Small Victories Issue 69


Originally posted on the Small Victories website

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a new museum dedicated to the victims of white supremacy, opened yesterday in Alabama, and it appears to be one of the first times this country has publicly reckoned with the racism and oppression that continues today. The existence of this memorial is a victory in itself—it was created by people dedicated to bringing the truth to light, who overcame all those who want to believe the past isn’t present.

As Anthony Ray Hinton, who is featured in the museum, said,

“I refuse to believe that it’s hopeless because I am a product of what can happen when you fight. If we don’t fight, who’s going to fight?”


Victories!

1. While we didn’t win Arizona’s special election on Wednesday, we lost by only five points in a district that voted for Trump by 21 points—which gives us hope for November.

2. Federal judges stopped Trump from defunding a Planned Parenthood program and  overturned an Indiana law that would have banned women from getting abortions in certain cases.

3. Wells Fargo is paying the price ($1 billion to be exact) for their shady lending practices dating back to 2009.

4. Both JetBlue flight attendants and Harvard graduate students are unionizing, and Columbia’s graduate student union went on strike to fight for recognition from university leadership.

5. In a move to keep tuition costs down, enrollment fees at all Georgia public colleges and universities won’t go up for the 2018-2019 school year.

6. To commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, students walked out of their classrooms and over to the voter registration table. Seven-year-old Savannah participated in the walkout, and her mother had this to say about the experience:

“She said, ‘I am going to tell my friends I did this, and then next time there will be more of us. That means we are winning.’”

7. This local newspaper in Dubuque, Iowa came up with a brilliant idea to help fund their work. This may never have happened if it weren’t for the fact that that paper is 97% employee owned, making it more open to creative funding measures. #EscapedBankruptcy

8. In response to Trump’s new plan to expand offshore gas or oil exploration, New Jersey passed a new law that won’t allow any of it within their state’s waters.

9. People in Saudi Arabia will be able to see Black Panther on the big screen—making it the first film to officially play in the country in 35 years.

10. Yet another judge ruled that Trump can’t put an end to DACA and must accept new applicants. But he allowed 90 days for the administration to appeal, so we still need a Dream Act now.

11. Back in early March, we reported that Maine would hold rank choice voting, and this week—after the state Senate tried to stop it—the state’s Supreme Court ruled to allow the measure to move forward.

12. The White House doctor—who’s been accused of abusing co-workers, drinking on the job, and handing out prescriptions left and right—is no longer in the running to oversee the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

13. After years of organizing by Connecticut Students for a Dream, Dreamers in the state will now be able to apply for financial aid.

14. A handful of Democratic senators announced a new initiative aimed at guaranteeing work for every American. Both FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. were supporters of this idea—here’s why it’s so important.

15. The Democratic Socialist movement is growing exponentially, with seven times more DSA members than before the 2016 election, and more and more candidates are now openly running as socialists in primaries.

16. And speaking of DSA… They kicked off their first-ever national Medicare for All Weekend of Action, where members of 45 chapters in over 20 states knocked on doors and held events to help organize support for single-payer health care.

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17. New York City is launching a $5 million fund to support projects by women writers and directors in theater and film.

18. London just got its first statue of a woman, honoring Millicent Fawcett, who dedicated her life to fighting for women’s right to vote.

19. Two women activists won the Goldman Prize for shutting down a $76 billion nuclear deal between Russia and South Africa.

20. Boston will change the name of a street so it no longer honors a former Red Sox owner—who happened to be super racist.

21. An estimated 70,000 Arizona school teachers joined Red For Ed events, because in addition to fighting for a 20% pay increase, they’re pressuring their governor to agree to more funding and support for their classrooms.  


Gratitude Journal

We received so many emails about what you’re all grateful for that we’re turning this section over to you again! Keep telling us what keeps you optimistic, and we’ll keep sharing your thoughts.

Both Peg and Barbara are grateful for Postcards to Voters. As Barbara wrote, “Right here in my hometown of Miami, we sent 22,000 postcards on behalf of Annette Taddeo, a gun-sense candidate, and she won by 3,000 votes and flipped the district blue!”

Melissa is loving GRRRL workout clothes and their self love rebellion.

Denise is grateful for Massachusetts passing this criminal justice reform bill. As she said, “It is not perfect and doesn’t limit solitary confinement as much as I’d like, but it is an improvement! A year ago I never would have believed this could happen.”


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