Originally posted on the Small Victories website
This week, more than 50,000 University of California workers went on strike to demand higher wages, fairer benefits, and better job security. The strike ended after three days, but the fight isn’t over.
Between the recent teacher strikes across red states, the upswing in newsroom unions, and a renewed interest in labor organizing, we’re reminded of this powerful quote from Arizona teacher Rebecca Garelli:
“This struggle has given people an awareness that they’re not alone in this fight… We now have a strong, organized mass movement. And we’re not going away. People now have the courage to fight.
2. Meanwhile, the FEC just agreed to let candidates use campaign funds to cover childcare.
3. South Carolina Democrats stopped a statewide abortion ban from passing, by filibustering for hours on the Senate floor.
4. Transgender people living in New Hampshire will now be protected from discrimination, thanks to a new state law passed this week.
5. We can’t believe we left this out of last week’s issue: After being unfairly locked up, Meek Mill was released from prison.
6. The federal government overturned a policy which made it harder for incarcerated people to have access to books.
7. A Texas judge stopped Republicans in Dallas from kicking more than 80 Democratic candidates—mainly people of color—off the ballot this fall.
8. Connecticut became the latest state to ban bump stocks.
9. The owner of the Chicago Tribune and two other area papers agreed to negotiate with the papers’ unions.
10. And with an eye toward the future, it’s promising to see Bernie Sanders and a group of Democrats introduce a new bill that would make unionizing easier through some big changes to the 1935 National Labor Relations Act.
“This is a call to action for all those in the private sector who profit off of mass incarceration. It is time to say ‘no more.’”
And if you want to help reunite incarcerated black mothers with their families in time for Mother’s Day, check this out.
12. A white supremacist was found guilty of beating a black man—and not acting in self-defense—in Charlottesville last summer.
13. By 2020, solar panels will be required on all new homes built in California—which will not only help fight climate change, but also help lower costs for new homeowners.
15. Delaware just banned child marriage. (How is this only happening now??)
16. The racist former coal company CEO, who violated safety standards and led to the deaths of 29 miners, lost his Senate campaign in West Virginia.
17. A documentary about the life and work of feminist hero Ruth Bader Ginsburg opened this past weekend. Not only did it win the indie box office, but the League of Women Voters also registered new voters at screenings.
19. A new law in Pakistan will protect the transgender community from harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Bianca is grateful for Rita Moreno on Netflix’s One Day at a Time: “Her character slays. She is plays the part so well by constantly flipping between dramatic Latinx grandma to loving, sentimental abuela.”
Kathryn enjoyed St. Louis Mayor Melvin Carter’s performance at this year’s MinnRoast, from his first joke to closing act.
Terri shared a personal small victory that’s actually not so small: She became the first activist to win the Legal Writing Institute’s Golden Pen Award for her advocacy on behalf of the rights of the incarcerated. Go Terri!