see a connection between Julia Ward Howe’s vision for Mother’s Day and the movement of women currently leading the resistance against Trump. 🙌
1. The Trump administration is in, as Republican Senator Bob Corker put it, “a downward spiral.”
Former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. To everyone who protested or called their member of Congress to demand an investigation: You helped make this happen.👍
The news is breaking faster than we can type—kudos to the journalists bringing this all to light:
👀 It was reported that the Trump team knew Flynn was under investigation before they hired him as national security advisor.
👀 Even White House officials are voicing their concerns.
👀 A few Republicans have broken from the party line, including Justin Amash, who signed onto a bill calling for an independent investigation and raised the spectre of impeachment. (Words are fine, but we want action!)
2. Chelsea Manning is free!
Meanwhile, Indivisible groups keep hosting die-ins to oppose Trumpcare.
4. A Wisconsin district court ruled that the “cocaine mom” law—which hurts pregnant women with a history of drug use—is unconstitutional.
5. Progressive civil-rights attorney Larry Krasner won the Democratic primary for District Attorney in Philadelphia and is expected to win November’s general election. His platform: Ending cash bail and stop-and-frisk, never seeking the death penalty, and demanding shorter prison sentences. (No wonder primary voter turnout rose nearly 50%!)
6. In an important victory against voter suppression, the Supreme Court refused to hear a case defending voter ID laws. #victoriesforvoting
10. Small victories around the world:
👍 Organizers in Beirut are hosting Lebanon’s first-ever gay pride event this week.
11. The first contestant to wear a hijab during the Miss Minnesota USA competition didn’t win the crown—but she did land a deal with a modeling agency and slayed in her first major campaign this week.
And yes, we know this isn't far from reality, but we’d take these guys over the current administration any day of the week.