Good News August 3

Good News from the Resistance: You know we’re living in strange times (in case you forgot?) when at the top of our Good News list is U.S. federal judge Dolly Gee’s ruling that the migrant children U.S. government officials ripped from their parents cannot be drugged. Judge Gee also appointed an independent monitor to investigate the living conditions of the detained children, who have been warehoused in detention centers. The monitor will report directly to Judge Gee. To that we say, thank-you. And now for less disturbing Good News

We’re less than 100 days from the midterms, and the GOP is looking at their toughest midterm map since 1930. Even Dr. Evil (Steve Bannon) sees it coming: he’s telling anyone who will listen that the 2018 midterms are going to be a referendum on Trump. Who dislikes Trump the most? Key groups are battling it out. As of today, African-American women are taking a strong lead, followed by young people, ages 18-34. Losin’ Donny also is sagging in key Midwest states that helped crown him.

The Best News? We’re on it. Color of Change, a Soros-funded grassroots PAC, is building an army of black leaders who are convincing unregistered black voters that their votes this fall will matter. BlackHer is giving black women (who, we repeat, dislike Trump more than any other group)  the tools to become a key voting bloc, chief among them, The Black Women’s Guide to the 2018 Midterm Elections. And borrowing from the philanthropy world, progressive women are becoming donor powerhouses through “giving circles,” pooling their donations to support candidates. Which may be at least partially why Democrats have taken a fundraising lead in nine key battleground states. As for those anti-Trump youngsters? Billionaire Tom Steyer is putting $110 million into the midterms, much of it into training young people (who, we repeat, dislike Trump a lot, only second to black women) to become advocates who vote, through NextGen America. It’s all good…

… So good, in fact, that the GOP is getting nervous. Key aspects of their 2018 strategy: Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression. There is Good News on those fronts, too. After the Supreme Court dropped the ball this past spring, activists across the country have taken it out of federal hands; anti-gerrymandering initiatives are now landing on state ballots. And voting rights scored a big win this week, when a judge stopped GOP governor Rick Scott’s election officials from banning early voting on college campuses. Let the games begin!

There’s more Good News from the Resistance:

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WE THIS NEW RESTAURANT

It’s a winning combination: A highly-rated restaurant that supports immigrants.

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WE BASKETBALL STARS WHO CARE

LeBron James has created a public school every child deserves to attend.

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WE GIRLS WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

She’s only 7-years old, but she identified a problem, and fixed it. Too bad she lives in New Zealand, or we’d back her candidacy for Congress.

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WE THIS LAWSUIT AGAINST TRUMP’S HOTEL

Any sane person recognizes that Trump’s D.C. hotel has profited bigly off of the presidency. Which is against the law. He’s successfully fought off this lawsuit – until now.

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WE TORONTO

Because they’re so sane when it comes to guns.

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WE THIS GUTSY YOUNG SWEDISH STUDENT

When she learned an Afghani man on her flight was being deported, she stood up.

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WE SOMETHING POSITIVE HAPPENING IN D.C.

An all-black Little League team, formed in 2015 and named after Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, the first female pitcher in the Negro Leagues, just won the championship!

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WE THIS 9-YEAR OLD BOY

He came up with a great idea while eating at a popular Burlington, VT restaurant. And, in a small but significant way, helped eliminate plastic garbage.

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WE SASHA BARON COHEN

Yes, his pranks are controversial. But we dare you not to chuckle when you see the video.

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WE TAKING ACTION: LEARN 5 WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED NOW TO HELP FLIP CONGRESS 

The midterms are how we will get our democracy back. Let’s get started.

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