Originally posted on the new Small Victories website
It’s our 44th issue, y’all! Or, as we’ve been referring to it, our Obama issue, which makes our news today that much more exciting. Over the past year, what started as an email roundup of good news to lift the spirits of our coworkers at Peace is Loud has become a full-fledged newsletter, delivering stories of resistance and progress to thousands of subscribers.
Since it’s grown so much, we’ve decided to launch Small Victories as an independent project with some exciting ideas brewing that you’ll see in the coming months. Some of you may have already seen our brand new look on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—we hope the rest of you will follow along for more good news. Oh, and we now have our very own website: celebratesmallvictories.com.
We hope you’ll help us spread the word on social media. If you share a link and tag us @smvictories, we’ll enter you in a drawing to win a Ruth Bader Ginsberg Dissent Collar necklace (courtesy of our friends at Dissent Pins) along with other fun goodies that we promise will make you smile.
A huge thank you to Peace is Loud, who will become our sponsor moving forward. And we owe our new look, and the confidence to take this leap, to the incredible Jacque Boltik and Ann Friedman. Okay, on to the main event!
-Alison & Stephanie
1. Robert Mueller has charged Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his business partner, Rick Gates, with a 12-count indictment with conspiracy. Even better—former foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russian contacts. #byyyeeeee
2. A federal judge blocked Trump’s attempt to ban transgender people from serving in the military because their claims “do not appear to be supported by any facts.” 🌈
3. Counter-protesters used some wonderfully creative methods to disrupt a white supremacist rally in Tennessee. Not only that, there were three times as many protesters as there were white supremacists, causing the cancellation of one planned rally. #goodpeopleforthewin
4. A Cleveland judge threw out all charges against 12 activists who protested the Republican National Convention in 2016. 👊
6. After 62 venues refused to host him, this alt-right bigot was forced to cancel a public appearance. #wedontwanttohearit
8. In New York City, thousands of people marched for climate action on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
9. A bid to remove Endangered Species Act protections in New Mexico was defeated, and the state will continue to provide a habitat for endangered jaguars.
10. A group of Boston teenagers secured $4.6 million in funding for a community center in a low-income neighborhood after discovering a hidden law and holding a corporation accountable—and they’re just getting started. 👏
11. New York City passed a series of bills to protect undocumented residents and prevent city employees from working with ICE.
12. The League of Women Voters is hosting a “Gerrymander 5K” to call attention to North Carolina’s absurdly-drawn Congressional districts that unfairly favor Republicans. (They’ve also filed five lawsuits since the date was redistricted.) #RunDontWalkToVote 👟
Our thanks to Jacque Boltik, Ann Friedman, Jamie Dobie, Joanna Hoffman, and Codey Young for getting this newsletter to where it is today. To the indomitable Rebecca Solnit, the brilliant Mariame Kaba, and the exuberant Sarah Sophie Flicker for sharing Small Victories and continually inspiring us. Jen Hofmann and Susan Rogan for keeping us engaged and spreading the goodness. The late Dennis Banks. Our readers Priscilla, Rachel, Helen, Grace, and Jessica. These two exquisite videos that made us feel so many good feelings, for very different reasons. And to Shane Gill, Alex Cannon, Erna Trocola, and the Diviney trio for making us better and keeping us afloat when we needed it the most. 💗
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