Originally posted on the Small Victories website
-Alison & Stephanie
1. In a 51-46 vote (albeit a little too close for comfort considering it needed 60 votes to pass), the Senate struck down a bill that would have put a 20 week ban on abortions.
2. Over in Texas, a judge (temporarily) halted a law that would require healthcare workers to bury or cremate fetal tissue following an abortion.
3. And we didn’t expect to be writing this sentence, but thank you to the Satanic Temple for protecting reproductive rights in Missouri!
4. Yet another Trump appointee is out, this time due to conflicts of interest. Guys, this is what happens when your CDC director buys and sells tobacco stock. 🙄
6. After learning their town manager was a white separatist, residents of Jackman, Maine gave him the boot.
8. Meanwhile, New Jersey’s new governor is creating a new state office to provide immigrants with legal support.
9. And no matter what happens to the DACA program next month, Medicaid coverage for Dreamers in New York is safe, thanks to pressure from local organizations.
“I hope this starts a precedent for other schools, local and in the U.S., and to better their curriculum for black students.”
But the school is now receiving threats and hate mail, so if you want to show your support, you can sign this petition.
11. The University of Michigan has become the latest school to reject Richard Spencer. He does have an upcoming speech scheduled at Michigan State, but students have already planned a campaign to resist his event.
13. Democrat Austin Davis overwhelmingly won a special election in Pennsylvania, becoming the first black man to ever win in his district.
14. And while it’s still early, it’s promising to see donations flooding in for the progressive candidates who are opposing the terrible two-faced IDC members currently holding seats in the New York State Senate. #KnowYourCandidates .
15. McD’s took a small step towards going green—the golden arches will be using only recyclable and sustainable packaging by 2025.
This week, we have to thank NASA and #science for the heads up on the super blue—and super stunning—blood moon; this feel-good show that helps us stay optimistic when times are tough; this doggo for the support he showed survivors last week; these kiddos for filling our hearts with all the love feels; and this incredible woman who may be leaving PP but we hope will be heading to D.C.
Oh, and libraries. ❤️ always.