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. 🙌
Your weekly songspiration!
(by the same Julia Ward Howe!)
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!
As Glenn Greenwald wrote:
“It is rare, especially lately, to find inspiration in any political stories. But the last decade of Chelsea Manning’s life, and the potential it now holds for the future, is one of those cases…and a valuable reminder of how human beings, through pure acts of conscience and determination, can single-handedly change the world for the better.”
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
7. Artist Robin Bell projected pointed messages onto Trump’s DC hotel. Nice one 👌
8. Public support for gay marriage reached a new high. #lovewins
“Abolition seemed a fantasy when Frederick Douglass called for all slaves to be released… But the role of the activist has never been to ask for what seems politically feasible, but that which is morally incumbent. It has been to make the sorts of demands that encourage us to consider what a different world might look like.”
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 is far from reality, but we’d take these guys over the current administration any day of the week.
P.S. At least some good work is being done in DC.
P.P.S. Barbara is our new BFF.
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