Small Victories: Issue 4

Your weekly dose of positivity

This week has been a doozy. If you’re like us, you’ve been doing A LOT of this lately:

But do not fear! 
We thought there might be a shortage of small victories this week. Instead, we’re overwhelmed by the stories of resistance across America. There is so much good happening that this may actually take a while. 

LET’S GO ↓!↓!↓!

Your weekly songspiration!

VICTORIES!

Millions of people around the country have marched and rallied against Trump nearly every day since the inauguration. Where do we even begin?

1. 💪 The Women’s March


“Feminism” was trending all day at Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary,
Peace is Loud speaker Lucy McBath delivered a rallying cry with other Mothers of the Movement, and
Eleanor Roosevelt was there in more ways than one.

- Soak it in -
(and keep on scrolling)

2) More marching and rallying ahead. Sh*t is getting real. Check it. 
👊March for Science - Date still TBD but in less than 24hrs, it amassed over 200K followers. 
👊April 15th - Tax Day protests 👊April 29th - People’s Climate March 👊 June 8-11th - LGBTQ March

3) After the Trump administration banned federal science agencies from tweeting, their employees have created more than 20 “rogue” Twitter accounts, some with more followers than the official accounts. The Trump team made Death Valley National Park delete tweets about climate change, so now they’re tweeting about Japanese internment camps. (They, too, have a rogue account.)
#dontmesswithus

4) Speaking of science… After public outcry, the Trump admin removed the gag order on USDA scientists and reversed the order to erase the EPA’s website on climate change. (We know - they are removing data. But we’ll be pushing back on that too!)

5) During the inauguration, urban planners, architects, and designers held a nationwide day of action in cities including Seattle, Detroit, Oakland, and Cleveland. They discussed ways to use design to support marginalized communities, as part of the Design Justice movement.

6) NY AG Eric Schneiderman provided guidance on ways the city can legally challenge federal immigration policy and offered a 20 page legal memo to other cities as well. Mayor De Blasio vowed to resist these policies and maintain New York’s status as a sanctuary city.

7) A Sonoma mayor Googled her way into office. She explains how others can do the same. 

8) Here’s the first Latina Senator, Catherine Cortez from Nevada, on her new colleagues: “I will tell you, the women have been incredible, both Republicans and Democrats. We’ve already met once, we had the opportunity to have dinner together, have lunch together, talk with one another, share support for one another on issues that we care about. That’s why we need more women in Congress.” 👈 Let’s make this happen!

9) A Nebraska State Senator resigned after controversy over his offensive tweet about the Women’s March. 
#seriously #dontmesswithus

10) States and cities are planning a robust defense of climate science moving forward, and scientists, coders, and librarians worked together to preserve data from the EPA website.

11) The Netherlands is launching an international fund to finance access to birth control and abortion in developing countries, to fill the gap after the Trump administration withdrew funding from overseas aid groups that discuss abortion.

FROM THE CANON OF COURAGE

A Ritual to Read to Each Other

Go team go! 👍  But first, maybe a quick nap.

Happy weekend,
Alison & Stephanie

P.S. Mary Tyler Moore, who incarnated the modern woman on TV, died on Wednesday at 80

Without Mary Richards there would be no Murphy Brown, Carrie Bradshaw, or Liz Lemon. 

Kristen Bellstrom from Fortune’s Broadsheet put it best: 
As a female journalist, it's hard not to feel a connection with actress Mary Tyler Moore and Mary Richards, the spunky TV producer she played on the show that bore her name. But it's not just those of us in the news game that owe a debt to Moore. As Richards, she helped normalize the idea of young, single career women to an American public that was still getting used to the idea.

The role made Moore a feminist icon. The Mary Tyler Moore Show tackled issues like equal pay and office sexism, and little wonder: It had more than a dozen female writers during its seven-season run, according to the New York Times. Consider making some time to stream one of these classic episodes—the show feels surprisingly modern even today, forty years after it went off the air.

“Having a dream is what keeps you alive. Overcoming the challenges makes life worth living.”
- Mary Tyler Moore 

P.P.S. Because the whole point of this newsletter is to leave you smiling... 

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