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    Daily Digest 9/29 – Good News Friday: State Legislatures Doing Good, Sea Turtles Bouncing Back

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, September 29, 2017, 2:14 PM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


How 2 state legislatures are quietly making America a better place (Jen H.)

The jail trends are the result of sweeping bail reforms adopted by the New Jersey state legislature, with the help of a voter-approved constitutional amendment, in 2014. The reforms effectively abolish cash bail: the practice of only letting people out of pretrial detention if they are financially capable to pay the state (or, more often, a bail bondsman) to release them. In its place, judges now decide which defendants to detain and which to release based on a variety of factors, including quantitative “public safety assessment scores” based on a defendant’s criminal history and past record of appearing in court.

Federal judge rules Long Island town’s day laborer restrictions unconstitutional (sv)

The Town of Oyster Bay passed an ordinance in 2009 making it illegal to solicit work while standing on the street, citing pedestrian and traffic safety. A district court ruled the ordinance unconstitutional in 2015, so the town appealed to the federal court.

Jackson Chin, with LatinoJustice, was the lead attorney representing the workers’ rights in the most recent case.

As Violence Looms, A Small Nonprofit In Kenya’s Kibera Slum Shows What Peacebuilding Looks Like (Abigail D.)

Shofco (Shining Hope for Communities), has planted itself firmly on the side of peace. It held a rally for peace last week, hosted meetings of Christian pastors and Muslim imams in its hodgepodge of bright blue buildings, helped train young ambassadors for peace who walk the slum’s unpaved streets, and created a Facebook ad-for-peace that was viewed more than 1.6 million times. If you watch the video, you can also catch a glimpse of the American ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec. “Celebrate your right to democracy,” he said.

Higher minimum wage gets KC voters’ support; attention turns to statewide campaign (sv)

“We believed there was a growing coalition of black and white, Latino, Native American, rich, middle class, poor, labor, unemployed, elected officials and employers — a broad-based coalition — that believed income inequality was and is a major issue in Kansas City and across this country,” said the Rev. Vernon Howard Jr., a leader in the Kansas City initiative. “We want to thank all those individuals who voted but are not low-wage workers for being people of good will.”

Trump waives shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico for hurricane relief (sv)

Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, had said Wednesday that he expected the waiver, which suspends a 1920 law requiring that only U.S.-flagged vessels be used for shipments between two U.S. ports. The law, known as the Jones Act, limits the number of ships that can be sent to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, and thus the amount of relief supplies that have come in since the hurricane.

Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Around the World (sv)

Dr. Mazaris and his colleagues analyzed existing public data of sea turtle nesting sites around the world over time periods ranging from six to 47 years. They standardized individual data sets and evaluated each site separately and then combined them into regional populations to look at changes. Even small populations, which normally have a tough time recovering, are capable of being restored, they found.

Great Lakes funding included in U.S. House federal budget bill (Jen H.)

“The GLRI is vital to the health of our Great Lakes: It helps us fight Asian Carp and other invasive species, invests in Michigan jobs, our drinking water, and way of life,” he said in a statement. “I have consistently stood up against misguided efforts to undermine this program and will continue to do so.”

U.S. Governors at U.N. Assembly: ‘You Have Allies’ on Climate Change (jdargis)

The goal, the governors say, is to assure other countries that they, along with and hundreds of cities and businesses, remain committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the goals of the Paris accord.

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    Eyewitness accounts out of Puerto Rico

    Interviews by text, Twitter, etc. with various people in Puerto Rico.

    Puerto Ricans are living climate change right now. Here’s how they describe it (September 28, 2017)
    We just got cell service today (very limited). My wife and daughter worked in hotels; they now have no job. I’m disabled temporarily due to knee operation, and we have small children to attend to. We don’t see ANY of the help they’re talking about, etc. And we have to stand on daily lines UNDER THE PUNISHING SUN just to get two bags of ice. The lines for gas are more critical and dangerous.


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    Encouraging Palestinians to Leave


    Israel continues with its project of purifying the tribal content of its population by “encouraging Arabs to leave” Israel.

    Palestinian Villages Without Water as Israel Destroys Pipelines  April 28, 2017 

    Israeli bulldozers destroyed all the water pipelines providing services to the village of Bardala yesterday morning in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tubas.

    …[F]our Israeli bulldozers, escorted by Israeli military jeeps and officials from Israel’s Civil Administration, destroyed all the main lines providing Bardala with water, leaving some 3,500 residents of the village without access to any water.

    Amnesty International estimates that up to 200,000 Palestinians in the West Bank do not have access to running water.

    It is my impression that the Likud faction of Israel wishes to continue its hyper-tribalism building an ethnically “pure” nation.  (BLUE Meme) However, it would like to be perceived as an egalitarian and democratic nation in the world community and in the international Jewish Community, where many are progressive and liberal (GREEN and YELLOW Meme).

    Exposing the depths of this discrepancy is necessary to reign in the extremism of BLUE.




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