Good News from the Resistance: Catfish Pruitt, the Deepest Swamp Dweller in D.C., is out. So many scandals, so many conflicts of interest, so many lies, how’d the mulit-tasker find the time to steal so much from the American public while at the same time destroying our air, water, and land? A heartfelt thank-you to the press and Pruitt’s staff, who made it happen. Before we bid him a final good riddance, let’s take a moment to reflect upon yet another tidbit of Good News: Catfish is busily Dialing for Dollars to create a legal fund, as more than a dozen investigations will continue in his absence. Now that there’s a template for how to oust a Catfish, sinking other Swamp Dwellers should go more quickly. Next on the docket: Let’s-Make-a-Corrupt-Land-Deal Interior Secretary Zinke and Insider-Trading Commerce Secretary Ross.
Speaking of templates — the recent spate of bad news has demonstrated that we, the Resistance, are in top form, as we continue to organize and mobilize, with record speed, to halt president Darth Hater’s policies. Within a few days of migrant families being separated and their children forced into “baby jails,” hundreds of thousands of us gathered in 700+ massive, pop-up rallies across the U.S. to say NO! Women, with children by their side or on their breasts, drove many of the demonstrations. There were protests at the borders and at ICE offices. Hundreds of Episcopal leaders sang, marched, and prayed outside of a detention center. 650+ women (including a member of Congress) were arrested when they took over the Senate Hart Building. Rabbis, pastors, and other clergy were arrested in L.A., as was actress-activist Susan Sarandon.
The Good News? Acts of kindness and resistance abound. News organizations banded together to track down kids so that they could be reunited with their parents. A librarian at Columbia University created a team of “digital ninjas” to help with the family reunification effort. In just six days, the team created Torn Apart/Separados, a shocking map of ICE detention centers and Child Jails.
We kept the pressure on. Attorneys general sued the Administration to force it to stop separating families. A federal judge ordered ICE to stop arresting all asylum seekers. Remarkably, Darth reversed his own policy, and signed an Executive Order to stop the separations. A federal court ordered the Administration to reunify children with their parents within 30 days; when the Incompetent Deplorables claimed they couldn’t meet the deadline (the it’s easier to steal kids than to give them back defense?), the court denied an extension and said, “Just Do It.” And when Darth requested long-term detention of children as part of his “immigration plan,” a judge said NO. That should wipe the dollar signs off the pupils of Mr. Hater’s private jail contractor buddies.
The nightmare for these families is far from over. But the Resistance – and people all over the world – are with them. We’re not stopping.
Before we get to work on saving the Supreme Court (yes, it’s a long shot, but possible), let’s take a deep breath and keep our eyes on the news that’s being pushed aside for the Supreme Court story– news we can and have affected, and revel in more Good News from the Resistance:
- Continue to celebrate the 4th of July by saying Congratulations to these new citizens
- Thank this woman for Knowing Her Rights (and using them to protect others)
- Be amazed at how easy it is to get Trump to return your call
- Urge every woman you know to vote – based on this poll
- Applaud these Chicago gun violence protesters
- Get ready for the Educator Spring, as teachers run and win
- Read this and take notes: 20 new ways to protest Trump
- Wonder why Mueller wanted NRA’s tax returns – and what he will do with them
- Sign up for Harvard University’s Resistance School
- Look forward to this coming attraction: Another suspicious Playmate payment
- Take Action: Work like hell to Save the Supreme Court
Sign Up. Show Up. Never Give Up.
WE PEOPLE BECOMING U.S. CITIZENS ON JULY 4th
At Thomas Jefferson’s home, no less.
WE WHEN ICE GETS KICKED OFF THE BUS
Tiana Smalls was on a Greyhound bus when ICE boarded and demanded to see everyone’s “documents.” Tiana stood her ground.
WE PLAYING TRICKS ON TRUMP
A prankster masquerading as a Senator infiltrated Air Force One. Really.
WE WOMEN (AND SOME MEN, OF COURSE) WHO VOTE
A recent poll indicates that among women, Democrats are leading on the generic Congressional ballot by a 58% to 33%, a 25-point margin. The news on men …. not so good.
WE TAKING TO THE STREETS FOR CHANGE
Gun violence in Chicago is out-of-control. These activists want more to be done to curb it.
WE ACTIVIST TEACHERS IN RED STATES
First they went on strike. And won. Now they’re running for office. In Red States.
WE KEEPING OUR RESISTANCE FRESH WITH NEW IDEAS
Choose the one (or two or three) that seems right for you, and get to work .
WE THAT MUELLER IS LOOKING INTO A RUSSIA-NRA-TRUMP LINK
WE HARVARD’S FREE, ON-LINE RESISTANCE SCHOOL
Learn sophisticated organizing and resistance from world experts — in the privacy of your own home.
WE THINKING ABOUT THIS THREESOME
GOP strategist Elliott Broidy, Playboy Playmate Shera Bechard, and Donald Trump. That hush money was paid is a fact. Why it was paid is the mystery.
WE TAKING ACTION: FIGHT LIKE HELL TO SAVE SCOTUS
Our friends at Indivisible created a Strategy and Toolkit. It can work — but only if all of us pitch in and fight.