Originally posted on the Small Victories website
This weekend marks one year since the nightmare that is Trump was inaugurated—and yes, every day we’re still saying “WTF??” But it’s also one year since over three million women and allies took to the streets at the Women’s March.
If you’re not able to join an anniversary march, or you just want to relive the day, check out Together We Rise, a new book that documents the Women’s March in photos and essays from the badass organizers and some of our favs, like Roxane Gay.
-Alison & Stephanie
2. But that’s not enough—they need permanent protection, so people have been protesting all week to demand a Dream Act now:
4. In a Wisconsin special election, Democrat Patty Schachtner flipped a state Senate seat from red to blue, in a district where a Republican won by 26 points the last time around. 👊
5. Books Through Bars and others demanded an end to a heinous pilot program that barred donations of books and fresh food to three prisons in New York—and their efforts paid off when the program was shut down within a week.
6. Angry and concerned Iowans—in a very conservative county—showed up to ask Senator Grassley some tough questions at his first town hall of the year.
8. Another Trump appointee is out, and not a moment too soon. This time, CNN discovered that the guy overseeing programs like AmeriCorps said terrible things about basically everyone except straight white men, and he resigned. 😠
9. In his first official act, New Jersey’s new governor signed an executive order supporting equal pay for women.
10. Speaking of the Garden State, Chris Christie is officially out of office! And one of his last acts was to close two youth prisons, thanks to public pressure from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and others.
12. Once again, ProPublica’s reporting led a judge to throw out an innocent man’s conviction.
13. Chelsea Manning is running for Senate! We might just have to move to Maryland so we can vote for her in the primaries. #WeGotThis
16. Pennsylvania’s governor announced a proposal to give overtime pay to more workers by raising the qualifying salary higher than the current federal limit of $23,600 a year.
17. A Massachusetts legislator is updating a law so it will no longer protect military service members from being held accountable for violent crimes.
18. This figure skater is making history as the first openly gay U.S. athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics.
20. CVS announced that images featuring their brands will no longer be photoshopped.
21. Wins from around the world:
🌏 Drivers in Norway are now buying hybrid and electric cars more than 50% of the time.
🌏 We missed this in December, but it’s too good not to share—Mexico and New Zealand are leading an international effort to protect the high seas.
🌏 Belize is conserving their barrier reefs by ending oil activity in its oceans.
Big thanks to our readers Lynne, Ashia, Jacque, Susan, and Zan for sending in victories. And with everything going on, we’re grateful to these garbage collectors, this baker, these women in entertainment, and these campaign managers for giving us some extra hope this week.