Originally posted on the Small Victories website
Well, the president appears to be on the verge of bombing Syria and firing the Deputy Attorney General (because, you know, he’s probably not familiar with this piece of history). So let’s get right into the victories—God knows we need them this week.
-Alison & Stephanie
2. We can only guess this has something to do with a new report showing a 12-point swing in white people over 60 moving from Republican to Democrat since 2016.
3. And it doesn’t hurt that out of the one in five Americans who protested or joined a rally in the last two years, one third plan on working for a congressional campaign this fall. #TheBlueWaveIsComing
5. And over in Massachusetts, college students from the Every Voice Coalition rallied at the State House to support legislation for safer campuses—including one bill students actually helped write.
6. After winning raises for educators and support staff, the Oklahoma teachers’ union is ending their strike, though some teachers are still protesting, and others are planning to run for office. As teacher Cyndi Ralston said while waiting to register to run:
“Oh, we’re coming. I’m doing this. We’re showing the students what a free democracy is all about.”
8. The majority of Americans now support single-payer health insurance. Let’s make sure our next wave of elected officials do, too.
10. A Massachusetts federal judge ruled that AR-15s aren’t protected by the Second Amendment. We’re guessing an appeal may be coming, so we were also happy to learn this week that Bank of America said it will stop financing companies that manufacture assault-style firearms.
11. More than 100,000 teenagers have pre-registered to vote in California. And people in New Jersey and Maryland will soon be automatically registered to vote, thanks to new legislation passed this week.
14. Since meat production is one of biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, it’s a good sign that 70% of the world’s population is giving up or cutting back on their meat-eating habits.
15. After European countries started charging people for plastic bags—beginning back in 2003— there has been a 30% decrease of plastic bag pollution on the seabed around the UK.
17. And New Zealand announced they will not allow any new offshore drilling explorations in a move to become carbon neutral in the next 30 years.
This week, we’re thankful for all of you—for your lovely notes, for sending us victories, and for keeping us going when times are tough. So we’re turning this section over to you!