Small Victories Issue 22


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We know—the news this week was particularly rough. To put it mildly, we’re disappointed and angry about Trump’s decision to undermine America’s commitment to fighting climate change.

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But we’re turning to Angela Davis’s speech at the Women’s March for inspiration:

“The struggle to save the planet, to stop climate change, to guarantee the accessibility of water from the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux, to Flint, Michigan, to the West Bank and Gaza. The struggle to save our flora and fauna, to save the air—this is ground zero of the struggle for social justice…

“Over the next months and years we will be called upon to intensify our demands for social justice to become more militant in our defense of vulnerable populations. Those who still defend the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarchy had better watch out…

“This is just the beginning and in the words of the inimitable Ella Baker, ‘We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.'”

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Victories!

1. When Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris agreement, people immediately mobilized…

👏   China and all 28 EU states reaffirmed their commitment to fully implement the Paris Climate Agreement.

👏   California, New York, and Washington formed a climate alliance.

👏   More than 60 mayors of U.S. cities (including Pittsburgh) committed to adopting and upholding the Paris Climate Agreement goals.

👏   Michael Bloomberg is coordinating a group of corporations, colleges, and mayors who are negotiating their own climate plan directly with the U.N.

👏   Phoenix, Arizona announced plans to become carbon-neutral by 2050.

👏   Protesters held rallies outside the White House and across the country.

👏   Even Weather.com got in on the action!

👏   Both Paris and Montreal lit their city halls green:

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2. ..And pretty much the entire world will continue to take action against climate change:

👏   India canceled the creation of huge coal power stations, moving instead toward more affordable solar energy—and announced plans to allow the sale of only electric cars by 2030.

👏   South Korea is beginning to shut down coal power plants, in a move to combat pollution.

👏   Shareholders approved a proposal for ExxonMobil to report on climate change-related risks, despite management’s recommendation to vote against it.

3. The State Department lifted restrictions on the number of refugees who can enter the U.S. #nohate #nofear #refugeesarewelcomehere

4. The Trump administration continues to succumb to pressure: Their communications director resigned, and they’ve finally released details about former lobbyists now working in the administration, despite their initial refusal. Oh, and how can we forget this head scratcher? 🤔

5. The Democratic Party introduced legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, following through on their 2016 platform. It’s worth keeping in mind that two years ago, party leadership only supported a $12/hour minimum wage—we have the #FightFor15 and Bernie Sanders to thank for getting everyone on board.

6. Progress continues on the city and state level:

👍  Illinois is one step closer to automatically registering voters AND to raising the minimum wage to $15/hour. Another #FightFor15 victory!

👍  Netflix’s documentary series The Keepers led Baltimore police to create an easier way for survivors to report sexual abuse.

👍  The California State Senate passed all kinds of amazing legislation, expanding food stamps, protecting federal lands, reforming bail systems, strengthening family leave, and creating single-payer health care! Let’s hope they all get signed into law.

👍  South Carolina legalized hemp.

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7. The Philadelphia Innocence Project secured the release of yet another man wrongly convicted and imprisoned.

8. An encouraging pattern is starting to emerge from recent special elections, and Swing Left’s take on the Montana race is worth reading. 👌

9. The kids are all right: High schoolers created their own version of Mariame Kaba’s “Why Protest?” zine, this teenager eloquently educated his class—and the internet—on white fragility, and a group of eighth-graders on a class trip refused to be photographed with Paul Ryan. We love this explanation from a thirteen-year-old:

“Let’s say somebody is not nice to me at school, for example. I wouldn’t take a picture with them.”

10. Breitbart’s site traffic is plummeting.

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11. The #RhodesMustFall and Why Is My Curriculum White? movements paved the way for Oxford University to change their curriculum to include a paper about people of color. (This is only a small first step toward achieving a fully decolonized curriculum, so we’ll be keeping our eye out for future victories!)

12. A women’s movement is growing in the unlikeliest of places:

“It’s my time now.”

Because of our work, we’re always thinking about women’s representation in film, but this weekend in particular, we’ll be watching this speech, listening to this podcast, and seeing this movie.

And to all those celebrating this month, Ramadan Mubarak and Happy Pride!

P.S. Required reading: Rebecca Solnit on the “would-be tyrant.”

P.P.S. A New York graduation at its finest.


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