Small Victories Issue 65


Originally posted on the Small Victories website

We’re still feeling energized after last weekend’s March for Our Lives, and while we were moved by all of the speakers, we can’t stop thinking about 11-year-old Naomi Wadler’s powerful speech about the women of color “whose stories don’t make make the front page of every national newspaper.”

Remember the elementary school student that gave journalists a press packet during the walkouts two weeks ago? Yup, that was Naomi. We’ll let her take it from here:

“For far too long, these black girls and women have been just numbers. I am here to say never again for those girls, too. I am here to say that everyone should value those girls, too.”


Victories!

1. The March for Our Lives may have been D.C.’s largest protest ever, and its sister marches  drew at least 1.2 million people across the U.S, in cities large and small.

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Photo by Joel Franco

Up next? Town halls.

2. Students in Wisconsin marched 50 miles to Paul Ryan’s hometown, demanding he take action against gun violence.

3. With the help of volunteers, nearly 5,000 people registered to vote during Sunday’s march.

4. And speaking of new voters, a volunteer for NextGen America single-handedly registered 300 high school students in one day.

5. Stephon Clark’s brother and Sacramento Black Lives Matter organizers shut down traffic, disrupted a city council meeting, and protested police brutality after Clark was murdered last week. And that’s not all—outraged people around the country are marching next week and the Sacramento Kings are partnering with BLM on the Build Black movement.

6. California and 12 other states are suing the government over their plan to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.

7. A New York City church is providing sanctuary to an undocumented woman and her 15-month-old daughter while she fights to stay in the U.S.

8. Youth organizers from #NoCopAcademy occupied Chicago’s city hall to protest the building of a $95 million police academy and demand the funding be spent on community services instead.

9. In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a federal judge allowed a lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause to move forward.

10. Advertisers including Hulu, Nestle, and Expedia are jumping ship from Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show after she tried to bully a Parkland survivor.

11. After school employees were fired for allegedly stealing $1 million in financial aid funds, Howard University students took over their administration building and plan to stay until the school meets their demands. #HUResist

12. Congress denied most of Betsy DeVos’s proposed budget cuts, and will instead increase funding for the Office of Civil Rights, early childhood education, and after-school programs.

13. The Onion, and all of its sister sites, have unionized! If you’re new to unions, check out this handy explainer.

14. Environmental advocates were acquitted of all charges for protesting the construction of a gas pipeline in their Roxbury, MA neighborhood. This quote from Bill McKibben speaks to how important this ruling is (and it’s making us smile a lot, too):

“Good golly! A few minutes ago a Boston judge acquitted 13 pipeline protesters on the grounds that the climate crisis made it necessary for them to commit civil disobedience. This may be a first in America.”

15. Trump is a having a very hard time finding lawyers to represent him these days. Just this week, two more lawyers said, “Nope, not jumping into that dumpster fire.”

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16. A judge ordered Scott Walker to hold special elections for two legislative seats that have been empty for months. He attempted some shady tactics to bypass the ruling, but luckily he gave up at the 11th hour.

17. A Republican representative in Pennsylvania is calling it quits, giving Democrats a better chance of flipping the seat this November.

18. Utah became the first state to pass a law that will no longer prosecute parents for allowing their children to do various activities independently.


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