News you actually want to know, and what you can do to make a difference.
Welcome to your daily roundup of good news about good people, how you can help make a difference — and a picture of President Obama (and Malia!) to put a smile on your face.
Trump and the Republicans are still desperately trying to force their tax scam on the American people, despite the fact that most of the nation will be seriously harmed by its passage. The GOP doesn’t care, though, so long as it makes them and their super-rich donors happy.
But a whole lot of people do care, and they’re saying so loudly and clearly from coast to coast:
Andy Harris having Rich Uncle Pennybags thrown of his town hall. Does that mean he'll vote against the tax bill that gives his rich donors (like the Koch brothers) tax breaks, or just he just want to keep that relationship private? #HarrisTownHall#CareNotCuts pic.twitter.com/AzE2HFHEko
— LS Progressives (@LowerShoreProg) November 12, 2017
Big Fun at the #TrumpTaxScam Protest!
— Indivisible Ventura (@IndivisibleVent) November 13, 2017
— Indivisible Colusa (@Indivisible_Col) November 11, 2017
— Kiersten Persoff (@Kiers10Marie) November 13, 2017
— Indivisible 12th IL (@Indivisible12th) November 14, 2017
So proud of the amazing job INBK’s Wendy Viola did speaking about the impact of the #TrumpTaxScam on PhD students – we need doctoral students innovating, not paying more taxes on their education! @IndivisibleTeam @NydiaVelazquez @es_indivisible @indivisible_bk pic.twitter.com/HqFcIjUqE5
— Indivisible NationBK (@bkindivisible) November 12, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may keep trying to convince people that they really do want to help out middle-class families, but as Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown noted simply, there’s an easier way to do that — if they actually wanted to:
The Trump administration pretty clearly doesn’t give a damn about the environment or protecting the health of the planet — though they do still have to live here, since Newt Gingrich’s moon colony hasn’t quite come to pass yet.
The White House actually, laughably, tried to claim that they pulled out of the Paris climate agreement because it “was not good for the environment.”
But if you know how wrong that is, and want to protect Earth from Trump, it’s time to speak up. Tell the 194 countries still on board with the agreement: #IAmStillIn.
Take the pledge to be a good steward of the environment, and to do the work the White House won’t.
Over 30,000 New Yorkers fell victim to scam artists using Western Union to facilitate wire transfer fraud during a period of 13 years.
But New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman fought back and won, and all of those impacted by the long-running scams will now be able to get compensation for their financial losses.
Starting today, over 30K NYers who were defrauded and deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union wire transfers can get the compensation they deserve: https://t.co/zFz2jo6av3 pic.twitter.com/4qbU6KseSC
— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) November 13, 2017
When good people are elected, they do good things. Imagine that.
The #MeToo movement that has grown out of the appalling sexual harassment and abuse scandals everywhere from Hollywood to Congress has given new voice to survivors and shed new sunlight on these horrible acts.
People are feeling empowered to speak up about their experiences, and others are moved to stand in solidarity with them.
Hundreds of people gathered in Hollywood, California, to tell their own stories, or listen to those of others.
Marchers wore T-shirts bearing “Me Too” across the front, holding signs and chanting “stop the violence, stop the rape!” and “survivors, united, we’ll never be divided” as they made their way to the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard.
“Rise up for the women of the world, for the women of the world rise up,” they later chanted, some with fists raised in the air.
Particularly as the allegations of pedophilia and sexual predation against Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore have gotten worse each day, survivors have been moved to be brave and no longer keep secret what they once suffered in silence.
When Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead tweeted an image of herself at 14 — the age of one of Moore’s alleged victims, when he was 32 years old — and started the hashtag #MeAt14, the responses poured in.
People quickly began sharing their stories, with some even telling their experiences of being abused and victimized at age 14.
Winstead said the response to the hashtag showed why many victims wait to come forward against their accusers, as the women accusing Moore said they did.
With hashtags, marches, and brave new voices, more and more survivors will be able to take back the control that was stolen from them.
National Run For Office Day is in effect, with events in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Raleigh, North Carolina.
— Run for Something (@runforsomething) November 14, 2017
Run for Something can help you find the resources you need to get going, and they’re ready to motivate you, too:
Run. For. Something.
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 13, 2017