Originally posted on the Small Victories website
We like people who tell the truth (not lie) and make us laugh (on purpose), so we’re looking forward to taking a break with Michelle Wolf later this month. We’re always looking for reasons to smile around here, so drop us a line and tell us what’s making you laugh these days.
Now onto the good news!
2. Seattle made moves to vacate all charges for marijuana possession dating back to the 90s.
3. As its funding runs dry, Milo Yiannopoulos’ media company is laying off staff and struggling to survive.
4. Phoenix sidewalks are getting a colorful update to celebrate their local LGBTQ community. 🌈
6. A NY court ruled against the Trump administration and stated that carmakers must start being penalized if they don’t meet the nation’s fuel efficiency standards.
“If educators in Arizona could stand up and fight back, anybody can do the same.”
8. Four New York state Republican senators announced they will not seek reelection—opening up the chance for Democrats to take the majority this fall.
9. Nurses at the University of California will participate in a sympathy strike to support other school employees fighting to protect their retirement and health benefits.
11. More good news on the firearm front:
👉 Hawaii became the fourth state to pass a bill banning bump stocks.
👉 Since the federal government refuses to research gun violence, a group of governors are now working together to study this public health issue.
12. We still don’t know what is going to happen to our data, but it’s nice to see the company that gave our info to the Trump campaign is shuttering.
13. Hoboken, NJ became the latest city to make all public restrooms gender neutral.
15. In a move to protect honey bees, the EU has banned the most commonly used insecticides from all fields in Europe.
17. In the UK, dozens of huge companies have committed to cut all unnecessary plastic packaging from their products by 2025.
18. Australia is taking action—to the tune of $377 million—to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
Melissa is grateful for Patti Maciesz’s Bill the Patriarchy project, which creates invoices for the monetary value of women’s unpaid labor. (How cool is that?!)
Sara has been able to keep going thanks to setting some major limits with her phone and recommends turning off all notifications, keeping a blank main screen, and switching to Do Not Disturb in the evening. And doing some restorative yoga once a week helps too. #Namaste
Raivynn loves the outpouring of support for a struggling queer bookstore.
Martie is thankful for playwright Lauren Gunderson, who waived the royalties for her new play so people across the country could donate all proceeds to grassroots groups fighting gun violence. Martie actually staged the play in CA this week and donated the proceeds to a local women’s shelter and Moms Demand Action.