Small Victories Issue 80

Originally posted on the Small Victories website

We’re still celebrating this month’s primary wins from progressive candidates representing a diversity of experiences, ethnicities, and religions, including underrepresented and marginalized groups. Their platforms are all super exciting—from combating climate change to creating Medicare for All to abolishing ICE, these candidates are embracing progressive policies that have the power to transform our society.

And there’s public support for this, too: More Democrats have a positive view of socialism than capitalism, and we believe this upswing in enthusiasm for Democratic Socialism isn’t going away anytime soon.

On to the victories!

-Alison & Stephanie


1. Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American (and former refugee) Ilhan Omar won their primaries, making them extremely likely to be the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.

2. We saw other exciting electoral wins:

👏 Progressive Congressional candidate Jahana Hayes won her Connecticut primary, despite the fact that the state Democratic Party seemingly sabotaged her during the endorsement process. And if she wins, she’ll be CT’s first black Democrat in Congress!

👏 More LGBTQ+ candidates are running for office this year than ever before—over 400, to be exact. 🌈

👏 The Republican candidate endorsed by former Sheriff David Clarke to take his former spot lost to a Democrat who praised the Black Lives Matter movement.

👏 Missouri voters defeated an anti-union law.

👏 Women are shattering records for the number of female political candidates running for Congress and governorships—and in Michigan, the Democratic Party has nominated only women for statewide office.

👏 When Democratic Congressional candidate Matt Morgan was removed from the Michigan ballot on a technicality, he kept campaigning anyway—and got 30,000 write-in votes! So now he’ll appear on the ticket this fall, and the Republican won’t be able to run unopposed.

👏 In a “blue wave,” Democrats won 21 of 26 seats in a formerly red Tennessee county.

👏 Last but certainly not least, Christine Hallquist became the first transgender woman to be nominated for governor by a major party. As she told the New York Times,

“I’ve never lost faith in my fellow human beings, and I continue to get reaffirmed in that goodness.”

3. When ICE raided a small Nebraska town, local teachers reopened the elementary school and took care of children whose parents were arrested until they could be reunited with family.

4. Since the mass shooting in Parkland earlier this year, states both red and blue have passed fifty (!!) new gun control laws.

5. New Jersey’s new governor is reversing a whole lot of Chris Christie’s policies—19 of them, to be exact.

6. A jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a man who developed cancer after being exposed to one of their products. We hope this sets a precedent for other cases!

7. One year after Charlottesville, hundreds of counter-protesters drowned out the tiny crowd of two dozen white supremacists in DC. These two pictures say it all—and we love this tweet:

8. We can’t believe it took this long, but Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify finally banned Alex Jones and Infowars. And Amazon barred people from selling items with Nazi and white supremacist symbols on their site.

Of course, we all know where Twitter stands. 🙄 But Grab Your Wallet’s co-founder took matters into her own hands—with the help of 70,000 people. (You can join in, too!)

9. After much public outcry, the Sinclair-Tribune merger (which would have furthered super-right-wing media) is finally dead.

10. In a win for transparency, a judge ruled that groups who spend dark money on political ads will have to release the names of their donors. 👀

11. Over in PA, Lancaster Stands Up members successfully prevented an inhumane private prison corporation from setting up shop in their town.

12. Hundreds of students rallied in NYC to demand an end to the school-to-prison pipeline.

13. A lawsuit against gerrymandering in Ohio moved one step closer to being heard.

14. A federal court ruled that the EPA must ban a toxic chemical harmful to children.

15. Thanks to a campaign from NESRI and their partners, Baltimore will now fund affordable housing to the tune of $20 million per year.

16. Construction was halted on a multi-state natural gas pipeline, and environmental groups are fighting to get it shut down for good.

17. Nashville residents will have the chance to vote on creating a civilian-led police accountability board, thanks to a community group who gathered thousands of signatures for the ballot initiative.

18. Prison abolitionist and all-around inspiring organizer Mariame Kaba organized a “Twitter trunk party” to raise funds for mutual aid grants for first-time, low-income college students—and raised over $90,000, enough to give grants to every student who applied. As she tweeted,

“I think that people are basically good, and that if asked, folks will show up for each other. THAT is really the magic.”

Gratitude Journal

This week, we want to shout out the good work of some of our readers: Lesley is now supporting the group Safe Hands for Girls after reading a victory in our last newsletter, and Jess is keeping busy with Open Progress, who does digital campaign work for progressive candidates. They’re in the midst of flipping a bunch of seats from red to blue this November and could use your help!

Plus, we were happy to learn about the group Women To The Front which is raising money this weekend for Spread The Vote, a 501(c)3 that’s focused on helping people get voter IDs when they’re required. If you want to help, but can’t attend,you can donate to their work here.

And we can’t sign off without paying tribute to Aretha Franklin, who leaves behind an indelible legacy of stirring, soulful music and inspiring political activism.

Your Weekly Songspiration

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