Originally posted on the Small Victories website

Each week, we’ve been bringing you electoral wins, and this week we’re a bit bummed—we both volunteered for Cynthia Nixon’s campaign, which didn’t turn out as we’d hoped. But now we’re looking ahead, with less than two months (!) until the midterms, and feeling optimistic about the record-breaking number of Democratic women running for Congress.

With candidates like Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley leading the way and joining incumbents like Pramila Jayapal and Barbara Lee, progressive women of color could begin transforming the House this fall. Because as Pressley said during her victory speech:

“Change can’t wait.”


1. Good news on the electoral front:

? In Massachusetts, Congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley won big in her primary, thanks to her amazing platform, and defeated a 10-term incumbent. (This inspiring video is worth a watch.)

? During their second primary election of the year, New Yorkers made a big statement in local politics by voting in DSA-backed candidate Julia Salazar…

? … And voting out nearly every IDC member (Democratic state senators who voted with Republicans) and replacing them with more progressive candidates.

? In New Hampshire, 27-year-old former refugee Safiya Wazir won her Democratic primary, defeating a four-term incumbent.

? Plus, Democrat Chris Pappas won his primary, which could make him the first openly gay Congressman in the state.

2. People began protesting Brett Kavanaugh weeks ago, but now that his Senate hearing began, things have ramped up.

Last week, Handmaidens showed up, and over 200 protesters were arrested. Others camped out at their senators’ offices, and just yesterday students marched outside Susan Collins’ office in Maine. It’s not over yet so let’s keep the pressure on! ???

3. A federal court ruled that Betsy DeVos can’t keep delaying student loan forgiveness for defrauded students.  

4. Alex Jones and Infowars were finally—and permanently—banned from Twitter.

5. Paul Manafort pled guilty and is cooperating with Mueller’s investigation. ?

6. California adopted two new environmental laws to make the state powered solely by green energy by 2045, with the goal of having negative emissions after that. (Special shoutout to our reader Jess for working to make this happen!)

7. And if their governor signs the bill into law, California will become the first state to ban testing cosmetics on animals.

8. A five-year-old girl was reunited with her mother after being separated by ICE, thanks to a campaign organized by La Unión del Pueblo Entero.

9. From Boston to Portland, high school students are pushing for more equitable dress codes and changing school policies.

10. Seven organizations—representing over 500 hospitals—have come together to create a non-profit to combat rising drug prices, and they’re aiming to release 14 generic drugs by early next year.

11. Chicago hotel workers went on strike, fighting for guaranteed, year-round health care.

12. The man set to become deputy director of US Citizenship and Immigration lost his new job after Buzzfeed News revealed his history of intense racism.

13. A Confederate monument was destroyed in Georgia, and it looks like two more in Texas might be next up for removal.

14. Also in Texas, a judge ruled against an outrageous anti-abortion law.

15. The Rise for Climate rallies drew tens of thousands around the world, including an enormous crowd in Paris, Indigenous leaders in San Francisco, and marchers in solidarity with detained immigrants in Tacoma.

And on a related note, we cheered the BBC’s decision to report more responsibly on climate change:

“To achieve impartiality, you do not need to include outright deniers of climate change in BBC coverage, in the same way you would not have someone denying that Manchester United won 2-0 last Saturday. The referee has spoken.”

16. Atlanta’s mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a new executive order to permanently end the city’s relationship with ICE, no longer holding detainees in city jails, and will offer support to families who have been reunited.

17. This kind of feels like it happened months ago and not just last week, but thanks to public outcry, the New Yorker Festival disinvited Steve Bannon from participating.

18. In two historic wins for LGBTQ rights, India overturned a centuries-old law banning consensual gay sex, and Chile will allow people to use their preferred name and gender identity on official records.

Gratitude Journal

This week, we’re checking out this inspiring interview, these striking photos, these free exhibits, and this new addition to the New York Public Library—and we’re donating to this worthy cause.

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