Celebrate the Victories

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This is hard work. And its going to take effort and time. We need to celebrate the victories!
 

Updated 9/18/17


Good trend: Dems have picked up 6 formerly-GOP seats in state and national elections.

The Senate approves a bipartisan resolution condemning white supremacist groups.

Sebastian Gorka resigned (or was released) from the White House.

House Democrats seek to censure the president over his inadequate response to Charlottesville.

Sen. Schumer calls for disbanding “election integrity” commission and instead expanding voting rights.

DreamHost fights the Department of Justice’s aggressive privacy request.

TX court found 9 congressional districts discriminate against minorities.

TX voter ID law struck down (5th time’s the charm?).

NC schools ban the Confederate flag and symbols of white supremacy.

Impeachment requires a change in public opinion. Signs of Republican support waning:

  • RNC chair, Ronna McDaniel, opposes paying legal fees.
  • Rep. Flores (R-TX) wants kids out of White House.
  • Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) says come clean on Russia contacts.
  • Tensions rise around president’s lack of support for legislation.
  • Laid-off Carrier crew says president “blew smoke up our *sses.”

Supreme Court stays lower ruling that Muslim family members can immigrate to the US.

Americans sue the EPA for protection against a toxic pesticide.

The Women’s March organizers rallied hundreds of protesters at the NRA Headquarters in Virginia, before marching 18 miles to the Department of Justice in D.C. If you couldn’t make the march, you can still support their call for civil rights charges in Philando Castile’s murder and an end to the use of racial profiling as a police tactic.

Trump’s voter commission has been hit with seven federal lawsuits from Common Cause, Public Citizen, ACLU, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and EPIC in a move to defend our privacy and security—not to mention all the public comments flooding in against the commission’s dangerous request for voter data.

The Supreme Court ruled that parents in a same-sex couple cannot be denied the right to be listed on their children’s birth certificates.

As the Senate prepares to vote on this heinous bill, one thing is clear: a Medicare-for-All health care plan is becoming more and more popular. Elizabeth Warren endorsed single-payer for the first time, and this excellent five-point plan outlines how it would work. 

Go California!

  • The state passed a bill that won’t allow the expansion of immigration detention centers and gives the state the right to oversee current facilities. (We know this is a week late, but it was too big not to include!)
  • With help from The Climate Mobilization, L.A.’s city council has launched a new initiative, Mobilize L.A., aimed at making Los Angeles carbon neutral by 2025. 
  • California had already barred state-sponsored travel to four states because of their discriminatory practices toward LGBTQ people, but this week they expanded the list with four new states.
  • The L.A. City Council will contribute $2 million to a legal fund for undocumented residents facing deportation.

With bipartisan support, the House passed a resolution condemning violence against LGBTQ men in Chechnya.

The Handmaids appeared in California to protest their representative’s attacks on women’s rights. (Our reader Lee not only submitted this victory to us, but she’s also a member of the groups that organized the protest. Thanks, Lee!)

With 2018 in mind, Democrats created a commission to investigate Russian hacking and invited Republicans to participate.

The House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. #stopthisendlesswar

Many states reject “election integrity” commission’s request for voter data.

House committee issues a joint statement threatening subpoena for “Comey tapes.”

Americans show up for the People’s Filibuster to protest healthcare bill.

US District Court orders Alabama to reform its prison system to decrease suicide rate.

WA’s Attorney General threatens to sue administration for ignoring Clean Air Act.

TIME asks the president to remove fake, framed magazine covers from golf courses.

France’s president offers American climate scientists 4-year resident grants to do research there.

The MA State Democratic Convention passed the most progressive state platform in history. This includes ranked voting (we had a presentation and a small working group on this at our last meeting).

Fourteen states (including MA) formed a Climate Alliance to support the Paris accord in defiance of Federal policy. Sixty mayors, 80 university presidents and 100 businesses also signed on just in the first week. Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is coordinating a group of corporations, colleges, and mayors who are negotiating their own climate plan directly with the U.N. and he has pledged $15 million to the cause. More than 1,000 governors, mayors, businesses, and colleges and universities co-signed “We Are Still In,” an open letter declaring their commitment to reaching the Paris agreement goals.

Theresa May and the Tories were big upset losers in UK  elections yesterday which resulted in a hung parliament.  May was the second candidate endorsed by Trump who was not successful in the election. While Labour was unable to flip enough seats to land themselves a Parliamentary majority, they made significant gains.

The DOJ (Deputy AG Rosenstein) appoints former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election and collusion by the Trump campaign!

The Supreme Court refused to hear a case defending voter ID laws--a major win against voter suppression!

The Senate rejected a resolution to permanently do away with the BLM Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, which limits waste of natural gas on public lands. Three Republican Senators joined the Democrats to reject this resolution which would have rolled back this important protection.

Government stays open and democrats have significant wins: No funding for the wall, no funding for deportation forces, 2 billion dollar increase for NIH spending (president proposed a 1.2 billion dollar cut), no drastic cuts to the EPA, funding maintained for Planned Parenthood, funding for community block grants, no provisions to defund sanctuary cities, funding for Puerto Rico, only half of the requested funding for military, and increases in domestic spending!

With zero support from congressional members who represent border states, the funding to begin building the wall has been dropped from the government spending bill. 

Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant to the president with ties to extreme neo-Nazi group, is leaving the White House.

Tens of thousands of people marched in over 600 cities around the world in support of Science.  Intelligence and cleverness were widely apparent.  Protests were also held at the North Pole,  in outer space,  and under water at Wake Island.

A federal judge blocks 45's administration from enforcing the threat to take away funds for sanctuary cities!

The House Intelligence Committee declared Michael Flynn’s payments from Russia to be illegal.  It appears that in spite of massive GOP obstruction the #TrumpRussia scandal is not going away.

The Treasury Department denies a waiver from Russian sanctions for drilling!

Jason Chaffetz, hyper-partisan Republican tool,  has announced that he will not run for re-election in 2018.

The Affordable Care Act was saved!

Steve Bannon is off of the National Security Council!

Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation on the president's collusion with Russia to interfere in the election.

David Nunes recused himself from the House Intelligence Committee Investigation.

A Federal Court ruled that firing people because of sexual orientation was unconstitutional.

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled in favor of LGBT people serving as foster parents.

The Department of Homeland Security withdraws its request for information about a critic of the president.

A Federal Court has ruled that Texas voter ID laws are unconstitutional.