Thursday, June 15, 2017

Some Good News

[TRIGGER WARNING: TRANSPHOBIA, ABLEIST SLUR]

Here are some pieces of good news to cut through the daily hellstorm.

Transgender woman wins Democratic primary to take on GOP sponsor of Virginia 'bathroom bill'

Now that the primaries are settled, we know that more than half of this fall's Democratic challengers are women—and one woman in particular is guaranteed to get under her GOP opponent's skin in a way no other candidate could. 
Democrat Danica Roem emerged from a four-way primary with a healthy victory, earning her the right to take on GOP Del. Bob Marshall in the 13th State House District this fall. 
Roem is a transgender woman. Marshall happens to be most virulently anti-LGBT and right-wing lawmaker in the House of Delegates. (Sen. Dick Black [R-Plastic Fetus] contests Marshall's spot as the craziest right-winger in the entire General Assembly.)

FUCK YES THAT IS AMAZING. GO DANICA. FUCKING TAKE THAT SEAT. I LOVE YOU.

Also:

In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law

A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects. 
In a 91-page decision, Judge James Boasberg wrote, “the Court agrees that [the Corps] did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.” The Court did not determine whether pipeline operations should be shut off and has requested additional briefing on the subject and a status conference next week.

That is also amazing! I'd assumed that stopping the DAPL was a lost cause. Unfortunately the thing has ALREADY LEAKED but this opens the door to shutting down the pipeline before it inevitably leaks into the tribal water source.

And the third piece of good news is that you, yes you, are fantastic and valid! Congratulations!



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