Good News

Good News

note: Some of the older items may have new information not tracked here. It’s a record of what was uplifting at the time, not the current status.

Good News 2019

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June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

  • Jan 8 Appeals court refuses to lift injunction on immigrant ‘public charge’ rule A panel of federal judges in New York on Wednesday denied the Trump administration’s request to begin a program aimed at cutting back benefits for immigrants while a lawsuit over the plan plays out in court
  • Jan 8th U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell by estimated 2.1% in 2019 U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell by 2.1% in 2019 as coal output dropped 18 per cent to its lowest level since 1975. Power generated from coal plants fell by a record 18%, and overall emissions from the power section declined by almost 10% — despite an increase in emissions from natural gas.
  • Jan 8th Virginia’s General Assembly was sworn in, with Democrats in control of the House and the Senate. With Governor Ralph Northam in place, there is a Democratic majority in place for the first time in twenty years.  New speaker Eileen Filler-Corn is the first woman and first Jew to be elected as speaker.  Then on Jan 15th the Virginia General Assembly passed the ERA Amendment, marking a watershed moment in the nearly century-long effort to add protections for women to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Jan 13th US coal power plants are shutting down at near-record rate. The decline marks a trend that has been seen for the past decade, as the energy source has been challenged by the production of cheap natural gas as well as wind and solar energy.
  • Jan 15th A federal judge in Maryland blocked Trump’s executive order allowing state and local officials to reject refugees. Trump’s executive order, the judge wrote, appears to run counter to the Refugee Act. The latest cap (18,000) marks the lowest number of refugees seeking protection from violence or political persecution that will be allowed into the country since the modern refugee program was established in 1980.
  • Jan 15th  A federal judge confirmed that immigration law guarantees attorney access for migrants, finding asylum seekers have a right to counsel when undergoing interviews to determine whether they can be returned to Mexico under the “Remain in Mexico” program.