Originally posted on the new Small Victories website
After the results of Tuesday’s election, we felt a little something like this:
This is another BIG week of victories, and while the elections have been front and center, there’s a whole lot more—so make sure to keep scrolling all the way to the end.
👉 Danica Roem defeated a transphobic bigot to become the first transgender state legislator in Virginia. (Her victory speech is a must-see.)
👉 Hala Ayala and Elizabeth Guzman made history as the first Latinas elected to the Virginia state House.
👉 Kathy Tran, a former refugee, is now the first Asian-American woman elected to the VA House of Delegates, and Kelly Fowler is the state House’s first Asian-American Pacific Islander. (Fun fact: She was inspired to run at the Women’s March.)
👉 Virginia’s Lee Carter ousted the GOP whip to become the first Democratic Socialist elected to the state House.
👉 Ravi Bhalla is now New Jersey’s first Sikh mayor.
👉 In Montana, Wilmot Collins, a Liberian refugee, became the first black mayor in the state’s history.
👉 Every member of the Palm Springs, CA City Council identifies as LGBTQ+.
👉 Dawn Adams became the first out lesbian delegate in Virginia’s history.
👉 A conservative Long Island town elected Laura Gillen, the first Democratic town supervisor in more than a century.
2. We’re still celebrating these races:
👉 Vernetta Alston, a queer black woman and attorney fighting against the death penalty for people wrongfully accused, was elected to city council in Durham, NC. (We’re obsessed with the fact that she hired a Celine Dion impersonator to lip-sync “My Heart Will Go On” at her victory party.)
👉 Chris Hurst, the boyfriend of Alison Parker, the journalist who was shot and killed on live TV two years ago, defeated a pro-gun Republican incumbent.
👉 Activist Nikuyah Walker was elected to city council in Charlottesville, VA.
👉 Stephanie Morales, a Virginia attorney who prosecuted a white police officer for killing a black teenager (and won the case), was re-elected.
👉 After founding an Indivisible group, Wendy Gooditis ran for office and beat a Republican incumbent.
👉 An Ohio mayor who left the Democratic Party to support Donald Trump was handily defeated.
3. Elections by the numbers:
👉 15 Democratic Socialist of America candidates won—more than half of their total contenders!—including a candidate in Pittsburgh, PA who unseated a 24-year incumbent.
👉 21 Our Revolution candidates were elected, including nine women, four Latinx candidates, four African-Americans, and two openly LGBTQ+ candidates
👉 5 out of 5 Flippable candidates in Virginia won their races.
👉 31 Run for Something candidates soared to victory.
👉 5 Latino Victory Fund candidates were elected.
👉 7 transgender candidates won races across the country.
👉 6 women of color were elected to Boston City Council.
4. And one last thing:
👉 Democrats also won big in mayoral races across the country.
5. After writing his first weekly column, Milo Yiannopoulos and the editor that hired him were fired from The Daily Caller.
7. After a social media campaign, public outcry, and an ACLU lawsuit, ten-year-old Rosa Maria Hernandez has been released from detention.
8. Spelman and Morehouse college students went on hunger strike to call attention to food insecurity on campus—and convinced both schools to offer 14,000 free meals to students each year. #WhyWeStrike
9. During his stopover in Hawaii, locals decided to welcome Trump in the best way possible. #NoAloha 🌺
10. Massachusetts became the first state in the country to ban bump stocks.
11. Notre Dame reversed course and will continue offering birth control coverage for faculty, staff and students. #NotYrDame
Image by Jamie Anderson
13. After mounting pressure, billionaire Robert Mercer, a Trump supporter and Breitbart funder, resigned from his post at a hedge fund and sell his shares in Breitbart.
“The best juvenile justice system is one that keeps kids out of it in the first place.”
16. Even though this Grammy-winning country music star wasn’t invited to the CMAs, he showed up anyway to share his feelings about Trump—and raised money for the ACLU while he was at it.
17. A jury ruled in favor of artists and awarded them damages after a developer painted over their work at 5 Pointz in Queens.
20. Kevin Spacey is being completely cut out of an upcoming feature film, and has been dropped by Netflix, CAA, and his longtime publicist, after several people came forward with sexual assault allegations against him. And with new reports about Louis CK’s sexual misconduct, HBO is showing him the door and cutting him from an upcoming comedy special.
This week, we’re grateful for some hat help; holding on to the election feels; this famous doggo; t-shirts that look good and do good; and this speech by a guy we didn’t think we could love more than we already do.