Small Victories Issue 49

Originally posted on the Small Victories website

We can’t believe 2017 is coming to a close. What a year, right? We’re in the process of compiling our favorite victories, and with that comes a lot of feelings, which we’ll share in the coming weeks. But in the meantime, Rebecca Solnit has you covered with her new list of 11 signs of progress and possibility.

“We are in the midst of a host of battles over the fate of the nation and the earth, and the outcome is in no small part up to us. The results over the past year show that sometimes we win, if we try.”


1. This might feel like old news, but right after we sent out last Friday’s newsletter, it was announced that Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI and is cooperating with the Russia investigation. #FlynnFlopped

2. The Los Angeles City Council voted to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana.

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We’re also thinking about our West Coast friends following the recent news about fires sweeping the city. Click here to learn about how you can help.

3. Thousands of people rallied in DC and across the country to demand a clean Dream Act—and Dreamers and allies from Our Dream were arrested after occupying Congressional offices and the Capitol steps. #NoDreamNoDeal #DreamActNow

4. Environmental groups, companies, and American Indian tribes are suing the Trump administration to protect Bear Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

5. People around the country paid their reps a visit and expressed their outrage over the latest tax bill vote:

CaliforniaMainePennsylvaniaNorth CarolinaVirginia  ✊ TexasWashington D.C.

6. Three Emily’s List-endorsed candidates were elected in Georgia, including Jen Jordan, who flipped a red district and ended the GOP’s state Senate supermajority. Over in California, labor activist Wendy Carrillo won a seat in the state Assembly. As she said in her victory speech,

“You don’t need to wait to get tapped on the shoulder for someone to tell you it’s your turn. You have to fight.”

7. Powerful and abusive men are finally facing consequences for their actions, and we can hardly keep up. This week, the list includes two longtime WNYC hosts; actor Danny Masterson; the editor of the Paris Review; politicians John Conyers, Al Franken, and Trent Franks; director Bryan Singer; and gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar… but we still have a long way to go.

8. A judge found the NYPD in contempt of court after they failed to turn over undercover surveillance footage of Black Lives Matter activists.

9. Volunteers from Voters not Politicians succeeded in adding an anti-gerrymandering proposal to Michigan’s 2018 ballot—by collecting over 400,000 signatures in just three months.

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10. People protested outside Verizon stores around the country to defend net neutrality. #StopTheFCC

11. Good news around the globe:

👉 Both Austria and Australia officially said yes to same-sex marriage—and this couple has even more to celebrate! 🌈  ❤️

👉 In Germany, over 200 asylum seekers have been saved from deportation thanks to heroic airline pilots.

👉 After a recent snap election, Iceland has a new prime minister—a 41-year-old Democratic Socialist, environmentalist, and feminist—and she’s got some big plans for the country.

👉 The Transit Authority in Cairo has hired its first female bus driver after recently introducing a female-only bus service to protect women from sexual harassment.

12. The school board in Portland, Maine voted to enact a new policy protecting transgender students.

13. Volunteers for the group Postcards to Voters handwrote a postcard to every registered Democrat in Alabama, urging them to vote for Doug Jones in Tuesday’s election. ✍👍

14. After the NAACP issued a warning to passengers about flying on American Airlines, the company is making anti-racism training mandatory for every employee beginning in 2018.

15. The Grammy noms are out, and in its 60 year history, this is the first time all lead artists nominated for record of the year are people of color, and all nominees for album of the year are people of color or women. 🎶❤️

Gratitude Journal

This week, we’re binge-watching episodes of this wonderful weirdo’s new show; giving virtual high fives to the people who taught us about some seriously badass women and A. N. Devers’ work reversing one woman’s erasure from literary history; reading about the revival of the Poor People’s Campaign launching in May 2018; savoring this welcome perspective on the outrageous tax bill; and coming to the realization that the version passed by the Senate is a total and complete clusterf**k on every level, which means it’s #NotOverYet.

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