Originally posted on the new Small Victories website
The legendary journalist Gwen Ifill once said:
We’re thinking of Gwen after reading this piece about the astonishing number of new grassroots groups who are working to create a better world for future generations.
As writer L.A. Kauffman noted, “All around the country, people have channeled the restless, do-it-yourself political energy that fueled the Women’s Marches and the airport protests into the formation of locally grounded, multi-issue resistance groups…Locally focused, self-organized, and overwhelmingly led by women, these groups show every sign of digging in for the long haul.”
Here’s to looking ahead, not giving up, and taking care of each other along the way.
-Alison & Stephanie
1. More good news on the election front!
👏 Allison Ikley-Freeman became the first out LGBTQ+ politician elected in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, flipping a conservative district’s state Senate seat from deep red to blue.
👏 We neglected to mention this last week (we’re sorry!), but 33 out of 55 EMILY’s List candidates and 13 out of 14 Sister District candidates won their races.We neglected to mention this last week (we’re sorry!), but 33 out of 55 EMILY’s List candidates and 13 out of 14 Sister District candidates won their races.
2. Healthcare enrollment continues to rise with close to 1.5 million sign-ups in the first 11 days—that’s up 500,000 from last year’s record over the same time frame.
4. A judge ruled that the Department of Justice can’t deny Philadelphia public safety grants because of its sanctuary city status.
5. When an extreme right-wing Zionist group invited notorious anti-Semite Steve Bannon and apparent Nazi sympathizer Sebastian Gorka to their annual gala, a group of courageous young Jews from IfNotNow protested outside. #JewishResistance
6. Thanks to the ACLU and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Sherwood, Arkansas will stop jailing people who can’t afford to pay court fees.
7. The Department of Homeland Security reversed course and will reconsider DACA renewal applications originally rejected because of mail delays.
8. Small Victories around the world: The Canadian Senate voted to change a 141-year-old law, which will now allow indigenous women and their descendants the same rights as indigenous men, and 61.6% of Australians voted to support same-sex marriage in a survey, with legislation likely to follow. This video of onlookers waiting to hear the results will make your heart soar. ❤️ 🌈
12. Standing out from much of the country music community, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill continue to publicly advocate for greater gun safety regulations.
15. New York City’s subway announcements will now use gender-inclusive language. Waiting for an update on our delayed trains just got whole lot better. 🚊
16. The Navajo Nation Council prevented a tourist attraction and hotel from being built in the Grand Canyon.
Thanks to our readers Peggy, Sky, Marni, and all the amazing Sister District volunteers for sharing stories with us this week; these two dance partners; this man who won’t be silenced; and to Gwen Ifill who passed away a year ago Tuesday—you continue to inspire us each and every day.