IF A RACCOON CAN CLIMB A 25-STORY BUILDING, WE CAN FLIP THE HOUSE!

Watching the little raccoon fearlessly tackle a 25 story office building in Minnesota served to remind me that while achieving real change may look daunting (and this week was particularly hard for me as a mother and human being) we can climb any mountain we set our minds to.  Each election that passes where we see women, progressives, and establishment knocking candidates win primaries and flip seats, gives me hope for the future. Please don’t let fatigue set in and keep fighting for what is right, register voters, canvass for good candidates, donate if you can, or simply write postcards to voters from home from the comfort of your couch with Postcards to Voters.  The November election is just a few months away.

#BlueWave2018 – ELECTION RESULTS  San Francisco Board of Supervisors elected London Breed (D), the first black woman mayor of the city. Virginia Democratic voters picked women in six of their seven contested primaries in districts that didn’t already have a woman incumbent. Susie Lee (D) won her primary in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District Democrats flipped their 25th Republican-held district since the inauguration with Caleb Frostman winning in a special election for Wisconsin’s 1st Senate District

#IStandWithImmigrants 🧕🏻STANDING UP FOR IMMIGRANTS  A woman in Nevada stood up on a Greyhound bus boarded by ICE and told everyone they were not within 100 miles of a boarder and did not have to comply with their ICE requests and repeated it in Spanish using Google translate. The agents retreated from the bus. That is being an everyday hero standing up for immigrants.  After an undocumented delivery guy was detained and then turned over to ICE after delivering pizza to a N.Y.C, military base, many restaurants and delivery services in the area began a boycott of the base. Austin City Council passed “Freedom City” resolutions by eliminating discretionary arrests for non-violent misdemeanors, issuing citations instead, requires police to prioritize who is sent to federal immigration authorities after an arrest, and ensures officers asking about immigration status inform people of their rights to not answer, as well as complete a report explaining the encounter. After ICE raided a meatpacking plant in Tenn. detaining 97 workers, many of them have won the temporary release while they await trial with the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Vanderbilt University Law Clinic, the National Immigration Law Center, and Catholic Charities. Lots of activists showed up in the 102 degree heat in Tucson to stand up for immigrants

#PoorPeoplesCampaign ⚖️ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE Activists with the Poor People’s Campaign shut down a major intersection in Boston to bring attention to the need for higher minimum wages and other priorities. A federal judge denied a motion to stay the compliance date of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency’s payday lending rules that protect borrowers. North Carolina became the first state to guarantee a $15 minimum wage to most of its state employees. A federal judge ordered Washington state prisons to provide nighttime meals to Muslim inmates observing Ramadan. A coalition of 13 unions and the Federal Workers Alliance sued the administration challenging three Presidential Executive orders that make it easier to fire federal employees.

#BailReformNeeded 👨🏿‍⚖️SEEKING RACIAL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE  A federal court ruled that the New York City police dept.’s use of a sound cannon against nonviolent protesters is excessive force. Dads were bailed out of jail for Father’s Day by advocacy groups.

#ThereIsNoPlanetB 🌎SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT  NYC will move forward to ban the use of Styrofoam after a judge dismissed a lawsuit against the city challenging it. Two federal courts ruled against the EPA finding that the EPA must uphold the Clean Air Act provision requiring they enforce the provision which requires they stop smog emitted in one state from causing harm to another state in cases brought regarding New York, Connecticut, and Maryland. Michigan will require public utilities to replace all lead water service lines. Hawaii Gov. signed bills that for the first time will require corporations to reveal where, what and when they have sprayed of restricted-use pesticides and a ban on pesticides containing chlorpyrifos. Three conservation and public-health groups sued the EPA for failing to ensure Detroit, Indianapolis and other localities have effective plans for cleaning up asthma-causing sulfur dioxide air pollution. The Supreme Court let stand a lower court order that Washington state make billions worth of repairs to damaged state salmon habitats in a big win for salmon and Native American treaty rights. U.S. District Court ordered the Bureau of Land Management to conduct further analysis on environmental impact of the potential drilling. Bloomberg News reported that the U.S. installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the first quarter of this year.

👩#MeToo And WOMEN’S RIGHTS CSX Transportation Inc. will pay a $3.2 million settlement in a lawsuit by the EEOC alleging the company administered physical capability tests that prevented women from being hired for certain jobs.

#TakeThemDown 🗽BECAUSE MONUMENTS AND NAMES MATTER Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is moving the 30 gold-framed portraits of past white, male, department chairs from their prominent placement to more dispersed, less prominent locations, as part of their initiative to improve diversity efforts. A California school board voted to name a new elementary school after Jose Antonio Vargas, a local Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who is also an undocumented immigrant. Jefferson’s Monticello has re-imagined its curation and has added special exhibition to include Sally Hemings, the slave he is reported to have fathered children with, and to eliminate the tour that glossed over his ownership of slaves.

#NeverAgain 🕬 GUN REFORM EFFORTS CONTINUE Local police chiefs in Massachusetts were directed to begin revoking gun permits for hundreds of people previously cleared by the state’s Firearms License Review Board, because the Board was not previously complying with stricter federal rules when approving them. New Jersey Governor signed gun control legislation that requires background checks on private gun sales, a reduction of magazine capacity, a ban on armor-piercing bullets, and keeping “guns out of the wrong hands.” Student survivors of the shooting at MSD High School kicked off their 50 stop March for Our Lives: Road to Change national tour. Little Rock (AK) honors the Pulse shooting victims and survivor. Moms Demand action fill Texas legislative chamber.

#LoveIsLove 🏳️‍🌈LGBTQ PROGRESS At least in Poland, print shop workers must create banners for LGBTQ groups thanks to a recent decision by the Polish Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Trinity Western University cannot create a new evangelical Christian law school that limits admission to LGBTQ students in the name of religious rights. A federal court has denied another attempt by the administration to lift the injunction against implementing it ban on transgender people from serving in the military. Maine will start offering driver’s licenses and IDs with a third, non-binary gender option. The NYC Taxi and Limousine commission and Uber suspended the NYC Uber driver after he forced a lesbian couple out of his car because he was uncomfortable with their kissing. Portland (OR) is naming a major street after the LGBT icon Harvey Milk. The School Committee in Kittery (ME) and Titterton (RI) passed new policy intended to protect transgender students.  Trenton (NJ) elected their first openly gay mayor.  Don’t miss this picture of Seyðisfjörður, a town in Iceland, which has created an adorable rainbow path to show its support for its LGBTQ residents. Google has a feature show your pride month pride with your spreadsheet.

#MyBodyMyChoice 🤰🏽WOMEN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE A group of Texas abortion clinics and nonprofits filed a sweeping lawsuit against the state, challenging dozens of abortion laws, some of which were passed two decades ago.

#Vote 🕫🗳️VOTING RIGHTS Citizens in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana filed lawsuits against their respective states alleging the states are violating the Voting Rights Act through the drawing of congressional districts that dilutes black voting power.  Priorities USA sued Missouri over their new voter I.D. law. Maine supported ranked-choice voting for the second time in two years with the passage of a people’s veto of a republican passed law delaying the implementation of a voter passed ranked choice voting initiative. The IRS revoked the dark money group Americans for Job Security’s tax exempt status, a group that helped the Koch brothers funnel millions into elections.  A U.S. District Judge ruled unconstitutional a Nebraska law limiting independent candidate’s access to the statewide ballot by raising the number of signatures required to win a place on the ballot from 4,000 to about 121,000, about 10% of the state’s registered voters. A federal judge blocked Indiana from implementing a law that would purge voters from the state’s voter rolls if they appeared on a controversial voter tracking system.

#LoveTrumpsHate 💓STOPPING THE SPREAD OF HATE A Missouri waitress who spewed racist hate on social media has reportedly been thrown out of the Air Force.  Chrissy Teigen made four donations of $72,000 to the ACLU in honor of the immigrant-hating-commander-in-chief  72nd b’day and encouraged her followers on Twitter to do the same. From a private Facebook page I am a member of it was reported that after seeing the “Interstate Batteries” sign on a hardware store with a “no gays allowed” sign, the member contacted the battery company and received a response saying they terminated their relationship with that store. Pence was welcomed to Columbus (OH) with a “Big LGBTQ Dance Party.”

👩‍🎓BREAKING BARRIERS Dr. Patrice Harris was elected the first-ever black woman to lead the American Medical Association. The all-female lead “Ocean’s 8” delivered the best opening in the franchise’s history.

🙂 RUSSIA/PORN STAR/DEFAMATION LAWSUIT ROUNDUP A federal judge revoked Paul Manafort’s bail and sent him to a federal prison to await his trial after special counsel Robert Mueller filed new additional charges of alleged attempted witness tampering and obstruction of justice. New York Attorney General charged the liar-in-chief, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric with multiple violations of state law for illegal use of Trump Foundation money for self-gain and election fraud. New York’s highest court ruled for the third time that the defamation lawsuit a former contestant of “The Apprentice” brought against the harasser-in-chief can proceed. A federal judge ruled that Michael Cohen cannot proceed in secrecy as he weighs in on the attorney-client status of the materials seized from him.

WOMEN CRUISE TO VICTORY IN PRIMARIES!

This week I am doing an abbreviated roundup of inspiring accomplishments and actions since this blog is mostly a one woman show and I am taking a brief vacation with family. Spending time in Portland (ME) my spirits were rejuvenated by the sight of welcoming to all signs in windows, pride flags, and the outward appearance of the large African immigrant community being accepted and welcomed in this city by the ocean. Next week I will be back with my usual full report and coverage of Pride Month activities. My short list of highlights for this week are;

  • #IStandWithImmigrants – A pizza delivery man from Brooklyn, NY, who was detained by ICE after bringing an order to a military base has been granted an emergency stay. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees scolded the U.S. administration and told them to “immediately halt” its policy of separating children from their parents after they cross the U.S. border.
  • #FairElections – A federal judge blocked Indiana from implementing a law that would purge voters from the state’s voter rolls if they appear on a voter tracking system. The Michigan Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to a ballot initiative, and cleared the way for a measure against gerrymandering to go on the November ballot.
  • #HousingAndHealthCareIsARight HUD backed away on from a plan to triple the minimum rent for federally subsidized housing. A Maine court ordered the state to move ahead with Medicaid expansion and submit a plan by June 11tth to the federal govt. for implementation, which was approved by voters last year but blocked by the governor.
  • #LoveIsLove – The European Court of Justice ruled that EU countries that have not legalized gay marriage must respect the residency rights of same-sex spouses who want to live together in their territory. New Hampshire Governor signs law banning “gay conversion therapy.” An Arizona appeals court ruled that a calligraphy business cannot refuse service to same-sex couples and upheld the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance. Maplewood (N.J.) unveiled a permanent rainbow striped crosswalk to show LGBT pride doesn’t just happen in June.
  • #MeToo –  Voters in Santa Clara County (CA) recalled the judge who sentenced former college student Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexual assault. A judge ruled that the twittler-in-chief must sit for a deposition in the defamation case filed by a former contestant on his reality TV show.
  • #CriminalJusticeReform – After public outrage over an Alabama sheriff who was legally allowed to personally profit $750,000 over three years, from government funds intended to feed inmates, the sheriff lost his re-election bid. The Minneapolis Police Department is ending sting operations targeting low-level marijuana sales following a new report that revealed a vast racial disparity in those who were arrested.
  • #CollusionIsReal Paul Manafort and his aid, Konstantin Kilimnik, where hit with federal charges for tampering with and attempted tampering with a witness.
  • #BlueWave2018 – In a Missouri special election, Lauren Arthur (D) won a seat in the state Senate, flipping the seat blue. For the first time in history, the Custer City Council will be all female with the win this week by Carrie Moore and Dixie Whittaker. Mariah Parker, who ran as a progressive for Athens-Clarke County Commissioner, won by 13 votes and took her oath of office holding her hand on a copy of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” From New Jersey to New Mexico, Democratic women did well.  41 of the 92 women running for the House or Senate advanced in their races. Two democratic Iowa women, crushed their respective fields, winning more than enough votes to avoid a state convention. In five states that held primaries, women won the primaries for governor.  Democrats avoided disaster in the California “jungle primary,” that advances the two leading vote-getters regardless of party, and Democrats will be on the ballot in nearly all the state’s 53 districts and the Governor’s race. Voter turnout was up in four states that held primaries.
  • #RevolvingDoor Two of Pruitt’s closest aides at the EPA resigned amid further ethics scandals at the agency.
  • #ThereIsNoPlanetBBon Appetit is banning plastic straws and stirrers at their more than 1,000 food service locations for universities, museums, and other venues in 33 states. Hawaii Governor signed bills committing to make the state fully carbon neutral by 2045, to use carbon offsets to help fund planting trees, and require new building projects to consider how high sea levels will rise in their engineering decisions.

STATES TAKE THE LEAD AGAIN ON HEALTHCARE, HUMAN RIGHTS, GUN REFORM AND MORE!

This week there was a lot of orange for Gun Violence Awareness Day and nationwide protests against the separating of immigrant children from their parents to bring activists together yet again. It is heartwarming to see that so many are still taking to the streets to fight for what is right. We may not know if the North Korean summit is on again or off again, but we do know that a lot of other good happened this week. The highlights are;

  • #ConstitutionRules The Supreme Court limited the scope of police searches, ruling that officers must have a warrant to go through a vehicle parked at a home or on its surrounding property.
  • #NeverAgain Rhode Island Gov. signed into law a pair of bills banning bump stocks and allowing law enforcement to temporarily confiscate guns from people determined to pose a threat to themselves or others.
  • #HumanRightsForAll Connecticut instituted a new policy to legally allow transgender individuals to be housed in prisons that align with their gender identity, the first state to do so.
  • #MyBodyMyChoice Federal Judges for cases in Iowa and Kentucky have temporarily blocked restrictive abortion laws from taking effect in those states.
  • #LoveTrumpsHate ABC cancels the show “Roseanne” saying Roseanne Barr’s statement on twitter is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with their values. While the Ambien maker clarified that racism is not a side effect of the medication that Roseanne blamed for her tweet.
  • #WomanPower The island of Barbados elected its first-ever woman prime minister.

🧕🏻STANDING UP FOR IMMIGRANTS ACCOMPLISHMENTS Homeland Security authorized a portion of the $1.7 billion in grants to “sanctuary cities” that do not enforce federal immigration laws, as required by the court order that prevents the federal government from withholding funding. ACTIONS FOR CHANGE  Protesters gathered in more than two dozen cities across the country to condemn the administration’s practice of separating all immigrant parents and children at the Southern border. A coalition of rights groups submitted a complaint to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights asking it to stop the human rights crisis perpetrated by the U.S. by separating families at the border. A group of 21 immigrant rights advocacy organizations initiated the 5th lawsuit challenging the administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Continue reading

LET THE TWEETSTORMS ROLL!

Ireland took a big leap forward and voted to legalize abortion, democrats selected the first African-American woman nominee for governor of Georgia and the first openly gay, Latina, candidate for Texas Governor, and the court stopped He-I-Can’t-name from blocking people on Twitter.  While the North Korea/South Korea talks may be on again/off again, someone has stopped threatening to blow them up with nuclear weapons. As you reflect on the meaning behind Memorial Day, let’s not forget to reflect on all the good things happened because we worked for them.

  • #RepealedThe8th Ireland votes to legalize abortion in a landslide election.
  • #Tweet A Federal Court ruled that twitter is a public forum and that the creepy- tweeter-in-chief cannot block people from his twitter feed or stop people from  replying with differing view because it violates the First Amendment in a case brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute
  • #TransRightsAreHumanRights Two different federal courts ruled in favor of transgender rights, one found that a Pennsylvania school district can allow transgender students to use the bathroom/locker room of the sex with which they identify and it was not a violation of other student’s privacy rights and another ruled that the school district who denied transgender student Gavin Grimm the right to use the bathroom of his gender identity violated his constitutional rights.
  • #WeAreAllImmigrants California Governor signed a law preventing lawyers from revealing the immigration status of crime victims and witnesses in open court unless a judge rules the information relevant to the case.

🗳️Election There was another round of primary elections, this time in Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas and a number of progressive and women came out ahead;

  • Stacey Abrams won her primary to be the first democratic African-American candidate for Governor in Georgia.
  • Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, who upset Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington in a primary in a U.S. House seat in Kentucky.
  • Lupe Valdez, won the primary to be democratic nominee for Governor of Texas, and is the first openly gay and Latina candidate for the governorship.
  • Other LGBTQ candidates in Texas fared well with Gina Ortiz Jones, a gay Air Force veteran, won her primary in Texas for a congressional seat as did Eric Holguin.
  • There is also one republican primary that is significant. A high school math teacher defeated the Kentucky state House majority leader and key player in passing the bad for teacher’s pension bill, in the GOP primary for his seat. A number of far-right Republican candidates were also defeated, including the guy running using his “deportation bus”.

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Women Winning in Primaries!

While this may be another week where good news may be have been drowned out again, there are thousands of activists, elected officials, and everyday people, doing inspiring and positive things. Another round of primaries and elections brought some more good results. The recent wedding may have warmed your heart and so may the good news highlighted below;

  •  #BipartisanCanWork In the Senate, Democrats and some Republicans worked together to vote to reinstate the FCC net neutrality rules #SaveNetNeutrality and to block a new farm bill that that included provisions requiring stricter work requirements for food stamp recipients #NoChildHungry.
  • #MeToo Uber and Lyft have ended their use of mandatory arbitration to settle sexual harassment or assault claims, allowing victims to pursue public lawsuits.
  • #RedForEd More than 20,000 people showed up at the capitol to protest teaching conditions in North Carolina, forcing more than 40 school districts in the state to cancel classes, making it the sixth state to see recent teacher protest for education en masse, following  Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Colorado.
  • #BathroomsForAll Vermont Governor signed a law requiring single-occupancy restrooms be marked gender neutral.
  • #FairDistricts The Better Boundaries initiative in Utah collected enough signature to be on the November ballot to create a nonpartisan commission of experts to draw legislative and congressional maps with standards for drawing maps and rules to ensure the commission is independent.

PRIMARIES AND ELECTIONS LOTS OF WOMEN WINNING #BlueWave2018

  • In Nebraska’s congressional Democratic primaries, Jane Raybould won for U.S. Senate, and Jessica McClure and Kara Eastman for U.S. House Districts. Kara Eastman, a progressive abortion rights supporter was an upset that defied the wishes of the national party.
  • In Pennsylvania, 5 of the state’s 18 districts were won by women: Madeleine Dean, Mary Gay Scanlon, Susan Wild, Bibiana Boerio, and Susan Boser and two women ran uncontested districts. Susan Wild’s pro-choice victory won over the anti-choice candidate John Morganelli. Also in PA, four female candidates for State House races, Summer Lee, Sara Innamorato, Elizabeth Fiedler, and Kristin Seale who were also Democratic Socialists of America candidates won their primaries.
  • In Idaho, progressive candidate Native American Paulette Jordan won the Democratic nomination for governor of Idaho over A.J. Balukoff.
  • In Oregon’s Democratic gubernatorial primary race, incumbent Kate Brown won.
  • Democrats flipped a Pennsylvania House seat with Helen Tai winning the 178th District special election.
  • Alford (MA) elected Peggy Rae Hendon-Wilson, the first female to be elected to Alford’s Select Board.

PRIMARY AND ELECTION RESULTS – LOTS OF PROGRESSIVES WINNING

  • Bill Blackburn ousted the pro-Trump incumbent Mayor in the rural Texas town of Kerrville by 24 percentage points, and two progressive city council members were also elected by similar margins.
  • Six of Seven LGBTQ Victory fund and Human Rights Campaign candidates won their primary races.

🧕🏻STANDING UP FOR IMMIGRANTS  The Gov. of Ohio signed an order creating the Office of Opportunities for New Americans to help legal immigrants find work, learn, and transition into life in Ohio. Hundreds rallied for immigration rights at the California Capitol as part of the 22nd annual Immigrant Day. Thousands of families were able to reunite for a few minutes at a “Hugs not Walls” event on the U.S.-Mexico border, where immigrants from the U.S. side meet  with family members from Mexico on the riverbed of the Rio Grande, with approval and oversight by the U.S. A group of immigrant advocates are walking the 90 miles from Detroit to Lansing to raise awareness of immigrant rights and deportations that are separating families. Continue reading

PROGRESSIVE ACTION HAPPENS EVEN WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECT IT!

There are a lot more mothers home today to celebrate Mother’s Day with their children thanks to national activism to bail out moms and that is something to rejoice in. Along with lots of happy and free mothers it was not hard to find the good this week. A surprising number of states, both conservative and progressive stepped up to protect and help their people and the land that sustains them; Even a few members of Congress, whom you may not have expected, attempted to help immigrants.  Not to mention those fine people in West Virginia decided not to put a convicted criminal on the Republican ballot at the same time a lot of voters selected a number of women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups in primaries and local elections. Now moving on to the highlights;

  • #FairDistricts Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative to reform the state’s redistricting process, creating a mandate for bipartisanship in the mapping process and to prevent gerrymandering.
  • #NoChildBrides Delaware became the first U.S. state to completely ban child marriage when the governor signed a bill setting 18 as the minimum age for marriage.
  • #RedForEd Colorado’s first teachers’ strike in 24 years ended after five days with the Pueblo teachers winning a long-sought 2 percent pay hike.
  • #BailReform Georgia Gov. signed criminal justice legislation that reforms misdemeanor bail practices, including increased flexibility and transparency, provides judges with more opportunities to utilize community service and educational advancement as alternatives to fines or as part of probation, and signed a bill legalizing the use of medical marijuana for some conditions.
  • #ClimateChangeIsReal California became the first state to mandate home solar power use when the California Energy Commission passed rules requiring that most homes built after 2020 have solar panels.
  • #B99 The ground-breaking comedy show Brooklyn Nine Nine, whose main cast/ characters includes, two strong Latina actors, two commanding non-stereotyped African-American men, and one gay and one bisexual character, that addresses issues of discrimination in its own unique way was picked up by NBC after social media outcry when it was cancelled by Fox. Why is a TV show a highlight you ask? Well for one, it is a favorite show of mine, and second, TV serves as a great commentary on society and this tackled important ones in a special way.

SOME POSITIVE ELECTION RESULTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY

  • Twenty-two democratic women candidates won their primary races in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia, including three black women candidates in North Carolina. Avery Crump was the first woman elected Guilford County (NC) District Attorney. Lori Barnett Dodson was elected Garland (TX) first female mayor in 30 years.
  • A high heel wearing, gay, Latino, veteran, was elected mayor of Del Rio, a small Texas border town. 10 LGBTQ Ohioans won primary elections, as did LGBTQ allies Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton.
  • Jose Matthews is the first Latino elected to the Red Clay Consolidated School Board (DE). Two African Americans were elected as Sheriff and District Attorney in Mecklenburg Police Department for the first time. Euless (TX) elected the first minority ever to the Euless City Council, Salman Bhojani, a Muslim and a Pakistani immigrant. Andre Sayegh, was elected the first Arab-American mayor of Paterson.
  • Satana Deberry won the Democratic primary against the incumbent for Durham County District Attorney (NC), on a platform of significant and rapid criminal -justice reform, and is running unopposed in November.
  • We may see even more women win in the future now that the Federal Election Commission has approved a request by a female candidate to use campaign funds for childcare.

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ACTIONS AND ACTIVISTS BEAT PORN STARS AND PAYMENTS ANY DAY- TIME FOR THE REAL GOOD NEWS

May Day celebrations nationwide brought together workers and immigrants, reminding us that we are all interconnected and that we rise and fall together.  Moms Demand Action groups are flooding state houses and meeting rooms. Teachers came out winners again, this time in Arizona. Primaries and elections are getting closer, so if you haven’t already, get your GOTV sneakers, postcards, and phone lists ready. The highlights and full summary of the inspiring news, actions, and accomplishments are;

  • #BlueWave2018 Democrat Javier Fernandez won a Florida’s special election for the 114th House district, a swing district in the Miami-Dade area, even though he was outspent, thanks to robust democratic GOTV efforts.
  • #DreamActNow Oregon Governor signed bills allowing the re-issuance of driver’s license to Dreamers and anyone under temporary protected status, even if the federal govt cancels the programs, and allowing students in the DACA program to qualify for in-state tuition.
  • #RedForEd Arizona public school teachers ended their walkout after winning a 20 percent raise, $100 million for support staff, including classroom aides and janitors, and new textbooks, upgraded technology and infrastructure.
  • #PayItForward The two black men whose arrest last month at a Starbucks led to headlines and allegations of racial bias settled with the city and the company for $1 each and an agreement with the city to work with the duo to fund a $200,000 grant to help Philadelphia high school students develop entrepreneurial skills.
  • #LoveIsLove An Illinois court ruled that the non-biological parent in a same-sex marriage has parental rights to the child born during the marriage through artificial insemination.

🧕🏻STANDING UP FOR IMMIGRANTS ARE CHURCHES, CHICAGO AND THE ACLU. Roman Catholic parishes in Texas are providing church-issued identification cards to undocumented immigrants and police officers in Dallas, Carrollton and Farmers Branch have officially been given the discretion to accept them as valid identification and; Chicago began issuing their city ID cards, which undocumented immigrants are eligible for. The ACLU of Colorado lawsuit against the El Paso County Sheriff for detaining suspected undocumented immigrants for ICE past when the law requires them to be released was granted class action status. There were lots of May Day rallies in support of immigrants and workers. Continue reading