Small Victories: Issue 8

We’ve been living in this new reality for one month, not like we’re counting. (Okay, maybe we’re counting.) We keep feeling knocked down, but as we pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off, we’re reminded of what Coach always tells us:

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VICTORIES!

1. Congressional recess is upon us! But you better believe constituents around the country are not taking any breaks

                     Where is Paul Cook?

                     Where is Paul Cook?

These actions are changing minds: 

 Support for Obamacare is growing: Only six weeks ago, 48% of people polled said they wanted the ACA to be repealed, but a new poll out yesterday shows 54% of people are now AGAINST a repeal.

Plus, a Republican Congressman said Trump should release his tax returns, and John Boehner conceded that he believes Obamacare won’t be repealed and replaced.

But seriously, this guy has got to go. 


2. Protests continue across the country:

💪  Thousands attended Not My President’s Day rallies in dozens of cities, including a large and vibrant protest in New York.

💪  Hundreds of scientists rallied in Boston and their signs were some of the best we’ve ever seen. A++ 

💪  Even the NYT editorial board explicitly called for mass demonstrations:

#peoplepower

#peoplepower

3. More good news on the legal front this week: An appeals court ruled that assault weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment; the Supreme Court ruled that a 13-year-old girl with cerebral palsy can bring her service dog to school (a win for protecting the rights of people with disabilities); and a Texas judge ruled that the state can’t cut Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood.


4. Former Obama White House lawyers formed a new organization, United to Protect Democracy, to hold the Trump administration accountable to the law, investigate ethics violations, and fight against “a modern form of authoritarianism.”


5. The Muslim-American community (led by Linda Sarsour) raised more than $113,000 in a single day to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery in Missouri. #IMarchWithLinda


6. People are standing up against hate speech:

👉  Milo Yiannopoulos resigned from Breitbart, was uninvited to CPAC, and lost his book deal with Simon & Schuster. (Yes, this should have happened a lot sooner, but we’ll take it!)

👉  In even better news, after Roxane Gay pulled her new book from Simon & Schuster last fall to protest Milo’s book deal, she has since received far better offers from other publishers

👉  In only three months, the Sleeping Giants campaign caused more than 1,130 companies to block Breitbart from their media plans.

👉   A passenger was removed from an airplane for harassing a Pakistani man and woman.

7. The Republican-led legislature in Kansas stood up to the Republican governor and voted against tax cuts that have harmed their state. (The governor vetoed their bill, but it’s not every day you see Republicans voting against tax cuts, and this could complicate things for Trump.)


8. New York, Chicago, and other cities have vowed to continue protecting transgender student rights.


9. New York City just passed a law making free tampons available in schools, jails, and shelters, and Congresswoman Grace Meng introduced similar legislation on a national level.

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10. Norway will join the Netherlands and a short list of other countries who pledged funds for abortion access, making up for the shortage caused by the US reinstating its global gag rule.


11. The largest outdoor gear show is looking for a new home to protest Utah Republicans unwilling to protect public lands.


12. NASA for the win! Trump may think he’s the center of the universe, but he’s wrong: A treasure trove of new planets have been discovered. “Finding a second Earth is not just a matter of if, but when.” Good to know we have a few other options out there.
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Alison & Stephanie


P.S. If you’re looking for more positivity, check out We, Too, Are America, which shares stories of success within the undocumented, refugee, and immigrant community. 


P.P.S. Depeche Mode had some choice words for lifelong fan—and white nationalist—Richard Spencer. 💜


#weheartNYC

Photo by @AltStatLiberty/Twitter

Photo by @AltStatLiberty/Twitter